We’ve recently purchased our first house and will be moving in over the next couple of months. After years of apartment-renting, it’s a blessing to have a place to call our own and I’m VERY grateful. However, instead of unleashing my inner interior designer, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. I’m not very good with “blank canvases” and I don’t know where to start….What paint colour should I use? What furniture should I buy? Which pictures should I hang on the wall? Do I need curtains?
I’m good at looking at a finished room and saying “I love this”…I’m not very good at assembling beautiful pieces into a cohesive whole. Furthermore, although we love our new home already…we only see ourselves living there for the next 3-5 years (it’s in the ideal location, but as our children grow up, we’ll need more space). So I don’t want to invest in furniture pieces that may not translate into our next home.
As with most big projects, I’ve tried to break this move into “babysteps”. There are only 3 rooms that will start from scratch (children’s room, living room and furnished basement). I have furniture for the other rooms, and will just have to focus on arranging them in the best way, along with any other required finishing touches. My first step was to make a binder with photographs and floorplans of every room. I used colouring pencils to sketch in furniture placement, and added notes at the bottom. Here’s a peek at my Master bedroom plan:
The next step is visiting design websites (here are a few favourites: House & Home, Style at Home, House to Home) I’ve always saved decor inspiration pics, but I’m doing targeted searches now that my needs are more specific.
In terms of design style, I used to be into Shabby Chic and French Country – and while I still enjoy elements of those styles, I’m also drawn to sleek and modern pieces. Sadly, the best way to define my current style is “Hotel” (!!!)… I love how 5-star hotels are so restful and elegant, with concealed storage for most items. Now I know that it doesn’t really count as a design style – but it is something I’d like to aspire to as I decorate my house.
As I progress with my move, I hope to share some of my projects on this blog – and hopefully get some feedback and ideas from my readers 🙂
What type of decor do you like? Do you have any home decorating tips to share?