The Winter Solstice seems a good time to share this mini festive home tour and tell you about an exciting event I’m involved with to celebrate confidence and self-love. Read on for pretty pics and ticket details…
When I was about ten my parents let me redecorate my bedroom. I’d graduated from a room with clouds on the sky to one with a Moroccan theme. Mum made me matching curtains and cushions – I even had a matching wallpaper border all around the room. It was very 90s, which was good because it was 1993 and my main interiors inspiration came from the hit TV show Changing Rooms which was my favourite series on the telly at the time.
I’ve always been into nesting. Before I was pregnant and nesting was a thing, I nested. Whether it was a room at uni (I once gave up my last week of summer holidays to paint my uni room and make homemade candle holders for the house), a bedroom at home or – now – my very own house. The surroundings I live in have always been a huge part of what makes me happy.
That love later became a job, where I wrote for interiors magazines alongside parenting ones, and ran an interiors blog, as well as this one. But earlier this year I found myself losing the love of writing about cushions. This doesn’t mean I lost the love of cushions altogether though…
We all have different ways to give ourselves a hug. It might be a bath, an early night with a book, a kind word when you look in the mirror. For me, I’ve noticed a huge pull in wanting to nest in the run-up to winter. So, this year, I went into nesting overdrive and we redecorated our open-plan living and dining room.
This is not a before and after post (but if you want to see what it looked like before there are some pictures here). I’m not going to detail where I bought everything or what colour I painted the walls (although I’m happy to tell you if you ask!). I simply wanted to share a few photos I snapped yesterday in order to remember what my house looked like at Christmas 2018 in years to come.
My theme is bright, bold and blue. I wanted the rooms to feel cosy but vibrant, pulling in fun pops of pink to counter-act the grey outside at this time of year. It’s a really comforting space to chill out in and I can’t wait to sit around and eat a load of cheese in here over Christmas.
If you’re thinking of a room makeover for the new year then my biggest piece of advice is to experiment with colour. Don’t be afraid to try something new – if you don’t like it you can just paint over it again! There’s a certain confidence from choosing a colour and running with it, and a huge satisfaction in sitting back and enjoying it when the palette works out.
While I’m here, I wanted to say a big old thank you for reading, commenting, sharing and liking this year. I’ve had an amazing year – huge, really – and I know there’ve been some big changes in my style of content so whether you’re an old reader who’s stuck around or a new one who’s found me recently then thank you for being here.
2019 is going to be an even bigger year and I’m so excited to share more projects that I’ve been working on behind the scenes, to inspire, empower and hopefully bring some joy to people. Keep an eye out for details soon.
In the meantime, tickets went on sale earlier this week for an exciting, gorgeous, very lovely event called The Confidence Lab which I’m hosting with my pal Charlie. We’ve got some amazing speakers, plus there’ll be cake, fizz and a goody bag. It’s in a beautiful venue near Brick Lane in London in February and you can read full details and buy tickets here. I hope to see you there!
Have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll see you all in 2019. xx