quirky interior moodboard

What makes a house HOME?

I always wonder: what is that secret that makes home feel HOME. Why some of houses I’ve been to feels cold and empty, even though they full of modern things? Why some pretty cheap and simple stuff can make the space shine and feel cozy? What’s the secret to be able to express your personality to your home?

I feel that some people do not care that much about the space they spend a lot of time in. It is just furniture, walls and floor for them. Just that. Some people however attach too much. They keep buying things they do not need, keep adding to the room that is already too much.

I believe that in order the house to be HOME you need to love it. Of course it can be very difficult to love your home if it’s: tiny/neighbours too noisy/dark/not enough storage/cold, etc. But there’s always a way to make it better/cosier/prettier. And for those who care about their home – here’s a small list of ideas:

  • Fresh flowers. Make a rule to buy a bouquet from time to time. Mark you calendar, so you don’t forget. Find the flowers you love. The smell, the colour. It brings the room back to life. It really does. Try it!3-beautiful-little-red-flowers
  • Throw all the ugly bits. For example, old rugs or towels. Things that you think you need, but secretly hate. There are lots of places online where you can find gorgeous accessories that won’t squeeze your purse. Trust me! and if you need any help or advice – just send me a message or email: rutalauzi@gmail.com I will be glad to help!
  • Buy a plug in freshener. There are so many different fragrances that I am sure you will find the one you like. Or experiment a bit. My secret tip: plug it in near the entrance – every time you come back the nice aroma will meet you right there.
  • Deep clean/organize your wardrobes. Throw away/sell/give to charity things you don’t use/need anymore. You (and your wardrobes) will feel so much better!wardrobe
  • Artwork/photos. Refresh your walls with funny pics of your family/friends. Check Etsy for the work of local artists. Print a quote. Paint a canvas yourself? Limitless options. img_0973
  • Buy a tester paint pot of your favourite colour and paint your flower planters. Or a triangle on your bathroom door. Don’t be afraid to be creative. You may surprise yourself.5010212528570_01c
  • Get a small LED light garland . It does not have to be Christmas to pull it out and hang it on: your wall/fridge/table/window. It adds coziness and a bit of festivity. Sometimes it’s all your home needs – just a little bit of light.original_heart-birdhouse-fairy-light-garland

All in all don’t be scared to be different. Different from your friends, coworkers or family. Everyone has a different taste and style. Even the most quirky and whimsical things may bring happiness to you. You don’t have to think what others might think. It is your home. And it is your rules.

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3 favourite places for inspiration

Whenever I’m stuck and need new, fresh ideas for a project I have few favourites where I am heading straight away. No disappointment!

  • Houzz UK – extremely visual site both for professionals and design enthusiasts. They keep the content vibrant and energetic, posts exciting stories and cool diy projects. You can expect to see budget ideas and multi million worth interior design. Getting an online advice from pro or finding architect/designer for a complete redo of your home – it’s easy at Houzz. How I find it? I was heavily pregnant and waiting for the keys to our first home. Browsing and searching for spaces solutions, paint ideas, colour schemes (you what I mean) and then I hit Houzz. I cannot recommend any other site more – so 11 out 10 points to this one. Here’s the link to my recent collection of interesting ceilings that I found on Houzz.

  • Pinterest – well this one you know for sure. It’s a great mix of..well..EVERYTHING. Even when I am not looking for ideas – I keep finding them on Pinterest. Someone said that Pinterest is the best time killer. Oh well. I love going through my old boards and seeing what I pinned there ages ago. Sometimes it is complete embarrassment, sometimes it is still relevant.

 

  • Magazines. Since I’ve became a mother I have piles of magazines in my coffee table. Under the bed. On the shelf. Near the bin. Behind the sofa. Some of them not even opened, fresh as daisies. Mostly they are fashion magazines, few – home, garden, design themed. How do I use them? I cut them into pieces. Cut out the colours, textures, pieces of clothing, faces…whatever speaks to me at that moment. Sometimes I find nothing, sometimes I ‘kill’ the whole magazine. Put them in the paper bag and usually forget for awhile. Then when inspiration hits me – I do quick experiments/exercises and try to put them together. Very instinctively. Very quickly. On a piece of white paper. I called them collages, but you can call it a mood board. Here’s one of the old pieces I recently found:

    quirky interior moodboard

    Quirky/modern mood board

 

Now tell me – where do you find the inspiration?