The current target of our foray into DIY is our big family room. It's a lovely space, but combines kitchen, diner, snug and (eventually) a workspace for me (yay!), so it's not a straight forward space and it's a big decorating project.
As yet we have painted (a lot) and added wall fixtures and shelving. The light milky coffee coloured kitchen clashed with the primrose walls, and everything looked very nicotine. Changing the units is out of our price range (and crazy since they're actually quite nice), so instead we have put a lot of white paint everywhere except for one big wall, which got covered in a favourite colour of mine, dark teal (from the crown vintage range) - I LOVE it!
I still haven't quite finished the mammoth shelf painting task that I have mentioned before ... but it's nearly complete, and consequently my mind has been drifting to more interesting things, like trawling the internet looking for ideas and lovely things!
After pinning like a woman possessed, my kitchen-diner pinterest board is over-flowing. Here's a selection of my favourite things ...
Most of the area is lit with halogen spotlights, the snug needs a pendant and some ambient lighting. The one thing I really, really must have/need/want is an anglepoise lamp for my work space!
Find vintage anglepoise here, hand turned table lamps here and here, pendant here.
To make a gallery wall, we're collecting prints and posters that are relevant to our personal histories. Find similar vintage adverts here and here, and for vintage travel prints visit here or here. I also love these minimalist interpretations of fairy tales, Goldilocks would be perfect for a kitchen-diner ...
I have a penchant for chairs - when a friend recently showed me her husband's poster of a century of danish chairs, she rolled her eyes and said 'what a geek' and I nearly wept with envy! I often pore over the lovely chairs here, here and here, and for the ubiquitous, but still wonderful, Eames Eiffel try here. I am completely in love with the new G-plan vintage collection, but that would require a lot of saving up, and anyway there is little point in buying a lovely sofa with a toddler as mucky as Elsie hanging around!
I knew you were wondering about crochet - it had to surface somewhere!!! When I get around to it, I'm thinking granny square cushion and/or even blanket, and maybe some pot holders. Apart from the necessary crochet decoration, I have a growing collection of barkcloth oddments, some which are crying out to be made into cushions, for a fantastic selection of retro fabrics visit here. I also love some of the prints from modern textile designers, for great selections look here and you can't go wrong with marimekko. I've had my eye's on this cushion for a while, and more beautiful round cushions can be found here. Oh and that rug, doesn't it look rather crochet-esq!
Bits and pieces
I always think the bits and pieces are the finishing touches that really add personality to a room. I adore vintage crockery and smoky glassware, mine have always been hidden away in cupboards, but now I have a special new wall cabinet to show them off (it's really high so little fingers can't get in!), if you're looking for similar items try here or here. I'm a big fan of Orla Kiely designs, the problem is they are little too over-popular nowadays, but I'm sure I will find a place for a few little touches here and there (infact my clever husband got me that very butter dish for my birthday after seeing it on my pinterest board!). I'm also on the hunt for lovely storage containers and boxes to house craft supplies on my lovely new shelves, I fancy wire baskets for my yarn stash (funnily enough I saw that Erica has just done something similar!) and a vintage tin always looks lovely as well as being perfect for pins, buttons and cotton reels. And finally, it looks like plants are back in vogue, I'm not sure my fingers are very green, but I love this little paint dipped planter (I feel a mini-project coming on ...!).
Are you in the middle of decorating your house at the moment? I would love to hear about your inspirations and favourite places to buy for interiors ...