It may not come as a surprise to many of you that I absolutely love the shabby chic look and have strove to create the look in my own home through decoration and soft furnishings. Lately though I feel as if this isn't enough and being inspired by some of my favourite shabby chic themed Instagram accounts I want to make my home even more shabby chic themed and perfect in my eyes. Looking at my house at the moment you wouldn't even know that a man lived here - God bless Jacek and his willingness to let me decorate however I wish and ultimately, it's only going to get more girly!
One thing that needs to change is how dark certain rooms of the house seem. Two of the room have crimson red feature walls which make the rooms seem smaller and much darker then they actually are. I want to open them up and have the walls painted in soft, off-white colours - the perfect backdrop for all the pretty shabby chic decor I want to bring into the house. I also want replacement carpets upstairs as the current ones are manko and I'd love some real wood flooring in the living room and hall, I've found beautiful white oiled oak distressed look wooden flooring which would fit in really well with the look I'm going for. The distressed wood look is just beautiful.
The house also needs a lot more storage and shelving - ideal to display all our lovely ornaments and multitude of pictures. I would love to find some old furniture - the cheaper the better, sand them down and paint them in pastel mint green, pink and blue shades. My stepdad already has some chairs for me, which will make a great DIY project and a friend of mine has a low chest of drawers which I've been lusting over for the longest time now, I'd be absolutely delighted if they sold them to me because at the moment they are sitting unused and they really are one of the most beautiful pieces of furniture I've seen.
I've featured the pastel patchwork sofa on my blog before. I originally saw it on a Facebook page I follow when a lady had gotten it for her office and I just fell in love with it, it's so pretty! I think it'd be the perfect kind of sofa to take pride of place in my shabby chic inspired home. I don't think I'd ever be able to afford this particular sofa but I wouldn't mind reupholstering our current one in a design like that. I'd love to have bedspreads and quilts in similar patchwork designs and I'm already stocking up on them with my beautiful Beatrix Potter patchwork quilt and cushion, as well as some other beautiful pieces I've gotten handmade and have picked up in local shops.
For decoration I'd like the feel to be romantic. I have lots of glass jars which I'd like to fill with rose lights like the picture above. I love floral themed lights, they'd be perfect for the jars and so romantic in the evenings and Penneys do similar LED versions to the picture above, which are super cheap too. I think it's such a simple idea but really pretty. I'd also like lots of family pictures dotted around the room in white frames. I've picked up lots of beautiful white frames in my local discount store for just €1.49 each so I'll be stocking up on more of them for sure.
I want lots of cosy cushions to scatter around the place. I have mismatching cushions at the moment and I love the mix of floral and bunting prints I have so I'd like to continue with that look.
These are just some of my ideas for my shabby chic inspired home. Looking at the mood board above I'm loving the look of everything and wish my home was filled with all these pretty things already! Are you a fan of the shabby chic look?