Bucket List for the Home

I may not have a set moving date but I have a mind filled with ideas for my new home. From reusing what’s already there to buying new furnishings I am excited. For this reason, I thought I’d share my thoughts here, which is great because this post also doubles up as an organiser!

Living Room Interiors

After searching Pinterest and Google for many an hour I have eventually decided that I’d love a navy blue and cream colour scheme. We needed a colour scheme that would complement our brown leather settees and cream and brown seemed very noughties.

To work with navy and cream we will be investing in a large Georgian mirror, golden lampshade and oak flooring. This will hopefully make the room look rich and warm.

A large tartan armchair will also be added to the corner of the room along with cushions from made.com

My only concern is that I usually like bright and airy rooms whereas this design seems the complete opposite, but I’m hoping the rest of the first floor will compensate for that.

Kitchen Interiors

White, white and red…

I like kitchens to be bright and clean so what better colour than white. Although I have a child and white may seem like a bad idea, my current home has a white kitchen so this should work fine.

Before any painting can start the wall to the dining room has to be knocked through so that we have an open plan kitchen diner (my dream)! I know very easily pleased.

Once the wall is gone and the walls plastered so they are smooth we will paint them white, and glossy white cupboards and a wooden breakfast bar with 4 red seats. All utensils, cooker, kettle, fridge and other appliances will be red, and there may be the odd bit of artwork above the table.

Grey rectangle tiles will be placed above the sink and oven so that too much mess is never made, in our very busy kitchen!

The flooring is already done with cream tiles I’m hoping that the wall coming down won’t damage them.

Moving Upstairs

To be honest I’m not sure how I’d like this area to look yet because what I want to do is far too expensive so will have to wait for a while. As this whole thing is hypothetical may as well share these ideas too.

The staircase will be oak with stripy carpet running through the middle of the stairs, secured with black frames. Along the walls will be a collage of family images in black and white frames.

There will be a mirror in the hallway so you can check yourself before leaving and upon entering the building!

The landing will be complete with a lovely silver chandelier to add a little glam.

Bathroom Interior

Although the bathroom and toilet are separate, we will still discuss both, just to get my thoughts together.

Other than the kitchen this room needs the most work, with a whole new suit and tiling to be done it is a big job and first on the list to do before Christmas.

I am happy to settle for a plan and simple bath, sink and toilet with fountain taps but the shower needs to be extra powerful, I cannot stand a weak shower. Tiles will surround any wet areas so that we do not get any mould. As of yet, I’m sure of the colour scheme but fully tiled from floor to ceiling would suit me.

The Attic

Perhaps my favourite room in the house, consisting of 3 large areas and two skylight windows. This room has a lot of potentials and I cannot wait to get started on it, but this will be the last thing we get round to doing probably in a year or so time.

Grey and light blue are the colours for this room ensuring it is kept light and bright, with a grey carpet. On the main wall to the right of the room, I’d like to paint a pop art inspired piece – when I have the time.

This room will be equipped with bean bags, 60” HD TV, gaming stuff and dart board. The room at the back will be my closet full of clothes, shoes and bags – YAY!

The only rooms left are the bedrooms but yet to give this much thought, that can be another blog post. Although here’s one idea

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I hope that we will achieve these interior goals but will keep you informed during the process.

Sophie x.

Interiors for the small home

We live in a small 2 bedroom house, at one point there were 5 of us living there, whilst my mum looked for a new house! It’s safe to say at that point things were hectic and we needed more room.

Now there are only 3 of us living there (and a parrot), even though family are in and out a lot, and there still doesn’t feel like there’s enough space. Although the rooms look pretty spacious I just can’t get adequate storage space. In this post, I’m going to share with you how I ensure each room in my home looks bigger than it is.

Kitchen Interiors

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Let’s start in the kitchen, firstly I like red so my statement colour in here is red. Other than the one statement colour I use shades of white and black, this opens up the room. The white walls make space look bigger and also help the light from the windows flow through the whole room.

As we have no dining room (frustrating) we have made a breakfast table from some leftover kitchen work surfaces, adding the red chairs gives the room character and providing an American diner feel. The red fridge was added mainly because I like it but also to add to the American diner style. The breakfast bar is both practical and stylish, although I wish I had room for more seats.

Living Room

I spend most of my time in the living room. It’s where I like to relax, where I like to snack and watch TV shows, and where we get together as a family for film or game night.

No matter how small this room has to also feel warm and welcoming as well as open, bright, and fresh. That’s why we went for darker tones in this room with light curtains to open up the room slightly.

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One of my favourite pieces in this room is my lamp, it’s really bright and quite trendy at the moment. I also love my fireplace, the lights that shine onto the side shelves are not too bright but provide a dim light for the evenings, which makes a cosy environment for relaxing in.

Landing & Staircase

To most people, this  may not be the most important room in the house but I think this area can set the scene for the rest of the home. In our house we have a large mirror on the stairs to open up the space.

Along the staircase walls we have family photos and a large clock so we can always find the time!

Bedroom

So, our bedroom isn’t too small, it’s actually an okay size. Although we could do with a little more space now. We use light colours to reflect the natural light, ensuring the space is open and bright.

The main issue we had was storage, as I like to keep a lot of old clothes- you never know when they may come back in fashion. To overcome this issue we have converted our old airing cupboard into a space where we can keep paperwork, suitcases and other items we don’t need everyday.

As you have probably noticed I still have Christmas items on my bed. That’s because I love Christmas and surrounding myself with items I like before I sleep and when I wake up makes me happy.

In fact I like the idea of positive energies, it’s something I’ve recently been looking into a lot. Surrrounding myself with positive things, and positive people can make me feel happier and ultimately make me feel positive about where life is taking me. This is why I try to fill my home with the items I like rather than items that are in style.