THE RENOVATION SO FAR: SIMPLE CHILDREN’S BEDROOM

It was just over a month ago that I shared our renovation plans for a Simple Children’s Bedroom. One of my favourite things is uncovering the layers of history that are present in this house. Even when doing something as simple as sanding back the paint on the fireplace, many layers of paint are revealed. I always feel a little torn about which bits to decorate - and by doing so cover up the beautiful decay - and which bits to leave bare and just as they are. 

It was just over a month ago that I shared our plans for a Simple Children’s Bedroom for Bailey (if you missed that post you can catch up with those plans here).

We are making really good progress with the renovation so far and I managed to get lots of the preparing and painting done over the Easter holidays. However, things are taking a little longer than I initially thought they would. I underestimated how much work would be involved in decorating a whole room by myself, plus of course I am juggling finishing the room, with work, and looking after Bailey too. It’s slowly coming together but there is still quite a bit to do…

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SLOW LIVING EVENT: WEEKND:IN 

When Olivia invited me to teach a yoga session and talk about slow living at the Weekend:In Slow living Event it seemed like a wonderful opportunity to have some interesting conversations about all things slow. As you all know slow living and making time for those wholehearted moments is fundamental to my and our way of life as a family...

Slow living can ripple through every aspects of your lifestyle. Not only can it change how you choose to spend your time but which brands you are happy to support as well.

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a slow living event to celebrate all things slow lived. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend a peaceful few days escaping from the normal day-to-day and I also had the privilege of leading a session at the event too.

The event was run by Weeknd:In, who are all about helping independent brands grow their audience in an authentic way by using the power of social media and influencers. 

When Olivia invited me to teach a yoga session and talk about slow living a little, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity to have some interesting conversations about all things slow. As you all know slow living and making time for those wholehearted moments is fundamental to my and our way of life as a family, and I am always happy to share how we manage to slow things down, the things that work and the things that don’t.

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SIMPLE CHILDREN’S BEDROOM

How to create a calm and simple children’s bedroom. Plus thoughts on how to make a tidy space whilst giving her the freedom to be the sort of six year old she wants to be? Here are some of the rooms I have been loving and looking at for inspiration. All photo credits are at the bottom of the post.One of the next projects with our house restoration is to create a calm and simple children’s bedroom for Bailey.

I have a few really clear ideas of how I would like the space to be, but there is still lots to decide.

Here are some of the rooms I have been loving and looking at for inspiration. All photo credits are at the bottom of the post. I have of course been using Pinterest lots and it’s still one of my favourite ways to work out how I want a room to look and feel.

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HOW TO GET THE BEST START TO 2018 FOR YOU

How to get the best start to 2018 for you... The new year is here and there is a fresh new energy. Time to plan and set intentions for the new year ahead right? Well, what if you’re not quite in that head space yet..? How about we try another approach? Take a moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath and really tune into your body… what’s the one thing it really needs right now?

It’s a new year, 2018 is here and there is a fresh new energy. Time to plan and set intentions for the new year ahead right? Well, what if you’re not quite in that head space yet..? How about we try another approach? Take a moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath and really tune into your body… what’s the one thing it really needs right now? If it’s dreaming and scheming then go for it, but if you are anything like me you are craving rest, rest and a bit more rest.

I have definitely been easing myself into 2018. In previous years by now I have been struck by inspiration to dream, plan, choose my word for the year ahead, but that is not how I am feeling this year. I have an idea or two about why that is, but more on that later, in the meantime, I am just allowing myself to take things extra slowly. Which Is why it has taken me until now to write this first blog post.

Our bodies are wise, and even if you think you are pretty good at listening to yours, it’s sometimes so easy (with the wonders of social media) to get distracted by what everyone else is doing. It’s tempting to allow ourselves to fall in line with other peoples rhythm. Only you can set your own pace, not anyone else. Do what feels good for you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, pick one thing to focus on, or do small things that feel manageable. Currently what’s helping me is concentrating on where I am finding the most joy.

Over the last few years I have realised that everything always comes in waves… creativity, work, energy, mood, seasons, monthly cycles… all of life is always ebbing and flowing. Before, I would get panicky if things got too quiet, or I wasn’t feeling creative, and I would often put pressure on myself and force myself to keep going. Now, however I am learning to savour the lulls and soak up the quiet pauses. If I am not feeing something, I sit and wait and have faith that it will return again as sure as spring will be here in a few months.

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A SLOW AND NATURAL CHRISTMAS WITH DENBY

Christmas can be such a busy time of year. With all the festivities and all the extra things to do, it’s easy for it to pass by in a festive blur. Here's some of things we do in order to have a slow and natural Christmas...I find it’s really important to stop, take a breath and remind myself to be really mindful about what we commit to as a family, and make sure I am able to enjoy all the special times that December has to offer.

Christmas can be such a busy time of year. With all the festivities and all the extra things to do, it’s easy for it to pass by in a festive blur. I find it’s really important to stop, take a breath and remind myself to be really mindful about what we commit to as a family, and make sure I am able to enjoy all the special times that December has to offer.

Here are some of the things we do in order to have a slow and natural Christmas…

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