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No matter where you live– in the city or the countryside, in a period home or a new build, the styles that you choose for both decorations and fittings make a personalised statement.
Some people like to take their lead from the building itself and so stick with classic styles for period homes and more modern and contemporary choices for newer buildings. However the cutting edge of home design, both for interiors and exteriors, lies in mixing and matching, combining modern with classic style in unique ways.
Everything from colour schemes to actual building design features can be chosen and altered to reflect your own tastes, so here are some suggestions as to how you can achieve a bespoke style by using the best bits from a range of options.
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One of the best ways to make a truly individual statement is by making sure your kitchen reflects the overall ‘feel’ of your home.
For some people this might mean an ultra contemporary look based around glass and steel fittings and appliances, perhaps with an ‘island’ arrangement where all the action is based around a central hub.
Others may well prefer a ‘country kitchen’ approach, perhaps with an aga or range cooker as the central focus, finished off with appliances and decorations which have a timeless traditional appeal.
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The overall style of interior design need not adhere to one school of thought or another, as mixing up ideas and concepts can be the best way to achieve an original result.
This means that wallpapers more traditionally found in period properties could be combined with steel and glass balustrades on stairing, or perhaps wooden furniture might contrast with the sparsely modernist clean lines of single block painted walls in a living or dining room.
When it comes to windows people often just accept the ones that are in place without actually thinking about how both the functionality and design can have effects. Traditional wooden sash windows fell out of favour for many years because of old fittings which fell into disrepair, but today many people enjoy both the aesthetic appeal and the ease of use that the uniquely flexible design of modern units offer.
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The garden is increasingly being thought of as an ‘outside room’ and so a mix of modern and classic styles can be used here to great effect too.
A traditional gazebo or conservatory can be matched with contemporary decking to fully utilise outside space, while an old style paved pathway could be twinned with steel and glass dividers to make a bold outdoor statement.
Last week I attended The Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court for a little bit of home and interior inspiration. I particularly enjoyed this years room sets as they included some of my favourite shades of blue and grey, and some gorgeous textures like copper, wood and metal. The themes are very much after my own heart, Urban Retro, Rustic Glam, Utilitarian Chic and Country Luxe.
Take a look at my photos and be inspired!
Urban Retro Kitchen. I just love this! The soft grey, the strong black the pops of red, gorgeous. I also really like the retro twist and the kitchen utensil wall (created using rails and containers from ikea) so simple yet so very effective. Especially if you have an awesome brick wall like this (created using reclaimed brick effect wallpaper from Your 4 Walls £21.97 per roll).
Utilitarian chic bathroom Aaah once again so so me! I am loving copper at the moment, my living room has some fab touches of copper in it so I love to see how other people use it in their spaces too. This bath is just to die for and comes from Bohen at a cool £3103.20, I love the soft pink colour on the walls and the black and white details. Very, very cool.
Rustic Glam bedroom Such pretty soft shades of blue and grey, really lovely. If you remember a while ago I posted a piece about my dream bedroom, it was light, soft and feminine, a little like this one. I particularly like the shelf at the back of the bed displaying all the beautiful accessories. I’m thinking about how I can build one of these in my bedroom!
Country Luxe Dining room This is a pretty cool industrial dining room. Not sure it is the cosiest ever, I would probably go a bit chicer for a dining space but I love the far wall with the office / desk set up. That Aluminium pocket wall storage from Rose and Grey (£125) is amazing!!
Town House Living Room An interesting use of grey and orange, not really a colour combination I’d thought of (I love grey and yellow) but it works pretty well! I like the fab cube light from would you believe it BHS for £150.
As you know we’ve been working really hard on our house recently. We’ve laid a new oak floor and all the rooms are getting an introduction of colour and a few new pieces of furniture. It feels wonderful to see it coming together and slowly turning into the family home we are dreaming of.
The kitchen truly is the heart of the family home in my world. It is where you will find us eating together, cooking together, drawing together and welcoming friends and family with a nice cup of tea. We are lucky to have quite a spacious kitchen in the new house but up until recently is was nothing but a big empty space and a very white wall. The room definitely needed a focal point and somewhere for us to sit!
As part of our mission to make the house more of a family home we decided to move our dining room table into the kitchen. It was so important to Littlelish and I to have somewhere to sit together to do things like homework and for us all to have somewhere to eat informally as a family.
Once we had the table in place it was time to look for some suitable kitchen chairs. I knew what I had in mind, something contemporary, practical and fun, that wouldn’t break the bank. Eventually we found a gorgeous fresh, contemporary chair with a white plastic seat which works perfectly in a kitchen space frequented by little sticky hands. It has some great wooden legs which match with the table and at £49 from Tesco Direct they were a steal!
We painted the wall Fossil grey by Dulux which we decided was a nice base shade that we could use as a backdrop for any accent colours we might want to introduce. I finished the wall off with a display of photographs, artwork and drawings from Littlelish. Just a little collection of things that make us smile every morning as we eat our breakfast :)
Our kitchen has been transformed into a useable family room and we are making much better use of the space that we had available. The overall makeover may not be completely finished, I’m still thinking of adding some more colour into the room, perhaps some more blue to match with our dinner service and some shelves to house our cookery books which are currently piled up on the floor but we are very nearly there!
You may have noticed that it has been a little bit quiet over here recently… but if you popped over to my house for a cup of tea you would see I’ve been a busy little bee!!
With Christmas well and truly out of the way it was time to start work on decorating our new house, putting our stamp on it and trying to make it into our family home. We have quite a few rooms to be busy with and have made a start decluttering, re-arranging, painting, DIYing and buying a few key pieces of furniture.
We started with the most important room in the house, Littlelish’s room! I absolutely love decorating children’s rooms, probably because they are the one place is the house you can be as creative as you want. Littlelish wanted a pink girly bedroom, like most 4 year old girls probably do. I’m not going to lie, I’m not a huge fan of all over pink but I indulged her wishes, it is her room after all.
We painted the walls with violet white by Dulux, it is a very nice shade and stops it from being too pink, balancing nicely the fuscia and blue touches. All the bedroom furniture is by Ikea. She has a high sleeper bed, with a home made curtain underneath that turns it into a play den, several expedit units to keep all her toys tidy and a sweet little desk where she can draw and write her stories. We ran out of room for a wardrobe but find that all her clothes are easily folded in her Malm drawers. The top of the drawer doubles as a a little dressing table with her hair things, jewellery and crystal collection.
The decoration items are gorgeous and just add the finishing touches to the room. The campervan bedding set, heart pillow, campervan curtains and artwork, LOVE letters and display boxes are all from Dunelm. I love the colour combination of the pink, blue and fuscia which bring the room together. It is cute without being too sickly and Littlelish loves her campervans just as much as her mum does!
The wall sticker is from the fabulous Cut it out, who make some really cool wall stickers (more about them later). This is a quote from a Lumineers song we both love, so it means a lot to us both and I think it is a really sweet personal touch. I’ve also added some special things in the display boxes, a picture of mummy and daddy, her first ballet shoes, a clog from Holland (she is half Dutch), her first music maker and some more sentimental bits and bobs.
The artwork displayed around it is a gorgeous sampler, lovingly made by a good friend, a vintage picture of a girl and horses (Littlelish loves horses) and some custom made little fairy frames that I created out of an old vintage book (50p) and some charity shop frames (50p).
I don’t know about you but I think Littlelish is one lucky little girl. I’m about ready to move into her room!!