I’ve been going on about it enough on my Instagram, so I thought I’d start a series about decorating our new home.
Regular readers might be aware that we have just left London for pastures new on the Essex / Suffolk borders (moving in four days before Christmas, because THAT’S always a good idea!) .
Using the phrase ‘a change of lifestyle’ doesn’t even describe it – and I’m not going to lie and said I am completely at one with the move…yet.
But the views, the space and the light make up in reams for the lack of coffee shops (so far, give me time – I’ll find a goodun!)
Most importantly, the kids have slotted straight into country life – and what’s amazed me is how quickly they’ve adapted and even changed the way they play.
The way they’re using the extra space is just so lovely to see – building dens, wanting to be outside, hardly watching TV and SO MUCH CRAFTING. Lucky we have a plentiful supply of boxes!
I’ve decided to be quite bold with the decor of this house because I want it to be a fun, inspiring place in which the kids can grow up. Also, I’m such a decor nut I can see the vision! Now I’m just having to be patient waiting for builders and decorators to become available *drums fingers impatiently*
So I thought I would use the blog as a virtual scrapbook for my ideas, room by room and then when they’re done I’ll show the finished space.
I know a lot of you are as obsessed with interiors as I am, so please leave me comments – although I can’t promise I won’t nick your good ideas!
First up, the stairs…in their current form:
It’s not an old house, it’s less than ten years old and currently it is beige. Very, very beige. And with a beige carpet in the hall, I have never hoovered so much as I have in the two weeks we’ve lived here. While it’s not my personal taste, it’s the perfect blank canvas.
My vision for this space is to put down some kind of encaustic / patterned tile on the floor, go for quite a dark grey wall and then punch up the space with a bright stair carpet. I was totally inspired by this image:
The one in the above picture (and also the sample in my image at the top of the post) is a Roger Oates flatweave stair runner, in New Hadley ‘Lime’ and I can’t tell you how excited it makes me! It also comes in a Mandarin and a Bright Rose, which are both equally bold and equally gorgeous.
On the wall up the stairs, I fancy stealing the art work idea from J Crew on Regent Street:
And I’d really, really love a neon light like this – but having priced it up, I might have to eat beans for six months first:
Check out my Pinterest boards for a million other ideas (seriously, I am Pinning like a woman possessed right now). But in the meantime, here are some other very cool ways to dress your stairs. Let me know if you’ve seen any others too!