I love my house. Anyone following me on social media knows that I’ve been tweaking bits and pieces (well the interior) of my house over the past couple of years. There’s a lot I’d like to do outside (the garden and verandahs and patios need work) but I’m happy to focus on what I see.
One of the things I wanted to do on my return from my Italian holiday was attempt to infuse a bit of that ‘holiday’ feeling into my ACTUAL life. I realise the aesthetics of my surrounds are a really superficial thing but… while I continue to navel-gaze about the rest of it it’s a good place to start.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I love the Tuscan decor but it can look a bit naff when translated and dumped into the Australian environment. (Though of course one man’s naff is another person’s fantasy!)
But, the living space and outdoor area at the villa in Tuscany have inspired me, as well as the Venetian palazzo… the lighting of the shared space in particular and eclectic mix of artwork. Not to mention the coastal vibes of Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast – which I can surely replicate given my ocean view and seaside locale.
So… I’ve been doing some thinking…
Decor and artwork
I fell in love with some fabrics from a shop in the street of my Rome apartment and bought a Lisa Corte tablecloth (below: 52 Euro for the smallest 110cm sqr size) as well as some placemats. I would have bought something for my outdoor table but it’s massive and I was worrying about my post holiday unemployment by then!
I’ve never been a ‘tablecloth’ or fabric placemat kind of person but I’m rethinking that and also pondering replacing my outdoor chairs (I ditched the old ones several months ago) with an eclectic group of comfortable and semi-comfortable but quaint / pretty (!) chairs.
I’m also keen to find some old (tragic) artwork to grace my walls. I have a painting of a ship in my lounge room which I bought for $20 a few years ago and love it!
My brother painted some of my walls just before I went away and I’d love to mix up my floor mats / rugs a little more as mine are all very modern, but that’s not in the budget at the moment, though perhaps I could manage some cheap lamps or lighting changes?
I went to a nursery a few weeks ago and bought some small outdoor flowering plants for pots for my little bedroom balconies. My only outdoor pot plants are hardy yucca type things and I’m reminded why… as I left the new flowering plants in my garage for a couple of days before working out what I’d repot them into and the little fuckers died. *Sigh*
I’m thinking of buying lots of cheap fake flowering shrubbery from a discount store (so I can replace them regularly when they fade). From my bedroom/s (and the street) they may well look real!
I also (just today) bought a big pot and (on the suggestion of a friend) a ‘dwarf’ lemon tree for my deck. (I’m yet to attempt to re-pot it, so it may not end well….)
And there you have it. My pitiful attempts to make my living space even more loveable. Of course as it is I probably already spend too much time at home and should go out more so making it even more inviting may not be smart…
Nevertheless, any other suggestions?
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