I’ve been collecting pictures of pretty homes on Pinterest since long before we were considering buying a house of our own. I’m so excited to finally have the chance to get to put some of that inspiration to use! The pictures above are just a few of my favourites. I’m really inspired by light, airy spaces, especially when they incorporate wood, handmade and vintage elements. I adore white walls, wood floods and pops of colour.
Our new house is quite a bit larger than any of our previous little homes, so we’ll have to get op-shopping and flea marketing for some new (to us) furniture to fill it, though I’m determined not to over fill it as I’d like to keep the space feeling open and bright. At the moment the house is full of horrible floor coverings (old carpet and lino), apricot walls and hideous vertical blinds but it has so much potential! The rooms are large and light-filled with lovely features like moulded ceilings and big windows. We’re both desperate to strip the floors back to the wood hiding underneath, but sadly I don’t think we’ll have the time or money to do that before we move in, so that will be a project for down the track. We will however, definitely be painting all the walls and tearing down the vertical blinds straight away. Though our renovating and decorating budget is pretty much nothing, so we’ll most likely be DIYing the new window furnishings!
There’s lots to do in the garden too. The house is situated on a funny triangular block so the garden is quite tiny, but there is a side yard (the wide end of the triangle) big enough for our veggie patch. We are thinking of building a couple of raised beds with “wicking bed” watering systems, like the ones featured in this fabulous book. The opposite corner of the garden (the skinny end of the triangle) has enough room for a couple of hens to scratch about, so we are planning to fence that corner off for the chooks to roam in during the day, and building or buying a little house to close them in at night. We also plan to plant a couple of fruit trees along the fence and put window boxes full of flowers on each window. At the moment the “garden” pretty much just consists of crunchy dead grass and one sad little apple tree, in desperate need of some TLC, but we can’t wait to make it a beautiful, productive space.
Have you done any DIY renovating? Or started a garden from scratch? Anyone out there ever stripped back wood floors? We’d so love any advice you could give us! And thank you all so much for your kind wishes on our last post. We feel so honoured to be part of such a lovely, supportive community.
PS I tried to find and link to the original sources for these images but couldn’t find all of them. If one of these pictures belongs to you or someone you know, please let me know so I can give credit!