As I mentioned in my monthly recap post, I’ve been having a bit of a home revamp, having got to the point where I’m dissatisfied with a few things about it and don’t want to just keep living with them. So, when Legal and General, providers of home contents insurance, got in touch to invite me to write a post about freshening up my home, the timing was perfect.
Although we live in a rented flat, our landlady has been quite good about letting us paint, so the lounge feels much better than it used to, although our furniture mostly came with the flat and isn’t generally what we might have otherwise chosen.
In a corner of our lounge, behind the sofa is a Billy bookcase from Ikea that is mine and didn’t come with the flat. It serves as general space filler, DVD rack and also home to our booze (there not being enough space in our kitchen for it). I’m getting to that point in life now where I sort of feel like the things that I own should be more than just functional, they should be aesthetically pleasing too. The Billy is definitely functional but it’s not exactly beautiful. However, it’s been through a lot with me over the years, and I really do mean years.
In fact, I found a photo from my final semester at university (2007) and the room I had after I came back from Germany, which features the bookcase and also my Peters Projection Map, which I have also had in every place I’ve had up until my current flat (even now I think it’s in a drawer somewhere as it’s hard to throw out something that was with me through so much). And yes, that is an unpainted plaster wall – the things I put up with as a student were hilarious! I’m a little surprised you can see the floor to be honest, I must have been procrastinating to avoid revising and therefore had had a bit of a tidy.
My Billy has done stellar work over the eight years since I graduated and has housed my books in every place I’ve lived. But it’s time to get something a little nicer and marginally less studenty. It’s an awkward little corner, big enough for a sideboard or bookcase but not really useful for too much else. So below are some of the options for replacing my trusty but outgrown Billy.
My most hated room in the house is our bedroom, it’s the only room in the flat with carpet and also has a big (but not built in) wardrobe together with a wall of bookcases. Basically it means it’s impossible to paint it something other than the horrible yellowy-cream it is right now. We also still have some horrible lilac curtains that I haven’t yet found a replacement for, even though it’s been two years since we moved in.
There are some things that I can do something about though, one of those things being the bedside lamps we have. They were cheap ones from Argos that I bought for my last place to serve a temporary need. Although they do have one sentimental addition, a little wooden bird that my friend Mark from university gave me. See how they match the wall?!
They are touch base lamps though, which makes them perfect for mornings when I’m generally too bleary and out of it to do much more than just swat in the general direction of the lamp. I’ve been looking at pretty alternatives that might make me a little happier with our bedroom.
We’re slowly working towards having a home we love, even if it might not be forever. What would you replace in your home if you were freshening it up?
This post was sponsored by Legal and General, who have kindly offered me a voucher towards something from my wishlist. Thanks Legal and General!