Monday, 26 August 2013

Sanctuary- A bit of interior design

Hi Lovelies!

I'm here with a bit of an interior design post today. This is something not many people know about it, but decorating and interior design is something i've always really enjoyed and take quite a bit of pride in. I think this comes from a combination of my love of all things aesthetically pleasing and my OCD.

My first dive into the world of taking hold of the design reigns took place when I was 16, just as I was finishing off my GCSE's and had my first job; I saved for months to pay for everything I needed and completely changed my bedroom; from wallpaper-ing to uncovering and renovating a fireplace.
This isn't an excellent picture, but as I no have that bedroom, it's the best I can do!

It was with great sadness that I had to leave this bedroom behind just over a year ago when we moved house. At first I was pretty excited at the prospect of having a room that wasn't square shaped, and I was excited to have a room on it's own floor- oh how foolish I was. Whilst I do love having my own floor, I have since discovered that a room that is not square in shape only causes me to have OCD related breakdowns, and has often resulted in me frantically rearranging or re-decorating my bedroom.
I haven't got a complete photo of my bedroom to show you, because honestly, I don't really like it (for the above reason- I hate the shape of it!) Despite my efforts to make the best of a bad situation, it just doesn't sit well with me. I do have small parts that I take pride in, however, and these include the handwriting feature on my wall and my choice of wallpaper; highlighted with vinyls pinned to the wall.

As you can see, I really do take pride in adding bits of my personality to my room. I honestly can't wait until I can afford to move out, I feel like the amount of stuff I own simply does not belong in one room and I'm crying out for more space to call my own, decorate and have things sit nicely the way I would like them to.
After that long ramble, here's the main point of all of that! We'll be moving house again in a few weeks (I think) and I'm told the room is square in shape HOORAH! This has taken my mind away from how much I detest my bedroom to the excitement of re-decorating the next bedroom. For this, I have actually utilised pinterest (something I still don't fully understand) and these are just a few things I would like to use in my next bedroom. 

My Pinterest board for this (is that what you call it?) is aptly called:

There are a few elements that are really important to me when decorating my bedroom; 
I love books- they need to be on display. I aim to get some shelving on my walls rather than using a book case, I just think this makes better use of the space that is available! 
Photographs- the walls of my bedroom kind of act as a montage of memories, this includes photographs, notes, tickets and so forth- I'd like to keep this up but by styling them in a different way (such us clipped to string) it will look less haphazard and more thought through.
Tie dye- I'm planning on keeping my walls fairly minimalist, I've since discovered that I should stop wasting my money on wallpaper (at least until I settle down in my own house) and just let the furniture and other decorations do the talking. This is where tie dye comes in. I LOVE tie dye, and as I'll be painting the walls cream, what better way to add vibrancy than with tie dye!
Dream Catchers- My dream catcher collection is modest, but it's something I'm slowly expanding on. As above, they act as an excellent way to add a bit of colour!
Chalk wall- This is something I decided I wanted about a week ago; a chalk wall. Perhaps not an entire wall, but a small piece anyway. Instead of painting quotes as I have in my current bedroom, I can use my chalk wall and change it as and when I please. I might also let me friends have a doodle on it too, maybe, perhaps.
Desk- I hate my current desk, it's too tiny and it's so overcrowded. I want to get a simple white ikea desk, perhaps the Micke Desk, and I can guarantee that slight change will make my life so much easier (and calm my OCD down a bit.)

I want to start getting more white furniture, because I think they just look a bit...cleaner? Although I am in love with my bed frame, so that will be staying- even if it is dark wood. I think with the right accessories it'll be easy enough to tie in with the rest of the room. 
There we have it!
You can expect an update on this in the future, perhaps with a video of the process of creating it and a post about the finished product (if all goes to plan!) 

I find myself getting really caught up on these things, and when I get an idea in my mind I feel like I want to execute it straight away- it actually drives me a little insane, but I feel like by making a pinterest and making this post it's a small step in the right direction.

What do you think of posts like this?
If anybody out there is similar in the way of OCD and unsettling room shapes causing anxiety- please do let me know in the comments below! It'd be lovely to feel crazy with somebody else :)


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  1. Love this post! Soo nice. PS, Love the design of your blog! I am about to follow you,
    maybe you could head over to my blog and follow me too?

    1. Thank you!! I'll certainly check out your blog now :) xo

  2. I love this! I know what you mean! In my room at my parents house there was one of those chimney walls, but it wasn't in the middle of the wall, so the gap was different widths either side - IT DROVE ME MAD when I layed in bed haha.

    Love dreamcatchers, they remind me of my nan so so much!!

    Thanks for sending over your blog <3 xx

    1. Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets irritated by things like that!
      Thank you for commenting! xo

  3. I love interior design too. Nice pictures :)
    Adela x

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