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Inst-envy- and how to deal with it the smart way

Inst-envy- and how to deal with it the smart way

I’ll admit it, I spend far too much time scrolling through Instagram checking out my favourite accounts, looking at those perfect squares and I get......Insta-envy. I've read a lot lately online about the negative effects of Instagram and social media on people's mental health and how it can make you feel inadequate and envious of other people's lifestyles. So, and I’m going to take my own advice here, this is how to deal with the dreaded Insta-envy! Throughout the post I've picked a few of my favourite accounts to use as examples

1. Learn from it

What I love about Instagram and the interior related pages I follow is that its REAL (to a point anyway). It legitimately somebody’s home and they each have their own unique way of styling- yes ok, they might have moved certain things around to get the most instagrammable photo but study it, look at how things are positioned and clustered, paired or mismatched and look at your own interior and how you could create similar looks.

Gallery wall by  Lisa Dawson Styling . I love the mismatched frames and prints above these Ikea storage units, they have been cleverly planned and laid out to create a full gallery wall, each print fits into its own planned space all accessorised with a hint of shocking pink and greenery.

Gallery wall by Lisa Dawson Styling. I love the mismatched frames and prints above these Ikea storage units, they have been cleverly planned and laid out to create a full gallery wall, each print fits into its own planned space all accessorised with a hint of shocking pink and greenery.

This is Jade from  Numberfiveinteriors  home.This monochrome wallpaper looks so good as a backdrop for a cluster of orange gold and cream objects. Using the same or similar colours is a great way to cluster objects to create maximum impact.

This is Jade from Numberfiveinteriors home.This monochrome wallpaper looks so good as a backdrop for a cluster of orange gold and cream objects. Using the same or similar colours is a great way to cluster objects to create maximum impact.

This art deco inspired sideboard by Bianca Hall from  French for Pineapple  creates decorative storage and would you believe these are Ikea cabinets, a little mdf and a lot of creativity- showing that to create amazing interiors doesn't necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune!

This art deco inspired sideboard by Bianca Hall from French for Pineapple creates decorative storage and would you believe these are Ikea cabinets, a little mdf and a lot of creativity- showing that to create amazing interiors doesn't necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune!

2. Be Inspired (but dont copy)

I don’t know about you guys but Instagram has really pushed me to think about my interiors and how I can make the most of them. Again like I said most of the pages I follow are real homes ranging from old farmhouse conversions, renovated Victorian terraces to new build and there are some amazing interiors to be inspired by. Whether it’s the use of bold wallpaper that catches your eye or eclectic home accessories there’s plenty of accounts that can inspire you to achieve similar effects in even the smallest of spaces (I think the boldest wallpapers look the best in the smallest room of the home the downstairs loo!)

I love this use of copper in Jade's  kitchen. Her work surface is paired beautifully with the green cabinets below to create the  main feature in her kitchen. I love its shiny surface reflecting the rest of the kitchen yet it adds a lovely warmth against the white surroundings.  

I love this use of copper in Jade's  kitchen. Her work surface is paired beautifully with the green cabinets below to create the  main feature in her kitchen. I love its shiny surface reflecting the rest of the kitchen yet it adds a lovely warmth against the white surroundings.  

Another shot of Lisa Dawson's house, this time showing the bold wallpaper in her hallway. Her style shows you don't have to be afraid of big patterns. To create a well thought out look she has picked out the gold and pink in her furniture and accessories. Keep it simple with accessories and voila an eye catching feature wall with lots of personality. For more inspiration check out her blog  here

Another shot of Lisa Dawson's house, this time showing the bold wallpaper in her hallway. Her style shows you don't have to be afraid of big patterns. To create a well thought out look she has picked out the gold and pink in her furniture and accessories. Keep it simple with accessories and voila an eye catching feature wall with lots of personality. For more inspiration check out her blog here

3. Research

If you find an account you like, check out who they follow to find more inspiration or search for commonly used hashtags. There’s plenty of hashtags that interior accounts use for example #styleithappy #cornerofmyhome #myhomevibe #bohodecor #colourstylehome these are all great sources of inspiration.

When I saw this I could believe it was an Ikea hack- Fiona from   Around the Houses  used curtain panels fitted to MDF and fixed them to her existing panelled doors to achieve this look. It looks totally bespoke and luxurious.

When I saw this I could believe it was an Ikea hack- Fiona from  Around the Houses used curtain panels fitted to MDF and fixed them to her existing panelled doors to achieve this look. It looks totally bespoke and luxurious.

4. Plan

If you find an idea you love check out to see if that account has a blog. More often than not you might find a DIY post about how to achieve the look. Many of the pages I follow have done amazing DIY projects on a budget. Plan out your ideas- mood boards are great for this. I’m in the middle of planning our garden, we can’t afford to do all the work at once so I’m planning the whole garden and breaking it down into phases so that at the end it looks like a cohesive idea rather than sporadic bits and pieces, if you plan the whole thing you should get more value for money by not wasting any having to redo areas that you don’t like or don’t work anymore.

Ok so I have serious tile-envy over Katie from  Comedowntothewoods  bathroom. I love these geometric tiles and they can be laid in different ways to create different patterns. They bring together the white sanitary ware and panelling perfectly and are a great alternative to standard square or rectangular tiles (even if your tiler will hate you!) And you can just make out her shower tiling using simple white tiles set in a herringbone pattern which looks so good!

Ok so I have serious tile-envy over Katie from Comedowntothewoods bathroom. I love these geometric tiles and they can be laid in different ways to create different patterns. They bring together the white sanitary ware and panelling perfectly and are a great alternative to standard square or rectangular tiles (even if your tiler will hate you!) And you can just make out her shower tiling using simple white tiles set in a herringbone pattern which looks so good!

This shot looks super stylish of Bianca's bedroom and yet again she did it herself. She used local Earthed Fabrics by William Clark to make this amazing full-length headboard. Again she uses a small selection of colours to create the look and ensure the headboard is the stand out feature in the shot. You can find lots more shots of the room and how she did it over on her  blog

This shot looks super stylish of Bianca's bedroom and yet again she did it herself. She used local Earthed Fabrics by William Clark to make this amazing full-length headboard. Again she uses a small selection of colours to create the look and ensure the headboard is the stand out feature in the shot. You can find lots more shots of the room and how she did it over on her blog

This is a shot of Fiona's dark and super stylish hallway. The lampshade really gives the space a focal point and yep you guessed it- she made it herself!  You can find out how to do this and other DIY projects on her  blog .

This is a shot of Fiona's dark and super stylish hallway. The lampshade really gives the space a focal point and yep you guessed it- she made it herself!  You can find out how to do this and other DIY projects on her blog.

5. Be realistic

Ok not to bring the mood down but at the end of the day we all have a budget to stick to but the trick is here to find ideas you like, BE INSPIRED, do your RESEARCH and interpret those ideas in such a way as to create a similar effect. If you love the idea of bold wallpaper but the one you’ve seen is too expensive look for alternatives, there’s plenty online at decent prices that can achieve the same effect. PLAN your project so you know what to expect, this will ensure you are happy with what you’ve decided and then GO FOR IT!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Nicola

*all photos used with permission*

The kitchen mini makeover

The kitchen mini makeover

STUNSIG by Ikea

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