There is a wonderful French proverb saying: 'Il vaut mieux un petit chez soi, qu'un grand chez les autres.' It means basically: There's no place like (our own small) home. Particularly true in my case when I think of my shoebox sized apartment. But creating a personal, warm and comfy home is not a matter of size - with a few tricks and tweaks every home can have that personal touch.
As I mentioned yesterday, I am currently enrolled in an interior styling online class taught by the impeccable Queen of the Jungalow, Justina Blakeney. Styling the own place (or any other home) can sometimes be really tricky. So I've decided to take the course and learn something from the experienced pro. And it proved to be very helpful. After a short theoretical introduction embracing the '8 principles of styling' we were quickly asked to embark on our very own interior styling adventure. The first task was to take before pics of five key areas of our homes. And then we kicked off. First stop: coffee table and sofa styling.
Since my place is tiny and I have no extra storage room I tend to keep it rather sorted and uncluttered at home. Moreover, I've decided to work with what I've got at home. So no extra expenses. Rather some reshuffling and rearranging of accessories. So no too drastic changes.
My living room has a rather muted colour scheme, grey, black, white with some pops of colours. My vintage kilim cushions set the tone and so I've interpreted the coffee table in a similar manner: I added a bunch of fresh white ranunculus in a textured, handmade stone vase, a small pile of similarly coloured books balanced the table setting topped by a bit of 'bling' - an old Moroccan silver box. The Marimekko plate ties the mixed 'ethnic meets Scandi' style together and reflects the rug's rich pattern. Plus it comes in handy to drop little things and keep them in one spot.
The sofa was slightly restyled. I swapped the grey cushion with a white one plus I added my vintage Handira cushion from Morocco which added a hint of bling. All this was finalized by adding a touch of liveliness - an open book on the sofa and a pair of Converse. Voilà!
I must say I was rather happy with the outcome of my first round of restyling. I would really love to hear your opinion so make sure to share your view points in the comments.
Next week I will continue with the second part - the styling of my console and bookshelf.
Photography by Igor Josifovic