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Over the last few years, my tourist experiences has made me question how buying souvenirs can create an unique home when there is so many mass produced, poor quality souvenirs around? How can you bring treasures back into your home that are of a good quality, are meaningful, thoughtful and ethical. In this blog I share a few experiences, but more importantly offer you some alternative options, away from the tourist traps.
When a friend recently commented that "Nobody pops in anymore!" I remembered my bus station style of a family home. Then in my recent TV binge session watching Offspring, I saw it. All the time. All the characters popping in. But with this pre-arranged approach to mingling and interacting with friends and family being so prevalent in real life, it raised one big question: Are we too orchestrated to offspring? And if so, is it possible for us to revert back to popping in? It's a great time to give it a go.
Arh. The smell of Christmas is all around. Pine and plastic christmas trees and tinsel. Such a great smell. But what happens when there is a bad smell in your home? Nasty odours might not be actually bad for you, but they're hard to live with. So how do you get rid of them? This blog firstly provides a few natural solutions but then goes to the next level and introduces scent architecture.
What does your house smell like? Does it have a smell? Is it a good one? Often the forgotten sense when designing, smell is the sense that is most strongly linked to our memory, our mood and emotions. It therefore has the strongest connection with, and contributes to, home appeal. This blog is the first in a two part series on our often forgotten fifth sense. Here we discuss how some good smells aren't necessarily so.
Come on, admit it. You're uncomfortable talking about the 'B' word. I used to be. So let me help you loose your inhibitions and embrace your next 'B' conversation. It's essential that you do.
In a recent conversation with a fellow school mum who'd had a great design experience, I learn't how she, like many others, didn't actually understand what service a interior decorator could provide. Conversely, people generally get very nervous about recruiting professionals to give them advice, especially when it is subjective based like design. This blogs touches on what the process should be like, why recruiting an interior decorator is something not just for the rich and famous and why you should do it. There's even an outline of costs. Transparency at its finest.
The end of our renovation was a point in time when the builder stopped letting himself in and returned the keys. Since then word 'reveal' has been bantered around frequently. Where has this reveal phenomenon come from? What constitutes a reveal? Does anyone notice if you don't do one? We fling our doors open to Sustainable Home Day. But will those who attend receive a reveal or a progress report?
Laundry. Yes that old chesnut. On tackling my bugbears with my own laundry, I started to question the role of the laundry space. Could it do more? And if it can, how much are we prepared to change our routines and our homes to accommodate this. And there's a mention of a chicken in there. Hence the picture. Confused? Read on...
Words come and go. But they also move along. A recent discussion with a client made me realise how interiors are full of them. We have our own set of acronyms and jargon, our own set of 'verbs' and 'nouns' and word associations. But as acronyms become words and words become names it gets very confusing, and it effects how we communicate. When communicating about what you want or need in a space, it's really essential to say what you mean.
Have you ever seen something you've absolutely loved? Then walk away. I've been applying the 'yearn' principle for many years, and it seems others do too. What is interesting though, is that I struggle to remember what some of these items were months later. What felt like a case of life and death purchase, has now completely slipped me by. I've learnt I'm part of a No to FOMO movement. Who knew? Are you?