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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Make a House (Share) a Home 🏡

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I've just resigned my contract for another year in a house in North London so thought it would be an apt time to give you an updated tour of my own little room. Obviously the title of this post tells you straight away that I live in a house share with three other people (one of which, Verity hey!, I would now call one of my best friends) and so I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I've done to make my empty shell of a room into a cosy home.



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First things first, just a little disclaimer that I ain't no Laurence Llewelyn Bowen (remember him?) when it comes to decorating and I'm just going with what I've seen on Pinterest, read in magazines and have learnt from my mum. I feel like there's five basic things you can do when you move into your new room and it's things that mean you don't have to drill holes in your rented walls (I have a new found love for Command strips), spend a whole lot of money or even make that much of an effort.

SHOW OFF YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS

When I came to view this house and then was led up to the room, it was quite empty and not really full of things that had any personality. My room has a lot of shelving - which is super hard to find in London - so I wanted to take full advantage of that by adding my big fashion and art books, TV, vinyls and general miscellaneous artefacts I take with me from home to home. I keep things like the iron, towels, hairdryer etc hidden away as it completely takes away the personal feeling of the room. I also keep all my shoes, bags and bedding in storage under my bed to just pull out as and when I need them.

ADD PICTURES OF YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY

I cannot tell you how much of a difference this really makes to your little room. I recently finally got around to creating a photo wall of some of my nearest and dearest and it was the easiest thing. I have a wall that has a fireplace (unfortunately not working) on it so wanted to bring a bit more character to the wall and knew I just had to do a photo wall. I had picked up my frames from car boot sales and 'bargain' stores whenever I'd take a trip home so already had those ready and waiting to be used. This was also when I purchased some command strips (Verity had recommended and the trust is totally there), they're super easy to use so after I'd worked out where I wanted the different frames to be on my floor they were super easy to put up on the wall and the final result is amazing. If you have the wall space to do this I cannot recommend it enough.

INJECT SOME LIFE WITH PLANTS & FLOWERS

As I mentioned just then I have a fireplace in my room and it always tends to look a little empty without anything in it so I always make sure I have a pretty bunch of flowers in there. I also have a terrarium with a cactus in it and a name-less green plant that I picked up from Columbia Road Flower Market. I still need to get him (called him Jeremy, because all plants need names) a pot that fits him in better but for now he's quite happy in the corner of my room. 

MIX UP YOUR TEXTURES

This is key when you want to get your room feeling all cosy and snug - particularly in autumn and winter. I picked up a rug from Argos that was really cheap and, whilst I do have to clean it every now and then it makes the world of difference in my room and I'm so happy with the feel it gives to the room. I wanted to inject as much texture into my room as possible so picked up some cushions  fair few months ago and a throw that I was given from the a press event with Next

INVEST (BUT NOT REALLY) IN SOME SOFTER LIGHTING

I hate, hate, HATE using my main light as I just find it way to harsh. So, I found a nice way to make my room a little less bright is by using a low energy lightbulb number one, but also just not using the main light at all. I use my lamp which has been with me through my various moves and a huge stag head that I got as a sample from work, as well as some fairy lights which, let's face it, just make everything seem more magical!

I hope this little post has given you some inspiration if you're currently in the house share situation or even just renting a whole home. Have a lovely rest of the week!

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1 comment:

  1. Your room looks so lovely! I'm currently in a house share too and my one struggle is keeping everything in one room,it ends up feeling cluttered. But storing things under the bed as you suggested is a good idea

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