Do you look about your domicile and feel depressed?
Do you wish for a little more pizzazz in your parlour, or colour in your kitchen?
“Absolutely!” I hear you cry…”but I lack the funds to reinvigorate my residence.”
Well despair no more dear reader.
I will be unfolding on a regular basis some simple designer tricks that any savvy person on a limited budget may consider to transform their home from “hum-drum” to “YUM!”
Having had 5 kids on a single income but longing for a more luxurious lifestyle than the old purse could stretch to I have learnt many tricks that can give your place a great look without having to employ designers and fork out fabulous sums for light fittings and designer furniture.
Having been fortunate to spend substantial time in France and Japan I have picked up a number of ideas that came in handy around the home and helped me to transform a bland 1980s house with low ceilings and exposed brick walls into a quirky residence that is fun and friendly. I have amassed a great knowledge of antiques, design and decorative styles over my 47 years that has given me an appreciation of the potential of objects around the home to make a positive space that you can enjoy without necessarily spending a fortune. It has also taught me that your “style” is what you will love and enjoy. Be it spartan or sumptuous there is a chance for anyone to live as they like.
So where do you start?
Tip 1: Don’t worry about what you don’t have, look at what you have got.
Most of use get to the place where we are a little stuck with what we have. Things seem to “live” in certain spots and, as we pick up things on life’s journey, the space gets added to but not rearranged necessarily. You may already have a number of things lying around in cupboards and corners that would actually be perfect in another place or used in a different way. If you are on a budget the first thing to do is to assess what you have (please don’t think “I only have junk”). Junk can be amazing if you use it well.
So why not take the time this week to really look around you as you move about your soon to be “bijoux residence” and ask yourself, “What here do I really like or could not do without?” If you like making lists write down 10 to 15 items that you really want to keep and enjoy. If you don’t like lists, just spend a week admiring the things you really like. If you hate everything then wait and see if later posts help you to look at things in a different way.
Next Week: How to get started on turning a room from “squat” to “hot”!