In my travels around the World Wide Web, I am being exposed to a lot more design - of the house-y kind. I really enjoy seeing the way other people style their homes, and I'm beginning to get a clearer picture of what I like and what sort of 'looks' appeal to me.
I don't know if I could explain what I am liking with regards to my own style, but it's things like put-together but comfy and cosy nooks, well-placed objects and trinkets, matching mis-match-y-ness, handmade details, eclectic collections and really things and places and areas that are thought out but functional and true to the needs and desires of the home and family.
With this in mind, I informed my husband that I would be embarking on a who-knows-how-long project to beautify our house. While our home is certainly personalised - we have many photos on the walls, things are arranged how we like them etc etc - I would like to see more of a reflection of who we are (or maybe just who I am, because I make the style decisions?) and the skills that we have in the way our home is put together.
Hence my new blog series:
I have started with one small area - because small goals are achievable, right? - of our lounge. We have a small glass shelf (set of shelves? There's three) that holds our nappies + wipes etc, the kids pyjamas, a stack of flat nappies for mopping up spills and wiping faces/noses/noses on faces plus a few assorted other things.
The top shelf, however, always seems to morph into one of those 'hotspots.' A dumping ground for the odds and ends and flotsam and jetsam of daily life. So, in an effort to avoid this by only having things on the top shelf that I really want on there, I took pointers from things I'd seen around the old WWW and 'styled' that stubborn top shelf.
I forgot to take a 'before' shot, so I'm afraid you'll just have to make do with the 'after' ones this time, sorry. Without further ado, the first beautifying project:
I adore those two photos. Especially the large one - our best family photo. The little one is of Elliot meeting his new baby sister for the first time, back in January 2010. The red tree is (thanks to birthday money) from Bed, Bath and Table - my new favourite shop! I love all the nic-naks and quilts. The white vase was a gift from and old work colleague, many moons ago, and the books were the oldest ones on our shelves!
I still get a little thrill every time I see my little tidy, arranged wee spot - and it's been that way for quite some time now! Woo hoo!
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Next up in my series will be these shelves:
They are one of the first things you see when you enter our house, next to the kitchen (to the right of the photo) and before the lounge (glimpsed to the left of the photo). Our wireless modem sits there out of necessity, so it'll be a challenge to work around.