6 Of My Favourite Pieces In My Home
If I could have been anything I would have been an interior designer. I know what you are thinking, "Why aren't you?" Well, when I was a very impressionable teenager, a careers adviser organised for me to meet with a local interior designer to chat with her about the industry. This women then went on by saying that I shouldn't even bother perusing this particular career path because if I didn't know anyone, then I wouldn't make it. Wow, thanks lady. What a way to shatter a 15 year olds dreams. From what I know now, it is a tough industry to crack. But, even if she was right, she definitely didn't let me down gently. Who knows, I could have been great. So, for now, my love and passion for furniture, colours and home decor will have to stay confined to my own four walls.
Unfortunately, going down to one income and adding another mouth to feed to our little family means that this particular passion of mine has come to an even bigger halt (new cushion or nappies for the week?.....hmmm). So, I can either sulk about it or I can get creative and use what I have. The other thing this has made me truly think about is the fact that we actually have a lot of stuff. We are blessed and there are a lot of people out there that would feel so incredibly grateful to have what we do. Even though it is not the furniture and decor of my dreams, it could be a heck of a lot worse. As much as I would love to do a complete overhaul, my new life situation has really made me learn to be content with what I have. I don't have the latest and greatest of everything but, it is not a need. It is a want.
So, I got to thinking. Instead of focusing of everything I would love to change why don't I focus on the items that I do really love? Here goes...
My bookcase is made of five rough and completely untouched crates. Maybe the up-cycle trend of crates and pallets is done and dusted but I actually really love this bookcase. It somehow brings a little texture and rugged personality to our living area. It isn't mixy-matchy with the rest of our furniture but it ties in well with the natural earthy tones I have gone for which is a combination of light wood and grey with little pops of navy and brassy gold.
The best thing about this piece of furniture is that it was completely FREE! Josh grabbed the crates that were left lying around from his Christmas work party and banged it together himself. Homemade is always better anyway.
Don't hate, I loved Twilight when it came out OK.
World Map Canvas
I love maps and globes! (I really want a globe). This is actually a map showing the principal steamship routes and submarine cables, making it a little unique from most world maps. It is navy with touches of brass which ties in perfectly with the rest of our living room. This was a bargain! Purchased from Nood for $150 (roughly). HALF PRICE. Was definitely a spur of the moment buy but how could we not?! I love art and it can really bring a room together.
My one piece of simple advice when purchasing art would be to really consider the space you are purchasing for and make sure you LOVE it. Never buy for the sake of buying!
Jamie Kay Cross Blanket
There is something about black and white that I just can't step away from. As much as I would love to add a soft, feminine girly touch to our bedroom I can't resist the clean, crisp monochrome look.
I am extremely specific about how the bed is made each morning. Everything has its place. Including this blanket. In saying that, on the odd occasion that Josh does make the bed I am grateful for the effort and I do leave it be. (Ha)
The Jamie Kay Cross blanket is a bit of a splurge item though. (Totally worth it). Luckily, I was completely spoilt and my mother in-law Jo, gave it to me for my birthday. Thank you Jo!
For practical reasons, it is always good. I am one of those hot sleepers so I hate having lots of layers of bedding, even in winter. So this is perfect for when it gets a little chilly in the night. Pretty and practical (also reversible).
Also, I always lean toward plain (generally white) duvets so mixing it up with different throw blankets is my way off adding a point of difference. Keep it simple people. Unless you love colour, then heck, go crazy! DO YOU.
Excuse the white dog hair... seriously, you cannot get rid of it.
I don't know what it is about cushions but I am obsessed with them! Like, I actually cannot get enough. So weird right?
One of my all time favourite home decor stores is The Design Depot in Hamilton (one day I will own the contents in this store I swear). Casually strolling around the store and what do you know, a bunch of cushions for $10! (Last seasons, making way for the new). This little gem was hidden in the stack. I get that there is nothing overly special about it and a tiger might not be to everyone's liking but there is something about it that I love and that is all that matters. Maybe it's because tigers are my favourite animal. I don't know.
Again with the left over crates. We do actually have proper bedside tables but our teeny tiny bedroom couldn't fit them and the bassinet when Eva moved in, so out they went. Pieces of wood nailed to the top to create a flat surface and WHA-LA, they were the perfect fit. Eva has now grown way to fast and is in her own room but, I definitely prefer these. So, until my creative, furniture budget is extended, they are here to stay and that is fine by me.
I find they also add a touch of natural, rustic softness which this otherwise stark room definitely needs.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall
My final pick of the bunch is the round, copper framed mirror in our bedroom. A Kmart buy, would you believe?!
Everything in our room is very square and straight edge so the round mirror breaks that up a little. It also ties in the copper bedside lamps. There is also something about the chain that really appeals to me, maybe it adds a little more depth and texture to the room. Almost like a piece of art.
Because it is placed on the opposite wall to the windows, it helps bounce the light around the room making it feel that tiny bit lighter, brighter and bigger.
The fascinating thing about my 6 favourite items list is that they are far from being the most expensive pieces in our home. In fact, funnily enough, they are actually some of the cheapest. As much as we would all love to go and splurge on the most stunning and beautifully unique pieces of furniture, home-wares and accessories, it is totally not necessary. There is always a way to satisfy that design desire by working within the confines of any budget.
Right now, even shopping at Kmart for things like this is not on our to do list. So, like I said at the start, learning to love and be totally happy and content with what I have right now is so important. At the end of the day it is only stuff. Do you need to be more content? I challenge you to go around your home and find 5 items you love the most and focus on that, not on what you want to change.
Probably an idea we can and should apply to other areas of our lives too.
What is your most loved item in your home? Was it a splurge or a save? Comment below.
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