Three and a half years ago I lived in a three bedroom 1930s house with parquet floors, picture rails, fire places, quarry tiles, a pantry and a laundry room. I felt the house needed to be styled with vintage trinkets and so during the seven years I lived there I filled it with items from the 1930s-1970s. I hunted for stuff in vintage shops, charity shops and online, and I slowly filled every room. And the loft and two large sheds!
My treasure hunting became a habit and long after I'd styled the property I was still buying. The problem was lots was coming in and nothing was going out, and very soon I became overwhelmed with the things I'd bought, and was still buying.
Then I moved house.
I wanted a modern minimalist look in my new apartment because I felt the spaces were too beautiful to clutter, however discarding my vintage collections was a challenge to say the least. It took time to let go, but with each donated or sold item I felt a little lighter, which motivated me to continue.
My taste also changed as I became increasingly drawn to the contemporary interiors of Scandinavia. I loved the muted tones, natural fabrics and feelings of light and space. And after many years of kitsch and colourful vintage florals it was time for a change of scenery!
Three years on and here's how it's looking. My main objective was to create a low maintenance, relaxing and practical space. There are no distractions and very few things to clean or maintain, and when I need a studio space for photography or somewhere to entertain family and friends the space adapts perfectly.
If you're wishing to embark on a spring declutter you might like to read my decluttering tips or the 10 ways I've simplified my life. I hope you have a lovely, calm and clutter-free weekend!
Do try this at home
I'm very selective and gracefully decline almost everything I'm offered or invited to. However a few weeks ago I was thrilled to receive an invitation to a dinner at the Kings Road branch of Habitat to celebrate their March collaboration with Birchbox.
I love Habitat; I grew up in a Habitat styled home and completed work experience as a Habitat visual merchandiser while at university. As a student I had dreams of working for the brand but sadly there were no openings when I graduated, which broke my 21 year old heart.
I'm not sure if I should admit to not knowing what a beauty box was until last week, but after a chat with the gorgeous Jessica of Birchbox I was sold on the idea. Birchbox offer their customers a personalised way to discover, learn and try the best beauty products, all via their cute monthly boxes. And for someone who knows very little about beauty products and make-up this is a pretty useful discovery.
The collaboration called 'do try this at home' also celebrates the launch of Habitat's SS15 collection of dressing tables. It was fascinating to hear about the new designs, and to get to know the Habitat team. (Can you spot me?)
And finally, no trip to London would be complete without taking a few snaps, I apologise to those who have painted house fatigue!
Thank you Habitat and Birchbox for inviting me, I had a wonderful time!
'Always look on the bright side of life' Monty Python
This week I thought I'd share the photographs from my trip to York combined with the joys of recent days. I haven't had the best of weeks and so being a positive person I thought I'd focus on all the good stuff. After all I doubt you want to hear about my Sunday plumbing disaster or my damaged knees from years of distance running (I've been referred to a physiotherapist, I hope they can fix me).
So, in no particular order, the good stuff:
1. Attending a dinner at Habitat on the Kings Road to celebrate their collaboration with Birchbox.
2. Loving the fresh air and Spring flowers during my lunch break at the Oxford Botanic Garden.
3. Making plans to see my mum on Mother's Day.
4. Laughter and cinnamon toast at Betty's tearoom with Kathryn.
5. Swimming and relaxing in the sauna and jacuzzi after work.
6. Enjoying a fresh apple, mint and ginger juice with Rosie in Chelsea.
7. Seeing pink blossom buds on my favourite tree on the Oxford High Street.
8. Getting lost in a good book while staying at the fabulous and newly opened Judges Court Hotel.
9. Being featured on the Great Boden Diaries.
10. Saturday night burgers and chips cooked by my man (Jamie Oliver's recipe in the Ministry of Food is epic).
I hope you have a gorgeous weekend and always remember to focus on the positives, even if water is pouring from your bathroom wall! #joy
It was lovely to spend some time in York, my previous visits can be found here and here. It's interesting to look back to 2013 and 2012, especially seeing the early iPhone shots!