Moving out can be so stressful and trust me when I say this, because I’ve done it far too many times and even moved countries about 3 times! So, you can imagine how unexcited I would be this time around; except it was a lot easier, because I had nothing to move- lol. Because this is a huge time in my life and decor has always been a love of mine….I mean I do work in the industry, I figured why not share a little slice of my joy of creating my happy place, because well…we kinda need more slices of joy lately and especially with the 2020 we’ve been having. So! I figured, I would share some of that joy in a blog post- read along and enjoy.
places i shopped
One thing I have realized about decorating is you need a lot of patience and you need to go with the flow, especially doing it all while in quarantine. I accept that probably a lot of people have the same idea to change the spaces they would be spending a lot of time in, so might as well make it pretty and comfortable, but ordering things and not knowing when they would arrive added a level of “unfinished” tasks to my life I never expected. I am one of those people who likes to cross jobs off lists. I get satisfaction knowing something is finished and done well and walking around all I could see was question marks. Lots and lots of unfinished tasks and sometimes that got me down. I’ll admit some of it was super overwhelming, because for the 1st time in over a decade I actually got to make all the decisions and I didn’t have someone to confer with and while that might sound super appealing, I found it somewhat overwhelming and sad. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I wasn’t happy to have my own space and it’s not that I didn’t want to decorate, but I think the idea of doing it “alone” and not having someone to bounce equal equity into it took some of the joy out of it. But! Once some of the things started to come together and more and more deliveries began to arrive, I started to feel 1) like I could do this and 2) the joy and liberation is would bring to me.
I always wanted to have an entryway that packed a punch or at least made a statement and until I moved to England I never had an entryway worth decorating- lol or big enough to do that. But, since this apartment has a decent walkway into it- I thought it would be the perfect chance! I spent a while on Pinterest and wanted it to look somewhat dramatic, but not too wild, I played around with having something that was super colourful, but decided a more simplistic look would be more “timeless”. Then I considered a monochrome look with black dots on a white wall, but if you know me- I don’t do black (lol), so gold it is! I found these really cute gold dots on Shein for $5 a sheet and originally bought 5 sheets, and as you can see from the 1st photo….I ran out of wall stickers!!! But, it’s definitely the look I was going for, so I’m happy with how it began to turn out! I’ll add a few inspirational quotes in white frames next to the mirror and possibly see about getting a little table, but it has to be very thin because I don’t want to take up too much room in the entryway, Ideas are still churning on this one!
Love makes this house a home.
I will admit that the one room in the house which needs much more personality and character, is my room but that’s mostly because I have no idea what I would like to do and I’m majorly overthinking it. But, I suppose that’s part of the fun of home decor, you can’t really go wrong and you can always change it again! That being said- I haven’t done much-lol. I’m looking for some artwork to put up on the walls, but I can’t decide and I really want a massive vintage wall/floor mirror to have in the room, but I’m not sure how I feel about paying the price for it. Also, I kinda want it to be thrifted, this one from Structube is really calling me though… The one thing I knew I wanted in my room, was punches of colour, because well I love colour. I bought my dresser at Ikea and knew I wanted to paint it- I wanted jewel tones and I definitely wanted the knobs to be gold. So off to Home Hardware (I chose there mostly because it’s near my house, but also it’s smaller and more local), found a great green and just went for it! I will say, it took about 6 coats to get the colour right, because the wood literally drank the paint- but I am 100% happy with the results.
I got this lovely wall decal from Amazon, I knew I wanted something floral and not too permanent, because it’s a look, and this suited, so if I get bored of it or it doesn’t look nice, I can take it down and change it up. Ideally, I’m looking for some decent sized framed art to put on either side, I just don’t know which way I want to go. I found some lovely line art, but I felt it’s a little too monochromatic for the room, so I’m still looking.
One of the things I knew I needed, was an area where I could be creative, whether it be for work or personally, I wanted somewhere that encouraged my creative juices. An area that had some of my favourite things/photographs/image, full of colour and positive quotes and affirmations. Especially with working from home as much as some of us did this past year, I’m sure I wasn’t alone in wanting an “office area” to at least in some ways look the part but also have some sort of aesthetic appeal. I chose to buy a small, round table instead of an office desk, because I didn’t want to be confined to one particular look and I like the option of the table being used if and whenever we’re allowed to have actual guests in our homes. I’m in the process of finding a nice office chair, I’m 5’1, so I kind of need to try them out and I’m not rushing to do that at the moment…pandemic and all. A lot of the images I used to decorate were ones I already had, I found on Pinterest or ones I coloured myself. I’m not done with this spot, and it’s still a work in progress, but I am very happy with how it turned out!