When it comes to our house renovation, I know exactly what I want from each room. I know how I want to feel when I walk into it, I know what functions I need it to have and the atmosphere it creates. But putting all of that into some kind of reality is a different story altogether. Starting from scratch and having a blank canvas is stuff of interior dreams but finding homeware inspiration and filling those spaces in the right way is overwhelming. I find myself pondering over paint colour for hours on end and buying new hangers for my wardrobe is taking the best part of a week – seriously, pink or black?!
As exciting as all of these decisions are, they’re also incredibly daunting and I find myself second guessing my choices on a daily, OK hourly, basis! I’m generally not an indecisive person but I’m very conscious that I want to make smart decisions – I want everything to marry together without it looking like a show home. I want our house to be completely ‘us’ and be made up of personal, gorgeous trinkets from our travels and little reminders of our life together. So, no pressure!
It’s taking me a long time to move forward with the house and, believe me, it’s not for want of trying. I’m constantly discovering new places to shop and that’s mostly down to research and lots of inspiration for every purchase. I know these aren’t ground-breaking finds, but these are some of my go-to tools I’m turning to to get me through this interior stand-off!
Forever my go-to for well, EVERYTHING, Pinterest is my number one when it comes to homeware inspiration. Treat it like a search engine and you’ll find yourself down a rabbit hole of wardrobe storage ideas and lusting over cushions you definitely don’t need. To avoid wasting an entire day scrolling (it’s happened!), tackle it room-by-room and narrow it down to specifics like ‘gallery wall ideas’ or ‘indoor plant inspiration’. I then make individual boards for each space which I always revert back to before I click ‘buy’ on anything to make sure it’s not a random purchase that won’t actually go with anything! I’m definitely someone who screen shoots their way through life so I always make sure I upload photos from my phone onto my boards so everything is in one place. You can have a nosey at my boards here
I think I’m the only person in the world who didn’t know this but I discovered that if you click on the search button on Instagram and scroll across at the top to Decor there is a whole new world of homeware inspiration at my fingertips! A total interior porn hub if you like and it’s amazing. The great thing about interior Insta accounts is that 9/10 they tag everything in the picture making it so much easier to buy straight from the app. This isn’t always the case with fashion accounts which is really annoying but it’s basically a virtual shopping list on interior posts. I have an entire folder dedicated to saved images on Instagram that I plan to buy from or at least be inspired by when it comes to renovating our other rooms.
What I love about the interior accounts is how friendly they all are! There’s no ego or cool, minimal captions, you get a real insight into these people’s lives and thought process behind each room which gives this real sense of community. These are some of my favourite accounts that are perfect for some gorgeous homeware inspiration.
As much as I love to have a snoop around other people’s houses, every now and again I like to let my imagination run away with me and dream bit. Like, unrealistically big, and head to sites like Elle Decor and Architectural Digest to swoon over the 7-figure houses. But every now and again there is some genuinely useful ideas on there that can be applied to any sized abode like the sites Clever section which speaks to interior newbies like me. Other great underrated sites for interior inspiration include My Domaine, The Coveteur and The Telegraph
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