Here’s what I’d like to do in the new year to make our home feel better right now. Little changes we can enjoy straight away. We’d like to move eventually – these are all things we can either pack up and take with us, or that we can accept leaving behind.
We’re all set to re-paint our kitchen and put up some new shelves, but I’d also like to have our hall and landing redecorated. Four years of sticky fingers and scooter scuff marks have taken their toll. I’d love to have it papered, but I think it would be ruined very quickly. Instead, I’m thinking about what paint colours would work. It’s a dark hall, with poor natural light. It’s beige at the moment with white woodwork, which looks ok, but a bit dreary. It desperately needs character. I’m leaning towards a pale bluey-grey, like Parma Grey by Farrow and Ball. Or possibly Borrowed Light, which is supposed to be great for dark spaces (see below).
Buying new lampshades
I have a small confession – our house has the worst lampshades. Dusty, cheap paper globes from Ikea. I want to ditch as many of these as we can next year, swapping them for something with just a tiny touch more personality. For the hall, I’d love a traditional lantern. I particularly like this one from Laura Ashley:
In our other rooms, I’m looking for quirky, but simple shades. We’ve been yearning for one of Lush Design’s shades for a while. Their Cottages and Castles design would fit in perfectly in our sitting room:
Finding a use for our spare bedroom
It doesn’t have a bed in it, so what is it? A laundry room, mostly – which is a bit of a shame. It seems a little silly to waste any more time using it as a ‘nothing’ room. James and I would both like an office space. We decorated it last Christmas, and now all it needs is a simple desk. Currently I work at the kitchen table, and it would be great to shift all my clutter into a dedicated space. I’d love one of these desks from Ikea:
Creating a vegetable patch and buying a small new shed
We’ve toyed with the idea of building a big new workshop in the garden, but for now, we’d like to invest in a small, inexpensive shed instead. We already have a large shed, but it’s very old, and it would be great to have somewhere dry to keep our bikes. I’d paint it the same blue as our playhouse. We’d also like to create a small vegetable patch at the end of our garden. We once had dreams of raised beds and paths, but I think it’s time for something less ambitious (and expensive). Just a simple patch of earth. Winter is a great time to get digging, so we need to get going. Here’s a picture of an old shed of mine, to give you some inspiration:
I hope that these projects will help us get more out of our home over the next year – to make it a nicer and more rewarding place to be, but without spending too much money in the process. And if we do spend money on it, I’d like it to be on things we can see and enjoy straight away!
What are you hoping to change in your house next year?