This time of year is usually kind of depressing for me: the weather, the post-Christmas blues and feeling like I’ve got a mountain to climb in terms of the amount of things on my ‘to do’ list. 2018 is kind of different thanks to the fact that we’ll FINALLY be moving into our forever home this year. I’m looking at January as the month to plan, organise and de-clutter our rental home ahead of the big move.
We’ve lived here for five years. Although we’ve never owned any furniture apart from a wardrobe for the kids’ room, high chairs and a pull out bed from Ikea, we’ve managed to accumulate A LOT of junk. I am so looking forward to decluttering and getting rid of things we don’t need. And I can finally look forward to living in a home where I have a say in the style, the layout and overall vibe of the place. Let’s face it – there’s only so much you can do when you don’t own a place.
When Chill Insurance approached me and asked me to do a collaborative post for them and write about interiors, it seemed like the perfect excuse to start visualising what our home will actually look like. They’ve released an eBook about Winter Interiors themselves. You can check it out and download it here . So if you need more inspo, or tips on how to keep your home safe and secure, check it out.
As for our house, my style has changed over the years, but cosy and warm have always been musts. And I think cosiness is particularly apt at this time of year. I am such a cold creature, so I love texture, rugs, candles, fires, throws – anything that will warm me up. Lighting is also big for me – I love lamps and soft lighting as it’s so easy to change the atmosphere of a room with just the flick of a switch. As for colour, I love neutrals: greys, whites, even navy. I like adding pops of colour with accessories and leaving the walls neutral. My Pinterest is full of pix like these:
I’ve even started purchasing bits for the house. Some people think I’m mad, considering this house isn’t even built yet. But I figure that if I buy little bits here and there, it’ll make it easier when we run out of money due to the build costs. At least I’ll have a few little bits squirrelled away to add personality to the home. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
So far, I’ve purchased a coffee table – I got it from Barrell & Gunn, based in Dublin and I love it. You can find them on Facebook. I chose this as I think it’ll be a real statement piece in the living room and will go with our flooring (polished concrete) and it would suit a traditional or modern home, so even if I change my mind (again!) it should work with whatever way we decide to decorate.
Another thing I picked up in the sales was a sheepskin rug from Meadows & Byrne. I had been keeping an eye on it all year and hoping it would be reduced, so I snapped it up when it was. There’s something classic about sheepskin (these are real sheepskin rugs, you can also get faux ones elsewhere I’m sure) and I think it looks really stylish as well. It can be draped over a couch or armchair, or used on the floor.
I also got these lights online. I’m a really big fan of Scandi Style and I came across these in a magazine and decided I needed them in my life. They’re called Happy Lights for a reason – I think they’ll look fab in a bedroom or living space. I’ll have a home office, finally, so I can picture them draped over my bookshelf or something like that. I chose the colour section pictured below but they come in other options as well. I think they’re really lovely and a cheap way to add light, texture and personality to a room, and they’re a little bit quirky as well.
So as the rain continues to pelt my window and I snuggle up on my uncomfortable couch and look around at the outdated furniture, I am excited and delighted that this time next year I’ll hopefully be cosying up in a room that will be all ours. I can’t wait.
What’s your favourite interior style? I’d love to see some pix in the comments section back on Facebook.
*This was a collaborative post with Chill Insurance to promote their Winter Interiors Ebook. This post was created completely by me, all ideas are mine and they had no say in the content. I hope you enjoyed hearing about the plans for our new house!