1/ De-clutter regularly
And I mean regularly. Not just when Spring comes or when you are about to move house. I de-clutter
each month make that each week, taking bags to charity shops, putting things on Ebay, Instagram, recycling/upcycling, taking used batteries to Tesco, Mila’s old books to the local library, old tablets back to the chemist, Kinder toys/plastic crap to the bin. Mila knows that if she leaves plastic toys in the lounge, I will ask three times to tidy up and then it will go straight to the bin without further warning. Her bedroom is her space so its important that she feels she has creative control over it but we go through things together once in a while to see what she no longer wants or play with and I love these moments because not only, we get to clear some crap but they are nice mothers/daughters times.
2/ Use white waterproof paint
I use waterproof paint for kitchens & bathrooms throughout the whole house not just the kitchen and bathroom, which means that any smudges in Mila’s bedroom or in the entrance, can be wiped off. It’s a bit more expensive than the average paint but in the long run, it will save you lots of emotional breakdowns and will turn out to be less high-maintenance (go for Pure White).
3/ Add textures
In the bedrooms, I use stonewashed linen because it gives our bedroom this instant, effortlessly chic & relaxed look I cherish. It’s also a fabric that is eco-friendly and soft. I know the ones we sell are expensive but there are better quality than the ones from the high-street and personally, I’d rather own two duvets in stonewashed linen than 6 cotton ones from Ikea for instance. Less is more I reckon. I also love using rugs to add textures to a room. Cotton, seagrass or jute rugs like these rugs add a wonderful, natural feel.
Like with fashion where I mix designer pieces with high-street ones, I apply the same rule to our home. From my travels, I bring back things that I know will fit with the style of my home rather than the typical touristy thing…like a beautiful off-white jug from Copenhagen, or this stool I got in Amsterdam and a black dish from New-Zealand which are now displayed & used in our kitchen.
5/ Eat clean
I’m far from being Nigella in the kitchen but I do believe there is a connection between what we eat and how we feel, not just how we look. I collect chopping boards, display super foods (quinoa, rice, oats) in pretty glass jars, have fresh flowers and generally, try to bring a positive, relaxed vibe in the kitchen (after all, our stomach is our second brain). For those who have been following me on Instagram, you know how much of a positive impact eating clean has had on my well-being and it’s certainly something I’m passionate about and wish for every women to embrace.
PS: Talking of women, I’m planning a feature on Mandy who founded Hush Homewear in 2003 and it can either be a profile about her & her business or about husband/wife in business as Rupert, her husband is part of Hush too. Which subject would you prefer?