So we’ve well and truly noticed that Autumn has arrived. The leaves are changing colour and the air is a degree or two chillier. Some of us even have the heating on. If you’re busy thinking of how to give your home an update or even a facelift this Autumn season read on for some inspirational yet very achievable projects you might like to undertake.
If you haven’t upcycled anything yet this is your chance. Even if you don’t fancy upcycling you might like to renovate an old piece of furniture and give it new life. I’m not one for many renovation projects (my patience isn’t what it should be) but recently I updated an old, vintage dressing table and I’m thrilled with the results. It’s inspired me to be more adventurous so I’ve been looking at this book by Rebecca Porter: Upcycle, 24 Sustainable DIY Projects.
The book includes step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the upcycled designs of 24 international product designers. It’s a great book if you want to be challenged to be creative and find your inner upcycler. It has some great, high-end upcycled pieces that would create some striking designs for your home this Autumn.
Redecorate the Bathroom:
It’s often the forgotten room in anyone’s home, and mine is no exception. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking around bathrooms recently as we plan and build our new en-suite. It’s really tiny of course so no need for any grand plans, but a smaller bathroom often needs a great deal of thought to get right. One way to really rejuvenate a bathroom and give it an instant facelift is to add some lighting. Most of us are probably guilty of not really giving this aspect of bathroom design much thought, but we really should consider how to light this space. Spotlights are great but can be harsh, and you’ll need detail lighting too, such as on an illuminated mirror. Wall lights, if you can install any, add a wonderful, softer lighting to the room, great for long, relaxing baths. The image above is from VictoriaPlum.com where I found some great inspirational advice on how to design your bathroom, so do check them out. They’re really the experts, not me.
Create a Wall Collage:
No matter what your style or how you like to decorate your walls, there can be no greater pleasure than creating a bespoke wall collage or wall gallery. You’ll have an abundance of old pictures if you look, and if you don’t then take yourself off to the nearest charity shop and see what you can find there. Bring together an array of images that you love, particularly if they tell a story or share something of who you are, and start displaying them on a wall. Do this several times over in different spaces in the house, and if you can, rearrange or add to existing galleries to give them a fresh breath of life.
Images: Jen Stanbrook || Victoria Plum || Bolig Magazine