Interiors Inspo

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(Image source – Vogue via Pinterest)

Since we returned from Bali (which was absolute heaven for interiors inspiration) I haven’t really been too focussed on fashion. Perhaps it’s something to do with the approach of the change of season. I have all the summer clothes I need and I am not quite ready to think about Autumnal fashion just yet. (Perhaps because it’s 31 degrees as I type this!) So my favourite past-time of a good online browse has turned to interiors in the last few weeks and I thought I would share the things that have caught my eye. Partly inspired by the pieces I found in Bali, but I also get excited thinking about change and the fresh start that comes with back to school and work in September. My shopping list so far includes

  • new bottom sheets for the beds (seriously, I am not sure how my girls manage to trash their bedding, but I feel it definitely coincided with the bedroom hibernation that happens when they transition to teenagers!)
  • Some outdoor cushions for the garden furniture (which I have included below, because we are SO happy with it) and perhaps an outdoor rug to get the garden cosy for the Autumn.
  • A new parasol
  • A couple of sheepskin rugs as I have replaced the chairs on our dining room table with two benches.
  • A new chandelier for the snug which I would like to give a complete makeover in the coming months- I’m thinking about going from dark to light on both floors and walls but haven’t quite decided yet. At the moment I am pinning like crazy on Pinterest.
  • Some new bedside tables for our bedroom.
  • A new mirror (ideally two) as I would love to get rid of the hideous mirrors we bought when we first moved into our flat as a newly formed couple 20 years ago. There’s no sentimental attachment to them whatsoever!

That’s quite a list to save up for, so probably a very good thing that I have pledged to Oxfam’s ‘Second Hand September’ and apart from my existing Topshop commitments, I will not be buying any new clothes in September. My plan is to visit several second hand shops and style up outfits with items I find and I will also blog about the things that I have been tempted to buy. Many of you who have done something similar in the past said that you made a list of all the things that you wanted to buy, and when the month was over, you didn’t want any of them anymore. Just shows you, doesn’t it!

Anyway, back to my current interiors obsession. I have spent far too many evenings on Pinterest recently, but I do find that the trouble with using Pinterest as a source of inspiration is that I find myself falling in love with a real mix of different looks. I love the all natural, bohemian vibes as much as the eclectic colourful rooms with rich velvets and dark walls (All images below sourced from Pinterest)

See what I mean? 🙂 However, with a limited budget, I think it’s best to work with what you own already, so I think our refresh will need to be done with pots of paint and inexpensive additions like cushions, mirrors and lampshades. I would really like to get one of our sofas recovered, but I have been told that it can often work out just as expensive as a new sofa. (Anyone with experience of re-upholstering, please let me know!)

After seeing this photo, I think I perhaps we need to stick with dark on the walls (I really love this blue) and paint the floorboards white.

Anyway, here’s my edit – I have tried to focus on the bargains from Matalan, TK Maxx, Oliver Bonas, H&M Home and M&S, with a few items that would require saving. Good to have goals, no?

Thanks for reading.

Love Chloe x

P.S I have not forgotten that many of you are waiting for a blog post on our trip to Bali and our garden make-over. They will be first on my to do list when the children return to school.

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