One thing I’ve noticed in my rather limited experience of visiting men’s houses, is that they take an overall much more minimal approach to decorating than women do (or at least my friends and I!). Looking around now my home is stuffed full of interiors ‘stuff’: magazines, flowers, lamps, cushions, pictures…. some bloke’s houses look barely moved in to.
Before Elfie and Hux came along I didn’t have a dishwasher. In the series of small London flats I lived in there didn’t seem the need – or space – for such a large piece of kitchen equipment. But having moved to the big city from a house up north with plenty of space for the godliest of appliances it was a really big adjustment.
So last week, I lied to you. Just a little. I told you that my new lounge was one of my favourite rooms in the house when actually I think the kitchen is.
It’s the room that I spend the most time in and is a completely different place compared with the old one.
As someone who is constantly Googling metric/Imperial conversions and cooking times I could not resist this Kitchen Cheat Sheet from Everest. If you go over to their site you can print off handy PDFs to attach to your fridge… though I think they’re lovely enough to frame for a bit of kitchen art.
Although I love our kitchen the way it is now, I wanted to cutesy and warm it up a little bit. I’d seen Jen use some lovely fairy lights to decorate her kitchen shelves via her Instagram feed (I think from IKEA also) and thought they looked lovely, so filed the idea away in my mental ‘to do’ file.
We all know that moving house is a pretty soul-destroying experience and as someone who can’t function properly unless her home is clean, clutter free and organized, for me it is a living hell. I hate not having my belongings in their places and boxes… urgh, don’t get me started on how unsightly millions of cardboard boxes are.
So, we’re at the point where Will has finally succombed to all the nagging about hanging the pictures in our new home and has, you know, started to hang the pictures in our new home.
This house is going to be a work in progress, I can tell. The bare bones are there, but we need happy art, wardrobes, a real dining table and chairs… it’s functional as it is and needs to be prettier.
3 weeks in and the basis of my colour schemes are visible; I’ve decided on the style I want in each room and kind of know how I’m going to get there.