‘Pretend my house is a dolls house, but on a bigger scale’
That was my pitch to my friend and fellow blogger The Shopping Sherpa when I invited her to help me sort out my house. She specialises in building scenes around themes and individual items with the objects she has at hand. I, on the other hand, had a houseful of great stuff, but was clueless about how to arrange it so that it looked great and became a welcoming place to live. It was a perfect match.
We worked for almost 7 hours (with my partner’s help) trying out ideas, theming areas, making scenes and eventually going shopping for the bits that were missing, which turned out to include a full set of dining chairs. My partner and I have been staring at the new look since we downed tools last night – it’s completely changed the feel of our home, and all for the better. One interesting change I’ve already found is in the reading nook – it used to have a chair, a coffee table and a lamp. It was very comfortable, but somehow I never ended up wanting to read there. Now it’s got a couple of extra chairs, a foot stool, a huge book case and a completely different feel, making it a perfect place to disappear with a book; or with my dinner as you can see in the last photo below. The only drawback to taking this on is the way it’s changed the way I look at the areas that haven’t been styled – now I want to dive in and work on them as well. Here’s a quick gallery of what we got up to. Each photo has a caption that’s easiest to see if you click a photo and then click though the gallery from there.