Tuesday 1 November 2011

Interiors Interlude

We've had a lot of angst/decision making and tooing-froing round these parts recently.

We thought, for a moment, that it might be worth us letting our house, living somewhere smaller and more... um, low maintenance but to do that we need to finish all the unfinished bits. DIY just isn't happening with two little people around. We are going round in circles somewhat.
But we ARE, dare I commit this to the virtual page, going to try to finish* our house by Christmas. There, said it.
By hook or by crook** it must be done. Then the new year can be DIY free.

So today, I'm allowing myself a little fantasy moment about our house... while it's still a bit of a blank canvas with so much possibility. My 'I want' list (in perfect spoilt brat style)!

An Alcove Bed

Remodelista (via pinterest) & Apartment Therapy

This really is a bit of a fantasy... Hugh comes up with all the practical issues of the bed ending up a bit cold. Boo. I just think it would be so cute... My friend recently told me how she spent a long time trying to convince her Mum to make a cosy bed for her on a high shelve in a wardrobe. I think her Mum's answer was no.
I read this account of an alcove bed on apartment therapy ages ago, it's just one of those little stories that's stuck with me.

A Splash of Yellow

From pinterest with no source... sorry!

Our colour palette is leaning very much towards muted greens, so I'm not quite sure where the splash of yellow will fit in... I like this hallway bench too.
I've just started reading the blog Little Green Shed, and Lou had some great yellow inspiration over there the other day.

Industrial Heavy Metal - AKA Beautiful Storage

Tine K via Bodie and Fou blog & a no source pinterest image (agh!)

I know it's all very 'trendy' but I am partial to a bit of industrial furniture - or ideally a lovely old haberdashery shop fitting - lots and lots of drawers to keep all my 'stuff' in. I've looked at so many. The Voice of Doom (Hugh) is often on hand to point out all the down sides of pieces of knackered furniture that have impractical drawers and rickety frames.

Beach Hut Style

Artemis' shed from Junkaholique & Grand beach hut style via 1st option

I have slightly vague but happy memories of days spent at my grandparents beach hut. Knitted tops over slightly damp swim suits, wet hair, sand between my toes on a wooden floor, hot cups of tea and building HUGE sandcastles with enornous garden spades. They had to give it up in the end as it got damaged every winter, and they were getting too old to deal with it. I hope someone else is enjoying it now.
I'd love to create a beach hut feel somewhere in the house... we have some wood paneling in our bathroom, but I think a bit of fifties, utilitarian is needed somewhere... I feel a butler sink coming on.

Painted (cheap) Shelving

This ikea photo has been all over the web... but I love the idea. Especially if it was 'flexible'. I am still planning on painting the insides of the wine boxes that are mounted on Coco's bedroom wall.

A Plate Wall

Place to bloom, via pinterest & Lottie Loves

I had lots of plates on the wall in our old house, I really want to get them and the new additions up on the wall in our kitchen. The problem with beautiful fresh plaster though is that you really have to psych yourself up to 'damaging' it (in my experience anyway).


Svenskt Tenn Wallpaper

I'm a bit fan of pattern. I can't wait to get this wallpaper up (I bought this when I was feeling a bit overexcited over a year ago). I'm also hoping that we can wallpaper inside a cupboard somewhere. There's just something very appealing about hidden pattern.

Clusters of lights

images; from etsy seller BootsNGus & Bodie and Fou

One light hanging all on it's own sometimes just looks a bit lonely.

So many more ideas... compiling this post has taken ages - multiple tabs of beautiful inspiring interiors... might have to do #2 another day.

*of course, the definition of 'finished' has yet to be determined
**Just had to google the origins of by 'hook or by crook'... quite an interesting diversion.


  1. I was busy reading this post, looking at the lovely yellow and interiors and then *gasp* it's me! Thank you for the mention!! Yes, get some yellow in your home! (p.s. I am wearing a yellow jumper!)...maddness I know! Lou x

  2. @Lou now I'm starting to notice yellow everywhere, but I'm not afraid to jump on a bandwagon!