When it comes to homes and interiors, the thing that I struggle with the most is tuning in to my likes and dislikes. I have an appreciation for so many different styles and eras that if I'm not careful I end up with a mismatched mess. This is the only downside of Instagram for me. There's an abundance of talented stylists and photographers posting the most inspiring images day in day out. I fall in love with a dreamy country escape one minute and then I'm all over a Californian beach look the next. I find that it really confuses my brain and somewhat dilutes my own sense of style. So, whenever I have a home project to tackle, I tend to soak up all these images and then lock myself away from them all to try and process what I like as opposed to what I want to live with.
This is exactly how I went about tackling the styling challenge from lovely homewares expert, Rose & Grey when they sent a selection of bloggers three wild flower jam jars and told us to go off and do our thing. I took to Pinterest, created a new board (All About The Jars) and pinned like crazy. And then I waited a week. And pretty much shunned all of the ideas that I'd collected and went with my own very favourite style ... light, bright and fun.
Apart from my master bedroom, which has a very muted colour palette, our entire home has pale walls and floors but wonderfully bright pops of colour everywhere, be that through paintings, cushions, prints, flowers, vases, or even things that the boys use everyday, like colouring pencils and straws. So I decided to use the three vases to create a display that reflects my home and my family. Light, bright and most importantly, fun.
I used self-printed luggage labels and twine to add an extra twist to each vase. Plus, I'm all about the labelling and organising. I can't help myself.
These three Mary Poppins books were childhood favourites of mine. I remember sitting in the window of my grandparent's dining room on what seemed like a huge rocking chair at the time (my aunt still has it and it's actually a very normal size) and spending hours pouring over those stories. The sentimental gene seems to be somewhat lacking in my makeup but these are very precious to me.
With any home or styling project that I tackle, I'm exceptionally keen for the whole family to be represented and, with two little boys, colours and straws almost litter every room in our house. The wire mesh lid on the jam jars makes them perfect for storing and displaying anything long and thin like these.
I couldn't help but put together a simpler, more muted version for my bedside table. It has a much calmer vibe to it but probably wouldn't work anywhere else in my home. I love it though.
How would you describe your home style? Do you find it confusing to narrow down exactly what you like with so much inspiration out there?