Home Decor Your Style

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You can choose your home decor to fit with current trends on your likes, loves, experiences and personal style. I know which I prefer. We’re part-way into a home decor/makeover project and these points are things that we are considering for our own design.

Wall Hangings

Wall hangings can be a great way to personalise your home. Family photos will always look good, and if you put them in matching frames to suit the room they will look even better. Where the idea of framing photos originates from is quite fascinating and you can read all about it right now if you want to. 

They do not need to be photos of your current family. Pictures of parents and grandparents can look really good and can be conversation starters when new people visit.

You could also hang some artwork you or a family member has completed, or some you have bought.  Art can say a lot about a person’s likes and dislikes, and this is a great way to help personalise your home. Be it something from a gallery or a charity shop, it really is a case of whatever floats your boat.

Home Decor Colours

Forget the latest trends in colours. The ones for your home should be your favourites, not someone else’s. You have to remember that it is you and your family that are living there. If the latest trend for deep reds and purples does not suit your rooms, then don’t even consider them. The way you combine your colours is as unique as you, so never be afraid to have blues and greens together, for instance, if that is your choice. I’m more a darker grey, white, cream and copper girl. This appeals to my sense of drama!

Show Where You Have Been

If you have a few souvenirs from places you have travelled to don’t hide them away. In fact, do the opposite and perhaps have a travel cabinet that shows everyone the different countries or counties you have enjoyed. Adding a few postcards and photos are a good way of showcasing your memories, and are another great way to break the ice with new visitors. We’re not big travellers personally, being staycation fans however that works too.


Incorporate your hobbies as part of your decor! As regular readers will know, it’s all about geekery in the Cawood house. We’re big Dungeons and Dragons fans, with a smattering of Warhammer and so elves, goblins, dwarves and more are very much a part of our dining room/gaming room design. We’re looking to do even more on this theme over the coming months.

In Summary

At the end of the day, your home is what you make of it and the way you do that should be totally up to you. If you want an orc in your kitchen and a unicorn in the bathroom, go for it!


Interior Design Finishing Touches

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If you’re a regular reader of Curly&Candid it may not surprise you to read that we are still plotting and planning some interior design changes. This house is perfectly sized and laid out for our needs however it needs some oomph, some wow and it needs us to add our mark to it. We’ve been in here over fourteen months now, so it’s time.

The big changes we’ve mostly finished planning, however, we’re still quibbling over the finishing touches. These are the bits and pieces that on their own aren’t always very exciting however as part of an overall design, they offer functional and design-led benefits.

Here are just a few of the finishing touches we’re talking about.

Skirting Boards

Did you know that skirting boards have quite the history? We didn’t until we found this blog post about it. As well as protecting the wall at kick-level, skirting boards help finish a room off and keep it warm (important in a Victorian house, trust me). With high ceilings, heat is easily lost so we’re looking at architrave from Skirting World UK to finish off post-decorating.

Door Handles

Door handles are a function item but that doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty or feature an edgy design. I’ve fallen in love with these copper door knobs on Pinterest and while I haven’t yet worked out where they would fit in the house, I’m determined to find a way!

Feature Walls

Once we’ve built storage and what not we’ll be looking at our dining room and lounge feature walls. Currently covered in some dubious patterned paper, we’re looking for something with a little more oomph. At the moment stone split tiles (in a dark grey) are the frontrunner.

Window Film

Years ago, in another property, we experimented with window film and were thrilled with the result. It offered privacy, warmth and we didn’t lose any of the light. We are definitely considering doing this again. This is the modern and easy to maintain alternative to net curtains, which I loathe!


We’re still thinking about this. Ideally we’d love hardwood floors, however, I’m looking at something that looks similar but is warmer (not laminate!). Any recommendations on this point are more than welcome. I love rugs so would use those on the floors I think, to compliment the room decor.


finishing touches, lighting I would love to find a way to incorporate some industrial style lighting into the house. We need decent light levels for working and for hobbies however I’m pretty sure I can pull this off and still use light fittings as one of our interior finishing touches which will give the home a little more character. I’m thinking steel, chrome and copper tones.

In Summary

When you think of interior design finishing touches what comes to mind for you? Throws and pillows, lighting and wall art or perhaps like me, skirting boards and door knobs? Feel free to comment with your favourite interior design Pinterest boards, I’m still looking for inspiration!


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