I have been asked to write about ‘home’ and all that the little word means to me.
Home is a very important place to me. It’s my cosy nest and where I feel safe.
After I finished my time at university I found myself in the big wide world and I was terrified. After being in education for so long and having my life time-tabled it was scary to suddenly be told do what you want and find a job. I was overwhelmed and started getting scared of going out. At this point my home became very important to me. The big wide world is outside and I wanted to feel safe inside.
Since leaving university I have pushed myself to go out after a few months of not leaving the house at all. I am now much better but I still love coming home.
Since I was stuck at home, apart from starting my own little business, I redecorated and made the space far more mine! I found out what I liked and I am now in love with interior design.
I am always looking for new things for home especially anything I can cuddle like lovely cushions and blankets. I’m always tempted! My family and friends often describe me as a cosy person. I think that word describes me pretty perfectly. I love being comfy and cosy whether in clothes or in terms of my home.
Cosy according the dictionary means warm, snug, intimate and friendly. I think that is a perfect way to describe my style. Expect the word cosy to be used a lot in this blog post.
What I have discovered about my home style is that I like the rooms to be mostly calm in creams and light colours and then accessorised with bright and colourful items.
For example; this beautiful hall way from Country Homes and Interiors. It is very calm but highlighted with the red pieces making it seem warm and comfortable. Country Homes and Interiors www.housetohome.co.uk/countryhomesandinteriors
I would love to start redecorating everything but what I’ve learned is you don’t need a huge redecorating project but a few new pieces to bright up the space.
Since I’ve become so interested in interior design I thought I would share my style.
Here are some examples of the interior design I love from Country Living Magazine lots of bright/pale colours and highlights of colour. They feel warm and cosy. Find more at www.countryliving.com
I think white and bright cream colours work very well as a basic colour and the hints of colours in the cushions really bring a huge warmth to the room.
On my simple sofa I have and want more, lots of fun and gorgeous cushion like these from John Lewis. I love animal prints which are a part of their new season Home and Garden items www.johnlewis.com/home-garden
I love the bicycle cushion to as I love cycling (it is certainly on my shopping list). As a craft and sewing fan I love the Home and Love cushions with the applique and beads. I guess it’s obvious how much I like strong colours and bold prints.
It is a nice way to change a room without having to buy a lot of big pieces. A few new cushions can really update a room without having to spend a fortune.
I spend a lot of time in my living room, I do a lot of my hand sewing and embroidery while cuddled up on the sofa. This is a fabulous example from the Treasure Hunter blog by Jen Wood of how a bit of colour does wonders. The Treasure Hunter blog is a fabulous source for interior design. Your shopping list will be huge as Jen really does source beautiful items. Take a peek Jen’s wonderful interiors blog at www.thetreasurehunteruk.wordpress.com
A few bright pieces makes this living room a lovely and cosy place to be and it such an easy way to make a room more homely and fun.
These classic interiors from Botanic & Decorations on their interior design page on facebook are gorgeous and dreamy and inviting. I would love a kitchen like these, but maybe not the giant ceramic chicken. www.facebook.com/Botanic-Decorations
I am sure it’s obvious how much I love baking and how much I love my kitchen. I am a kitchen gadget addict. I’m always buying kitchen items like lovely mixing bowls, flour shakers and aprons. The colours I buy of these are always a blues, reds and purples. I’m always looking for new cake stands and cutters too.
These are such gorgeous items in the kitchenware section of John Lewis. My friend’s joke I can’t go in without supervision, as I would buy everything. That is partly true as I could buy everything, which caught my eye. As I love baking it would be used and that is my reasoning.
I am absolutely loving these cake stands.
I would love to have the gorgeous pieces from Pip Studio. I am in love with these designs as they are so happy and bright. Wish list! It fits my colour scheme and would be a pleasure to have afternoon tea with. Who I am kidding if I had this set I’d use it for every meal.
More gorgeous items I’d love for my kitchen.
I think the vintage look in lovely colours certainly works for me! These items are so cute and useful. I think I certainly choose items for their function as well as their prettiness is important and John Lewis I believe choose their items with the same thing in mind.
When it comes to bedrooms I want it to be calm. My room is mostly white. White walls and furntirure with pastel turquoise curtains made from Laura Ashley fabric. I add colour to my bedroom through my bedding and all the cushions and blankets I have. I have a love for blankets to cuddle up in to go to sleep. I have 2 large quilts which are pink and blue pastel colours and they are so warm. It’s a joy to cuddle up in them on cold nights. These blankets are on my wish list. The quilt and red blanket are so gorgeous. I’ve also recently started loving knitted cushions. I have this blue one pictured below and it’s like cuddling up with a jumper. I love it.
The throws and blankets from John Lewis are really similar to the ones featured on The Treasure Hunter’s blog. More gorgeous patterns and the knitted style and the look of jumpers being made into cushions seems to a popular look this spring.
This photo from the John Lewis Home and Garden section is almost identical to my room. This colour turquoise pastel colour on the throw is one of my favourite and matches my curtains.
This duvet is gorgeous and brings lovely blue and green tones to a room. It makes a plain room very bright and cheerful.
This fabulous bedroom from the interiors blog Shabby Chic Girls shows my style again a plain room made warm and cosy through lovely bedding in a gorgeous colour. I love the colour of the table too. www.shabbychicgirls.blogspot.co.uk
I definitely think I love accents of colour which can be changed regularly through a new cushion or blanket.
A similar bedroom from Botanic & Decorations on facebook.
One of my favourite posts I most love on The Treasure Hunter blog is the Steal Sherlock’s Style post. I love everything featured in this post and I am most certainly getting the tea towel.
A great accessory which I am far too guilty of buying many of are gorgeous candle holders and lights. I love ones which look like lace and where the pattern is illuminated by the light source. It is also great when the pattern hits a wall or surface and the beautiful stands out like stars in the sky. The lanterns below are from John Lewis.
That was a fairly large blog post and I got a little carried away but I love my home and if you can’t carried away with things you love for your home when can you.
Writing this has made me realise how much I love interior design and how comfortable and like me my own style is. I showed a few friends the pictures I pulled off to illustrate my home style and all agreed it’s very me. Home really should be a lovely representation of ourselves. Filled with the things we love and what makes us happy.
All the good links
The Treasure Hunter www.thetreasurehunteruk.wordpress.com
Country Homes and Interiors www.housetohome.co.uk/countryhomesandinteriors
Botanic & Decorations www.facebook.com/pages/Botanic-Decorations
Shabby Chic Girls www.shabbychicgirls.blogspot.co.uk
Country Living www.countryliving.com
John Lewis Home and Garden www.johnlewis.com/home-garden