Not exactly 5.
Creating a home is a lifelong journey and that is whether you make many or stop at one. I believe home is our “castle” and should be the place we spend our creative energy. I am not immune to nights in luxurious destinations, to decors I can only admire and never emulate but ultimately I want our home to be the prize.
Home is not a static adventure.
What I mean is the way we live and the way our homes develop moves with our moods and whims; at least ours does. Many features stay the same wherever I live and they mostly revolve around comfort and practicality. The decor scheme has a familiarity because some well-loved furnishings find their home in every environment. Change is brilliant but a few constancies make the differences even more impactful.
The physical environment of “home” must resonate. That’s where to start. Loving where you live, the interior and exterior dimensions, make all the difference; it sparks ideas, fuels creativity and most importantly gives us our sense of purpose and belonging. Even temporary homes need to hold our feelings in this way if we are to feel grounded. I am a homemaker, even as a small girl and I suspect I will forever seek to enhance my surroundings in ways to make me feel happy.
Once an interior is created it doesn’t have to stop.
Some I know never change the way their interiors look or work; not me. Moving and re-inventing happen on a daily basis. I change interiors to suit not only my latest crush but also the seasons. I move our bits around for no other reason than the idea strikes. Try it – it is such fun and very liberating once you realize how many looks can be manipulated with the familiar.
The easiest way to change an interior especially to track with the seasons is to accessorize. It is really no different to how we think about our wardrobe essentials. We may love our classic “little black dress” but that won’t stop us changing shoes or bag, adding a scarf or wearing a new hairstyle.
Dressing up doesn’t stop with fashion.
Adding and subtracting to our environment is an easy way to feel like we are in motion without the upheaval. Additions can include colour, porcelains whether it be vases or dinnerware, contemporary glassware or a refresh outside in the garden or terrace. Home fragrance and scented candles can elevate the ambience and the addition of indoor plants can revolutionize a space. All is possible and small moves can transform.
Small moves to transform our interiors; that’s what we are all about this week. xv
In The Home-Making Mood
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, for those with early access, has started. It is the best sale of the year – here are a couple of ideas to start with and more to follow when the sale is in full swing. Cashmere, slippers, jeans or trainers – my tops when it comes to home-making attire :)
image, architectural digest, designed by kelly wearstler, photographed by roger davies