5 Mini Spring Cleaning Projects you can Complete this Week

We’re mid-way through spring, with the summer in easy reach now. And all the dust that was quietly accumulating in dark corners is becoming more and more apparent – at least to my eye, in my home. I’ve been dipping in and out of spring cleaning tasks here and there, but I haven’t managed to do the kind of full clean sweep that happened in the spring of 2020 and 2021. I wonder why…. When Read more…

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Paint your home happy.

colour psychology Paint is magical. It has the power to transform the look of a piece of furniture – rescuing it from ugly, dated or very badly worn to beautiful, current, refreshed. It has the power to transform how a room looks – making it seem larger, or cosier, than it really is. But far more important than changing appearances, paint can transform the mood in a room. Cold and uninviting morphs into warm and Read more…

The Art & Health Benefits of Pottering

One Friday morning a couple of weeks ago, I woke up feeling completely overwhelmed. Between working in my business, working on my business, and participating in various business development training workshops, my to-do list list was exhausting me – mentally as well as physically. Can you relate? Well, in response, I made an executive decision to take the day off. Maybe that seems counterintuitive to you. To me, it made perfect sense as I recognized Read more…

Decluttering is an act of Self-Care.

Decluttering and self-care are two topics close to my heart. I bleat on about both of them on a regular basis. But I tend to really zone in on them during January. Because, as far as I’m concerned, January is a month to hone our self-care practices rather than go too gung-ho on self-improvement. And January is also a great month to declutter – to make space for what we’d like to invite into our Read more…

Forget about Resolutions and have a Slow, Self-Care January.

Despite its gloominess, I love January. It is a long, slow month. And it’s a time when we naturally feel more inclined to hibernate than get out there and make things happen. Many people resent how it seems to drag out and can’t wait until February arrives and life restarts. What I’ve noticed in recent years, is that once February hits, the year takes off like a rocket and we’re all chasing our tails trying Read more…

Why I set New Year Intentions in February, not January.

It seems counter-intuitive, I know. The first of January comes with all the ‘new year, new you’ hype and it’s easy to get carried along with the tide of that energy. But within a week 25% of people have given up, and by the end of the month only 64% are still sticking by their new year resolutions Six months into the year, that figure has further declined to 46% of us are still sticking with them. Read more…

Pinterest Predicts 2022 Home Décor Trends

For the eighth year running, Pinterest has published its predictions for 2022 home décor trends, along with other trends that will rise in the coming year. This relates to all parts of our lives, and to date, they’ve had an accuracy rate of 80%. So, if you’re planning to refresh part of your home next year, and you want to be ahead of the curve, the following are what they’re predicting when it comes to home Read more…

Summer Solstice Meditation to Fire up Our Inner Strength.

The meaning of ‘Solstice’ is ‘sun standing still’ and honouring the sun twice per year is a pre-Christian custom that was celebrated throughout the American and European continents. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice was a time to give thanks for the blessings of the coming fruits of summer. And while today’s technology has allowed us to circumvent nature’s seasonal cycle of food production, we can still tune in to the energy of the Read more…

Why you should listen to the recommendations of an interior designer – and then do what you want.

In your home, your taste and preferences trump that of all others—including interior designers. However, if you are feeling stuck in any way and genuinely would like some helpful advice, then an interior designer is the person to ask. An interior designer knows a thing, or three, about colour theory, how to create harmony and balance in a scheme, and generally how to make things work together. And they also know when something simply won’t Read more…

Three Home Décor Trends to Avoid, and What to Do Instead.

As an interior designer, I follow—and sometimes salivate over—home décor trends as much as any other interiors enthusiast. And I don’t think trends are a bad thing at all. They help us evolve the looks of our home. And when applied well, they can make an out-of-date space feel more contemporary without the expense of a complete overhaul. My problem with super-duper on-trend homes is when they’re blindly following the fashions instead of reflecting their Read more…