A SLOW FAMILY LUNCH: FOR THE LOVE OF LINEN

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is have a long, slow, family lunch, where we gather around the table, get to spend time together, and enjoy home cooked food.

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HOW TO KEEP WARM & SAVE ENERGY THIS WINTER

How to keep warm and save energy this Winter. A simple DIY for a homemade draught excluder.

It’s been one of the coldest Winters in a long time here. For months I have been wearing two cardigans and drinking lots of hot tea. Our old victorian house is pretty draughty, and it’s really noticeable at this time of year. I have been thinking about all the things we can do to make sure we save energy, and I decided to make myself a draught excluder for the front door in order to keep us all a little warmer.

I recently heard about smart meters, which show you exactly how much gas and electricity you are consuming. They’re a great way to help you be more mindful about your heating and the appliances you use. Plus they also tell you exactly how much energy you use in pounds and pence. That means no more estimated bills, you pay for what you use. It will be so useful to be able to identify times when we are using lots of energy, so we can cut back – a visual reminder that is bound to motivate you to turn that landing light off!

The draught excluder was super simple to make, and no doubt I will be making a few more for the back of the house. I also decided to add some dried lavender to the filling so it will smell lovely too.

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DREAMS OF A SLOW AND SIMPLE HOME

I have had a really strong desire of late to create a slow and simple home. When I feel like I have lost my way, the things in this post are the things I come back to. Time feels more and more precious the older I get, and I don’t want to waste a minute of it. By simplifying our home and our belongings there is more space and time for the important things.

I have had a really strong desire of late to create a slow and simple home. It’s something that I have gradually been working towards since we bought our house, but recently the craving has been much stronger.

I want to be able to look around our family home, and feel calm. I also want to take pleasure, and notice the lovely things we own. Where as in reality, after much sorting, I am still distracted by the clutter and mess.

Back in March I completed the ‘30 day minimalism game‘, and wrote about ‘My Idea of Minimal Living’. Seven months later, and over 600 items lighter, things are better, but we have still not managed to completely ‘slow our home.’

I have been reflecting on why this is? What have we learnt so far on our simple living journey?  What has worked, and what hasn’t? Finally, what do we need to do in order to reach that dream of having a slow and simple home.

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the big reveal: inspirational workspace & magnetic wall

finished: inspirational work space and magnetic wall on Geoffrey & Grace

My inspirational work space with a magnetic wall is finished at last. For those that missed posts ‘one’ and ‘two’ you can catch up here and here.

I started moving things back into the room about 10 days ago, and have been working in the space since then. It took me a while to unpack and organise things, but I am already feeling at home.

It is so wonderful to have my own workspace to retreat to, and it has already made a really big impact on how we live as a family. Working at the kitchen table was really encroaching on our family space, and I never felt like I completely switched off.

Now I have this perfect little room to type away in, and sew when the mood takes me.

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inspirational work space in the making

inspirational work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace
The Brooklyn studio of woodworker Ariele Alasko’s. Photo – Max Tielman for Design sponge

It’s been over a month since I wrote about my plans for an Inspirational and functional work space (If you missed the first post, you can catch up here). A lot has been happening ‘behind the scenes’, and I am so pleased to say that the end is now in sight.

The plasterer has been, and the Thistle Magnetic plaster by British Gypsum’s Rooms Made For You Range is on the wall. It was so exciting to watch it go on. It is applied just like normal plaster but goes on slightly thicker and is black in colour. I have tested it out (just with some fridge magnets) and it is indeed magnetic! I can’t wait to have a play with the magnetic wall properly. To me the creative possibilities that come from having an extra surface to utilise, is really exciting. I have some ideas in place about how I want to use the wall, but am also still thinking about how it can really help me feel inspired and be organised.

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