About this time last year I shared this post about our house restoration and some plans for a simple kitchen. We were looking into simplifying and updating it since the space has not been decorated for a good thirty years. Well, shortly after writing that, I was asked to collaborate with British Gypsum on creating an inspirational work space with a magnetic wall (catch up with that here). The work room got all my attention, and the kitchen was forgotten about.
A whole year later and not much has happened. The space was left halfway finished. In fact, you couldn’t even say that. Here’s a re-cap of what we have done so far…
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.
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.
June to me is cherries and Sweet Williams. It’s the first time of the year that I spot them both in the shops and I can’t wait to buy them, bring them home, and have them on our kitchen table.
I mentioned in my last Styling the Seasons that I wanted to get more house plants for our home. It’s a bit of a new area for me, I’m ok with growing things in the garden, but plants for inside the house I find a bit more of a challenge. I thought some help and inspiration might be in order, and you can imagine my delight when I came across the lovely Urban Jungle Bloggers, who’s mission is to share plant shaped ideas by the bucket load. Stemming from their love of plants and interiors, Igor Josifiovic of Happy Interior Blog and Judith de Graaff of JOELIX.com, wanted to gather together an online community of plant lovers and folk who wish to be a little green fingered.