The Interior Design Bug!

Since falling madly in love with Karen from the White Approach (and AllAboutTheBoys), I’ve been on a bit of a mission to modernise and redesign my home. So far so good. At the moment my main focus is downstairs. If you read my previous post about this you’ll see I’d already started by putting decorative window film in and what a difference!!

The design spurt took a bit of a back seat but my reason stint as a Harvey’s Furniture tester (read here) has changed that and much to Roy’s dismay (every time he comes home something has moved :p ), I’m back on the ball. Now I do not have a DIY SOS budget so it’s a case of little by little but it’s amazing what little changes can make to a room!

I love the new Alexis coffee and lamp table from Harveys, the colour lifts the room but it also had the unfortunate effect of making me realise that other items need updating. The biggie was the desk!

A lovely old desk, great storage.. but sadly now past it’s best and the wrong colour.

Ideally we’d have got a new desk from the Alexis range but they didn’t do one so it was a case of finding one that matched! We came up trumps at Argos funny enough with this very simple desk. Roy used some spare wood and the runners etc from the old desk to make a keyboard and mouse section and we’ve fitted it in into the alcove. WHAT a difference! The room looks neater, and definitely bigger!

Next up, my mantle piece. The lovely Karen sent me this lovely piece for a focal point and my next challenge will be scouring the car boots and charity shops for unique bits and pieces that take my eye to “build” a mantle that looks much more interesting and less scarily symmetrical than this one does now.

At some point I need a new more neutral suite (burnt orange can limit how you dress a room lol), though finding a 3 seater and a 1 seater, rather than a 3+2 or a 3 piece suite isn’t easy, and also a new TV unit that will fit in with the rest of the room. Then some new art and this room is done. It’s amazing how simple additions and changes can make a room look completely different (thank you Karen & Harveys!). For too long it’s been a functional room, but bit by bit I’m going to turn it into one that reflects us more as a family and really have it as a room we want to show off.

And then (shh don’t tell Roy..), the KITCHEN!

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  1. HI Nicki! Love it, I have a vested interest as we are trying to sell our house. I packed lots of stuff away in boxes in the loft and have bought a few nick nacks to try and create a “feel” so tough… I keep thinking I am like the lady in the TV ad that has bought everything yellow to sell her house! lol

    After reading The White Approach that you shared it gave me some inspiration, and also working with the lovely Jane at Lily Lemon who sells some fab shabby chic stuff so I also went charity shop hunting!! I found the most gorgeous shabby chic style platter for only £1.99 and I just LOVE it, I will have to take a pic and send it to you. Good luck with the rest of the house! 🙂

  2. It looks great! Well done, you’ve got the bug now.

    Great to hear you’ll be hunting in charity shops – maybe your finds might feature on Magpie Monday over at mine sometime? ;0)


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