Living Room Lessons

In a bid to always strive for a tidy (happy) home, I am always looking for ways in which to improve our space. It’s something I adore doing and thinking about in my spare (work free) time. It isn't always easy - between decor magazines, social media and the general information overload I find I am often conflicted with my decision making. At the same time I aim to create an environment that Daniel likes too and much to my dismay he won't let me put pink cushions in the lounge (I tried).

We have been working together to slowly bring our lounge to life. From reupholstering certain restored pieces through to general re-organisation and the process is going so well. It's the first time I actually feel like we are getting somewhere. Living room ideas are aplenty and we are beyond inspired to keep making progress.

For some, interior decorating comes naturally and although I am quite certain on what I like, I do also want to make use of what we have and mind the budget at the same time. Creativity is at the heart of our home and we enjoy adding pieces that have a story. For example, we found a retro chest of drawers while on honeymoon, Daniel's parents gifted us a vintage radio which Daniel repaired and our LCD unit is the first piece Daniel built for our first (very little) home. Surrounded by lovely memories while making new ones - that is home perfectly defined for me.

Having been in a rut with our abode to now feeling more decisive and focused I wanted to share my personal realisations and reflections. They aren't by any means groundbreaking, but to me the light bulb (pun intended) feels as if it has finally switched on.

• I have established that creating a more neutral space definitely allows our pieces to go that extra mile. Adding colour through details like cushions or even bright handles on drawers is a perfect way to bring a different shade into the room. I found a bright Union Zack set when I was last London and it’s a lovely reminder of where our relationship started.

• Don't be shy of who you are and what you like. When I was younger I tried to prescribe to a certain style which I thought would mean I was on trend. A little bit of wisdom has allowed me to appreciate our joint style as a couple and to allow it to be unique. Trends come and go, but beautiful items that you love can transcend through seasonal changes.

• Comfort rules in our home, it needs to be practical and easy to keep clean too. Plump cushions, cosy blankets and being 'allowed' to put our feet up is all part of the enjoyment process for us.

• Plants make our house a home and with so many options currently available in all shapes and forms it's so easy to add a bit of greenery to a space. I make a note in my diary each week to water our plants, which really helps to ensure that we don't let them become parched (or let them die).

• Seeking focused inspiration is the way forward. Rather than overwhelming yourself with trying to seek every trend rather find a space or publication to use as a point of reference which suits your style. It allows you to curate your choices. I particularly enjoyed browsing through a few living room ideas and tips on Homify. I'm far from a pro so I need all the help I can get when it comes to interiors. Useful, concise and visually inspiring info.

We still want to reupholster our couch (saving the pennies first), add a bench to our trestle dining room table and one or two more framed art pieces or prints and it I can tick the project off. Taking our time, doing it together and then of course enjoying our home is making this particular decor journey all the more fun. We agree on our choices (phew) and we feel house proud and that makes my heart BEAM with joy!

*Posted in collaboration with Homify. All views are my own and this is a website that I truly view and read in my personal capacity.


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