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Beady-eyed readers will know that this year, I’ll be finally buying my first home and going it alone in the UK.
I previously lived completely solo in Hong Kong and furnished a two-bedroom apartment from scratch, so the task doesn’t feel too immediately daunting. But I’ll be purchasing a HOUSE (I feel far too grown up writing that!) and with that comes a plethora of other missions.
First of all, Harvey and I will be living together at long last. We’re both incredibly excited but I’m sure it’ll be a big learning curve for us both.
On top of general concerns about having to live with a boy, I’m fairly sure that decorating will be a little different this time round. In Hong Kong I had the freedom to furnish my pad with as many light tones and pink accessories as I wanted; this time, we’ll be compromising and ensuring the place looks as functional and aesthetically pleasing as it can for both of us.
Next, we’ll have rooms! Multiple rooms! I’ll be purchasing a two-bedroom house so that we have an office space that can double as a spare room should any guests come to stay. We’ll likely have a dining room (I didn’t have one in my open-plan apartment) and a fully fledged kitchen to kit out… It’s all very exciting and very, very intimidating.
I know, I know… It’s good to start minimal and slowly build a design aesthetic as you live in your space, but it doesn’t hurt to browse and familiarise ourselves with the sorts of things out there.
Thankfully, I received the newest At Home books through the post a number of weeks ago and they’ve been really useful in guiding us with the vision of our house. It’s good to be prepared, right?
Bohemian At Home
Bohemian At Home has been my favourite book to pick up and flick through, make notes from, and generally act as my new-house bible. I’d really like our house to be minimal, earthy and light, featuring rattan pieces and soft linens. But I fluctuate between that vision and my original inspiration to opt for rich, opulent colour palettes with velvet and brass elements. Bohemian At Home is full of useful ideas, colour palette-curated rooms and cleverly introduces you to key items in that design theme, meaning I’m much clearer about the sort of living space I want to create.
I’d really like our house to be minimal, earthy and light, featuring rattan pieces and soft linens.
Japanese At Home
On the other hand, Japanese At Home has been a guiding star for Harvey. He is adamant we’ll have an elevated floor-style bed, light wooden touches and an airy element throughout. Japanese At Home shares the same format and includes room-by-room guides as well as features about specific furniture pieces that help to cement the ‘look’.
I also have two other titles from this series, and they’ve been brilliant for helping us research the sort of house we want and how to achieve the look. I’d totally recommend them to any interior design enthusiast or if you’re attempting to redo a room if your home.