interior design & well-being wisdom

Simply ‘being’ at home: MINDFUL BREATHING

Mindful Breathing vs Yogic Breathing as Meditation Withdrawing the mind from physical senses or ‘pratyahara’, can be seen as not reacting to external senses. In Yoga we meditate on the breath using Pranayama – altering the way we breathe, Mantra – repeating a word or phrase, Mudra – hand gestures on which to focus the […]

Simply ‘being’ at home: MENTAL WELL-BEING

Is your well-being affected by Corona virus? Wednesday’s well-being tips for my mini series on mental health is offered by the hugely inspiring Emily Gajewski; therapist, coach and trainer. Watch her video for simple and powerful ideas to keep well whilst being home bound. Keep reading, sharing and tagging so I know who to thank! […]

Simply ‘being’ at home: MINDFUL MOVEMENT

‘Informal’ Mindful Movement for Wellbeing I’m a fan of informal mindful movement as one way to support physical and mental wellbeing – which to me are the same thing. You don’t need to have any particular skills to explore how moving your body in different ways puts you in touch with all kinds of physical […]

Simply ‘being’ at home: HEAVEN SCENT

Heaven Scent…. In our post Brexit World, it’s more important than ever to realize the life we aspire too and an English woman’s home is her castle. Our homes reflect who we are and they play a big part in how we feel, rest and recover. Our relationship with our home is symbiotic, it’s a […]

Simply ‘being’ at home: MINDFUL READING

Reading for just six minutes can be as beneficial to the brain as meditating for an hour. It slows down the heartbeat,reduces anxiety and stress, and allows the imagination to rove. Reading fiction is a way of entering another person’s consciousness, feeling what they feel, and so choosing the right book to read to suit […]

Simply ‘being’ at home

It’s been simple, fulfilling and enough. I feel like I used to say that a lot, “I’d just like to be at home more” but life always seemed to get in the way and it didn’t quite happen. It’s with a lot of gratitude, not guilt, that I realise I’m enjoying being at home during […]

Create Your Home Haven

CREATE YOUR HOME HAVEN It’s easy and it’s essential for you and your loved ones Never has it felt more important to see our homes as a haven. With a busy work/life balance and worries over corona virus to name a few , it feels essential for us all to feel like we can escape […]

Love your style

My style or yours? I’m all curious about this idea of STYLE. It has currency doesn’t it. Does your house have it? Are you clothes stylish? Do you have good tastes? Do you even care? So far this year I feel I’ve been on a super highway of trend and advice for 2020. On one […]

Garden transformation brings greater family well-being

Changes to your garden really can transform family life Changes to your garden really can transform family life and well-being and here’s how. As a private person, I find social media a challenge but I’m going to share this project and give some how to’s because it’s been so transformative and you can have this […]

When does the well-being start, really?

The first feelings of well-being start with the act of seeking help Have you noticed that there’s a lot out there called ‘Interior Design and Wellbeing’. It’s bang on trend it seems, how does it happen, how do we get more of it and how do we make it last? I’m reading something right now […]

Long-Lasting Change and a Happy, Relaxed Home!

How to make positive long-lasting change and increase home-value Making positive, long lasting change to your property is important to most home-owners, especially with the view to increasing home-value. We can envisage the end result and it looks pretty darn good in our mind’s eye; fresh, more spacious, up-to-date, unique even. Oh just to have […]

How to choose earth friendly interior design

Be more sustainable, eco conscious, earth friendly with your interior design All massive buzz words right now and thank goodness for that – it must never leave our minds. As we all contemplate the well-ness of our planet it strikes me that there many ways we can look to be being greener in interior design […]

Creativity in Interior Design Takes Courage

Henri Matisse said “Creativity Takes Courage” Without delving into the creative process, the risk is that you end up with something very  ‘vanilla’, off the shelf, someone else’s vibe. Maybe it doesn’t matter, but I tend to think that when a client has gone to the lengths of planning and affording a property renovation, then […]

Interior Design, all about cushions isn’t it?

Interior design is all about cushions isn’t it? My latest blog was inspired when someone in the building industry brushed off interior design saying “it’s all about cushions, isn’t it?”. Then an existing client in amazement commented,  “I had no idea of the level of detail involved, we are very lucky to have you”. So, […]

Showcase – Art Art Art

Going back to her roots After 10 years of working as a commercial illustrator, Hove resident, Jessica Ford has gone back to her roots and back into the studio, producing large scale canvases. Jessica was raised in the beautiful Cotswolds, by an artist Mother and art lecturer Father, and so it was a natural progression […]

Interior design and the changing face of ‘home’

I’m working from home as I write this blog… In recent years, my home has become my work place and occasionally it’s my partner’s too. Two of us working from home but only one office. My office, but only sometimes! Sound familiar? The conversation I hear almost every day is how we need our homes […]

5 reasons to say YES to your interior design project

We all have so many emotions about our homes right? What I love about working in interior design is helping, making a difference to the way a person, a couple or a family feel in their homes. Afteral, it’s your home – permanent, night and day – and looking after our surroundings is surely as […]

Showcase – Hipahipa! Lamps

As a musician and artist I have a constant desire to create new things. I am always looking to what I can make next, trying to work out the details and how to find the components. With Hipahipa! Lamps I hope to raise the bar from fabric covered shades and make them works of art […]

Showcase – Skill of a furniture maker

Skill and craftmanship Anthony Jackson designs combine carefully selected, and often rare, woods and veneers with other trusted materials to create unique furniture that displays the very highest standards of traditional craftsmanship. An early training in mechanical engineering has provided an insightful understanding of manufacturing techniques and material properties. Anthony’s over-riding interest in design aesthetics, […]

Remember to K.I.S.S

What a great mantra for 2017 K.I.S.S – Keep it simple silly! It’s a new year and time for those gorgeous interiors ideas to take shape. I get that tackling your home can feel scary and exciting. You know things are going to get pretty messy and you’re hoping that it’s going to look great […]

Capturing that perfect feeling of ‘at home’

We should love being at home right? It’s our sanctuary, the space that suits us and our families perfectly, isn’t it? Yet often the train of thought I hear from clients the most is “Yes our home’s OK, well, it could be a whole lot better if only we could find the time, decide what […]

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