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as we didn’t want to rush when mak­ing de­ci­sions. We chose neu­tral cab­i­nets from Ikea and a warm wooden work­top. The scheme has been kept nice and light as it’s quite a small lay­out, and space has been max­imised by hang­ing wall units for ex­tra stor­age – al­though we did find enough room to squeeze in a slim­line dish­washer.

Find­ing in­spi­ra­tion

I’ve al­ways pre­ferred mod­ern in­te­ri­ors, but I also wanted some shabby-chic pieces to add a lit­tle bit of depth to each room. I think it’s nice to in­tro­duce some­thing that’s slightly dif­fer­ent to a scheme. I’m also a big fan of hand­made ac­ces­sories, which I’ll either buy or craft my­self.

When it came to dec­o­rat­ing, I found that I was in­spired by var­i­ous things. I spent quite a lot of time brows­ing Pin­ter­est and In­sta­gram, and I read loads of in­te­ri­ors mag­a­zines and books, too. I also fol­low ruth SAYS a few in­te­ri­ors blog­gers on­line and am con­stantly tak­ing pho­to­graphs of things when I’m out and about – whether it’s a pretty shop dis­play or some­thing that’s caught my eye at a mu­seum.

We started off by paint­ing all the walls in Pure Bril­liant White emul­sion from Du­lux for a fresh unified look through­out. I then de­cided on a pas­tel colour theme for the de­tails, us­ing pale pinks and mint hues – I find that these shades make me feel happy and pos­i­tive. Al­though it’s quite sum­mery, the colour scheme ac­tu­ally works all year round as I can use dif­fer­ent ac­ces­sories to al­ter the feel of the house as the sea­sons change – for in­stance, in the cooler months I in­tro­duce more lay­ers and tex­ture.

In the open-plan liv­ing room/din­ing area, I chose a pale wall­pa­per from Har­lequin and soft grey so­fas from DFS, which I’ve dressed up with pas­tel cush­ions. We also fit­ted a fire­place to make it feel cosy in

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