So I think everyone, their mother and dog should know by now that I’ve moved to Auckland. Incase you haven’t seen me talk about it everywhere possible, yes I did indeed. 3 months ago now. It’s nothing new for me to move but this time I’ve decided to give it a decent shot AKA at least a year. Yes that’s actually a big deal for me – I haven’t stayed in one place longer than that since university.
If you didn’t already know (you should) I’m a little too addicted to moving. I hop from place to place, country to country on a 3 monthly basis. Blame my indecisiveness. The problem with that is though is I never enjoy settling in. You know, buying mirrors and hanging paintings on walls. I limit myself to the bare minimum on my “I’m going to leave again” budget. Literally every room I’ve had in the past 4 years has included: one bed, a mirror, some kind of flat pack storage and a clothes hanger. That’s it.
This time around I’ve gone a little crazy with the decorating. I’ve even went as far as buying extra pillows and towels for when guests stay (guys, EXTRAS!!). It’s not completely finished yet but I feel like it’s coming together nicely. I thought it would be fun to share some snippets of what I’ve put together to show you guys for some interior inspiration.
The Infamous Mirror
So when I decided to stay somewhere for a good amount of time I also promised myself that I’d buy a full length stand-alone mirror.
The past few places I’ve lived in I actually haven’t even had a mirror in my room, which for someone so into fashion in a struggle. Picture this: me standing on beds, basins and in baths to get a glimpse of my outfit for the day. It all happened.
This number was on sale on Onceit but the brand is Mood Store. It was made to order so I did have to wait a couple of weeks but it was totally worth it. I’ve already got my money’s worth out of it – queue a million mirror selfies on Instagram stories.
The Clothes Rack
A good clothes rack is an essential because trust me when I say, a shit one will definitely break. I’ve broken at least 3 of them. This one is from the HOLY GRAIL of cheap furniture and life, Kmart. It has a shoes rack as well as a hanger and it’s pretty sturdy considering it’s no more expensive that the others I’ve owned. Definitely worth the $40 and the $5 pretty hangers while you’re there. Honestly, what would life be without Kmart? I’d hate to think. This one does take a bit of construction. Nothing major like my clothing draws which took me three days, two bottles of wine and a whole lot of episodes of Love Island to construct.
The New York Skyline
This amazing piece is from the lovely Gabrielle of Papier HQ, an Auckland based studio. I love the curated pieces she sells and there really is something for everyone. Totally hassle free too – she offers a variety of different sizes and framing too. That means you don’t have to fuss around trying to measure etc. to get the right fit.
This is by far my favourite piece and I hung it on the other side of my room away from my other prints since it’s so bold. My room is mostly white and pink tones but I do have little black accents around so it ties the room in nicely.
I’ve hung this on my wall quite high so I can start a photo wall below it eventually. I have this idea in mind of getting a film camera and sticking up all the photos of friends and places I’ve been. Now, I just have to find a film camera and film to buy. For now though I love waking up and seeing my favourite city of all time right in front of me. Kind of inspiring. Also, it really makes me want to book a holiday ASAP.
If you’re wondering how I managed to hang this on my wall by myself (single independent woman right huur) I actually stuck my phone to it. I added some Command velcro stripes specifically for heavy prints and used the level tool on your compass app to make sure it was straight. By far the easiest and most pain-free process once I figured out how to do it.
That’s it for now as far as my bedroom goes. I’ll definitely keep you updated on homewares as I continue to decorate because it’s been so much fun putting it together so far. I can’t wait to enjoy it this summer when the days are longer, warmer and brighter. If you’re interested in finding out where any of these pieces are from, leave me a comment and I’ll let you know. Anyway, that’s it from me – I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak!