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4 tips to create a serene, natural look at home

One look that I love at home is the natural look (you can follow my Pinterest board here), which I find not only calming and soothing but very beautiful and in harmony with what Nature has to offer so here are my four tips to create a serene, natural look in your home…

1/ Keep the walls as bare as possible:

Let the room breathe and add one piece of artwork you love to create a focus point be it a beautiful black & white illustration, a sculpture or a canvas – the whole room will work as a beautiful canvas.

2/ Change your carpet: 

Changing your carpet for one that is is soft or invest in a new rug will naturally change the appearance of your room in no time. With the colours of the walls, carpet is the the first thing guests will notice when they walk into your room. Most carpets(like these from SCS) and rugs (check the EDITO collection) are now stain-resistant so you can safely go for a light tone one, which will make your room look spacious and serene.

3) Add textures

I like scouring flea markets to find old, embroidered cotton fabrics. Cottons manufactured over 80 years ago have a wonderful texture which is very close to stonewashed linen. While the swatches you’ll find may have stains, you should still be able to cut out a few pillow cases from it. In our holiday home in France, I use vintage linen with embroidery to make the front of my cushion covers and use plain, white cotton for the back.

4) Opt for a soft lighting

One of my favourite light is the Milk lamp by NORM Architects for & Tradition, which diffuses a soft, soothing light and its design exudes calm and serenity.
// Photography: 1. Mark Eden Schooley 2 & 3. Pinterest 4. Milk lamp In Association with SCS | All opinions and layouts my own

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Founder of Award-Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU (now closed) & Photographer, UK's Top 10 Design blog, mum of one cool surfer, 23 years in London, now living by the beach in France, married to a kiwi.


  1. oh yess those are just perfect… i’ve just bought plenty old chanvre linen.. to add natural and raw material at home ;)

  2. Yep, my style too and the older I get the more obsessed I become with paring it down, keeping it simple and adding lots of different beautiful textures. I doubt I could go back to living with carpets again though, but as you know, it’s different here in France.:-)

  3. Lene Estvad Christoffersen says

    Well written and generously useful, as always inspiring and make me treasure my old, french flea finds even more – the lamp already on my wishlist along with several others shown in your pics.
    Hope you’re allowing yourself some time for repose in beforementioned pillows.

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