A weird thing has started happening as I’ve gotten older. Gone are the days when I could spend a week in a bunk bed in a hostel, and when I stay in a new place I find it vitally important that I have a comfortable bed.
While travel will always be a huge part of my life, I’m starting to realise that I’m getting excited to decorate my next home. I see this a a rite of passage, when 20-somethings decide what they look for in a home, the style of furniture they like, and whether they consider their parents taste to be similar to theirs, or if they’re ready to take some risks.
I’m planning to move in the next six months, and I’m expecting it to be a pricy time. I want nice, classic looking furniture. Storage is important to me, and I love personal touches like pretty mirrors and scented candles.
The lounge is always going to be the centre of my home. Along with entertaining friends and family, it’s where I’ll be found most days, curled up with a good book and a coffee. I want big, squishy sofa and armchairs. I also love sofas which pull out and become beds, especially since I have a lot of friends who would like to come and stay (especially after a few wines).
I’ve seen a few different styles of armchairs and sofas recently and while they often look modern, they rarely seem comfortable. I’m a big fan of taking a nap on the couch, and believe that it should have big pillows, and a nice shape which is perfect for relaxing on.
I also want to have some brightly coloured ottomans, and a nice big wooden coffee table. I’ve always found bean bags to be a good option, especially if you have any kids who are visiting, since they’re usually pretty easy to wash. Just watch out if you have cats, since they’ll sometimes sharpen their claws on them, leaving beans scattered throughout the house.
One thing I love about furniture shopping, is reading reviews, choosing my pieces, buying them online (Tesco Direct for example have a great range), and then having them delivered. Gone are the days when you’d need to hire a trailer and take a day out of your life to go choose your furniture. With such a huge amount of variety online, the hardest part is picking what you’d like to have in your home.
While I’m excited to start furniture shopping, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little intimidated. But I’ve realised that tastes and fashions change over the years, and if I realise my bright pink couch was a mistake in a few years, there’s no reason why I can’t gift it to charity and choose something a little different. Often we put so much pressure on ourselves to have the “perfect” house, that we forget that decorating is supposed to be fun. And the best rooms have personality and a mixture of tastes and styles.