I haven’t written an interiors related post for a while! I wrote about tropical trends at Victoria Retail Park, Scandi bedroom inspo and bathroom storage tips this year though if you fancy a read. I may not write about interiors weekly as I might do food or fashion but it’s definitely still something that I think about on a daily basis. Usually, it’s just pinning on Pinterest or liking some of my favourite house-related Instagram accounts, but I love interiors!
My buddies over at Victoria Retail Park, you know, basically my favourite place to shop for homeware have been in touch with some awesome picks for S/S17 homeware trends! You’ll know I love tropical interiors from my last post all about interior design and I love all of the shops at Victoria Retail Park, I did a mini home haul when we moved into the flat we’re in now. You can check that out here if you fancy. Check out these amazing pieces from some of the 14 retailers that stock lifestyle and homeware. Victoria Retail Park is open 7 days a week, with most stores open until 8pm, which is great for after work shopping.
Interiors are another passion of mine, amongst style, food, fitness and eating pizza. I love decorating a new room, finding bargain homeware and pinning to my heart’s content on Pinterest. You can find my interiors board here and find my current obsessions for all things to do with tropical prints and green! I’ve teamed up with Elite Blinds today to bring you some of my favourite ways to incorporate these two trends into your home with easy and affordable options.
If there’s an area of the home where we can really let our imaginations run wild, it’s in the bedroom. Whilst kitchens require a touch of functionalism, and living rooms usually have a television or fireplace as their focal point, our bedrooms are our most privates places, and offer us a huge chance to try some interesting design schemes. Obviously, my favourite style is minimal and Scandi! A quick check on Pinterest reveals how I’m usually drawn towards a modern and contemporary feel that has enough quirkiness and individuality to embrace some more unconventional trends. (I love Liz’s home board! Check out mine here.)
Interior design and decorating my home is one of my favourite things to spend money on. Of course, I love beauty and shopping for clothes but you’ll probably more likely see me buying a fresh and fancy cushion than a new blusher!
I picked up this Homebase Chrome Ball Floor Lamp the other week to add yet another light source into my living area in the flat. We already have a large black and chrome oversized lamp in the opposite corner and usually just have the two of them on and this gives a really nice light to the room as opposed to having the ‘big’ light on. For just under £30 I thought this pretty Homebase number was super good value and it looks much more expensive than it actually is. I love a bargain! It’s sitting pretty next to my minimalist frame wall and my plant stand which usually houses fresh flowers (when I remember to buy them!).
When a hotel room is at least 3x the size of your flat you know you’re about to have a great night, right? The Titanic Hotel Liverpool suites are absolutely ridiculously huge and beautiful and we had an awesome time. We paid for a standard room which looked incredible in itself but we managed to wangle an upgrade when we said it was our anniversary. I mean, if you don’t ask, you don’t get and we just thought we’d try it!
Skulls are probably one of my favourite things to incorporate into decor, from brightly coloured sugar skulls to your standard boney-faced guys. They can look really cool, rock n roll and dark and they don’t have to look like you’ve not left your 14-year-old goth stage. Skulls can look super luxe if you use them in the right way.
As you may know, I’m really into interior design and love to discover new materials and ways of doing things that traditionally, might be seen as a bit off the wall. I really enjoy watching programmes like Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Ugly House To Lovely House and dream of doing our house up in a crazy way like these. I’ve been doing some serious Pinteresting over on my Interior Design & Decor board and I’ve discovered three materials I’d love to incorporate into our house one day.
If your home is on the smaller side, I feel your pain and you may struggle to get your interior design spot on or exactly how you might like it. However, with some guidance, you should be able to make the most of your pint-sized pad. For some sneaky hints and tips, keep reading.
1. Use Savvy Storage Solutions
Sometimes we just take our walls for granted. They’ve either become invisible to us or simply we don’t notice them anymore. They have become dull and boring. Now and again we may look at them and think they could use a lick of paint.
Look at your wall again. The truth is with a little imagination and a spare afternoon they could become something else entirely. Go a little further and create a soothing, textured pattern or at the very least a beautiful swathe of colour created with a vibrant fabric. The list is endless, but you can dip in here and be sure to find something that will light up your wall. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it can take hardly any time at all.