After living like a gypsy and moving to different locations for the past five years, I finally settled into my new house about two and a half years ago – my first “real” home since leaving my parents’ house seven years ago. Since then, I’ve kept everything – in terms of interior design – simple and clutter free. But lately I’ve been inspired to redecorate my house and give it a bit more personality and colour. I’m tired of my current colour scheme of magnolia and brown and want to transform my house with a look that resembles one of a high-end hotel, rather than the identikit look it currently has.
First on their way out will be my original, hasty furniture purchases. I’d like to take a bit more time finding designer-look sofas, coffee tables, and bed frames – but without breaking the bank. Impossible, you say? Well, I’ve been having a look and I don’t think I’m that far off the mark.
I’d like a mix of modern and vintage, to reflect my tastes in fashion, but as we all know, this is easier said than done. Furniture stores’ interpretation of “modern” can often be construed as … well, tacky. But I’ve recently discovered Made.com, which specializes in design-led furniture at a fraction of the high street price. I love the Conran shop too, but it doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily pay the prices!
The sofas are my favourite part of Made.
For something slightly bigger, and to entertain friends, I might opt for the Flynn, 3-seater sofa, which is elegant and definitely one that reminds me of the Parisian hotel-style look I’m aiming for.
I’ve seen sofas like these (of lesser quality) on the high-street and gawped at the over £1,000 price tag, so £599 seems much more affordable. Again, I’d probably push the matching grey cushions to the side and throw on my own, brightly coloured ones, which would look fabulous against the cool grey of the sofa.
For a coffee table, I’d like something in a rich, deep mahogany colour and in a shape that can really serve as a centrepiece in the room, serving as an anchor. The open shape of this one from Crate & Barrel is appealing:
But it’s also, as the website says, an example of understated elegance.
In the bedroom, I’m looking for a bed that’s well and truly grand – I’m really going for that “hotel” look here, and currently, it’s a tie between these two from Restoration Hardware in the States:
The Maison bed has a grand, luxurious headboard, reminiscent of Parisian hotel design and the border echoes that of what I love about the Flynn sofa from Made, above.
I also love this French Wing bed, also from Restoration hardware:
It has a very boutique feel to it and there’s something very romantic about waking up in it every morning. It can also be bought with or without the footboard, which I may consider.
To accompany it, I found this mirrored bedside table from the ever-popular American site, Pottery Barn:
The mirrored look will help keep a light, airiness to the room, which is what I love most about staying in boutique hotels.
And this Chloe vanity table, also from Pottery Barn is just perfect: look at the size of that mirror!
I love how it comes ready with hooks – as if it read my mind! I’d have a place to hang my jewellery and scarves. I also love the ornate curve of the legs and the desk itself. I can already see my perfume bottles and makeup carefully arranged along the table.
So far, those are my possible picks for my bedroom and living room, but stay tuned for more when I show you my dining room and study options!
Until the next time, xoxo