Show Home Love

Don’t you just love a show home? I certainly do, the experience of padding around a beautiful house or apartment, luxuriously appointed, softly furnished to the max…

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You might be house hunting, you might be looking for inspiration or you might just be having a nosey and nobody minds!

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You can imagine yourself living there – a fresh start – completely devoid of the overflowing detritus of your real life.
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Secondary glazing

Something we do not need to do to ‘Live Lagom’, in our house, is double glazing – we already have it. When we bought our home, very rickety, original, 1970s single glazed, wooden windows were in place, covered in condensation – they had to go.

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We were a whisper away from replacing them with UPVC – it seemed so convenient…

Norwegian wooden windows

Something deep inside stopped us though, we were lucky enough to have gone on enough shoots to have heard about the beauty of Norwegian windows… modern, soft wood, double glazed windows… perfect for our brutalist, but we feel, very loveable, clunky 1970’s villa. Read more…

Getting industrial

Once you have had your Marie Kondo style clear out, in a nutshell –

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You will then need to sort out storage for those ‘things that bring you joy’ and my advice would be ‘don’t be coy’ about it!

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Try workplace supplier Slingsby for some really chunky industrial stye shelving and trolleys for clothes, kitchenalia, towels.
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Living with Beauty

I realise I am getting a bit of a bee in my bonnet here, but home and interior design are real passions of mine and I am convinced that Marie Kondo’s book, ‘The Magic of Tidying’, my Ikea challenge to ‘Live with Less’ and this blog, which is basically my mission to help people live a life more beautiful, are all linked. In my last post, I showed you my skirt basket – it is still giving me shivers of delight!

My living room has been like this for a long time now –

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Perfectly nice, I know, but here are my living room shelves after reading the book –

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Starting a ruthless clear out has given me a lot of satisfaction. ‘Keep only those things that spark joy’ is Marie’s mantra… I have kept, you will see, a beautiful alabaster carving that we received as a wedding present from a dear friend, a Japanese teapot that we love, our collection of earthenware pots, a chunky piece of driftwood, some really special framed photos and some tennis trophies…
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Marie Kondo

The new word for tidiness is KonMari after the Japanese author, Marie Kondo, the title of this post.

Marie Kondo

This woman has changed my life – RESPECT – after a lifetime of being messy, thinking I was ‘too busy to be tidy’, I have realised the fun I am missing out on – being messy, because you are busy, is a bit like ‘not wearing makeup’ – What? You’re too busy to look great?? Sorry – get it right!!
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