and some plans!
I talk about this a lot (most recently here!) but I think that any type of style whether it’s fashion, home, or even photography or writing, should be very personal to you. There are such a wealth of sources of inspiration around these days and they are amazing for initial ideas and creating a basic look, but the things that you add that are individual? I think that’s where the magic happens.
We have a consistent theme of soft colours running through our home, and it’s always these that I return to. (Hands up if you remember when I tried the dark wall in the bedroom and had to get the painter to redo it the next day? I learnt my lesson – darks are gorgeous but just not for me!)
I often get asked about the grey that we have used in our home and it’s a Crown colour called Parfait. Although it has been discontinued now you can still get it mixed and we did just that last year. Our hallway and stairs have always been this colour, but it has gradually crept up into our bedroom now and I have plans for it in the playroom in the next batch of painting too. It’s a beautiful beigey-grey shade that adapts to lots of different lights and is the perfect background neutral, particularly for our red brick and wood floors.
When we started off at Little Wood I chose a lot of soft sage green to match our front door and kitchen island and I still really love it to this day. I think it works really well in a countryside setting too, and complements all the ivy and plants that we have dotted about! I’ve also started to introduce a little bit of blush pink and some natural whites into the scheme and I love how fresh it all looks.
I was definitely a big fan of shabby chic back in the day! Our last home was full of Laura Ashley florals and even when we moved here I favoured that look still. Gradually though, my tastes have become a bit more simple as I’ve got older and we are really enjoying the pared back look of this new country style right now. There’s perhaps a misconception that country has to be twee, but we’ve tried to create something with more industrial vibes that are still appropriate to their setting. (I mean, I’d 100% embrace that New York loft look if we actually lived in a New York loft but, until then, we’ll have to make do with here. 😉 ) Reclaimed brick, solid floors, hanging foliage wherever possible (Andrew LOVES this one. HA!) paired with classic furniture in neutral shades – it’s comfortable, practical and not too precious – perfect for our growing family and one mischievous pup!
the extra bits…
I bloody love an accessory! I mean, the cushion debate is probably the principle sticking point of our marriage (Lol! What debate? I should have had ‘you will allow me to buy endless cushions’ written into the wedding vows) but I feel like I have a whole new room when I update them seasonally.
Texture in interiors is one of my very favourite things and I’m loving this whole chunky knitted and eclectic boho look that’s about at the minute. It’s a little bit eastern inspired and a little bit California cool. I’m a big fan and am filling our home with wall hangings, bobbly cushions and throws, mismatched prints and all the plants.
I’d really like to update our little downstairs loo as our next project. It shouldn’t require too much in the way of work and I think it’s something that we could probably manage ourselves. It’s an internal room and I’m aiming for something that fits with our overall home theme but that also is a little bit striking. I feel you can maybe get away with it in a toilet!
I’m also keen to paint our playroom and update it a little for our three, now that they’re getting that bit older. The storage will definitely stay but I might let go of the alphabet wall in favour of something a little more grown up (I’d love a huge world map or something like that!) We’d also love to invest in some new sofas now that we’re past the age of (too many!) stains and marks.
Upstairs, the only thing we’re keen to do is to sort out our ensuite. It’s absolutely fine but we’ve had a leaky sink for months now and the tiles are just getting worse by the day. This will probably be a longer term project (bathrooms are £££, aren’t they?) but it’s one we’ve been thinking about for quite a while. No one ever sees it but us and it’s easy to close the door on it, so it does feel like a bit of a luxury to spend money on it. It’s for further down the line but we’ll get there I’m sure!
some favourite shops!
I’m a bit fickle when it comes to interior shopping and love to find an independent piece here and there. These are the main shops that I tend to return to time and time again though, and I love them for affordability and design.
You can always shop my style over on my interiors shop page. I’m trying to list anything that I have my eye on and new purchases over there regularly too.
Wow, that was a long one! I just can’t be succinct about home related topics it seems! 🙂
Hope you’re having a lovely week!