Creating a home takes time, allowing spaces to evolve gradually and organically. Whilst it can be tempting to rush the home-making process, homes crafted slowly over time, in accordance with the needs and values of the people who live within them are more likely to have longevity. This slow approach supports the values of sustainability and preservation. A thoughtful and unhurried approach to decorating and furnishing the home is more likely to encourage repurposing and buying less but better quality, thus having more consideration for our planet.
If we allow ourselves the time to layer our homes slowly and mindfully, and consider what we truly need, we can create spaces that reflect us and the life we want to unfold within them. Taking time to seek out things that are considered, well made and beautiful rather than driven by trends, reduces the demand for fast, throwaway pieces and rash purchasing mistakes. Vintage pieces are always a good choice, and are better for the environment than buying new. They add character and help to create spaces which instantly feel lived in and comfortable.
Creating a home slowly does not mean moving slowly but rather taking time to plan, consider and refine, allowing our homes to grow and evolve with our changing needs and the rhythms of our life. After all the process of creating a home is a journey not a destination and is all about savouring the process as much as the results. Sitting with an unfinished home requires patience and self-restraint. It is a humble act of acceptance that all valuable things take time to unfold and that the more care you invest in crafting your home, the better it will serve you.
Simplicity seems to be the best safeguard against passing trends. The simpler a design, the more likely it is to have a timeless quality and remain classic. We always strive to source simple, beautiful pieces for our home and store that will endure in to coming years.
With Summer upon us and feelings of wanderlust, we are sharing visual inspiration and an opportunity for some armchair travel with our seasonal edit of inspiring creatives…
SARAH ANDREWS | CAPTAINS REST, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
Designer Sarah Andrews is the owner of Captain’s Rest, a magical heritage-listed waterfront cottage on the west coast of Tasmania. Renovated by Sarah, Captain’s Rest is a highly sought after Airbnb property in a remote and secluded location. A haven of peace and serenity, the wooden cabin has a view of the sky and sea from every corner. The striking large antique windows provide panoramic vistas to get lost in the beauty of nature. The beautifully curated interiors are brought to life through a careful mix of old and new decorative details; fine linens, antique paintings, dried botanicals and nautical ephemera honouring the essence of place and time. The simple colour palette is warm and calming, seamlessly mirroring the natural environment outside. View more whimsical, waterfront inspiration from Sarah @captainsrest on Instagram or visit her website portfolio.
MERCEDES LOPEZ COELLO | MOSCARI, MALLORCA, SPAIN
The beautiful imagery of Mercedes Lopez Coello, whose home is perched on the hills of the small Spanish island of Moscari, is wonderfully uplifting. The simple interior of her home focuses on natural materials such as wood, stone, linen and rattan to create a relaxed style sensitive to the properties history. Furniture and decoration have been accumulated slowly overtime giving a wonderfully collected look. The stunning location near to both coast and countryside connects her family to nature and acts as a sanctuary. The exterior of the property has been restored with care and boasts characterful timber shutters and natural stonework set within a beautiful backdrop of wild gardens and cobbled courtyards, perfect for relaxed living and alfresco dining. You can follow the uplifting account of @mamelopez on Instagram for more beautiful images redolent of restful summer vacations.
IRENE MOLODTSOV | THE COTSWOLDS, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND
Finally, with thoughts of the outdoors it seems fitting to share a home which celebrates the garden in all its glory. Through her Instagram gallery, Irene Molodtsov shares a beautiful portrayal of quintessential English country life from her beguiling 500-year old Cotswolds Manor House. This little corner of the internet is a constant source of inspiration through Irene’s bucolic images of her home and garden. Manicured box hedges and topiaries, clusters of pure white hydrangeas, lavender and roaming chickens cannot help to delight even the least green fingered among us. Through a humble and insightful commentary Irene generously shares her experience of gardening with thoughtful growing tips and inspiring seasonal arrangements. The glimpse into her world via the beautiful Instagram gallery @irenemylife is always wonderfully uplifting and aspirational.
Spring has arrived and with Easter so nearly upon us we wanted to share some simple table setting inspiration. Taking the time to dress the table beautifully always makes a meal or gathering feel extra special and cultivates a sense of joy. We believe in simple ideas, thoughtfully executed and usually find that less is more.
When laying a table we are always inspired by nature and the seasons. There is so much beauty to be found around us and incorporating seasonal elements and foraged finds can elevate any table. Branches and flowers impart both organic texture and a naturally sculptural shape to a table scape. Potted bulbs are a simple centre piece which add spring-like freshness and small bud vases can be added along the table with a single bloom or grouped together for impact.
We like a minimal colour palette and find that soft pastels and neutral tones represent spring’s subtle hues. The addition of linens and a mix of old, new and handmade glassware, ceramics and cutlery adds interest and warmth. Candles in simple vessels create a beautiful and welcoming table and add ambience. Our favourites are simple handmade candle holders and tea lights. The end result should look informal but elegant, the perfect setting for people to gather in comfort for simple enjoyment and indulge in a slow meal.