I haven't been spending quite so many hours on Pinterest lately. It just got to a point where it felt a little overwhelming. I mean, I'm very grateful for what we have - but all those light-soaked beautifully dressed apartments, with their effortless mismatched cool... It made me all too aware of the fact that our home never looks even remotely like that.
Beyond the normal layer of childrens toys and random-household-items-that-find-themselves-in-unusual-locations-usually-the-bathroom (oh hi there Empty Marmite Container, sitting on our toilet windowsill - not exactly where I expected to see you), I just generally felt that our home and it's furnishings weren't stacking up. Even tidy, the house felt cluttered, and somehow un-cared-for.
But we are really happy here, despite these little niggles, and at long last I have decided to abandon my Pinworthy-apartment-styling aspirations and just warm this house up, our own way. With the help of washi tape and 3m hooks and the occasional thumb tack, I am gradually adding colour to the walls. The curtains will forever plague my evening comfort (aesthetics-wise), but having added some woolen lining they are at least warm now. And who needs door handles anyway? So what if my son makes toilet bowl soup? Big deal. At least it distracts him from eating cat biscuits.
Some details: Crocheted stones by Louana of NZ Green Buttons, Ball Vintage Blue Jar c/o Pop Roc Parties, vintage framed bird prints - gifted, bunting - handmade, cushions - gifted & thrifted, alphabet cards designed by me...