When we moved into the house last year (one year anniversary in July!) everything felt very new and perfect but not really like a home because it hadn’t been lived in. Since then, it’s been used (and sometimes abused!) everyday, and it has had to adapt and shift to the needs of everyone who lives in it. It would be unrealistic to expect the brand new home that we started with to remain pristine. And I wouldn’t want it to – no one wants to live their life in a showhome!
Inspiration comes from all manner of places
But a year on, I’ve been looking through some of the photos and ideas that I used to initially renovate, decorate and furnish our home in Peckham and I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you. I used so many sources for inspiration and ideas – but magazines and Pinterest were the two that I really relied on. You can also see how the inspiration and ideas fed into the reality of decorating my home in Peckham.
The kitchen and living area
This photo was the absolute inspiration for the feeling I wanted in our kitchen area. I love the overall feeling of white space and light, punctuated by the warmth of the yellow accessories and the leather chairs. I found this photo on Pinterest and referred back to it again and again.
I hadn’t spent too long thinking about the hallway, but as soon as we moved in I realised what an important space it is. It needs to be practical and functional, but it’s also the first thing people see when they come into your house so you definitely want it to look nice!
The outside area
The outside area had been so neglected when we bought the property that we had to think really carefully about how best to refresh the space. Initially I wanted to use pale outside tiles to make the space feel like a continuation of the kitchen, but I was dissuaded from this when I realised how complicated rainwater drainage would be. I didn’t want to end up with a waterlogged swimming pool courtyard!
This photo was inspiring because of the primarily white background with pops of colour from the flowers and greenery.
I’ve absolutely loved revisiting some of the photos that inspired me last year and adding to them for future projects and refreshes. If you want to more, you can find the full selection of inspiration on our Pinterest page!
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