If you’d have enquired about my thoughts on velvet two weeks ago, I would’ve been completely indifferent. The only velvet associations I had are red stage drapes from my ballet days and a faded love seat that a friend had in her bedroom. Not exactly the stuff dreams are made of! But Pinterest is a magical place!
I mentioned a home haul a little earlier this month and I’m so happy to finally share with you a few things that have made our home a little more enjoyable these past few weeks. I do want to add a disclaimer, as we moved into our first home with only the bare essentials so we did have to buy almost everything that we needed brand new. Some of the stuff included were also gifts. So I don’t buy this much stuff on the regular!
When Ryno and I just moved into our home a good friend of mine gifted us our first house greenery. And whilst I’m happy to report that the plant has survived the first few months, I can’t say the same of the plant holder. It was time for a change and I had just the thing- this lovely candle holder from @home.
Unfortunately the candle holder doesn’t have any drainage holes and succulents generally don’t like too much moisture. To work around it, I’ve taken a few steps that will hopefully help keep the roots dry and the plant healthy.
I am really enjoying indigo blue decor touches. It is the perfect foil for a neatral palette and instantly makes it season appropriate. The key to keeping the look modern is definitely less is more – whether it is a statement or accent piece. I love how it evokes the outdoors!
Mirrors are a great way of adding light, the illusion of space and luxury to any room. It is only natural that it should get an update. So whether you exhibit any Hobbit qualities or not, round mirrors are the way to go. Bonus points if it is brass.
As most of you probably know by now, our home is properly tiny. Given that it is small, we have no entry hall to speak of. It is not really a space we miss, but we did feel it necessary to create a good first impression when you enter our house and we also needed to find somewhere to drop-off and pick up our coats, bags, shoes and keys before heading out.
Today I thought I’d share with you my home wishlist. Our tiny house is slowly starting to look more like a home, with our entryway/hallway (basically our front door) coming on the blog soon! Although there are still a million and one things we need ranging from big purchases (like a proper couch) to smaller things for the kitchen, I’m mostly looking forward to the decorating part. It propably isn’t something we’ll be spending on soon, but I just view it as an opportunity to really think about what would be perfect. Right now I am loving the mix of modern and luxurious pieces. I struggle to balance the light and airy look with my love for more dramatic, darker pieces. I don’t want our home to feel too predictable, but still have a cohesive look that is distinctly us.
Well this is a pretty random post, but since I haven’t showed you much from our house (simply because there isn’t much to show). So I have decided to share a few snippets.
We recently painted our backdoor and frontdoor charcoal and I am absolutely loving it. I was afraid that it would look too dark and slightly depressing, but I’m happy to report that it doesn’t. We do get quite a bit of natural light during the day, but I think it is the brass doorknob and light grey walls that keeps it from looking too stark.
This was a small DIY and I quite like how it turned out. I simply spray painted the side of a tree stump gold and painted the tops with a Water-based enamel. I think it might have looked better with a glossy paint on top, but since we already had the matt paint I simply used that. It now serves as a side-table for all our emergency lighting (thanks Eskom!)
We finally got a diningroom table (this one from @home) and I’ve been accessorising it like crazy (eventhough it is currently covered in the papers that R is grading). This lantern and the grey placemats are some of my favourites.
Finally, let me introduce you to our climbing rose. It is a scented Panarosa rose from Ludwig’s Roses and smells just like turkish delight. Nothing trumps this!
We are counting the days until we can move into our first home! With little less than a week to wait, I decided to create a style board of everything we want to include in our home. This is also a great way to see whether things works together without having to actually make the splurge. It is going to take us a while to get everything we want for our home, but this will help keep us focused.
Our house has an openplan living area with just enough room for a small dining room and living room. We’re going to start off by painting the room a light grey (something like Dulux’s Grey Steel) and investing in a good couch from Sofaworx (also in grey).
We have kind off prioritised the remaining items and feel that a dining table would be next on our list. We can make do with the mix and match chairs we already own until we can finally replace them with comfortable upholstered chairs with an armrest (also from Sofaworx). These are comfortable enough to act as extra seating in the living room and will look great in the dining room as well.
Storage will also play an important part in our living room as we have a lot of books between the two of us and I love few things more than a good built-in bookcase. These ones from Ikea are also a great option. We haven’t yet decided what size we want, but the large one creates a nice impact.
We’d like to add some warmth and create a cozy atmosphere with aesthetically pleasing lighting and a nice rug that we won’t feel to fussy about (I am clumsy at the best of times, so spills are a given).
One of the last and possibly most expensive things we want is a framed coffee table with a marble of Ceasarstone top. As this is something that we will have to have custom made and not really a necessity this will have to wait a while.
Finally we will accessorize with colourful art, books and loads of candles for atmosphere. I can’t wait to share our little home with you and hope you will come along on what would be a very long journey to decorating our home.
I was working until yesterday so getting into the Christmas spirit has been quite a challenge this year. I made a few lunch-hour dashes for gifts and put off deciding on my desert until today, which is very uncharacteristic. I have however put up a few things throughout the house to help remind me what time of the year it is as well as pumping the Christmas tunes (the Trans-Siberian Orchestra being my favourite!).
Candles and pine cones are definitely the way to go if you want to feel festive without going all out. Collecting a few pine cones from a nearby tree is also something you can do with other family members.
For an easy festive table I decided to arrange a few smaller gifts, one for each, in the centre of the table and scatter a few pine cones and candles around it. That way you don’t even have to get up to open your first gift! Simple laurels were created with a small branch and thin ribbon (which I cut out of my clothes).
Merry Christmas to all my readers! I hope you all get to spend some time with your loved ones and reflect upon the ultimate gift that we’ve all been given.
It is a funny time of the year for me to be talking about feeling cosy as we are supposed to be in the middle of summer. But we’ve been experiencing some colder evenings these last few days which has had me reach for my favourite winter essentials. I can’t think of a better time to talk about essentials for staying cosy than during the festive season when you feel all fuzzy inside. Feeling cosy is a complete sensory indulgence for me. I like to start off with a scented candle. Right now I’ve got a Cinnamon and Jasmine duo doing the trick. On nights where I feel completely drained, as I have often felt these past few days, I prefer to just unplug completely and head to bed with a few good magazines or a classic novel. I can’t stress enough how important good quality sheets and bedding is. I prefer a sateen finish, especially on my pillows but I also know a good many people like the cool touch of percale. Once you’ve found what works for you, it is worth investing in it (I like these bedding sets from Parachute Home as they cater for all preferences). My ultimate indulgence however is a cosy quite like a grey knit – be it in blanket or jumper form. Make it a cable knit and I’m sold! This is where you want to pay attention to what your knit is made of as Merino is preferable for that snug feel that doesn’t scratch. Never settle for anything less than cotton! A little Christmas music always elevates my mood and songs about snow always fit the bill! I like to finish this off with a good cappuccino to send me into sensory heaven!