Deconstructing the decor: Moving over to the dark side

Image: Farrow & Ball
Image: Farrow & Ball

So, it’s official: we’re upping sticks, cashing in our London chips and moving out.

After seventeen years living in one of the most fabulous, stressful and exciting cities in the world, we’re after a change of pace and a bit more space for the kids to roam.

I’m not going to lie, I have been riddled with anxiety. Are we doing the right thing? Are we going to ruin the kids lives? (yeah, I know. Ridiculous. But I was anxious, OK?!) Will I make any friends at all? You know, no biggies.

Now we’ve found the house (TOUCH WOOD) and got the schools sorted (SO. MANY. SLEEPLESS. NIGHTS) – AND worked out how long it will actually take to keep going to my hairdresser in Brixton (yes, shut up), I’m mentally there – Pinteresting like a you-know-what possessed.

The house is NOT what I initially envisaged us living in, but that’s OK – it’s great. The space is amazing, plus it gives us the perfect transition base – not a project that will add to the stress of all the other newness a move into a new area entails. It will let us get the kids settled, allow us to find out about our new locale and work out whether there’s a local café that’s artisan enough for me to continue my Instagram coffee series, that kind of thing. Important stuff.

But the new house does allow me to put my stamp on it – and regular readers will know by now that aside from a great coat and fierce pair of shoes, NOTHING in life gets me more excited than interior decorating. Seriously, if I could do up homes for realsies and make money from it, I totally would.

It’s quite a modern house – TOTALLY not me, by the way – which means I won’t need to worry about draughty windows and creaky floors and will be able to add character with the decor.

And I’ve gone all Abigail Ahern, because the colours I’m thinking about are all deep, deep blues and dark greys. Navy blues for a house – I mean, it works for half my wardrobe so why not my living room?

I love Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue and Hague Blue, but would love to know whether there are any others I’m missing out on.

You can catch up with my house-decor brain dump over on Pinterest, but in the meantime, here are some of my current design lust-haves.

Image: Apartment Therapy
Image: Apartment Therapy
Image: House To Home
Image: House To Home
Image: Love Chic Living
Image: Love Chic Living
Image: French By Design
Image: French By Design
Image: Mad About The House
Image: Mad About The House
Image: We Are Scout
Image: We Are Scout

PS: Thank you SO MUCH to all you lovely lot who voted for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards. I was shortlisted for best fashion inspired blog and the awards took place last Wednesday night. I didn’t win (the lovely Victoria from Apartment Number 4 did, well deserved), but I was so thrilled to have even been shortlisted. So if you took the time to vote for me, THANK YOU!

  • Comments ( 25 )

  • avatar
    kirsty

    ED, look at Little Greene Marine Blue: perfect blue/green. Totally going into our spare room. And they’ve just launched a new colour card of new blue shades. Gorg.

    • avatar
      Erica

      ON. IT.

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    Sandra

    I’m just about to navy up my bedroom! Have you looked at Abigail Ahern’s own paint range? Rivington Blue is lovely…

    • avatar
      Erica

      *IMMEDIATELY CHECKS IT OUT*

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    Sophie Robinson

    We’ve just put an offer in on a house too- we’re moving from city central to a house in the countryside with 5 acres! Its not in even in a village (what are we doing! – deep breath, I double checked and you can still get take out delivery- and relax) In my head I’ve already decorated the front room. It’s going Smalt by Little Greene. Good luck with the move- its a nerve wrecking time, I can relate.
    Well done on your nomination for the Amara Blog awards- sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you. Love following your fashion updates. Keep it up!

    • avatar
      Erica

      Oh I was trying to pop over to say hello but you were deep in conversation! You looked fabulous too. It was a lovely night! Congratulations on your move, it sounds v exciting. Our absolute deal breaker was broadband speed, which even came before a south facing garden and a downstairs toilet in terms of requirements! I’m going to check out Little Greene now – someone else has recommended that one. I’ll be awaiting the return of GIDC too, which I LOVED!

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    Joanne

    Little green – Juniper ash – gorgeous blue
    Zoffany – Pewter
    Little Green – Scree – moody grey

    • avatar
      Erica

      Oooh thanks Joanne – going to check them out now. My friend has recommended Juniper Ash too!

    • avatar
      Erica

      Oh my GAAAAAAD I think Juniper Ash is the one!! Thanks Joanne!

  • avatar
    Victoria Jackson

    I moved out of London last year and it’s the best thing I ever did 🙂 I’ve been Pinning dark, dramatic interiors recently and love how much of a statement it makes. I love this deep colour when used with bright white in a bathroom space.

    Thank you so much for the mention anyway Erica, it was so lovely to meet you! Good luck with the move and wish you many happy years (and many happy decorating moments!) in your new place.

    Victoria x

    http://www.apartmentnumber4.com

    • avatar
      Erica

      So nice to hear Victoria – I know it’s going to be great and I’m beyond excited about the decorating project! Thank you for your lovely words too xx

  • avatar
    Catherine richards

    Our kitchen it Little Greene ‘Hicks Blue’. it

    • avatar
      Erica

      So much love for Little Greene! I’m going to check that out – thanks Catherine!

  • avatar
    Lisa

    So very, very exciting! LOVE that you’ve got your priorities straight, moving out of London shouldn’t interfere with the availability of coffee, avocado or good eggs. Wishing you lots of luck!

    Paint – whilst I can’t recommend an actual colour, I highly, highly recommend Little greene. Our entire house is painted in their shades and it’s seriously the best paint ever.

    Must organise that coffee catch up soon so I can be really nosey and hear all your plans.

    X x

    • avatar
      Erica

      There’s been a LOT of love for a Little Greene and I have to say they are gorgeous. Juniper Ash might be the one! Let’s definitely sort out a brunch based meet up, would LOVE to meet and talk rugs xxx

  • avatar
    Lesley

    Good luck with the move!

    Would you mind sharing the details of your Brixton hairdresser as that’s my manor too. Thanks!

    • avatar
      Erica

      Of course! I go to José at Myla & Davis on Coldharbour lane x

  • avatar
    Kelly Cowin

    I’ve been recently educated on the quality of the Little Greene paints and the same painter/decorator told me to check out the traditionerpainter.com for tips and advice on painting (I’m in the middle of painting our Ikea Hurdal sliding wardrobe doors and I’m hoping the right quality and finish of paint will transform them).

    Good luck with the move, we did it four years ago with all the same anxieties as you and although I do miss many things about London it was absolutely the right thing for our (now) family of five and I’ve made amazing new friends and discovered THE best yoga teacher. Also I can still hop on a train back into London for supper/cocktails with friends and a quarterly cut at George Northwood!

    • avatar
      Erica

      Oh what a useful comment – thanks so much Kelly! So pleased to hear it’s worked out so well for you. I have to say, I am really excited now the anxiety has calmed down…I just need to find a pre-school for my smallest and then we should – fingers crossed – be sorted!! X

  • avatar
    Sue

    Oh I can’t help much at all as I just love Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue. I bought the sample pot earlier this year as I was planning to do one of the boy’s bedroom in it but I bottled it at the last moment. But what I can say is that pink peonies look stunning against it as a backdrop!

  • avatar
    Clare

    “work out whether there’s a local café that’s artisan enough for me to continue my Instagram coffee series, that kind of thing. Important stuff.” Ha, ha, ha! I love this, this is so me!

    I’m also loving your pins over on pinterest.

    Happy house moving!

    Clare x

    • avatar
      Erica

      The important things, right!? 🙂
      Thanks Clare x

  • avatar
    Mrsdp

    We moved out of London two years ago, to a town with a river and a lot of cafes! Our sitting room is sfiffkey blue with mole’s breath fireplace/woodwork and alcove shelves. Dark floor and a grey wool sofa and brass drinks trolley. Your first Pinterest pic was my starting point. The rest of the house is every shade of grey imaginable.
    I only wear grey, navy or a stripe…well not only…but mainly…apart from shoes, they come in every colour…

  • avatar
    Pippa

    How exciting! I’ve just been looking at these blues for our bedroom too – lots of inspo here, thank you!

    We’re currently having the ‘Move Out of London’ debate – how did you decide where to go to? Intrigued to know from those who’ve done it how they decided where to move to! I don’t know anyone who regrets it, we just can’t settle on where!

    • avatar
      Erica

      I think everyone I know is Pippa! We went on secondary school results + proximity to london + a slight affiliation to the area as it’s where my father in law is from originally. I don’t know anyone there though, it’s a risk – but we’re all excited!! I wish you luck!! X

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