My way of designing an interior is pretty simple. I fill it with stuff that I'm certain I'll be able to live with for the rest of my life. It seems that I've been going hell for leather to kit out the house that we moved into last July. But I don't want to be faffing around prettifying my home forever. Once it's done, I'll leave well alone and have time to spend on more exciting stuff. I won't be changing my furniture and soft furnishings to keep up with the current fads. That'll be it.
I'm confident that my home will never feel dated. The key seems to be mixing and matching items and not going with any one dominant theme. I've got the lot here, a mixture of different eras and materials. Of course I have shelving from Ikea. Doesn't 99% of the population who live within a three hundred mile radius of one of their shops make the sacred meatball pilgrimage? But for key pieces I look to the secondhand market and snap up items for a fraction of the price of new furniture in mid range stores.
My excitement levels rose to a crescendo the other day when I found this on Ebay. Just what I was looking for to make a statement in the boudoir department. It's by Maple & Co who were the most successful furniture makers of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The proportion are just right for the alcove that'll be its new home. I got it for just over £200, not a rock bottom price, but I'm happy that's this is a bargain given the quality . There'll be a little wait for it to arrive as the seller has to arrange a courier. But once it's here it's going in my bedroom as a companion to my huge Edwardian wardroom. I'm sure they'll look fine and dandy together. The utility chest of drawers that seems out of place will be rehoused in the spare room.
I know that there will be doubting Thomas' out there that will think that I've bought a pup. Yes this is big and heavy and dark wood. No, Sugar Plumb! I'm not going to get out the chalk paint and 'shabby chic' it . Look at that beautiful grain of that oak. That shouldn't be covered up. I'll show it off again when it's in situ. I promise that it will look alright.