Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nesting

As promised, here are a few pics of our new home. It's not exactly what you might call a finished project, but it's already starting to feel nice and homely.

Our previous place was fully furnished, so we were basically starting from scratch when we moved. A trip to Ikea took care of the bed. The chair is 1970s and was free, from the office where Matin used to work (which has closed down - the reason for his transfer and our move to London).

Hat storage is a perennial problem, so I took a tip I'd seen on a few other blogs and hung a few of my favourite hats over the bed. I'm trying to ensure that everything in regular use is easily accessible - which brings me to my 'bedside table', a small stack of vintage vanities containing (from bottom) more hats, belts, and gloves - I'm in these on a daily basis so it makes sense to have them within easy reach (they used to be on top of the wardrobe, and I was pulling them down every day - I like this much better!). On top is my jewellery box (a recent car boot sale find for £2 - yay!), which I'm keeping in view to remind me to wear more jewellery.

We have a big built-in double wardrobe to replace the beautiful-but-tiny vintage wardrobe we used to share, so for the first time I can have all my clothes in it (except a few proper summer clothes like shorts, swimsuits and one or two sundresses, which I've packed away in a vacuum bag under the bed). I've got all my handbags in the bottom, and on the shelf boxes of hats and fascinators, and suitcases of scarves. Shoes are on a shoe rack by the front door.

And so through to the living room... Where I have a little workstation - and more hats.

After trawling ebay and the car boots for weeks in search of a formica table, Mummy found this one at the depot of a charity she works with. The atomic-y fruit bowl came from - ahem - Asda.

And here's what my sewing machine cabinet currently looks like when not in use. The record bowl of bangles will move into the bedroom once we have a chest of drawers or dressing table, but it's quite fun here for the time being. My sewing patterns and 'mending pile' are stored inside the cabinet.

That's all for now - I'll post more pictures as we get settled in!

9 comments:

  1. Lovely start! When I was in university I moved every 2 years and I really liked decorating a new place. Have fun!

    If you'd like to check out my dressing room you can see it on my blog here:
    http://butterfliesanddaisysvintage.blogspot.com/2011/08/more-dressing-room-storage.html

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  2. It's so beautiful. You're a lucky girl to have a fella who doesn't mind a pink bed!! My hubs finally settled on yellow but I do yearn for a pink chenille bedspread some day. I adore the pattern of your formica table and your red suitcases are lovely. Wall storage is so perfect for a hat collection. My favorite part of moving is spending time decorating! I've found a lot of cute ideas on pinterest. Have fun in your new home!!
    x

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  3. I love your bedrm-it looks warm and cozy and organized-I am sure you feel great about it. I love when a project is done!! Congrats! xox

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  4. Lovely! I love how your hats double as decoration. And that record bowl is so cute! A friend just gave me a stack of old, scratched up records so I can finally try some of your tutorials! :)

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  5. Very interesting to have a look into your new home. Great ideas!
    Have a colourful day!

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  6. I am going to steal your cases-as-a-bedside-table idea. My bedroom is a mess thanks to lack of small scale storage AND I need a bedside table. 3 cases = problem solved!

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  7. I'm in love with that hat, the card box, the teeny suitcase and the bangle bowl, it all looks great

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  8. Looks like it is shaping up nicely :)

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