If, like me and most twenty-somethings trying to make it in this world, you are renting your current place of residence then you may be familiar with the term I have affectionate coined; The Magnolia Nightmare.

We live in a small (and by small I mean smaller than some 4-man tents) apartment in London and the bedroom kinda leads into the living room which leads into the kitchen so it’s all painted the same shade of lovely Magnolia. Which is not really an issue except for the fact that it’s so boring. And unfortunately when you don’t own the house it’s not your colour scheme to change.

So, a little tip to combat the cream, use accessories to add mad pops of colour to your home! I love bright colours, particularly pinks (can you tell?!) and pastel tones, so I have furnished and accessorized my flat within an inch of it’s life to give it some oomph. And I must say I think it looks fab.

Choosing really strong colours on an otherwise plain background is a really nice style choice for those who don’t want to invest too much time and money in a property which isn’t theirs – you can always take the soft furnishings with you It also means you can update your interior easily as styles and your tastes change. It’s not necessary to spend a fortunate on your place, a few well placed things can make all the difference and can say a lot about your personality. Plus, so many high street shops now do really good quality homewear at bargain prices.

A few pops of colour in my apartment:

Bright Cushions – Primark.

Tropical Fabric Birds – Gift.

Handmade pink Dreamcatchers – Etsy (read my post here).

Audrey Hepburn pop art canvas – charity shop!

xox

Paul and I live in a ground floor flat in Greenwich. Its’s compact; one bedroom with a small open plan kitchen/ living area, but it’s all the space we need for just the two of us and our little lives.

We’ve lived here for a year and a half and although we still love it I have felt a bit itchy to change things recently. When we moved in we filled the flat with furniture which was mostly kindly donated by my parents who were also downsizing at the time. Although it was lovely not to have to buy loads of stuff when we first moved in, now that we are settled I felt that some of the furniture was a big big for our little house and didn’t make the most of our space. So we decided to go to IKEA today and get some new things to freshen up the flat and hopefully make it feel a bit bigger too.

I love trips to IKEA! Like most people, we make a day of it, look around, have lunch, look around some more. Sad, but true. I really like IKEA furniture because everyone knows it’s good value and fairly run of the mill stuff, but it really works. The pieces are really robust for flat pack furniture and I’ve never had any problems when putting the things together. With a bit of patience, and YES you definately need to manual, it’s easy.

We spent less that £200 today and got a few really nice bits which I hope will make a real difference.

    
This is the MALM chest which is a veteran IKEA piece! A lot of people have this and I think it’s because it’s really versatile and has got a really modern and clean finish which can go in any room. Although it’s probably technically bedroom furniture, we have put this in our living room to replace a much bigger clumsier table which we weren’t using anyway and we taking up a lot of space. This unit looks much fresher and makes the room look bigger as well as giving us extra storage space with the drawers. MALM is great value at £39 and is pretty straight forward to put up! Highly recommend.

 

These spice racks went up easily in our little kitchen and as we don’t have much cupboard space clearing all the herbs and spices out and putting them in these has been very handy! They also look pretty cute and at £3 each you can’t go wrong!

My favourite purchase today. The lovely, leaf shaped coffee table called LOVBACKEN.  We didn’t actually go with buying a coffee table in mind, the way our living room is set up there isn’t much space, but this one is tiny and looks really stylish in the space. Love it! This spontaneous buy was £40.

A successful day! We also got some shelving for the kitchen to clear up some counter space and a new bathroom unit, but they haven’t quite gone up yet! All in good time 🙂

Has anyone else had any good IKEA buys recently?

xox