We’ve been thinking a lot about home inspiration this week. The prospect of coming up with decorating ideas for a new home (especially your first home!) can feel overwhelming and daunting. Even the thought of refreshing an existing home for a new season or a change of scenery can seem like an insurmountable task. We think things like: does my home reflect my personality? Do I need to pick one colour or style and stick to that? What do I actually like?
We’ve all been there. So to help you out, we’ve lined up five suggestions for ways you can get decorating ideas for your home.
#1 GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
Sure, it sounds counterintuitive. But remove yourself from the house and get out and about. Visit museums, florists, cafes, hotel lobbies, garden centres and restaurants. Soak up everything about the places where you feel calm and inspired.
We love visiting Petersham Nurseries in Richmond for exactly this reason. The rustic furniture in their lovely cafe, the greenhouses overflowing with beautiful plants and the antique pieces blended with classic crafts in the shop practically breeds home inspiration.
We also love a trip to Liberty’s for their sweeping, wooden staircases and treasure trove of scarves, fabrics and prints. The Hoxton Hotel in Holborn opened recently and has a classy mid-century feel to it. We spent an afternoon working there this week, just soaking up the atmosphere and small details. The Pigeon Hole cafe in Peckham near home is also a favourite for us, an easy place to go and admire the antique furniture, shelves of books and delicious cooking.
#2 GO TO AN ORGANISED EVENT
Hey, who doesn’t love some organised fun?
If you’re in need of some inspiration specifically related to homeware and interiors, get yourself down to an organised event.
We’re regulars at fairs such as Sunbury Antiques Market and Ardingly Antiques Fair. We love the feeling of anticipation as you wander around with a hot cup of coffee (or green tea if you can get it!) checking out the wares. Seeing furniture and pieces in a totally alien environment (a racecourse in the case of Kempton) gives you a fresh perspective. Even if we don’t buy anything, we always come home armed with decorating ideas about how to rearrange our existing pieces.
Events that focus specifically on eras or types of furnitures are great if you already know what you’re looking for. We went recently to Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College which showcased beautiful pieces from the 1930s through to the late 1960s.
#3 THE POWER OF PINTEREST
Social media is just a rabbit hole that we love to get lost in when it comes to decorating ideas. We could spends hours on Instagram and Pinterest (in fact, sometimes we do – but it’s okay because it’s for ‘work‘, right?)
Some of our favourite hashtags to check out and gather new inspirations on Instagram are #homestyling, #gatheringslikethese and #midcentury. You’ll soon find that you build up a great feed of inspiring photos and accounts.
#4 BLOGGERS ARE THE BEST
We love Instagram and Pinterest, but sometimes we just want more from our favourite accounts. We want to know about the stories behind the rooms, see things from different angles and hear about the passions of the people behind the photos.
The blogs we follow religiously are authentic and honest – and we absolutely love a good ‘before and after’ post. It’s always so inspiring to see someone that you admire bare the soul of their home in a raw state and then to see it rejuvenated afterwards. We believe that the best decorating ideas come from real people.
We stumble upon new blogs everyday that we love and one day soon we’ll do a whole post dedicated in more detail to them all.
#5 SOCIALISE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
It might not seem like it, but redecorating is a great excuse for a party. Invite your friends over and host an event in the space that you want to update.
With fresh eyes, your friends and family will be able to see clearly what needs to work better for you. Watch them as they interact and use the space that you’re so accustomed to and it will help you to see some easy changes you could make.
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