My home wasn’t so much of a blank canvas, as a finished print which had been scrawled on and scratched so much that it had very little in common with what it had started out as.
My little terraced house was a real sight for sore eyes when I first bought it, but I knew what I getting myself in for and had no problem with tackling the massive amount of work that was ahead of me. Thousands of pounds had been dropped on my home and I wasn’t about to leave it in the state that it was.
Besides, now that I was living in my home, there was little else for me to spend my money on. Although I’d been tempted to celebrate the final purchase with a grand holiday or blow-out, I’d become so ingrained in the habit of saving money that the idea of actually spending the money made me inwardly wince. Spending my expendable income on materials for the house made a lot more sense, but before I could make any new purchases, I knew that I would have to set my mind on a unified design for the house.
Being a graphic designer means that I’m both cursed and blessed with an obsession for aesthetics. Whereas your average home-owner might simply look to a few magazines, or take a trip to Ikea to get some inspiration, I wanted my home to be a real reflection of my own taste. Before I started any serious work on my house, I set out a design to follow. My home was a tatty, terraced home that evoked a by-gone era of post-War architecture and brutalist design, it was a style that I wanted to subvert wit a chic ultra-modern design.
It’s all well and good saying ‘chic ultra-modern’, but for many these words will amount to a shrug. My plan was to use simple, affordable materials and good old-fashioned elbow-grease to iron out the many creases that this little house had accumulated over the years. Simple white, magnolia and pastel shades would dominate the colour scheme of my new home, with a focus on clean edges and utilitarian furniture bringing together the scandi-style that has become so popular in recent years. Not only is this minimalist design-trend timeless in its appeal, its also very affordable for those looking to stay within a budget.
Once I’d laid down my designs, the next job was to head out and buy some stuff! With my funds being rather limited, I was forced into buying my materials in piecemeal, but that was by no means a bad thing. There were so many little jobs to get done that it made sense to take things one step at a time. The walls were the first job to tackle, they were the biggest eye sore and were in various states of finish all over the home. In order for my interior design master-plan to be successfully executed I needed to strip back and smooth down the damaged walls, ready for plastering and painting. My journey to a finished home had started!