When we bought our new-build family home three years ago I thought that styling it would be the EASIEST thing in the world, ever. A blank canvas. A new, fresh start. No lumpy, bumpy, wallpapered walls. Perfect, clean lines and the ability to put our own stamp on it.
Oh how wrong I was.
When we moved from our 1900 cottage in North Wales (with bags of features and character) to this brand new house we initially brought all the furniture with us and plonked it in. It looked OK (especially when you’re still in that unpacking boxes stage and are consumed with tasks such as changing your address and enrolling your family everywhere).
Somehow though, over time, all our country and vintage stuff began to bug me — and so slowly we either moved it into the garage, sold it or painted over it with grey chalk paint.
I liked it all for a little while. I decided to go down a very contemporary and modern road as I thought it was the right thing to do when you owned a new-build. But then lately (I couldn’t put my finger on why) I felt as though it wasn’t looking homely enough for us.
After chatting to some friends on Instagram who are amazing at their interiors, and pinning MANY images on Pinterest, it finally clicked as to what it was missing. I realised that the images that I was lusting over had a lot of natural textures in them. And wood was a big clue.
I realised that by stripping out most of our wooden furniture, as well as not having any features in our home, and going too grey & white had made it feel stark and not as homely as I wanted. Great for a flat in New York but not for our family house in the Midlands.
I’ve therefore been adding items back in. When I’ve been out shopping I have been buying textures such as wood, jute, hessian, straw, wicker and metal — as well as lots of green plants and plenty of faux fur cushions, throws and rugs.
I talked about how Dave stripped our kitchen table back to wood and again that has helped to make the kitchen feel more welcoming.
I’m still massively into the Scandi trend; I like white walls and minimalism. I can’t do the ‘new dark walls trend’ everyone loves, nor bright colours, as they don’t work for me but it’s the textures and natural elements that I like. And so this is what I have been trying to add into our home to make it feel more lived in and homely.
For now this is a little corner of my office, which I am pleased with. I love how it’s all coming long.
Peg Board / Violet & Percy
Faux plant, Prints & Rug / HomeSense
Wooden rail / H&M
Plant and little pot / Homebase
I’ll also share with you more progress around the house as we make it.
Love, Jess x