In the January/February issue of Real Living mag I wrote a (count ‘em) 65-page feature on how to decorate. This is quite amusing to me because as much as I can soak up everything and anything to do with decorating, and I live and breathe it contributing to an an interiors mag and blogging about homey projects and decor, I always kind of winged it at my own place. This might explain the 6-years-and-counting renovation and numerous unfinished projects - hello kitchen, i’m talking about you. And also the fact I’m forever indecisive about things and constantly want to change them – I haven’t yet perfected taking ”my style” from my daydreams to the actual home.
And so when it came to rebuilding our cabin/studio/office/guest room/laundry/storage space, I figured I should attempt to put a little more effort into it all. And so… I took all of Arent & Pyke’s advice from the article into account and am thinking of this building as a mini home. A practice for when (or if!) we build one day. And you know what? It’s such good fun. So was creating the moodboards. I finally choose my tiles for the bathroom – had planned white but I’m in love with grey at the moment, so went for a dark grey basalt. It feels heaven. The bathroom is actually just a loo and a laundry. It won’t even have a basin, so I’m going to do my best to make the laundry area feel like a bathroom vanity. Yeah, good luck with that Belinda…
And so, back to the moodboard. Here is what I’ve come up with so far - colours are likely to be a bit off (especially the couch fabric and blue paint – it’s more teal), but you get the idea!
Can you picture it? I can. Because the walls, floors (except the bathroom), trim and ceilings will all be white, it won’t look quite so dark as it does on the board here. But I love this palette and am hoping I am able to translate it into a room. In the main pic, the bowl reflects the wood tones in the armchair; the bone folder is for the mix of warm and cool whites that the room will have, the purple vase and lavender is for a touch of purple here and there; and the pink flowers are for a blush colour I’m hoping to have in a throw or maybe curtains. I’m thinking a natural-fibre rug for the floor, some hits of vintage industral in lamps and black and white art. Here’s hoping it comes together and I can somehow incorporate the boring bits like storage, office and play areas. But I’ll focus of the pretty for now…
And so, I’m off to relax and enjoy my Christmas and I hope you do too! A big thank you to everyone who read my blog, made a comment, reposted an image, tried an idea and emailed me to say hi this year. I hope you’ll join me again next year – I have some plans for 2010, some of which involve subscribers to this blog. So if you haven’t done so already, sign up here for email alerts to new posts, plus some bonus material and surprises which I’ll tell you a little about next year.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT (or afternoon or morning – wherever you are in the world!) xx