There is nothing quite like coming home to your own place. I absolutely love this feeling and the novelty of the past three weeks definitely hasn’t worn off just yet. I never noticed just how much interior inspiration there is out there and researching home improvement companies in London has become a late night hobby of mine as I look for interiors inspo and storage solutions! I’m watching Gossip Girl as I write and admiring the interior design in the Van Der Woodsen’s apartment – it’s absolutely gorgeous. So since I’m full of ideas, I thought I would share some of my interior lusts and inspo themes that I’ve been loving over the past few weeks.
Even though I live with my boyfriend and he isn’t the biggest fan of the colour pink he has graciously allowed me to add some blush additions around the house. Our bedding and matching pillowcases on the sofa are pink with a green Monstera leaf print (purchased via Urban Outfitters which I absolutely love. Everything else from the sofa, to the headboard on the bed to the curtains (although one day I want some cute window shutters / plantation shutters!) is all a grey colour. Gray can often look, well… a bit drab without some touches of colour.
I love the combination of the grey and blush. It looks cute but also super stylish and you also cannot see any food/coffee stains that have been dropped on our dark gray couch (which is absolutely essential) to a well functioning apartment.
Lighting, Curtains etc.
I spoke about my absolute love for window shutters in a previous post, but I’m also a huge fan of black out curtains at the moment. After living on a main road, in a University building that had the thinnest walls and crappiest blinds I could hear and see everything as I tried to sleep. Blackout curtains and additional window shutters definitely help keep a bedroom dark at night. Plus, plantation shutters stay very flat against a window as do heavy black out curtains. If you can’t afford to invest in blackout curtains or shutters, then my Alaska Bear eye mask has helped me sleep SO well at night and it’s only around £7 (thanks Jay!).
Not being able to get a good night’s sleep in a place or new bed absolutely ruins it and makes living there so uncomfortable. For me, light is a huge issue when getting to sleep and I need everything to be pitch black and super quiet. Moreover, lighting during the day has to be great so I can take photos, videos and just work effectively.
It may be because I just launched a magazine surrounding minimalism for a University project and that’s why I’m obsessed with the aesthetic at the moment but I really think that having less clutter makes for a more amazing interior space. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of the content of my closet lately (I still need to list them on Depop/ Ebay) and it’s made me feel so much better and less cluttered mentally to have less in my physical space. I definitely need to get rid of more of my stuff that’s still at my parents house, but it feels good to have made a start.
I recently read Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it really inspired me to clear out the things I hold on to that don’t bring me joy. Her whole premise is to discard every item you own that doesn’t inspire joy, which is incredibly cheesy but also an incredibly effective way of making sure you get rid of everything you own that you don’t love nor need. Starting on my huge collection of books at home is going to be very hard, so I’m not looking forward to that but I am looking forward to how it makes me feel afterwards.
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