You’ve got a new house, large empty spaces, a complete blank canvas and you have the task of making the house your home. I think it’s important to distinguish both of them – a house is basically bricks and water – but a home? A home is a place with your own personal stamp with little touches to pour some personality into the house.
We’ve had the house now for a couple of weeks now and it’s so exciting to see our stamp come to form, one of the places this has been happening a lot more is the living room. The living room is the largest room in the house with a lot of empty wall space (which we’re still working on) and lot’s and lot’s of wood. When we first came to see the house, this was a stepback to us. We’re both not fans of wood, so it was something that we had to get used to. But now? It just adds another layer, another texture to the room. With it being a big room, we knew that we wanted to separate it but not completely; on one end is our ‘living room’ – where we can cuddle up, watch TV, read a book, etc. And on the other end, this is our ‘chill zone’ – we have our dining table which fits perfectly in the space along with Ryan’s piano. Our aim for this space is to create a place where we can just relax and switch off and be creative. The space is punctuated by a gorgeous brick fireplace which gives it’s own personality to the place.
In today’s post, I thought I’d show you some little touches here and there in the living room as we’re not quite ready to give a full room tour!
1: FLOWERS BRIGHTEN UP THE PLACE: Over recent months, I’ve been really interested in flowers. I love taking photo’s of them, sketching them, and now it seems, arranging them. When I go to the supermarket, the first thing I turn to is the plants/flowers; it may be the time of the year but they really do brighten up the place. We have flowers on our windowsill, on our dining table and some in the kitchen just to brighten the space up a lot more.
With the flowers on the table, we knew that we wanted to have a vase of flowers to set the table and create an atmosphere where you can just relax and chill while also giving a pop of colour in the room.
I think, in the summer, it’s the perfect time to get into some more gardening and flower arranging which is something that is starting to come a hobby, and I’m pretty okay about that…
2: THE LITTLE TOUCHES: You don’t need to have big accessories to make your house a home; it can be something small, a photograph, a painting, a scuplture, whatever! When we started our shopping for the house (home stuff is my favourite type of shopping), we came across this set of three vases in Wilko’s. They were originally £10 then went down to £4 but we got them for a bargain of £2.50! And they are gorgeous. They really do give something to the room and I love the colours; especially the teal. Just gorgeous.
As we’re still getting everything sorted, we’re on the lookout for some more little accessories – especially wall art and some plants – to give the room a little bit more colour and personality. And what a bargain! If I was you, wait a bit, wait and see if what you really want come down in price!
3: BOOKS, MAGAZINES, DVDS!: We currently don’t have any bookshelves so at the moment, we have one little black shelf that’s currently holding some books, magazines and DVD’s for the time being. When we started to unpack our stuff, this was one of the first thing that I did because I knew they would bring and offer more colour to the room and they do while offering a personal touch and it’s a good substitute until we get some swanky bookshelves…
We also have this amazing(!!!) room diffuser from Next, White Jasmine. Oh, my GOD, this smells amazing and everyone so far has said how much they love the smell of it. It’s gorgeous and it’s already our ‘home scent’ – it’s crisp, fresh and welcoming at the same time! Room diffusers not only smell pretty but they look pretty too.
4: CURTAIN CALL: We have wanted these curtains from The Range for AGES. Literally months and months. We love the colour and the Moroccan influenced pattern. They’re supposed to be a single panel but we were determined to have them as curtains because they are light, the pattern is gorgeous and it fits our theme for the room. Buying them separatley is expensive but they’re worth it and we’re pleased with them.
5: THE PIANO: In the living room, in the ‘chill zone’, there’s a perfect little spot where Ryan could put his piano. He’s been waiting patiently to have it here and it looks beautiful in the space. I’ve often found myself in some afternoons to write something and then play a tune to go with it on the piano. I don’t know how to play piano but I really want Ryan to teach me and it looks gorgeous in the living room and creates that atmosphere where you can just relax and play/create some music.
That’s just a few little touches in our living room and everything is coming together along nicely. I can’t wait to get some wall art up on the walls, some bookshelves full of books and DVD’s and arrange some more flowers for the home! It’s important to make your house your home. Remember, it doesn’t have to be anything drastic, just the smallest things can create some personality into the space and make it just that little bit more you.
Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be showing more and more of the house and giving you an insight of our progress including hauls and much more! Is there anything you would like to see? If so, let me know in the comments!