When Cox & Cox got in touch asking me to share a post on how to you can make your house a home I jumped at taking to pinning and putting together a little wish list that I was eager to share. Having purchased our first home in December (not a bad achievement at 23) we have got most of our big bits of furniture in and done quite a bit of styling. I will do a little home tour soon so don’t worry about that as I know most people love to have a little nose or is that just me?
What we do need more of is finishing touches, the bits that really make a house a home and show your personality, characters and style as soon as people walk in. I have made 3 boards for the key rooms in my house and I feel once you have these down rooms down others kind of just slot in.
1. copper floor lamp 2. set of burnished gold tables 3. velvet grey chair 4. blush wool throw 5. blush candles 6. majestic deer head
Our place is a new build and because we purchased later on in the build stage we didn’t get to choose our colour scheme but to be honest we love it. It is called amulet silver but is a mix of, grey/brows and taupe shades which pair really nicely with our love of grey and copper. We have a standard Next lamp in our living room now but this copper floor lamp is just lovely, as we have an open plan kitchen/living/diner and all out kitchen accessories are copper so this would tie the rooms in really well giving a nice flow. Mixing metallic’s is also something I love and feel works really well in a small place as they really open it up.
We have a lot of grey in our home, but what really goes well with it and adds a soft touch is a blush pink or similar pastel colour. The three together (grey, blush and copper) have a really homely feel to them and for someone like Jonny who was so opposed to it being really feminine originally, he now loves people’s reactions to our home because it has a homely feel and isn’t student digs or a bachelor pad.
If you have a little more room, a statement chair like this velvet grey chair can really add something, we sadly don’t as our corner sofa takes up a lot of space but this with a tonal blush throw over the back really creates an eyecathing element to the room. If you’re considering accessorising too, something like this deer head is really elegant, I love white on white and think this is a great example of art that adds a little something extra but is still simplistic and not to
out there. Of course you also need candles, well I live by that anyway because they really do give that relaxing element. These blush candles can be purchased alone or you can buy a few to make a set, I would put them on either my TV unit or on a little set of burnised gold tables like in the picture, on different levels by placing them on some books or a small tray just to add a little bit of variety.
1. grey beauty bag 2. glass display cubes 3. zinc tray table 4. three vintage mirrors 5. pin-tuck velvet lined quilt 6. faux potted agave
I am definitely one for a light an airy bedroom but I do feel accessorising with a rich navy or royal blue adds a touch of elegance, especially with something like this pin-tuck velvet linen quilt. Again pairing with metallic’s and grey tones. The rich navy bead spread pairs really well with the three vintage mirrors and glass display cubes both with metal trim they are open and the mirrors will reflect light and make a room feel bigger. It is all about a contrast for me in a room – I like to feel calm and think the darker rich blues do this really well when paired with white sheets and walls.
If you’re room isn’t big enough for large bedside tables like ours isn’t, this zinc tray table is perfect it is easily moved. Adding a little greenery to your room is key too as it adds a fresh element just keep it simple with something like a succulent as they are easy to look after and don’t need too much attention. Though for real ease something like above would be perfect which is a faux potted agave and needs no care just a dust. I keep my makeup essentials in a little makeup bag, though I actually do my makeup in the second bedroom as we kind of utilise this as a dressing room on a day to day. This grey beauty bag is perfect because it can be left out and still look decorative even if you are in a morning rush.
1. concrete and brass clock 2. wire tier baskets 3. monochrome stonewear dinnerwear 4. demi john vase 5. grey kitchen scales 6. washing up tidy
Our kitchen is the most mix of shades over all rooms, the flooring is a light taupe, darker taupe cabinets, a granite top and then elements of a wash wood too. It all sounds strange when you think of it together but in person it works really well. We have our plates etc. sorted but have gone for a mix of grey and off white/grey from IKEA it is similar to the monochrome stonewear dinnerwear shown but its separate so while this is half and half we purchase i.e. 4 grey bowls and 4 white/grey bowls to create a mixed set.
We have a section of blank space above our skin where a clock would work really well and this concrete and brass clock would create a really natural and flow with the kitchen. Our surface space is actually not too bad but I would love to add this set of grey kitchen scales to it, I probably would prefer copper just to keep the theme going but something like this can look like an intended statement if left out. But what I do need and now is something to un clutter around the skin so this washing up tidy is perfect, it really is practical and pretty as I am fed up of not knowing where to leave my wet sponge and brush without it just festering in the sink!
Because our two rooms merge, having something such as these wire tier baskets to keep things like potatoes etc. out is a really unique way of storing your food that is more cupboard friendly. These would slot in perfectly in some spaces and think they are different and especially if you have that mix of modern and shabby chic style will add impact. Our dining room table is up-cycled, we painted the legs and re waxed the top to add more of a contrast and homely feel. I like to keep it empty but often place fresh flowers on something like the a demi john vase is really lovely it doesn’t take much but again keeps a fresh feel throughout.
Let me know how you would style your house and if you will take any bits from my wishlists!
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