As I might have bragged around here a few thousand times already, we moved into the first place of our own a couple months ago, and for a while I’ve been running exclusively on Decorate-Everything autopilot.
V decided he’s got complete confidence in my artistic eye, and has so far been the most dutiful furniture mover, wall driller and listener to all my home related moaning, daring to complain only once or twice, when I’d picked a fabric or some other nick-knack he found “too girly”. It hasn’t happened often, I’m proud to be only a moderate aficionado of girly elements of decor. No pink hearts and butterflies anywhere around our place so far, can you believe it?
For the past few weeks we’ve had furniture delivered pretty much every weekend, and I’ve spent more time than socially acceptable picking cushions, mantle clocks, vases and whatnot, most of which are now happily residing on various of our new surfaces. At this point, by any standards in the world other than mine, our place is not only liveable but fully furnished and decorated throughout (well, except for our guest bedroom, which we’ll only be looking into furnishing next year). By my standards though, there’s still a million things to do:
- Replacing the living room curtains, which came with the place and are brand new and really nice fabric, but a dark brown shade that doesn’t go with anything in the room and has been driving me crazy since we moved in.
- Replacing most of the light fixtures, also new, and also because I hate them so much they’ve been giving me nightmares.
- Fitting shelves and/or drawers into our hallway and guest bedroom closets.
- Getting a display unit for our dining room, as our china and dining linens have invaded most of our kitchen cabinets and there’s hardly any room left for my Doritos stash.
- Cleaning up the balcony, getting some plants and if we’re really lucky (it’s TINY!) some garden furniture in time for lovely London spring weather.
- Getting a couple of extra blankets/throws. You’d think this is easily done, right? Well, I’ve got the craziest expectations blanket-wise, and apart from a lovely one I got in Edinburgh earlier this year, I’ve yet to find one that’s up to standards.
- Fresh coats of paint on a few patches of wall our movers haven’t been particularly mindful of.
- Hanging art, art everywhere!
Believe it or not, it’s just the tip of the iceberg, this.
I can only imagine what this list would look like had we moved into a place needing actual work. I’d probably be drowning in mountains of blueprints and saw dust as we speak!
Happily, this way I’m able to take my time going through my decorating TODOs, and these days I’m digging for bedroom art. Something to hang above the bed in our master bedroom, specifically.
It’s probably the most finished looking room in the flat, and my personal favourite (this could have less to do with the decor and more with me being such a sleeper extraordinaire!).
Only the wall above the headboard is looking a little bland, so I’m thinking either a large framed piece or a couple (three seems to be the number of choice for most bedrooms I’ve seen on the lovely interwebs) of smaller, complementary ones. It needs to fit the colour scheme, which is a mix of whites, creams, very light chocolate, natural oak and rattan. Couldn’t be easier, I know.
But. I don’t want a mirror. Got a rather large one already above the vanity table, and the thought of mirrors facing each other and reflecting and re-reflecting things infinitely into the abyss makes my brain hurt. I also don’t want a wall clock, frieze or anything with a million tiny grooves I’d have to dust and polish with a special magical fabric soaked in my own tears every Saturday morning. That’s when I do most of my dusting by the way and, coincidentally, most of my swearing. Oh, and no wall stickers, framed slogans, our names, or anything with letters and digits on it, really. Nor photos of ourselves, family, pets or favourite pairs of shoes.
So that’s that.
I’m spending these days ogling a million beige themed, lovely art accented bedrooms and figuring out what I like in terms of paintings and prints on artfinder, all the while trying to juggle leaving my job (and settling into a new one the very next day!), Christmas shopping, holiday bookings and eventually managing to get some dye in my half blonde half mousy hair. Fun and games.
That’s all I’ve got for you guys today, but before I leave you here’s a bedroom themed photo. Quite a random one, as it looks absolutely nothing like our own bedroom, but it’s got pretty colours and prints and quite a bit of art so that’s reason enough for me!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!