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Trying to get your space, whether that’s a full house, a student room or a new apartment to feel like you can be difficult.
I love where I live. but me and Jay haven’t felt very relaxed here. For the first couple of weeks, I likened it to feeling a bit like living in an Air BnB. It wasn’t quite as stoic as a hotel, but it certainly wasn’t as comfortable as living at home.
It was when we both realised we felt like this that we had to do a bit of analysis on the space where we live. Why weren’t we in love with it? Why were we not comfy when we got on the couch to watch Netflix? The answer was simple, the space just didn’t reflect us.
Our apartment is gorgeous. It’s white, modern, open plan, it’s on the 11th floor of a new build and has views of Wembley, the Shard and the Eye. We are so lucky to live here and we do love it. But we’ve decided to give it a bit of a more personal touch in the next few weeks that will make it feel more homely. Here’s what we’re doing & how you can improve your home too!
Buy More Wood Furniture
Wood is warm. Whereas things like white and glass are exceptionally cold and medical, almost. All the walls in our apartment are white and our rental furniture from our block’s furniture company is glass. This means that the things we see and use on the most regular basis aren’t warm and cosy.
I recently bought a couple of very simple shelves from Etsy. They have two black string to hold up a wooden plank. Simple, but effective. They give a warm touch to a cold white wall. We’ve also spotted a few amazing coffee tables on Etsy, and we’re really just narrowing down which one we want before we buy it on the next big pay day. There are loads of things on Etsy that co-incide with home improvement ideas, so take a look there and buy locally before heading to a department store.
Adding touches of warmth in your furniture can make things feel cosier. So just take a little look around your space. How much of your furniture is glass? How much of it is made from a cold material? and work from there.
Image Credit: moroccan tan & leather pouf from Rebecca & Genevieve
Get Some Greenery
Adding greenery is a surefire way of making a home come to life. Literally.
I don’t have a lot of greenery and it’s something I definitely want to add more of. Unfortunately there’s no place near me that sells the huge palm plants I want to buy and no-one to deliver them either. So I’m having to wait until I can drive somewhere for them!
Experiment with the Natural Light
Luckily, this isn’t one that mine and Jay’s apartment is short of. We’re blessed with a lot of natural light in our space which I think makes all the difference in making a home looks nice and inviting. If you’re lucky to have a lot of light like us then adding some sheer curtains or plantation shutters can look great. Of course it depends on your type of window situation whether you can add curtains or plantation shutters in (moreover, certain aesthetics often look better suited to different properties, having sheer curtains suits any type of space but window shutters in London in an apartment situation is quite rare!)
Always be careful if you live in a rental with adding things that require drilling, as you could get charged for it. But experiment with different ways of controlling light, additions near windows also look really nice just as an aesthetic themselves, rather than them fulfilling any function.
If you’re short of natural light then there are a couple of ways you can fake it. Buying bulbs that are energy efficient but have a yellow-ish tint to mimic sunlight or investing in something like a Lumie lamp to help you wake up in the morning can make a difference to how your day starts!
Make Sure Your Space is a Reflection of You
This is the most important one and ironically the one that Jay and I have been the worst at! We love how the apartment looks, but it just isn’t in our style. I love modern spaces, but not this modern and do need my little cosy nooks and crannies. So I’m working on how I can develop an 600sq ft apartment into that which is easier said than done!
I’m excited to add more bohemian vibes to the apartment and mix it up with the modern touches. If I had to define my style, I’d describe it as that. Modern & Bohemian; each fighting against the other to be the dominant aesthetic! Whilst I’d love to add something more homely like window shutters, I cant because the doors are too bloody modern!
Do Some DIY
I’ve been really inspired by watching home improvement vloggers on YouTube and how they make the most amazing furniture out of the most simple resources.
I’d really like to have a wooden desk, I’m not too sure how good I would be at creating one, but I’d love to make my own after watching YouTuber’s make a desk out of 3 long pieces of wood and two trestle horses – needless to say, I was amazed!
With DIY, even if it doesn’t look 100% perfect you’re bound to love it because its you that made it. I’m going to be giving some DIY a go around May-ish time when I have some time off work. Shall I let you guys know how it all goes in a DIY post?
I’d love to know if you guys have any recommendations to watch for home improvement YouTuber’s? What is your main aesthetic for your home or apartment? Let me know down below!