It’s been almost a year since I’ve moved into my new flat. Although, it is very much a temporary home until we decide to get our mortgage , I have always been a homemaker in every sense of the word and I love homely touches. My flat is mainly off-white walls and laminate floors, boring at face value, but to me, the perfect canvas to get creative. Always a lover of the inspirations of Pinterest, my boards are full of all things home which help me to execute my ideas. I had my colour schemes all planned out; soft grey, bold black and white prints and dark emerald green as the accent colour for the living/dining area. And plants. Lots of them. I’ve literally become a plant– mum.
For the kitchen which was mainly dark gray, a pop of bold colour such as highlighter yellow or orange; I opted for orange. I had a lot of mind– changing when it came to our bedroom; white furniture was the only sure thing. At the moment, the bedroom boasts warm tones of mustard, cool greys and bold navy with accents of gold. Although, I’ve created some favourite corners of the flat so far, with spring on the way, I’ve planned for some more little special touches.
When I moved into my flat , it was still summer and although I had so many ideas for what I wanted to do for my garden, (a front garden), there was simply no time for the fun DIY I had planned in my head. We also had a neighbourhood gardener who cut the grass every 2 weeks or so that made it easier to procrastinate even further on the project. With spring approaching, my garden is going to be one of my main focuses. I have a simple square lot with a wooden fence so I can get creative and play with shapes, textures and colours. Here’s some of my inspirations:-
I’ve put a lot of focus into my living room as it’s where I spend most of my time. I’ve recently added a spruce to the monotone furnishings by adding a modern green velvet arm chair and a mixed wood and black metal bench which counters as extra seating, to the grey sofa and black and white striped rug. My favourite addition sofar, however, is my tiered shelving unit of distressed wood and black metal on which I have a quirky plant pot, succulents and green and gold accessories. It simply finishes the room nicely. Next few additions for the living room are some more plants– duh– and adding more contrasting black and white printed throw cushions. I’m also thinking of switching out my striped rug for animal print rug. Because it doesn’t get bolder than that.
I have been blessed to have a decent length and decent sized entry way into the that I can get creative with. I’m looking forward to this revamp the most. Right now, apart from the painted walls, the only accent piece in the hallway is the overflowing shoe rack. My vision for the hallway– the left wall will house black and white portiatis or my family in modern black frames. I’ve found a rustic hairpin side table on Etsy that’sthe epitome of what I’ve envisioned and as the name suggests, it’s neat enough to not take up a lot of space. This will be paired with a potted plant and a round black rimmed mirror to create the perfect entry to home.
If you’re running out of ideas for your own spring referesh or just need a boost of inspiration to get started, try compiling mood boards room by room, starting with the furniture and accesories you intend to keep and then adding layers of enhacements to revamp your spaces. The smallest changes can have a huge impact- switching out your throw pillows or adding some wall art.
Whatever changes you make to your home, stylish comfort is key- emphasis on comfort.
It’s home, after all.