What It’s Really Like to be an Interiors Blogger

I’m writing this post to be truthful, about what it’s really like to be an interiors blogger.

I’ll definitely be shutting down some illusions, showing what’s really behind the pictures, and just generally showing that no one’s home is perfect, you should’t aspire to everything you see on Pinterest, and I always have a pile of washing about three feet high.

 

1. What’s in the background will shock you

 

What you see on my Instagram:

 

What’s actually behind me:

 

 

 

2. Your camera reel looks a little like this:

Phone camera reel showing loads of pictures of the same kitchen from tons of different angles

 

And then you have to sort through them all, delete the ones you don’t like, and edit the ones you do.

 

3. You can’t use the photos you’ve just spent ages taking because you’ve realised you haven’t arranged the teatowel neatly, and…

Kitchen stove with a wonky teatowel on it.

 

4. …the lighting is shocking.

 

 

5. You spend most of your time stealing decor items from other rooms for a picture. No we never have THAT many candles on one surface.

 

 

6. My bedrooms are no way near nice enough to post on any form of social media (not even Google+). They’re the last rooms we’re renovating and have green carpets.

 

 

7. No, my coffee table doesn’t look like that all the time

Coffee table with books and plants on it.

 

8. In fact, that plant normally belongs in the bathroom and you can see a nice scratch on our second-hand coffee table which we normally cover up with coasters.

 

 

9. The cat usually ends up in the photos by accident

 

 

10. My decor isn’t all from independent boutiques, John Lewis or Amara. Think more The Range and eBay.

My dining room with rug, pendant light and mirror

 

11. Our house was done on a budget and nearly all our wooden furniture is second hand (we’re not made of cash, we do have a wedding to plan).

 

 

12. Don’t ask me anything to do with actual interior design. I don’t know if those curtains will go with your cushions.

 

 

13. My house never looks this tidy all the time.The likelihood too is that all the photos I post on Instagram over a month’s period were all taken on the same day when the room was actually clean.

 

So there you have it.

Being an interiors blogger isn’t all it’s made out to be.

 

Home Office Renovation Ideas (+ Competition!)

Last week, me and Jay decided to actually make a start on our home office renovation, so I wanted to share our home office renovation ideas.

As you can see from the above photo, our office is currently a bit of a mess (and I’ve just realised Jay has been using my lovely John Lewis desk as a workbench and my bookcase as a coaster).

We kept saying we’d get around to renovating it over Christmas, but to be honest, I couldn’t see it happening. But now, it is happening and we made a start this weekend.

The office currently has flooring and that’s it. We’ve got big plans so I wanted to share our home office renovation ideas with you.

 

Decor

The office will be my domain. It houses all my books (all 300 of them) and is the perfect space for me to blog. So naturally, I’ve decided to make it as girly as possible.

I’ve chosen this wallpaper from Graham and Brown:

 

Graham and Brown Linden wallpaper

 

I loved the subtle colours and pattern that will (hopefully) make the ceiling look higher thanks to the vertical stripes of the pattern. The room is quite small so I didn’t want wallpaper that was too dark. This one is perfect.

I’ve chosen this colour paint from Farrow and Ball:

 

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

 

I know…‘millennial pink’… I just love it and really think it will brighten up the room with some needed colour.

You can see how the complete room will look when it’s finished. I love the wallpaper combined with oak. I’ll finish the room off with white and gold accessories and we’ll be done!

 

Home office renovation ideas. Photo collage of wallpaper, pink paint, oak desk and wooden floor

 

Storage

I hate clutter. It ruins the look of a room and makes a space feel small and cramped. This is why handy storage solutions are an absolute must. www.furniture-work.co.uk have SO many options, from stationary cupboards to glass cupboard to desk-high cupboards.

Some sort of filing cabinet is essential in a home office, as well as somewhere to put folders, stationary, etc.

I love being organised. Everything is in folders and arranged properly. Being able to hide these sorts of folders is even better.

So, these are my home office renovation ideas. I’m sure they’ll change as the project progresses but I’ll be sharing the ‘During’ process, and the final result over January, so keep an eye out!

 

Competition!

Furniture at Work are giving one lucky person the chance to win £500 for their #DeckYourDesk campaign. Just decorate your office space with anything and everything Christmassy. Share a photo of your festive work space on the following channels to enter:  

 

  • Reply with your photo to the Competition Tweet on @Furniture_Work using the hashtag #DeckYourDesk
  • Reply with your photo to a Competition post on the Facebook page @FurnitureAtWork using the hashtag #DeckYourDesk
  • Valid Instagram entries will use the campaign hashtag #DeckYourDesk and will also tag the company page using @FurnitureAtWork

 

 

*Collaborative post

Monochrome Kitchens and Bathrooms

Monochrome kitchens and bathrooms have a classic, modern finish, and is a trend that won’t disappear anytime soon.

The kitchen is the area people spend most time in. It’s a place for cooking, eating, socialising. It truly is the heart of the house. But sometimes, we don’t recognise when it needs an update.

Maybe the paint on the ceiling has started to peel, or the cupboards have been bleached by the sun, and are a completely different colour to what they were originally. I know a kitchen update is a big job, and can seem scary.

You also want your bathroom to remain a warm and relaxing space. You don’t want to have a bath while looking at the mould that has started to grow around the sealant.

Monochrome kitchens and bathrooms are a timeless trend. If you were to replace either of these rooms, you could be assured that you wouldn’t need to replace them again for at least ten years. Think of it as an investment!

Here is some inspiration to achieve the perfect monochrome look.

Kitchen

The lure of a modern kitchen is just all too much for some people, especially when they have a pretty outdated one.

Unless you’ve bought a new build home, or the previous owner renovated the kitchen, you’re going to need a little bit of money to sort this one. But the value it adds to the house is amazing.

A beautiful look at the minute is white everything. You can choose glossy white cabinets, and a white glass marble floor. It isn’t real marble, as this can get a little expensive. But it gives off a really smart look. If you have a dog that’s likely to get this white floor dirty, you can easily go black and have an equally smart look. 

If you decide to dare white flooring, then a black work surface and cupboards will make it look so sleek. With white flooring, I’d always suggest going for a grey grout. White stains after a few years anyway, so get it grey to start with and make it won’t show up unwanted dirt.

To keep things neat, have the lights built into the ceiling rather than low hanging. See if you can get a double black oven built into the wall to aid your cooking and to make the kitchen pretty.

If there’s some appliances you want to keep, but need to get out of the house temporarily, it might be best to use storage companies such as Magenta storage. They will hold the items for you as kitchen renovations can take time. Storage is relatively cheap so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

 

Bathroom

This is another biggy when it comes to renovations, and one that people will put off. The thought of being without a shower for a week, or a toilet for even a day, can be terrifying. 

The kitchen and bathrooms are the main rooms in the house. It’s easy to completely transform them by gutting them out and putting new things in. A popular look again at the minute, is the crisp marble look. In the bathroom this can give off such a relaxing, inviting look.

It’s definitely better to go darker in the bathroom as it’s easy to keep clean and is more relaxing in a sense compared to a bright colour. Just make sure you have enough natural light coming in. The window in my bathroom is too small to pull off a dark bathroom, so we went with cream tiles and a white suite. 

A great look at the minute is the deep sinking baths with the waterfall flow taps like ours. If you have the space, you could also fit in a small walk-in shower in the corner for those times when you need a quick freshen up.

Make sure the tub is white to set off the black. If you can, a double sink is a great addition to a bathroom. Not only does it make things easier (no more fights between Mr and Mrs), but to give the room the American home-style feel that’s so popular at the minute.

black bathroom tiles with white towel

Would you consider monochrome kitchens and bathrooms? Or do you prefer a splash of colour?

The Ultimate Guide to a Clutter-Free Home

I began a declutter at the weekend to gain the ultimate clutter-free home for the first time since moving in.

But why do we see clutter as bad? Personally, I just hate mess and untidiness. But some people prefer a lived-in look.

Apart from the obvious, that it doesn’t look very good, clutter can also be bad for your mental health. Clutter results in less efficient thinking, less efficient visual processing, poorer mental health, unhealthier eating, and low-subjective well being.

This has been proven by a number of studies across the world. This is why it’s really  important to take the steps to a clutter-free home, and to make sure you maintain them. Read on to discover how to stay clutter-free for good.

 

Start with a huge clear-out

Before you can adapt the habits needed for a clutter-free home, you first need to have a huge clear-out. In most cases, this means investing in skip hire, and dedicating a full weekend to getting rid of all the stuff you don’t need. Yes, this may sound a bit dramatic, but if you have stuff all over the house, it’s necessary. You will never deal with your clutter if you go about it halfheartedly.

This weekend, I didn’t quite go to the extreme of getting a skip, but we had received quite a few charity bags through those door. Those were filled and set outside my house ready for picking up.

 

Go paper-free

One of the most effective methods for reducing clutter is to go paper-free. I know, this is easier said than done.

Scanning all of your documents may seem like a lengthy and daunting task, but it will be well worth it in the end. There are plenty of apps that make it easy for you to scan documents and store them efficiently. It’s a good idea to backup your files for added security.

And please, always recycle your paper and cardboard. Unless it has sensitive information on it, in which case shred it first.

 

Live within your means

Let the size of your home dictate the number of things you have. If you have a huge number of clothes, this does not mean you need to invest in a wardrobe that is too big for the scale of your bedroom. Why not get rid of some of your clothes instead?

I found this tough when I moved into my house. I had a double wardrobe to myself, as well as two large chest of drawers. When I moved in with Jay, I had half a wardrobe and one chest of drawers to contend with. I’ve now put my summer stuff into storage, and will do a swap over next year as the weather warms up again.

 

Have a place for everything

Everything inside of your home should have a place. I live by this as though it’s a mantra.

Do you find that you have a number of items that are in limbo, i.e. on the floor or on top of tables because you’re struggling to find a place for them? If this is the case, you should invest in a filing cabinet or a plastic storage box for such items.

I have small, narrow baskets inside drawers everywhere in my house. It means items like pens sit in them without rolling around the drawer, or getting lost.

 

Make sure you have a junk drawer

Anything with the word ‘junk’ in it doesn’t sound very proactive when it comes to clutter. Nonetheless, having a junk drawer is so important. No matter how organised your home is, there are going to be those pesky items that we use a lot, yet they don’t really have a logical place to go. This includes the likes of tape, pens, and batteries. These items should go in your junk drawer.

Our junk drawer has become our sideboard in our lounge. It has an assortment or candles, lighters, pens, sellotape, and cleaning cloths.

 

Become a habitual putter-awayer

This is something that may take a while to get used to if you are the type of person that leaves things on the sofa or the floor. However, it is important to get into the habit of always putting things away, be it a book or a bottle opener. This will ensure that clutter does not build and that your home always looks good.

I’m the worst for this. When I get undressed in the evening, I leave my pairs of jeans on the floor. I so need to get in the habit of actually putting them in their drawer.

 

I love a good sort out. It makes me feel better when I can throw things that I don’t use or need. I try to donate to charity which also makes me feel better, knowing someone else can benefit from my things. Do you love a clutter sort out, or do you dread it? Have you achieved a clutter-free home?

Six Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact In Your Home

Fed up of your home? Here are Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact on your homes’ interior.

If you want to give your home a bit of a redesign before the festive season begins, we’re giving you some ideas! However, it’s pretty understandable if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it.

A brand new kitchen design, for example, can be expensive and will take quite a while to get done. While it will make an impact to the home, it isn’t going to be top of the list for things to do around the house.

So here are some decor changes to make a big impact on your home, without it having to take too much time to get it done. Have you got plans to renovate or redecorate before the year is through?

Create Scale

Some of the most stunning show homes have something in common; each room creates scale.

An oversized lamp in a living area could be just the thing to make a big change. Or perhaps a large sofa that takes up a lot of the room. A grand super king bed in a bedroom could be an option too. For this kind of thing, you can just work with what you have already. It could be placing an indoor plant on a box or putting a lamp on a shelf. It is all about creating scale and it can make some dramatic changes.

 

Consider Accessibility

Accessibility can work in a number of different ways, depending on your situation at home and who lives there.

You could add in something like a lift from The Terry Group as a practical feature, or even just a way to add value.

The front of your house could be considered for accessibility too; do you have a lot of stairs to climb to get to your front door? You can have fun with this kind of thing too, if you have children, for example. A slide alongside your stairs could be a fun way to have things, as well as a new driveway or wider doorways.

Some of these are on the grander scale of things, but some of them really aren’t and could be simple to do, but they create a big impact on the home.

 

Create a Photo Wall

A wall for artwork, quotes, and photographs is a great way to completely change the look of a room, or even just a stairwell or hallway.

It is like repainting the wall, but with texture and colours from the prints. You can make this work for you and choose things to be as subtle as you would like. If you have children, framing their creations and making a wall of their artwork could be fun in a playroom or child’s bedroom. It doesn’t take much, but will make a dramatic change.

 

Rearrange Furniture

One of the simplest things that you can do, without having to spend a penny, is to simply rearrange the furniture that you have in your home.

Could your bed fit alongside a different wall, for example? How about making your sofas look more like an L-shape, rather than facing each other? You don’t have to use the shape of the room if you don’t want to; you can create your own walls by where you place furniture. Look online for some ideas, and take some measurements before you start.

 

Jazz Up a Fireplace or Mantel

If you have a fireplace or mantel in your living or dining area, then what have you done with it so far? For many people, it can be something that accumulates junk on top of the mantel or dust in the fireplace.

But you can really make these things a statement area by jazzing them up with some accessories. Changing it up seasonally can be a good idea too, so you can create a different look and use of colour.

 

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Adding colour with greenery from the outside, as well as florals, is a great way to get a pretty inexpensive pick-me-up. It doesn’t have to be an expensive indoor tree. But a few branches or a planter can make a big difference to the look and feel of the room. It can create an instant cosier look as a plant can round off harsh corners in a room, as well as add colour.

 

These are just some decor changes to make a big impact. Have you done any of the above before? What has been the most daring thing you’ve done in your home in the past? Would love to hear in the comments.