I’m feeling inspired after attending the Living etc House Tours with ao.com. It was a snooper’s paradise, even if it felt a little odd wandering around the bedrooms and bathrooms of strangers! I was especially honoured to visit the home of Debi Treloar. I’ve admired Debi’s photography and styling for many years, and so it was a joy to meet her.
Spending a day looking at eclectic London homes, and chatting to interior design bloggers, generated a lot of creative thought. As I travelled back to Oxford I decided I would get all the niggly jobs in my home done before Christmas, and give it a reshuffle and restyle.
I’ve recently updated my living / dining space and so my plan was to address the other rooms. I wanted to make them feel as calm, look as minimal and be just as easy to keep tidy.
My plans were as follows:
1. Remove the few remaining kitsch collectables, vintage florals and most of the stuff on the walls.
2. Repaint the hall, bedroom, en suite, office / guest room and bathroom. They were painted four years ago and needed some attention.
3. Replace the vintage floral curtains with pale taupe or white linen blinds.
4. Replace the dated taps in the bathroom and en suite.
5. Replace the bathroom and en suite mirrors.
6. Address the rather sad looking lamp shades in the Hall and office / guest room.
7. Restyle each room – the fun bit!
I’m not quite ready to get my tripod out, but I can report that I’ve already completed 1, 3, 4 and 6, and I’m a third of the way through 2, having repainted the hall and bedroom. Go me!
My restyle to date has been relatively inexpensive. I took advantage of the Homebase 15% weekends, and my lampshades and blinds were from John Lewis because I love classic pieces and most of all free delivery! A further declutter has given an even greater sense of space, and after years of vintage and kitsch I’m enjoying a more contemporary look. After all modern is the new vintage!
There’s still some way to go but the positive changes have motivated me to continue. I’m looking forward to relaxing in my restyled apartment when the evenings draw in, and I will of course share everything with you once it’s done. If you’re planning a restyle I’d love to hear your ideas – we can keep one another motivated!