Now that the garden is waning, although the roses are still blooming, my focus tends to shift indoors. Over the summer months, my house is wholly neglected… dust bunnies collecting in corners and the chandeliers laden with dust (I don’t want to look too close, is that a spider’s web???)…not to mention the basket of ironing that conveniently has been put out of sight. I usually (always!) drag my feet getting back to these domestic duties. But, like everything, thinking about it takes as much time as digging in and getting it done!
Once the indoor spaces are clean and shiny again (which will take some time!), I get restless and start thinking about refreshing the interiors. I’m stuck, though. Our home is ideally suited to our lifestyle, so any significant changes are not warranted...but my desire to change things up is gnawing away. Rarely am I at a loss for a new project, so this is new territory for me! What would I get rid of to make room for something new? This is my dilemma…hardly a problem to fret about!
We’ve lived in this house for 24 years…where on earth does the time go? Before we moved in, we did a major renovation, and I can honestly say it has held the test of time. I can’t imagine redoing the kitchen, as it works perfectly…it does need a thorough cleaning of every cupboard and surface and probably (for sure) some decluttering. I’m more than happy with the tiled floors on the main levels as they have easily handled the wear and tear of 4 dogs (and us) tracking in and out multiple times a day, and I am still happy with the wall colours as is. Hmm, what shall I do?
Magazines, YouTube and Pinterest are my first resource for inspiration. Like the current fashion trends, “quiet luxury” seems to be the look to strive for.
The “Manor Style” aesthetic (a grand home on a large estate) some designers are discussing is a pipe dream for most of us; however, I don’t believe they suggest that only mansions can acquire this elevated look.
Creating that sumptuous and timeless look can be achieved with a neutral colour palette (soft greys, beiges and whites), furnishings and accessories in natural fibres (wool, cashmere, cotton/linen and silk), and elements of marble and brass, adding both texture and depth.
From stately homes to humble dwellings, this style is not to be mistaken as a “glam” look; instead, it’s simple, warm, calm but elegant.
Some things I would add to the ideas from the above would be fresh flowers, plants and the soft glow of beeswax candles. I will buy and force more bulbs as the holiday season is not far off.
Watching the unimaginable pain and suffering that we hear about or see on TV...daily, so many people in this world who have no home… makes me so thankful for my home, my sanctuary. I’ll admit that I’ve taken my home for granted…I’ve never felt it was replaceable, but I didn’t value it like now. Our homes provide safety and comfort from uncertainty.
Yes, I would love a Paris apartment or a London townhouse, but at the end of the day, I love nothing more than coming home where family, friends, and my sweet (naughty) little dog are nearby.
Are you considering a renovation or decorating project over the winter?