Is it Spring yet? Never mind, I’ve started my cleaning and decluttering a little earlier and finally got around to some of those tasks I was putting off. You know the sort, tackling the pile in the corner, cutting down my ridiculous amount of notebooks and giving everything a bit of a dust.
My rented room started off a bit bare back in the day but is now a haven, albeit with an eclectic selection of homeware that has to be confined to my four walls. You see, I’m collecting things for the hypothetical London abode I hope to have one day, even though the economy, common sense and my lack of deposit would say otherwise.
I thought I’d share some of the simple updates I’ve made to keep me inspired and well-rested for 2017. I’ve also learnt how to use a spirit level (next I’ll be putting shelves up)…
A Gallery Wall Refresh (Without Reading Any Advice)…
So after planning one gallery wall, I figured that adding some new additions would be a bit of a doddle. Insert the appropriate gif here. You can probably tell I like a range of styles, anything from vintage Vogue covers to minimal quotes to naive illustrations. I soon realised that they weren’t necessarily going to go together, no matter how many Pinterest inspiration boards I kept staring at.
It can take a bit of trial and error to get the right combination, so when King & McGaw offered to send a few new prints over, I decided to challenge myself and create a refreshed wall. They have a bespoke framing service, which is handy if you struggle to find the right size or don’t have the foggiest about mounts and colour combinations. Everything arrives in a secure package and they’re a pretty impressive gift idea.
I realised that it’s important to have a bit of a theme in terms of colour and genre, so I browsed the entire site and noted down what I was instinctively drawn to as a starting point. I went for a colourful version of an East London tower block, this geometric masterpiece plus one of my favourite artworks from the Matisse exhibition.
Being the keen bean I am, I planned everything out on Photoshop around the three prints and whittled down anything in my existing collection that could work well with the primary colours. When they arrived I ended up creating another arrangement on the floor then completely changing it again once it came to hanging them. This is what happens when you don’t read one of those ‘How To Create A Gallery Wall’ type posts, the width would have been completely wrong above my bed and I realised that I needed to work around the bigger prints.
I’m now really happy with the outcome and it seems like a more sophisticated, cosier assortment. Of course I’m sad that some of my other prints didn’t make the cut, but I’ve dotted them around on shelves for a bit of variety.
Out With The Old Mattress (That Came With The Room)…
I was also in denial about the origins of my mattress. Lucy next door could always tell when I was awake thanks to the creakiness and even though it was okay, I wasn’t sure if it was helping me get the best night’s sleep. Step forward Eve, a snazzily branded sleeping solution that democratises the mattress-buying process, especially for us millennials that have probably never had to invest in one. It defies logic and arrives compactly rolled in a box, before eventually expanding to its full size. It probably wasn’t the best idea to test this out in the hallway, before a solo Friends-style ‘Pivot!’ moment trying to get it into my room.
So what’s memory foam like? It’s comfortably firm, supportive and I feel a helluva lot more reassured knowing that it’s contouring to my body. I’m now more conscious of winding down before bedtime and even though I occasionally will get a 3am brainwave, it’s probably down to social media addiction rather than the quality of my mattress. I also decided to treat myself to some new bedding and stumbled across this La Redoute set, since I can’t quite stretch to House of Hackney.
Actually Look After Your Succulents
When you live with a bit of a horticultural hun, it’s going to make an impact. I’ve gone from barely keeping flowers blooming to a growing succulent collection and seems like they’re going strong (although one does keep leaning to the left). Sophie’s post confirmed that I needed to let more greenery into my life and it’s probably the closest I’ll get to embracing the Pantone colour of the year. My room is starting to feel a bit calmer thanks to these, especially since I’ve been trying to use my co-working space more and keep stir-crazy days to a minimum.
Next on the list is a Monstera plant. I have no idea where it’s going to go and I’ll probably need to study a manual, but it’s definitely nice to have something to care for that suits flatshare life.