After a recent move to D.C. I realized that my home decor scheme needed, well, a scheme. I was all over the place – country rose patterns, modern lamps, leather furniture, and Monet prints. It was bad. While it was a culmination of things I loved, they looked like a horrible scene from “House Crashers.”
As a fully-grown adult, Glosse Girl, and Refined Side writer, I knew it was time to get my stuff together (get it? My stuff? I’m so punny) and create a cohesive style to my home. After all, this is the place I live. It should be a haven where I can relax and – well, quite literally – feel at home. After much deliberation, I decided on what was really important to me and what I wanted my home to look like.
I didn’t want new furniture. I have a beautiful, antique cherry bedroom set, a fantastic gold tone wing-back accent chair, and a great dining set. I didn’t want to buy new furniture, which would cost a fortune, so I knew I had to work with what I have.
I wanted to be in London. Also, vastly expensive. So I had to make my home feel like England. A Union Jack and stuff sheep on the bed, a map of London on the wall, and a few tartan touches brought Blighty to Washington. It also helps that I have two shelves filled with tea and another dedicated to British fare.
I love being warm and cozy. I certainly wasn’t a “minimalist” who could live in clean lines and concrete. I love being wrapped up in a cozy blanket, snuggling my fur baby and sipping from a warm mug. I didn’t want to feel the breezy cool of the beach, or the chic style of the city. I wanted the warmth of the country. With a gold theme, a sheepskin rug, and two down blankets on the bed, I’ll never feel chilly again.
My place now looks and feels really lovely, filled with things I love in a cohesive, blended way. I had to toss a lot and buy a lot, but the end result was beautiful. Here are a few of my favorite pieces that inspired my bedroom look: