We’ve only really ‘finished’ the porch and cloakroom in the cottage so far (I say finished…. it’s not really. We still have filling and painting of the skirtings to do, the toilet to buy and fit, and then the drainage and water to connect up… but in terms of the work we need to do in the rest of the house, I class this as finished!)
These two rooms make up the first extension we’ve added to the cottage, but they’re also the smallest rooms in the house and we still have a long way to go.
Even though we haven’t technically finished them, I have had some lovely comments from friends, family and colleagues about the style and high standard of finish I’m achieving in these rooms. A lot of people have asked how I’ve put this together- with reclaimed bits and pieces, upcycled furniture, bargains from EBay, Ikea, Homebase and B&Q along with some more extravagant lighting fixtures and the limestone flooring (this is where we chose to spend a bit more money.) I always feel terrible, because when asked this question I always give the extremely poor response of ” I don’t know” . I don’t want this to come across as cocky (don’t get me wrong I realise that some people may not like my style) but I truely and honestly don’t know how I make this look like it does.
Some people spend hours online, saving pins and working out how they can create that look in their home. I too look at Pinterest for inspiration sometimes, and I’m a sucker for any home related magazine (much to Mr D’s disgust!) but to be honest, as much as I like the images that I use as inspiration, that’s exactly what they are to me. I may see a double page spread that I love, and everything about it looks beautiful, a glossy magazine home, but at the same time, I never want to copy it because it’s not me. It’s not my style.
The truth is, I don’t know what my style is. I haven’t got a clue, and a lot of the time I feel so confused by that. I love lots of different styles, country, scandi, industrial and rustic. I do worry a lot of the time that when we’ve finished the building and restoration work and the time comes to decorate the rest of the house, it won’t flow through from room to room because I love such a mis match of styles.
But I’m a creative, and I have to trust that. I work with my hands everyday, and I love texture. I sculpt and animate everyday. I have a keen eye for detail and I know what looks good compositionally. I am surrounded by so many creative friends and colleagues within the studio where I work, and these people provide me with inspiration everyday. Whether it’s someone making a prop that I love for the film, the clothes that someone is wearing, or someone doing an upcycling project at lunch time, I’ve discovered that I’m inspired by so many things.
Many people have a ‘look’ that they want to achieve in their home, but I don’t. I don’t even know what my ‘look’ is, and this does scare me a little. But I like that feeling. I like the feeling of the unknown, not knowing what it will turn into, not having a room planned. I like being able to collect things as I see them, and building on the room, rather than going to a well known company and buying all their furnishings so that the room is finished in one go.
I just want it to be personal to us, and to reflect who we are. At the end of the day this is all I’m trying to achieve. Somewhere that we feel is our home, and no one else’s. It’s unique to us. It’s obviously a bonus that some people like it too, and I’m really pleased that my unknown, spontaneous mix of many different styles appeals to other people. I hope to provide those people with some inspiration along the way too!