Hey everyone, hope you’re all having a good weekend! As I mentioned in my last blog post, I moved house last month. It’s my second move in two years, and I was faced with trying to make my new house feel like home all over again. These things take time, so it’s not something you can force. But there are a few simple decor ideas I implemented easily and quickly, so I thought I’d share. I hope you find it useful!
Display photos and prints
I grew up in the 90’s (sniff) and my parents house is filled with photo albums from that time. My dad had a Kodak film camera that accompanied us on every family holiday and I am so thankful for that. Because somewhere around 2005, digital cameras arrived, and the printed photos just stopped. Sure you can see them on Facebook, old computer folders and your phone, but it really isn’t the same. That’s why I’ve made a real effort in the past year to print out my favourite memories. It’s a lot cheaper than it used to be, and it’s a joy to display them around the house.
You also don’t need to buy a whole bunch of frames to display your photos, either. You can get creative and create a collage on an old pin board. Or grab some wooden clips and a piece of rope and tack it to your bedroom wall. You can even stick some onto your fridge using your trusty old travel souvenir magnets like I have have.
Photos can now be printed in different sizes, so you’re sure to find something that fits your space. My latest set of prints is from Printiki, who kindly sent me a code so I could try them out. I was able to pick a whole bunch of photos directly from Facebook and Instagram, which made it really easy and quick. Now I just need to figure out where to display the rest, but it’s a fun process! And it’s very quickly made me feel more at home in my new house.
Add more plants
I know I keep banging on about plants on this blog but I can’t help it! They add so much to a space by making it fresher and more beautiful – not to mention the positive mental health and physical benefits they bring.
My plant collection has doubled since I moved in because I have a lot more room to play with here than I did in the old house. As a result of which, almost every room now has some greenery and I love it. If you’re a little worried about keeping them alive, it’s honestly not hard! There are loads of wonderful “starter” plants, from cacti such as Sansevieria to the hardy English Ivy (both of which I have and highly recommend).
If you don’t want the responsibility of caring for a live plant, you can always get artificial ones that look just and nice. I own this lovely faux monstera from Perch and Parrow and it looks beautiful. It also comes with the added benefit of not being eaten by my cat.
The bottom line is that plants are a wonderful way of bringing the outdoors in and making your home that much more cozy and inviting. And with a wide range of planters and pots, your decor gets a boost too.
Lots of little touches
I’m renting my house, and the main challenge with renting is that your options for personalisation are rather limited. For example, you can’t paint the walls or put photos up. But there are ways around that, such as using double sided picture grips that don’t leave a mark.
However the best way to really make a rented (or your own) house into a home is to add lots of little touches. This doesn’t mean get a lot of clutter! Instead, look for opportunities for styling certain elements of your room. To show you what I mean, here are some living room ideas:
Coffee table: Trays, coasters, books
Chair/sofa: Throws, cushions, blankets
Side tables: Magazines, plants, picture frames, bowls
To avoid it all looking like a bit much, try and stick to a colour scheme of 3-4 colours. In my living room, I’ve got a grey, blue and yellow scheme going on with gold accents and pops of green added by the plants. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I won’t add in anything that isn’t these colours – think of it as more of a guideline. The important thing is to play around and have fun. It’s your space and you’re going to be living in it, so you should add in what makes you happy! 🙂
I hope you found this post useful! I’d love to know what your interior tips and tricks are to make a space your own. And on a related note – do you like these kind of posts? I know it’s a switch up from the standard beauty and fashion content but I fancied a change. 🙂 Let me know!