Another month and another update of I’m-still-at-home. Chez Daisybutter has been in the works for what feels like an eternity! Whilst it’s been in the making, Harvey and I have been squirreling away at our plans for the new place and renovation and décor ideas to make our first house a real home.
I haven’t shared much interiors content at all since I unceremoniously moved back to the UK – although I’ve recently been producing a fun ‘In the Kitchen With’ series – so I thought this’d be the ideal opportunity to share some of our very initial first home plans. We’re hoping to buy a three-bedroom home with a little garden, so that it’ll house our vegetable patch plans, kitchen-diner, an office/studio and a spare room for guests, or even a nursery in the future.
Here’s a room-by-room walk-through of our first home plans…
Like I mentioned in a previous post, we’re going for a cosy bohemian vibe in the living room with soft texture, a warm and airy ambience and plenty of rattan details. Harvey is adamant he wants a corner sofa but I’m over that. Praying to the sofa gods that I’ll be able to convince him to let me pick a deep orange velvet sofa! I’m really into this boho, earth child vibe that’s everywhere at the moment, perhaps a nod to the climate crisis we find ourselves weathering (badly).
Harvey and I don’t live together at the moment, so we’re really excited to have a living room where we’ll be able to relax, put our feet up in and really make into a hub for the house. We currently live out of our bedrooms and it gets suffocating to say the least!
Instagram and Pinterest have me thinking we’ll be able to move in and renovate our kitchen-diner of dreams immediately. Of course I know this won’t be the reality, but it’s nice to dream. We’re hoping to buy somewhere that needs either the kitchen or the bathroom renovating (with the other being somewhat liveable), so that we can really put our stamp on it. I’m absolutely obsessed with cooking fresh and we can’t wait to have somewhere to create delicious vegan recipes!
Right now, we’re thinking dark Shaker cabinets – I know, so mainstream blogger of me! – with an oak worktop – don’t @ me, I’m positive of this – and some open shelving to keep the space light and airy. We’d love to have our dining table in the same space, accompanied by rattan chairs to continue the mood of the living room, and have in mind an elevated, cosy coffee house feel. I’ve already picked up some prints from Desenio that encapsulate our caffeine addiction perfectly.
When it comes to our bedroom, we’ve been considering a number of options. I originally wanted a rattan-focused room, but in the end realised that it could date fairly quickly and wouldn’t necessarily provide us with the soothing, relaxing properties of our dream bedroom. So that idea has been vetoed. And on the opposite side of the spectrum, Harvey dreams of a Japanese tatami platform bed, which I feel like would just incite back problems. Back to the drawing board!
After staying at The Tire Station in Amsterdam, we fell in love with the idea of having a corkboard wall behind our bed. The concept is that you can pin stuff to the wall and create a super personal aesthetic. I still LOVE this idea, but I also worry that I’ll get bored of the DIY look over time. What do you think?
As a business-owning, blogging, gaming and all-round nerdy couple, we knew we wanted a space that’d become our studio and office. Leaving our hometown and moving a touch further away from London enables us to buy somewhere with a little more space. Over time, if we find we need the space for guests, children, etc., we’d consider building a garden office but right now the plan is to have one upstairs.
Sage green walls, custom-built bookcases and all of our trinkets is the name of the game here. Whilst our other rooms are somewhat ‘themed’, this one will completely reflect all of our interests. We’re particularly excited to hang our travel scratch map, One Piece mosaic puzzle and our complete Pokémon card collection.
Finally – apologies, I didn’t think this post would be quite so long! – our plans for the main bathroom. We’ve looked at houses with en-suites and some with downstairs toilets, and are still yet to find an actual house. So we’re focusing our efforts on the main bathroom.
The dream is, of course, to have a freestanding bath and actually this might be possible given the amount of space in some of the houses we’ve viewed. I’d love for it to be a mix of tiled and wallpapered walls, with a statement pattern that we can use as the key inspiration for the room. And please God let me have Crittal-style panels for the shower!
And there we have it! A very, very initial peek into the renovation and décor plans for our first home together. Follow me on Pinterest where I gather most of our interiors inspiration.