The day has finally come when I’ve started to feel my house is a home. Interior design gives me the bad case of a creator’s block; I can do mixing and matching colours when it comes to fashion and Visual Merchandising, but when you throw lighting, periods and textures in to the mix for a house, it’s much trickier.
I find it easier with a blank canvas, removing absolutely everything distracting me, and slowly add bits back in to the room, one by one, choosing their place carefully. I think the problem is, planning a room isn’t just a matter of flicking through a few mags; it’s far better to google, Pinterest or Houzz it, with say, an “awkward tv corner spot”; and then comes the sourcing what you had in mind and at the right price. It can be a lengthy process, so I usually pick up charity bits when I see them on my travels.
This is why I usually turn to 2nd hand places so I have more control creating something bespoke to match a colour scheme, but I’ve felt a bit bored of the shabby chic look recently and started heading for Danish teak unpainted retro pieces instead (I’ll save that for full room tour soon).
Anyhow, to get us in to the swing of starting to furnish our almost complete living room, here’s a few little bits I picked up from B&M to soon feature some of the many snaps we take while we holiday in our campervan. I’m thinking of using Wowcher as they apparently have a deal for 300 4″ x 6″ photos for £2.
- 30 ltr Copper Bin £19.99, B&M
We’ve had a Brabantia large chrome bin for years and to be honest, it’s been dreadful to clean. My latest B&M bin felt like such a bargain which has an extra soft closing feature, the pedal works better and it’s brushed copper coloured, meaning less streaks. I’ve wanted to add a bit of copper in to my home and this just made sense. One snag though, the black bin liner isn’t a pretty site!
- Copper Coloured Wall Clock, £4.99, B&M
I mostly buy 2nd hand things as we have so much to spend on renovations overall, but was impressed by this simple copper coloured clock to match my bin for such a bargain. It looks so modern and classic but albeit, a bit noisy ticking away, but maybe that will make me hurry up when I work from home? I’ve placed it between the door and kitchen opening and plan on shabby chicing a reclaimed cup stand below as an extra feature.
- 2 x Rectangular White Picture Frames, £9.99 each, B&M
I really didn’t want to buy these at all as I’d had my mind set on creating an Instagram wall, shabby chicing some textured vintage frames I’d picked up. But with arm twist from my fiance, he’d convinced me it’d look cool. I’m a carpenter’s daughter and don’t like mass made stuff, but these are extremely light to hang up and surprised me to add to my feature wall. I had to draw the line with their frames with writing, like “Memories”, “Family” or “Love”; writing on things just isn’t my bag unless I made it with myself.
- Round Multi White Picture Frame, £14.99, B&M
Again, another I wasn’t sure about, but chose it to be central to the rectangular frames. It really makes the sofa a focal point in our rather small living room with walk-through kitchen.
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