I am so bloody excited to share this post. It’s now been almost two months since I picked up the keys to my lovely little flat in Cardiff Bay and after countless IKEA trips, a weekend of ripping up carpets, too many flatpack fails to mention, and having to pester my new neighbours to help me figure out how to turn on the hot water, the flat’s decor is finally (pretty much) complete.
When it came to buying my own place, despite it being a seriously stressful process, there was one thing that kept that excitement bubbling and that was the thought of decorating my new home and making it my own. I love home interiors, I always have, and I think being a blogger and being kind of obsessed with aesthetic, Instagram and all things white and minimalist has made me love it even more. So here’s a little look around my new place…
Throughout the flat I wanted it to have a very white, clean cut and minimalist feel, so I opted to getting white wooden flooring from Floors 4 You in the living room, bedroom and hallway. Despite people being dubious about the white flooring, I am so happy I did that and made the decision to rip up the brand new dark grey, almost blueish, carpets that the previous landlord had put down in a bid to sell (don’t worry, we’ve recycled them in my parents’ house so they haven’t gone to waste!). It makes the rooms feel so light and airy and much bigger. I love also how when you enter the hallway you can see right through to the other rooms as the flooring leads the way. I think once you find your own place you need to make it completely your own, and no amount of convincing would work when it came to accepting the grey carpets.
Keeping in with the neutral theme, I opted for white and wooden furniture and paired it with a grey and yellow theme to add subtle pops of colour. I am absolutely overjoyed with how it all turned out. My sofas are from Davies and Davies, a local furniture retailer, as is the coffee table and TV stand, and I picked up the cushions from Next. My grey rug and curtains were purchased from IKEA and the majority of the bits and pieces dotted around are from Next (including my tripod lamp which I am obsessed with), Dunelm, Matalan and The Range. I had a lot of ornament style items from my old flat so in terms of purchases here it was just the new sofa, which matched the smaller one from my old flat and was very kindly gifted to me by my mum.
As the room is quite big I decided to pull one of the sofas forward to create a sort of “living area”, and then I purchased this super cute table and chair set, which I feel has a very Scandi-chic sort of vibe, from Furniture 123. I always like having somewhere to actually sit and eat my tea, especially when I have people around, and these fitted perfectly with the room.
The last aspect of the room to be completed was buying myself a big ass lamp to create a subtle glow in the living room, of which is the Alpine Tripod Lamp from Next, and to get this gorgeous mirrored dresser attached to the wall. Getting things attached to walls was the only time I ever felt I needed a man to sort things out for me. The majority was all done by my mum and I – all the lugging and carting things around – talk about girl power!
The living room is my absolute favourite place to relax. I love how cosy it is, especially now as we’re heading into the autumn months and it’s starting to get pretty dark in the evenings. I love sitting and watching TV or blogging with candles burning, fairy lights glowing and watching the sky get darker and deeper with each evening that goes by.
The bedroom was something I was also really excited to decorate, and again I decided to keep it very simple and minimalist, opting for all white furniture. Again, people were unsure when I said I was going for all white, especially as I have a white floor, but I stuck to my guns and am so thrilled with the final look. Now that everything is minimal and clean it will be so easy to mix up the bedding, rug and ornaments should I want to opt for different colours, patterns or designs in the future.
The bed is from Leekes and I love the headboard on it. I didn’t have a headboard on my bed at my parents house and it was something I definitely wanted in my own home. I just feel like the bed is such a statement – it’s basically the reason why you go in the room – and I bloody love my bed. It’s so big and it really makes the room I think.
The furniture was purchased from IKEA and I’m so pleased with the design I went for. The two bedside tables I actually found in the “Bargain Corner” and each were priced at £20 cheaper than they originally would have sold for as they were ex-display, and I got the dressing table at £40 off because I signed up to the IKEA Family Scheme. The lamps were also priced at £25 off each and they came from Leekes. I had always wanted to have two bedside tables on either side of the bed to give a bit of a hotel feel and it’s so cosy for reading in bed.
My dressing table is my favourite part of the room for sure. I have never had a dressing table before and had always had to sit on the floor to do my hair and makeup, so having this space that is all mine is simply perfect. I picked up faux flowers from Marks and Spencer and Matalan and the little jars came from George at Asda. I added some roses which I picked up at Covent Garden years ago, and then a few candles and voila, we have my girly station complete.
In terms of bedding and ornaments, I had been thinking of going for a slightly French theme in terms of decor and at the same time my mum was redecorating her front living room. She gifted me her green ornaments and this gorgeous Laura Ashley rug, so I teamed them with my pink ornaments from my old rented flat living room, and the look was complete.
I really love the bedroom and the final outcome. It’s the perfect place to relax and to get ready.
One of the main reasons why I decided to put an offer in on this flat was the lack of work needed. Apart from the flooring, the flat was completely ready to move in. I didn’t even need to paint it as it had already been refurbished, and the kitchen and bathroom being complete, new and clean really made the final decision for me. I really love my kitchen. The units are all like new and it came with a dishwasher, washer/dryer and a huge American style fridge, which was an absolute godsend after coping with just one fridge shelf and one freezer door while at university.
I haven’t bought any new products for the kitchen, although I’d eventually like to get a cream kettle, toaster and bits and bobs, and there are some sight cracks in the tiles which I would like to have fixed when I have some money saved up. I do quite like the pops of blue for now and as these items were all readily available from my old flat I’m really happy with how they fitted in.
Finally, the bathroom. It’s lovely and big, the bath is new and clean and I love the tiled features. I decided to opt for burnt orange accessories and am really glad I did so. I wasn’t sure at first but they have really grown on me, and I love the different feel the bathroom has to the rest of the flat.
When I moved to university I had visions of myself living in a flat overlooking the city. I was excited to stay up late watching the city skyline light up, alas I was given a ground floor flat in halls and things went steadily downhill from there. But I finally have my city view. Watching the sky change each evening, and being able to see the world go by from my little quiet haven on the balcony is my favourite thing. I’m already looking forward to being able to do this again next springtime!
I feel incredibly lucky to have a place that I could call my own, but it didn’t come without a lot of hard work, being super thrifty and without the help of my family, especially with moving things across. But now I have somewhere that I can see myself living in and loving for years to come, and nothing makes me happier than walking through the front door and seeing my little flat laid out before me.
Lots of love. xoxo