Nostalgic Minimilism~That pretty much sums up homestyle for me!


I came across the #GreatBritishHome Challenge and began thinking of what my personal homestyle is! That’s some serious thinking for someone like me and for various reasons 🙂  One (probably the biggest) is that I move every few years and hence have the opportunity to reinvent it altogether. Two – I’m absolutely opposed to waste; both money and goods. Three, I love design. Period! Though I would put myself down as someone who strongly prefers streamlined minimilism over wadded ornamentation, I’m a great enthusiast about almost every design period in history. We would be extremely myopic in assuming that ‘modern’ is synonymous with original!

If I had to sum up my style in one word, I would say *Ikea’esque*! Not because I shop there and it’s an ubiquitous entity that’s all pervasive in western decor…but because in my world, it stands as a symbol of the democratizing of design for the masses. It’s where world-class designers created an aesthetic that could filter down affordably and recyclably (think wood chip) to the greater populace.

Being one of those who lives by flights of fancy ~having eaten off paper plates in a small, yet indulgent flurry of “Street-food” themed nights with friends; toyed with Orla Kiely melamine (if only to override the subsconscious screams of protest at the cheaper kinds), and played “Mother “with my precious, if limited quantities of Denby and Spode; I’d say that being fickle comes at a price, and one I’m not inclined to pay. Here again is why ‘Ikea’ works as a larger symbol of my lifestyle choice. For a modest sum, one can redesign and reinvent my entire aesthetic, and afford to be clumsy too, it’s like I was the protype demographic the company designed for! Trying to get me to be stable and have a set, inflexible home-style is about as productive as starting to learn Swedish without accepting humbly that S,K,Y,N,D actually go together, often in that precise order…

Monochrome, minimilist, personalspace, flowers, uncluttered, scandinavian chic
.My Space.

I have my design favourites – Normann Copenhagen, Anthropologie, Marimekko, Muuto Design and Ferm Living, and a bit of all populate my very personal space. I pay attention to the light that flows through my house and my design choices are heavily influenced by that…I relish pops of colour in a mostly neutral, monochrome environment!

I’m a homebody– in many ways I’m primitively territorial about my home. There’s more joy eating in than eating out for us, it’s my comfort and my playground. It’s where my children make their memories and their dreams; where the foundation is laid for our future as a family! Home is that lovely person who knows your favourite food and makes your best drinks. Home is always the place where the best seats are reserved for you!

This post was also one of the *winners*of the #GreatBritishHome Challenge! 🙂

“This post is an entry for the #GreatBritishHome Challenge  sponsored by Victoria Plumb, a source of quality bathrooms for every type of home. Take its “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style?” quiz to discover what your home says about you.” My result was Towie Glamour, having never watched the series, I’m hoping that that’s a compliment, though a designer onesie is desirably on my wishlist 😉



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  1. says

    I totally agree with your comments about home being one’s comfort and playground. Two of my children now study away from home; it is so lovely to see them want to return to the comfort and familiarity of their family home and to know that they feel that it is still there for them as a sanctuary. I love interior design but, although I often aspire towards a minimalist look, family life seems to overrule this and we end up with a riot of colour and ‘things’ – people describe it as homely (a kind word for cluttered?) so I guess that’s good. Still haven’t done the style challenge, will be interested to see what the verdict is.

  2. says

    I like your points about the ‘democratising of design’ influence of Ikea. I am a big Ikea fan, and get cross when people are sniffy about it. I love to mix Ikea bits with ebay and gumtree finds. (Whilst dreaming of buying mid century pieces and Scandinavian design originals!)

  3. says

    I really love this post because it explains just how special home is! We love eating out (as well as eating in) and I love the idea of going away and travelling – but the truth is whenever we are away from home, even if only for a day, I really miss it and long to be home again. Beautiful post! x

  4. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    I have a lot of Ikea and unashamedly so…people fail to see the design revolution it is! There are design mags and lifestyle bloggers solely devoted to documenting Ikea’s design. We forget that at the helm, there are world renowned designers creating this stuff! Makes for very interesting reading when you get into it 🙂 I have a few bits that are from other Scandi outlets, they seem to blend seamlessly with each other, and some of them have been bought in sales, refurbished on ebay outlets, so yeah, keep your eyes peeled! 🙂 x

  5. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    How lovely that your children feel that way about home! 🙂 That put a smile on my face. My memories are grouped by the houses we lived in..and still continue to be that way as we move a fair bit. I long to be settled in one place so my children can have their childhood memories consolidated at one geographical location! A house too clinically put together is not a home…and by no stretch is my house that neat! A little bit of clutter is a sign of a home well lived in, and loved 🙂

  6. says

    I think Ikea revolutionised home furnishings. I remember before Ikea became as big as they are today, you couldn’t get cost effective furniture anywhere, with clean lines and the emphasis on style. In fact I was only talking about this yesterday to my husband!

  7. says

    I’m a big Ikea fan although my OH hates it (he like big heavy pine old english farmhouse style furniture, which is lovely, but you couldn’t afford to set up your whole house with that from the start.

    Ikea’s particularly good for kids stuff

  8. says

    It would be really hard for me to declare my style too – we’re always moving house, and neither OH nor I are very into interior design, so we tend to go with practicality and comfort over style. I keep thinking that one day I might grow up and get into interior design, but at nearly 40 I’m guessing it’s not going to happen now!

  9. says

    The sentence about your home being where your children make their memories and dream is a beautiful sentiment and I totally agree. I’m in the middle of a house renovation so can’t wait until it’s finished so I can style it exactly how I want

  10. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    Thanks all you lovely people, I look forward to hearing from you’ll again- here and in your own space as well 🙂 xx

  11. says

    I love that you’ve talked about Ikea like this. So many people are dismissive of it just because it serves the masses, but they forget how much influence it has had, and continues to have, on our home interiors. Thanks for joining in #LoveYourHome

  12. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    Thanks Jen! When I was in my 20’s, I desperately wanted to work for them and followed every last bit of news on the design industry! It’s one of the most innovative and reformatory companies. In New York, designers and writers follow Ikea very seriously…and am always a bit dismayed when I see people talk about it like it was a local corner shop! 🙂

  13. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by 🙂 It was a pleasure to take part..(as is a bit evident), I’m very passionate about home and design! 🙂 xxx

  14. says

    A truly lovely post 🙂 I don’t know why but I had you down as an IKEA kind of person – simply elegant 🙂 I love that windowsill. Good luck with the competition. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x


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