If you're like us, you've spent many an hour trawling through furniture shops, online and off, in the quest to make your home look cooler/nicer/more relaxed etc. You probably also go round to your very stylish friend's house and wonder how and where they got their oversized, steal-rimmed mirror from. But what do you do when you run out of people from whom to steal interior design ideas from?
Luckily, we discovered the What's In Your Bedroom blog. And now we're obsessed. It's a simple premise: photos of people in their bedrooms and the things they love to keep in it. It's basically being like a fly on the wall. Except you don't have to undergo any kind of terrifying (and impossible) metamorphosis, and the wall in question is very chic, possibly with a frame cluster or neon sign affixed to it.
The creator of the blog, Olivia Howitt, said she set it up to make portraits of people through their personal and private of spaces. Below, we've picked just a few of our favourites, but you can head over to the blog and see more.
(Photos and words below by Olivia Howitt)
Photographer Olivia says: "I can spend unknown hours drooling over other people’s homes on Airbnb. So, to pay a visit to an actual real-life Airbnb, was like meeting a hero.
They say you should never meet your hero (so as not to be disappointed), but you know what, this place lived up to all my expectations, and it came with the lovely Steph, who made food and plied me with gin and tonic – it was like a dream come true."
"She is a music PR for Warner Music and has lived in her new place, a stones throw from Old Street, in East London, for only a few months.
And what a change it is to her last, small but perfectly formed bedroom. Big is beautiful and an urban beauty it is, great skull, gorgeous trinkets and mucho clothes and shoes."
"For years Stockport has quietly maintained a rich creative identity, Martin Hannet of Factory Records fame, faved Stockport's Strawberry Studios, where he produced Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, as well as the Happy Mondays. The Smiths and The Stone Roses both recorded their debuts at Strawberry too.
So, if you ever have the joy of passing through Stockport, don't be fooled by its industrial overtone, there are many diamonds in its rough, one of which being the super talented Buddha loving embroiderer, Katherine Beefheart, born on Christmas Eve of 1976 at Stepping Hill Hospital.
Nestled in amongst the red brick terraced houses of Edgely, Kate has lived in her home for twelve years, with her son, Maximus, and her two moggies."
"It was a cold Saturday afternoon in January when I arrived at the sixteenth Gaggle's place in Old Street, East London. The door opened and there to greet me was this Louise Brooks-esque of a gal smoking a liquorice rollie, looking lovely and sun-kissed having just stepped off the plane from Thailand."
"Annie is an Illustrator and lives and works in a lovely, Edwardian terraced house in Bow, London.
She shares it with four other people and because of its traditional town house layout it never feels over crowded. Annie has named her bedroom ‘The Cottage’. I love this because it does feel like a little cottage."