Thanks for bearing with me as I moved house, you guys. I’m all unpacked and have bought an aggressive number of cushions, so I thought I’d give you a few sneak peaks of the new digs!
As much as I LOATHE moving house, I love the post-move moment when you are all unpacked and the horror show of physical labour and being permanently sweaty has become a distant memory. I insist on being fully unpacked as soon as possible, so I tend to push myself a bit too hard to get all the jobs done (alone, thank goodness for all that gym time because gosh darn oak furniture is heavy AF). This time around that’s resulted in a minor knee inflammation scenario that’s requiring physio but it did mean that the movers left at 4:30 on Monday afternoon and I was fully unpacked and eating hotcakes at Aro Cafe by 10am on Tuesday morning. I was then tired for a full week. Hurrah!
I brought all the same furniture and most of the same homewares from The Dollhouse to this new place (working title: The Eyrie), which makes it easier to decorate – I was just replicating a look I had been playing with over the past three years. I did upgrade to a new book case, and I bought new cushions and a throw for my bed as well as a new plant (from Yvette Edwards) and pot for my bedroom. You can see from these photos that my number one decorating move is to make a room into a particular colour theme. My bedroom is that light pink and soft browns; my living room is terracotta and navy (and some pops of oranges and greens) and my bathroom is pistachio and charcoal grey. Easy-peasy, and keeps you on task when you are surrounded by 15,000 cushion options.
I also made some simple upgrades to make the place more cosy and enjoyable to live in. One of the biggest was brand new curtains for my bedroom, with blackout lining (so amazing). I seriously recommend blackout curtains – my bedroom is pitch black long before it’s dark outside – and I think if you’re at all interested in sleep hygiene then this is an investment worth making. I bought some cheap and cheerful curtains from The Warehouse, since this is a rental, but when I buy a place (*crosses fingers*) then I will make sure any drapes in my bedroom are impenetrable.
I also bought new knobs for my dressing table and the sideboard in my living room, after 5 years and 3 years respectively of hating their original knobs. Changing out hardware is ridiculously simple to do, and can completely change both the look and experience of a piece of furniture. The new knobs on my sideboard are much easier to grab and pull, and I cannot tell you the joy I feel at being able to open a drawer to get a tea towel even if my hands are wet. I found it impossible to find knobs I liked in New Zealand (looking online and in local hardware stores only, I hasten to add), so I ordered mine from the US and the UK (Anthropologie, in particular, has amazing options if you are in the mood). It was reasonably expensive at a couple of hundred dollars, but I will be using furniture with drawers for many years to come so consider it entirely worthwhile.
Much of what you see in these photos is thrifted. The two artworks above my sofa were both Salvation Army finds (both less than $25, both original art works rather than prints). The little mid-century modern chair was also an op shop find, and I love him because according to the stamp on his underside he’s all the way from Hong Kong! Buying a seashell necklace for a few dollars is a super cheap way to add both colour and texture to a bookcase shelf; picking up lamps or pottery or beautiful brass photo frames means you can add individualism and interest to the room. I’ve mixed in cheaper finds, like my cat plate from Daiso and a plant pot from Kmart (I KNOW! Who am I?!) so that I can have utility where I need it – that cat plate is there purely to hold my earrings and my biscuits when I’m having a chill out on the couch.
I’ve obviously gone Full Midcentury when it comes to the style of much of my furniture. A lot of this came from Freedom a few years back, courtesy of my Mum’s staff discount, and it’s fortunate for me that the style I’ve appreciated since my relative youth is still going through a renaissance. I think part of the key of buying into an era or trend in your large furniture is to mix it up in other ways, so things don’t look too “cosplay for your home”, as a friend described it. There are other mid-century style markers in this house, but overall I’m careful to avoid looking like I’m trying to stage my house for a low budget television drama. I’ve read a number of books on 60s style, though, and truthfully there’s a bunch of pictures saved in my Notebook app that I plan to fully plagiarise when it comes time to decorate my forever house. Plus – bring on the day when I can upgrade my Nood bookcase to the designer bookcase of my dreams!
A home has to be a place where you are comfortable, and just like personal style, home style is very personal. We all know I love a good culotte, midi skirt and button shirt – and I also love a good house plant, slightly shit piece of pottery and flamboyant art piece. That’s my entire aesthetic, and I like breezing about in an ankle length silk skirt and watering my nine houseplants with a pink watering can I bought at Japan City many years ago. I think I’ve honestly reached the point now where I have all the things I want and need in one little space, which is a pretty amazing place to be! Here’s to a year in The Eyrie, and new adventures in a new home surrounded by my same old stuff.
My fabulous shirt that I'm wearing above is new season from Kowtow: here.