I have worked as an interior designer but I couldn't find my way in combining creativity and commerce. For me decorating a house takes love and patience. You combine the different pieces like a jigsaw puzzle and in the end all the pieces united form a warm and welcoming home.
As individuals we should be able to create our own style and that is a journey. But it is a very interesting and creative journey which leads us through different styles and possibilities and finally to our own personal style.
I do hope that anyone who has questions about how to handle certain problems with decorating or choosing furniture and colours feels free to ask me. Or maybe you want to share your decorating journey or ideas. Anyway, I would be glad to hear from you :)
There is so much I want to share with you on decoration, colours, textures and my love to create that I don't know where to start. Perhaps it is an idea to show you my house first. So you can get an impression of my own personal style of decorating.
I live in a cute little house in the east of the Netherlands. The weather here is not very appealing to me although I was born here. It rains often and even after 35 years I am still not used to that.
So I decided to paint my house in the colours that remind me of the sun. And it worked, because now even when it is raining I am warm in my little pumpkin house :)
When I am in the mood for something else I just change the colours of the fabric and the candles. A new pillow on the bench and it all looks completely different.
The living room had an uninspiring clean white wall covering. But it was too expensive for me to do it all over. Fortunately it was structured wallpaper! So I could paint it first and wash it with terracotta pigment. Now it looks like a very old wall.
There are lights behind the folding screen that give a wonderful accent to the woodwork.
The pillows are made of leather strips and I bought them in a second-hand shop. They match the couch perfectly. I love it when old and new furniture come togetheter.
A good investment were branches and leaves from all kinds of exotic trees and plants. Most of them I have for several years and they still look gorgeous. You can use them over and over again and apply for a still life as well to cover up something. That last one is my specialty ; )
Here some ideas for decorating with leaves, branches and flowers. I also like to use pomegranate or Cape Gooseberries (Physalis). Just above you see a walnut and a branch of a date palm.Now a days even at your local flower shop you can find the most beautiful exotic fruits and branches.
I don't find these big white machines very appealing, so I created a secret corner for them behind the mask. The bathroom has tiles in a strange green colour. But because I rent my house I am not allowed to change them. So I painted the bathroom terra and added some green Mexican masks. Now I feel at home in the green.
And here ends my first blog entry. I hope it has brought you some practical ideas or inspiration :)
Tomorrow I show you my kitchen together with some decorating ideas.