Ahhhh decorating. DON’T YA JUST LOVE IT?
Well no, actually. I don’t love decorating.
Pinterest, blogs and mags are very good at making me think I should love decorating, but by and large I don’t. It stresses me out.
The trips to B&Q. The embarrassing desire to point out to everyone that you liked palm print before it was “a thing”. The cost. The getting the stuff in the car. The constant tussle between practical living and “but it will look great on Instagram”. The lost lie-ins. The realisation that your husband definitely doesn’t see colours correctly. (Okay maybe that last one is very particular to me but THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PINK AND WHITE AND I CANNOT ARGUE ABOUT THIS ANY MORE WITHOUT LOSING MY SANITY).
We had the floors sanded last summer along with the entire downstairs re-painted (just in white, because I am terrible at making decisions) and whilst I was – and still am – thrilled with the results, it was a big three week job. The electrics were all changed. Terse words were exchanged daily. I even went to Homebase despite vowing to never give them any money again after hoover-gate.
But I do love the sweet sweet relief of a room being “finished”. It’s enormously satisfying. This room has become a firm favourite simply because it’s DONE.
And I’ve realised that soft furnishings and decorative details are the easiest way to change rooms without going slightly doolally. I really do stress about paint and wallpaper, but I get nothing but joy from pictures and cushions. (God damn you mother for being right all along – there really is no such thing as too many cushions and I’m sorry we ever doubted you as children).
Having acknowledged that I can actually enjoy home improvements without becoming a nervous wreck, I’m trying to breathe some new life into every room at the moment.
I’ve started with where I work in the kitchen, as that’s where I spend the most time…
Yep, I decided my home office should become a TV room (lol @ my priorities) so I’m currently working in the kitchen until I decide whether or not to convert the upstairs landing into a study.
I love working in the kitchen though, it’s bright and airy and HELLO! I’m right next to the fridge so obviously that’s a constant source of delight.
Then I’m working with Command this year as a brand ambassador, so I’ve become a bit obsessed with their hooks and I’m trying to come up with as many reasons as possible to put them up everywhere. Right next to where I type away all day I’ve used a Command Small Clear Hook to hang this “NO” banner…
I like it because it reminds me to say no more. In a world of sickeningly cutesy motivational messages I like the power of just saying no sometimes. No to stupid ideas. No to time-wasters. No to things that I don’t enjoy.
I’ll be sharing a few crafty Command projects across the year, but let’s just say I have some SERIOUS Christmas plans. You’ll have seen a sneak peak actually if you watched vlog 17 when I was in that gigantic country house, but you should prepare to have your mind blown come December.
The glorious thing about Command products, which you’ll know full well if you’ve ever used them, is that they’re completely fuss-free. They’re ludicrously easy to put up and to remove, meaning if you’re like me and get incredibly stressed about hammering holes into freshly painted walls you can now embrace putting pictures up willy nilly. And if you’re renting, they’re a god-send!
I’m going to spend the May Bank Holiday putting up a bunch of frames, so watch this space for some tips and tricks. (Well, maybe not tips and tricks, but a better insight into how to use them if you’re not familiar!).
I’m in illustrious company as a Command ambassador, alongside Sarah Akwisombe, Hannah Gale, Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn and Geraldine from Little Big Bell. They’ve all shared some fab interiors ideas already on their respective blogs.
I am – without any shadow of a doubt – the least crafty of the bunch, but hopefully that will go some way to show that even complete klutzes like me can use these strips and hooks. (I really did amaze myself with my Christmas project at the fancy country house. HURRY UP DECEMBER SO I CAN SHOW OFF ABOUT IT).
Now that I’m happy with my kitchen desk, I want to move on to jazzing up our bedroom and my bathroom. I’ve bought a heap of storage boxes to try and bring some sense of order to my bathroom but the idea of *actually doing it* is scaring me a little.
I’ve also got one final unpacked box from the big move two years ago, so I should either unpack it or face the fact it can’t have anything important in it given that it’s still sitting unloved in the corner of the bedroom. Perhaps I should put it on eBay as some sort of lucky dip mystery box?!
Here’s to home improvements! Even if they’re teeny tiny ones.
I’ll be working with Command throughout the year on various home projects. All thoughts are, as ever, my own. You can read more about how I work with brands here.