How to help decorate your boyfriends’ house

london themed prints iknowthisgreatlittleplace to make your rented house a home

 

The Man at Home

I’m always concerned for guys who share houses with girls. Surely the inevitable girls’ encroachment i.e overspilling of ‘stuff’ and girly touches on mans’ personal space must be inevitable. I’m sure this must often happen to the poor guys, or at least I’m certain that if I lived with one, the bedroom wouldn’t be ours. Oh no. It would be mine… With a lodger sleeping there. I can’t help that I have so many things ok!?

That’s not to say that I don’t like boys’ things or boys’ style. Just check out Mat’s blog for my kinda man things. In this post I’m positively embracing the tastes of my boyfriend and his flatmate both whom, thank gaahhd, appreciate a colour scheme and a nicely arranged shelf.

They’ve just moved into their rented London space, a modern, half furnished white flat in Camden. I can’t lie, I did make some ‘creative suggestions’ and gave them a couple of housewarming gifts but otherwise the style comes from them. I promise.

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room shelves

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room yellow flex cable cage lamp

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room teal telephone

colourful boys house rent interiors guys houseshare

3 part planter succulent plants in rustic pots

juggling balls

easy sofa improvements with colourful cushions

 

 

The Shared Space

So what tips can I make to help with decorating your boyfriends’ house?

1 – Colour lover. We started with colours, naturally. The shared lounge and kitchen took its tones from the questionable 70s style curtains and sofas, plus a contrasting teal tone picked from some even more questionable Greek coasters. With a few colour-coordinating cushions and a throw, we toned down the bright blockiness of the sofa.

2 – Believe it or not, the boys requested more stuff to fill their shelves. Cray right?! A little vintage scavenger hunt in Brixton found a nice old tin which you could pop some ivy into and a teal tray for the table. Display notebooks like this world map journal along with DVDs and books and add a statement telephone to replace your boring black handset.

3 – Let there be light! The amazing yellow flex cage lamp that I had spotted a while back on Such & Such was a definite need plus illuminated the corner nicely at night.

4 – My suggested addition of plants wouldn’t be the guys’ natural choice, but picking succulents and bushy lavender helps make the space feel grown up but not girly and now they love them. Sit pots next to rustic looking candles for a potting shed vibe.

 

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room

england illustrated map

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room primary colours shelves

 

5 – Crockery too cool to hide in the cupboards? Add character to the shelves by displaying nice coffee and tea mugs or a mug with a print and quirky egg cups.

6 – Pick prints! We all love bright graphic prints and those white walls were calling out for them. Instead of banging in nails on the newly painted walls, we went for twist-off sticky pads to tape down the frames. I adore the London themed prints from I Know This Great Little Place. The guys went for a north London themed one (right on colour cue too!) and map of the UK in illustrated place names. Represent! Over on the kitchen side, we picked a bright print with all the London boroughs represented from Place in Print. Why not learn a bit about your city whilst munching on your toast?!

7 – But first, coffee. Liquid caffeine is a pretty big deal in this household. My boyfriend’s a barista so a home machine is as important as a shower. Obviously, they couldn’t settle for anything drab so they picked out this bright orange Dolce Gusto machine. You simply pick up pods with your favourite mixture in the supermarket and pop one in the machine. You control the temperature and strength and in seconds, there’s your fix.

8 – Keep that kitchen tidy. The limitations of drilling into walls makes things like spice racks and shelves a no-go. We picked up this rustic tray, perfect for all the seasonings, from H&M home.

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room

bedroom colourful boys house rent interiors guys room north london print

dolce gusto coffee machine bright orange

easy spice rack tray h&m home

eggs and soldiers in dog eggcups

 

 The Boys Bedroom

1 – The weird thing about boys is that they own fewer things than you. Strange because there’s no balloon pump, compact mirrors or hair ties at your disposal but useful if you want a nice clean looking room. If they are a man of stuff, it’s all about the storage. Pick up colourful boxes from IKEA and align them together on shelves.

2 –  Get those colour cards out again! We went for trusty primary colours this time, with light bright blue to match the Urban Outfitters bedding and colour pops of yellow and red.

3 – Go green. Freshen up the space with bright green plants (I genuinely took a cutting of my bathroom plant and grew it into this beauty) plus pick up some £1 cacti at Columbia Road Flower Market. Boys love cacti.

4 – Lighten up. There’s nothing like a good lamp… Or 2. Luckily there are loads of anglepoise replicas out there now and the studious style looks pretty cool. We picked up the little red one in Debenhams ex-display for a fiver (similar here) which helped towards splashing out on the beautiful blue lamp from Made.com for £50. Worth. It.

 

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room shelves primary colours

bedroom colourful boys house rent interiors guys room london print music station

guys shelf products

bedroom colourful boys house rent interiors guys room

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room decorating with records

 

5 – Push their hobbies. My boyf is big on music, your guineypig, I mean guy might be big on tech, or sport or design. Display those passions and create a space for them to live. A bright red table serves to show off a guitar and the pedals can live underneath. Above we placed a music themed print to tie together the space in colour and theme. If they’re a muso, records are a winner. Frame the sleeves and then place the records on shelves to literally show off your library.

6 – Speaking of prints, did I tell you know much I like them? The London alphabet links the colour scheme, is all designy and makes for a handy reference when you need new things to do in London! The biggest wall serves to show off the biggest print, one I commissioned my bestie Carrie to hand write. If he has passions, get them on paper and frame it. Good gift!

7 – Big softie. Soft furnishings are your final touch. Yes boys, you do need that contrast colour cushion. Look how nice it looks now! Pick up affordable cushions and rugs in H&M, Urban Outfitters and Oliver Bonas.

 

bedroom colourful boys house rent interiors guys room

bright red stripy rug and red chair in a guys bedroom

colourful boys house rent interiors guys room plants

Your Turn!

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5 Steps to Shiny-up your Home this New Year

new year home bedroom decorating plants shelf

 

Refresh your home and life this January!

There’s a lot of talk of renewal and resolutions now that we’re all ’20k 15′ and all that, so I’m jumping on the band wagon and having a little cleanse of my own. Giving your pad a spruce-up is the best start to the year. Come on, it’s time to refresh your home!

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kitchen shelves kilner jars organisation

 

1 – Re-arrange your cupboards

UH-OH:

Unless you’re a magic fairy, your kitchen cupboards are probably looking like a Jenga game stopped mid-play for fear of the dreaded tumble. This was a state typical of my kitchen with my main issue being tea overload. Yes, too many tea box/packets/sachets called for some pretty choc-a-block shelving.

HELLO:

A Christmas gift of cute cork stopper jars later and I was excited to get stuck in.

Buy kilner jars and change the alignment of your shelves so that the height of each shelf works for you. Rearrange your food by what you use the most. I put all my baking supplies on the top shelf, (because as much as I’d love to think so, I rarely get my Delia on) all my teas and drinks in the middle and the new larger bottom section for all my grains, herbs, tins and cupboard essentials. Now it makes sense!

THE TOOLS:
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new year home bedroom decorating perfumes

 

2 – Cosify your bedroom

UH-OH:

If you live in a Victorian conversion like me, chances are you can feel the north wind blow through the hairline gaps in your wooden windows as if there was no glass at all. Useless. Living in a rented house means there’s only so much calling up the estate agents and blasting that mini-heater that you can do, but when I heard about insulating films from my friend, there was hope!

HELLO:

Last weekends task was fitting Tesa Thermo Cover films for your windows. (Note: you won’t be able to open them whilst you have these affixed but come spring you can peel them off easily again.) Whilst the description of ‘simple to mount’ may not have quite fit the mark, (this is a two-man job) once you’ve got the hang of one of one window, the other ain’t so hard.

The light in the photo picks out the plastic so you can see it but most of the time you can’t make them out at all! Prettify your room with plants, candles and perfumes and no-one will ever know.

My second action was to maximise the radiators heat circulation around my room. I previously had a my clothes rail covering 3/4 of my rad. Bad idea Lucy. Whilst my T-shirts and jeans were getting toasty, I was shivering across the room. Now as I write this post I feel warmth. I am actually warm – hooray! Which brings me on to…

THE TOOLS:

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new year home bedroom decorating desk space

 

3 – Re-shuffle your room to fit with now

UH-OH:

Even if you’ve had the same bedroom for years you probably don’t use it in quite the same way as you did last year. I moved in in March and at last I’m starting to realise that the way I’d stored things or configured the furniture didn’t make good feng shui anymore.

HELLO:

I’ve swapped my clothes rail for my desk so that I can get more heat from my radiator and natural light from the window whilst working. The bonus is, now when I walk into the room, it looks larger as my line of vision isn’t obstructed by a busy mass of clothes anymore. I’ve also swapped my lamp bulb for an energy efficient daylight bulb for extra room-freshening ‘sunlight’.

You don’t have to go moving furniture of course. I’m also hitting my shelves and drawers, swapping things out of them to make more sense. My most-used items come to the top, boxes stack in my eye-line and awkward shapes go in the corner where they’re less viewed.

At this point it’s probably also useful to…

THE TOOLS:

 
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new year home bedroom decorating dress rail

 

4 – Have a clear-out

HELLO:

Yes, we all know there’s nothing more therapeutic than ridding ourselves of objects we attached ourselves to in the past. It’s all about tomorrow (and next season now) so get yourself on Pinterest, trend reports and motivational guides then hit that rail and make an impact. Your local charity shop will thank you and ‘ooh! Look at all that new space you have to exhibit your new candle holder!’

MY ‘NEW’ WARDROBE:

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desk inspiration macbook pro, chocolate and colourful books on marble table
 

5 – And lastly, update your website!

OH-YEAH:

Your room is in a state of equilibrium, the scented candles are calming you and your favourite blogs are full of year in rewiews. Now to get back online! Get inspired by looking at lots of different sources, magazines and books.

HELLS-YEAH:

Analyse your website and note what you want to change. Get mobile. Create a private Pinterest board and get designing or contacting those coders. I am weehhhlll overdue a blog redesign so my main goal for 2015 is to get my graphics cap on!

Good Luck!

YOUR SPACE:

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Students! A colourful bedroom = Happy halls

colourful student bedroom

colourful student bedroom

colourful student bedroom

Student Room Tips

Just a quick one this evening! Here’s a fun little project I did the other week to help you university students in Halls of Residence (or anyone in a small rented room!) to make your space colourful, happy and set you up for success! Take a look at the awesome video below to see me talk through my ideal student bedroom and how I decorated it for under £100. (My video debut, Eep!) If you liked my new bedroom decorating post last month then I’ll betcha you’ll love this – you might even recognise some of my favourite pieces!

Keep watching to see how 4 other Bloggers including my mate Mat from Buckets and Spades, would decorate their student rooms.

Find out more about the video and the project on the Voucher Codes Most Wanted blog!

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Watch the Video

colourful student bedroom

colourful student bedroom

Yay Lunchbox – Urban Outfitters (£8) | Biscuit Pocket Mug – Urban Outfitters (£12) | Aqua Vase – Tesco (£6) | Speech Bubble Chalk Board – Urban Outfitters (£12) | Good Vibes Party Banner – Urban Outfitters (£12) | Ethnic Patterned Cushion – Tesco (£4) | Paris A4 Archival Print – Emma Block (£10) | Reusable Straw Cup – New Look (£3) | Desk Lamp – Wilko (£4) | Catherine Lansfield Bumblebee Bedspread – Tesco (from £10) | Storage Box – Wilko (£2.50)

Liked the video? Take a look at how I styled my own colourful bedroom at home.

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Bedroom Decorating Ideas: My Colourful Room!

colourful bedroom desk urban outfitters zigzag rug coathanger wall hangings red metal chair next lamp

My London Bedroom

It’s been a whole 6 months since I posted my new home wishlist but did I get my mits on any of the pieces and how have I end up decorating my new London rented room? As I sign my tenancy for another 6 months, I’m at last able to share how my room now looks! Ok so a bedroom is never really ‘finished’, but it’s at a point where stepping into my own space in the shared house makes me feel right at home!

Decorating a rented room can be a little daunting, those white walls staring at you and the countless potential furniture arrangements can leave you either getting nothing done or just throwing your stuff anywhere and hoping for the best. Luckily the experience of  Visual Merchandising at Liberty came in handy and although I took a couple of risks, I think I’ve got an arrangement that makes sense for me. There’s also the palaver of sourcing just the right items. Finding a desk that was ‘right’ was my most missionous task. *Perfectionist Alert!* After searching online and on Freecycle, a Facebook call-out led me to Elodie who, moving out, gave me hers!

colourful bedroom fun prints notonthehighstreet moha totes amaze balls

colourful bedroom sweets ikea geometric mug pot plant next white lamp

colourful bedroom frame as tray DIY candles storage solutions jars colourful bedroom accessories wooden boxes nook corner

colourful bedroom bookshelves orla kiely mug lomo camera cute accessories

hola! postcard initial coaster and mini palm plant on a glass desk

colourful bedroom shelves candles minnie mouse pen pot bright bazaar book

bedroom shelf wooden box with cute little succulent plants glass jar candles

Get your own bedroom decorating ideas!

So what bedroom decorating ideas can you take from my room? How about using big glass jars to keep your hair tongs or beauty bits in, or using a dolls house for shelves? The most Instagrammed part of my house is the wall above my desk which features posters and post cards hung up on my Grandma’s old wooden trouser hangers (which you can probably find in vintage shops) and a copper hanger which I picked up in my favourite shop in Sweden.

In terms of storage, I’m pleased to have the perfect sized boxes from ikea that tesselate neatly into my shelves, keeping everything tidy. I’m pretty obsessed with light so I’ve tried keeping some of my furniture white and hunted for lots of lighting! I’d always wanted a retro style floor lamp so this one and it’s sister table lamp from Next was a perfect nab.

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Pinterest is my ultimate bedroom decorating ideas inspiration, obvs. Even after a couple of minutes, I was damn adamant I needed wooden trays, cacti and a marble table top. DIYs were my friends in my rather budget room. Spotting a tray idea led me to scouring local charity shops for the perfect mirrored frame and cute wrapping paper to make my own. My favourite item in my bedroom is without a doubt the amazing zig-zag print rug which was a generous pressie from my Besties. There’s no better was of hiding that yucky default rented room carpet!

Can you spot some of the items from my wishlist that I ended up getting for my room? Are you in the middle of moving in? Let me know how you got on!

colourful bedroom white vintage clothes rail and white wardrobe with dolls house white storage shelves

Urban Outfitters grid print bedspread white DIY drawers marble table top next lamp sliding windows summer bedroom

marc johns banana print cute mushroom plush toy tiger coathanger fun bedroom details
plants in your bedroom succulents cute ornaments on white shelves

marble table top turquoise storage box plants and perfumes in bright light bedroom window

shiny gold mug cute ornaments on shelf

inside wardrobe

white coat stand next

colourful nike trainers

Shop My Room!

Floor lamp, white desk lamp, coat stand and yellow candleNext / Gold mug and copper coathanger – Lagerhaus / Wooden trays, boxes, cacti, yellow bin, black & white mug – Ikea / Zig-zag rug and bedding – Urban Outfitters / Clothes rail – ebay / Books – Bright Bazaar, Adorn, Grace Coddington / Prints – Moha London / Red metal chair – Out There Interiors

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Bank Holiday Weekend Picnic!

tala retro baking drinks party

anorak horse print cool bag and picnic treats

party straws spot print paper straws

fruit infusion punch jars DIY summer party

colourful garden party drinks

Garden Party

Happy bank holiday weekend everyone! Just a quick one to inspire you to add a touch more sun to this otherwise pretty dodgy August weather! (Seriously now, there had better be more summer to come, right?) Today my friends and I are making the most of our newly spruced up balcony by pumping up the Old School playlist and raiding the cupboards for any oat cakes, sweets and popcorn. During said raid, I did manage to find a box of cake mix and quickly rustled up some mini cakes in a cupcake maker (yep, I’m feeling lazy!)

Do you like our pretty retro bottles? They’re perfect for party drinks and here I’ve created a mojito, Pimms, fruit punch and gin & tonic cocktails but you could also make water infusions, lemonade or try my coconut caipirinha cocktail recipe! As for the little ice lollies, they’re spiked too! Just add a tiny drop of alcohol into the mix and they should still freeze. Let’s hope we don’t fall off the balcony! Have a good one!

tala kilner lock vintage style glass bottles

yellow and blue mini party cupcakes

tala mini ice lolly rings

tala mini ice lolly rings

Tables and chairs – John Lewis Kissing horses print cool bag – Anorak / Vintage style bottles – Tala / Ice lolly moulds – Tala / Blue bowl – TKMaxx / Straws – Lagerhaus / Napkins – Granit / Pom pom balls – Smallable

If you fancy going the whole hog and getting your bake-on, why not recreate these burger cupcakes?!

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