I’ve put these Room Reveals off for so long because none of my rooms feel 100% ready to reveal….
There are so many aspects that aren’t finished or require extra budget which we just don’t have at this time! Renovations are expensive y’all!
Anyway, the time has come for me to just get real, and reveal!
Most people who renovate their home won’t be able to afford to furnish or decorate their home immediately. We are “most people”.
Our home is a shelter for the family who live here. We’re just grateful we have a roof over our heads. It’s not a show home. It’s real. That means we have cupboards with no doors, no art on the walls, one mirror for us all to share and very “real” kids rooms that would horrify interior magazine editors!! The front entrance of our house still looks a bit like a building site and probably will be for 2 years or until we can afford “Phase 2” of building a double garage!
If you can look past the upheaval and not quite perfect entrance… you arrive at the front door and enter into my home…
This is a little alcove created by an exposed brick wall (which I LOVE) and a last minute addition to our plans – the guest toilet.
In our previous home we didn’t have an entrance hall, just a table for dumping keys on off to the side of the lounge, so it’s really “grown up” to have a little space that welcomes visitors to our home and I’m grateful for it.
We’ve used the same side table but brought a lamp in that once was in the lounge area… it’s not my favourite lamp. It could probably do with an upgrade but as I’ve mentioned, renovations cost cash, and lots of it!!! We don’t have too much left to play with when it comes to decor. That will all have to come.
What I have done with this little space is group a few of my favourite trinkets into a little display. I got this idea from one of my current favourite books, Styled by Emily Henderson (recently mentioned in My 5 Favourite Finds series)
Emily is an interior stylist and blogger and I’m so in awe of her work. When I’m big I want to be just like her!! In the meantime I’m following a few of her tricks – one of which is to group some of your special things to add personality to your living space. This is probably the only part of the house where I’ve done this (I live with kids!) but I really love it.
I grouped mostly white things here to contrast against the red brick. Some of the items on display include two textured vases from the Woolies sale, a little bird dish that was a gift, a scented candle which I light when I have guests, a piece of coral to remind me of my travels, a little cut out tea light candle holder (another gift) and a framed print depicting the world and where my heart is at (Cape Town!) and a little mirrored tray for popping my keys or post.
If I’m lucky enough to have any fresh flowers in the house this is usually where I’ll pop them… I find seeing some of my favourite things whenever I enter or exit my home makes me feel really happy and brings a smile and sense of calm to my day…
So, that’s it…. My first Room Reveal, although our Entrance Hall is a slightly small “room”.
Come back next Thursday for a sneak peek inside the Guest Toilet…
And please do remember to let me know what you think in the comments below!
Images: Kathryn Rossiter