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A Round Up of Great Interior Inspiration Sites

Recently I have been busy over on Pinterest creating some boards for inspiration on decorating our house. I love looking on Pinterest for new ideas on how to create a stylish a home, although we are a long way off from ever completing this task! Along the way I have also discovered some fantastic sites packed with interior inspiration (and envy) that I wanted to share.

Some of my favourite Pinterest Boards at the moment

Follow Dominique’s board Interiors on Pinterest. Follow Dominique’s board Dining room ideas on Pinterest.

Follow Dominique’s board Dream Cottage on Pinterest.

I have also recently discovered Houzz which has the most amazing interiors and homes from all over the world.

Cotswold Country Cottage

Every time I pull up outside our front door I still have to pinch myself that we live in such a beautiful spot. We were so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to rent our house as it wasn’t advertised and it really is the most amazing location for a family. There are two small drawbacks with the house (but I can live with these – I am really not complaining!)

1) As a rented estate cottage the interior is clean and tidy but quite basic

2) The house is about a foot below ground level which can make it feel quite dark inside, especially with the greenery outside, but I would never want to remove this as it is part of the charm.

As a result of these two factors I am slightly obsessed with creating an interior that is bright but also practical with living in the country, something I am struggling with if I am honest. Also with a cottage you have lots of nooks and crannies that can be quite awkward to decorate. I recently saw this article on Houzz which had lots of great ideas.

I really love the way the VELUX windows let in lots of light. We have a couple of VELUX windows in our house, in spots that would be really dark otherwise.

This article on Houzz also had me drooling over the amazing interiors but with a 4 year old boy and a dog they aren’t perhaps the most practical choices for our family. Again though I keep coming back to rooms that are filled with lots of natural light. (That is probably the photographer in me too.)

When decorating your home there are 5 Key Questions that the people over at Houseology have come up with to help you get started.

There are five key questions to ask yourself as you start a project:

1. What are the objectives of your project? What are your goals and aspirations for the space?
2. What’s the budget? Having a clear idea of what you want to spend will really help in the decision-making process.
3. Are there any timescales or deadlines you need to work to? It’s important to set a realistic timescales for your project, if you have a deadline this will influence some of your design decisions.
4. What are the accommodation requirements of the space? Is it a living room, dining room kitchen – or a combination of all three?
5. What activities does the room need to accommodate? Cooking, playing, seating and storage are just a few examples of the functional considerations for your space.

Decorating Tips from Houseology

(Image from Houseology site)

The Houseology site has tons of information and a whole Masterclass/Design School section packed with information.

Now I have started thinking about what I want to achieve my next task is to pick a room to start working on!

A Cornish Mum

Family Command Centres for the Drop Zone

I am totally addicted to Pintrest and use it to get tons of ideas for crafts, interiors and children’s activities. Families in the USA seem to have some great ideas for keeping organised which if you are on here regularly know that this is something I am always trying to be better at. One of the things I have come across are ‘Family Command Centres’ which always seem to look stylish and practical (and oh so ever organised). We are fortunate to have quite a big entrance hall but the downside of this is that it can become a real dumping ground. This is called the ‘drop zone’ or ‘landing strip’ in super organised circles (I believe) and I have been coming across some gorgeous  ‘Drop Zone Command Centre’ pins.

Hallway ideas from www.realsimple.com

Hallway ideas from www.realsimple.com

Hallway organisation found on www.thebudgetdecorator.com

Hallway organisation found on www.thebudgetdecorator.com

Upcycled lovliness found at http://blissfulblooms.blogspot.co.uk

Upcycled lovliness found at http://blissfulblooms.blogspot.co.uk

Super neat hallway found on Pintrest

Super neat hallway found on Pintrest

One of my best friend’s has just moved house and her husband had made the most amazing shelf unit out of some simple wood and then it had been painted – guess what? – in my beloved chalk paint. I just fell in love with it. I was a very lucky girl and was made my own as a birthday present, to the dimensions I wanted for the exact spot I plan to create our ‘drop zone’ or ‘landing strip’ organisation centre. I am afraid that this will be a bit of a project that will be on the back burner with Christmas coming up but as soon as it is all set up I will be sharing my before and after pictures.

Would love to hear if you have anything similar or great ideas for hallway organisation. If you want to have a look at all the great ideas I have pinned you can check out my Pintrest board here

Follow Dominique’s board Family Command Centres on Pinterest.

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