How To Make A Cosy Home

There is currently a big fuss about minimalist homes. It’s great to cut out the clutter and make a space that’s viable for both living and working in and honestly, you can be both minimalistic and cosy without having to scrimp on letting your style and personality shine through! With this in mind, let’s have a look at how we can get a cosy home…
Look at lighting
Lighting sets the mood, and so you want something that is interchangeable with the brightness or that you can save to switch on later in the day. The more harsh the light is, the less it feels like you can spend a long time in a room – it becomes too clinical. Set some dimmer lamps around the room to really begin to make it into a cosy haven.
Bring in the blankets
No matter if you’re chilling on your bed, on a sofa or out in the garden on a summer night, blankets are always a welcome addition for when a cool breeze hits us. Blankets help us to settle down and become snug. They also offer a great chance to snuggle up next to someone, plus can offer more decoration to a room. What’s not to love about them?
Make sure you’re properly heated
Don’t just think about how many radiators you’ve got in your house, but rather whether they’re the right size for the room and where they’re placed. If you’ve got any furniture in the way of the radiators that is blocking the heat from moving around the room freely, think about how you can rearrange the room to prevent this from happening. You can keep your bathroom warm with a towel radiator, which will also help with making your towels softer and something to look forward to when you’re getting out of the bath or shower. During the summer months you may not need to switch on the heating at all, but the sun warms up rooms quicker than you’d think.
Think underfoot
The main source of heat loss on the human body is from your head, but think about how much of a difference it makes when you’ve got something on your feet to keep them warm. Instead of constantly going round in slippers or socks (or slipper-socks, let’s cut out the middleman here), consider purchasing a good quality rug or investing in a carpet if you don’t have one already. It can really help to bring a room together, but also adds such a cosy feel to whatever room that it’s becoming an addition to.
Pad your life away
Cushions, pillows, throws, blankets – all together, they can create some of the comfiest situations known to man. Go as wild as you want to when collecting them. They’re the most well-known secret for a true cosy home!

Less But Better // My Latest Homeware Addition

In my quest for a more minimal and simple lifestyle, I am certainly now more selective around the items I bring into my home. I’m a big fan of ‘buy me once’ products; quality items that are built to last. It’s an idea I’ve really latched on to over the last few years as I have come to realise it makes absolutely no sense to buy cheap items that don’t last again and again. Quality, durability and sustainability are where it’s at for me now! And it’s not just good for me either, it’s beneficial for the environment too. The less things I buy, the less ends up being wasted or going to landfill!

I’m really trying to be more conscious of what comes into my home and put a little more thought into my buying rather than making impulse purchases in high street shops (which do serve their purpose, don’t get me wrong…. I love a bargain! I’m just practising a little more restraint when I hit the homeware aisles!).

But with all this said, I still love my home interiors. I love bedding, I love candles and I love a good cushion! Less but better is my motto and it’s one that I now try and stick to when making purchases. I can still enjoy these things just as long as my purchases are considered and will have a place or purpose in our home!

I wanted to share my latest addition to our home as it comes from a new-to-me company called Banbayu. If you have not come across this wonderful new shopping destination before then let me tell you a little more!
Banbayu offer a touch of ethically-sourced luxury for the home which has evolved from a devotion of exploring our planet. They sell an exquisite collection of authentic homewares, lighting and even jewellery from some of the world’s most diverse and remote cultures. Every piece is handmade and verified for cultural and ecological sustainability and they are also passionate about supporting different cultures and environments through charitable donations and ethical sourcing.You can find out more about the founders of Banbayu here. Their brand ideas are super admirable and their range of products is not incredibly vast but their selection is impeccable!
Browsing through their website, I was initially drawn to their range of handmade vases decorated with circus inspired art. They are just my kind of thing! One offs, such beautiful original pieces. And then I saw the range of cushions made by Jules Pansu in Paris, France. Jules Pansu have been weaving textile tapestries and wall art since 1878 and are still going strong today. The designs feature the work of some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, namely Miró and Picasso. I have a certain admiration for the work of these artists after studying art and working in various art galleries over the years. I just knew I had to have one of these cushions in my home!
After much deliberation, I went for the 2+5=7 design by Miró. The image has been licensed by the Miró foundation and has been brought to life in a unique and beautiful way for use in the home. It literally transforms your home into a sort of art gallery. There’s no reason  as to why art should be restricted to being hung on walls! The colours are spot on for our living room and the contemporary design is a little nod to my artistic background. Honestly, I just love this cushion! It’s bold, bright and full of character.
The cushion retails for £85.00 at Banbayu which is pricey, I’ll admit. You can really see the work that has gone into making this item though, different weaving techniques have been used to carefully recreate identical paint colours and Miró’s painting strokes. The reverse of the cushion is a plain black cotton fabric, a lovely contrast to the bold and bright image on the front. Also, there’s a concealed zip which makes for a neat, well though out design that is easy to remove should you need to wash it. It’s plump, pert and well made…. just what I like in a cushion. You can just tell that it’s certainly going to be one that will keep it’s shape and last for years!

 

The cushion has certainly become a talking point when guests come to our house. They like to try and work out what the image is, what it means. My 3 year old daughter has decided that sometimes it is a face and sometimes it is a beach with the moon shining down. She loves to tell people her thoughts. This is what I love about art; it makes you question things, it creates dialogues.

 

I am so pleased with this new addition to our home. What do you think? Have you heard of Banbayu before? Pop over to their website to see their full range of cushions, home interiors, lighting and more! 

Attic Plans// An Office Space Wishlist

So, let’s talk about work space. If you work from home, it can often be super tempting to get comfy on your favourite sofa and use your lap as a desk. A sofa desk if you will! I know I do it, far too often! It’s a huge distraction for me though as I always end up switching the TV on in the background or doing anything other than ‘work’. It’s also not very practical!
This year I’m working on our attic room with the intention of creating some kind of work space/play room hybrid. Somewhere I can actually do work without distraction and somewhere kiddo can play freely. It’s a lovely spacious room with plenty of light and it is completely my intention to make the best of this space!
I’ve talked about my plans for the play room side of our attic and so today, I wanted to update you with a bit of a wish list for things I’d like to see in the office/work space side of the room.
The first thing to think about when it comes to this room is blinds. I know I’ve said this more than once before but our attic room gets insufferably hot in the summer months so blackout blinds that provide effective heat and light control are an essential when it comes to planning our attic space. VELUX Blinds have a super range of blinds including a 2-in-1 VELUX blackout and awning blind which looks perfect for our needs. The awning blind cuts out the direct rays from the sun and reduces heat by up to 90% which is just what we need! The blinds come in a range of colour options too so there’ll definitely be one that we can all agree on. I like the monochrome graphic pattern best, just saying!

Next, a proper desk. We currently have our old dining table up there that I use as a desk although it’s far too tall and just not practical! I’m such a fan of functional furniture and I’ll happily pay for timeless pieces that are built to last. I have my eye on this Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis Mira Desk & Filing Cabinet combo, it’s just spot on in every sense. I love those rounded corners, the functionality, the storage space! It’s perfect.

…. And you can’t have a nice desk without a nice chair! Made do a lovely selection of stylish but comfortable looking chairs. I’m having a hard time picking out just one that I like so here are three. Which do you like best?

Finally, lighting. A good desk lamp is also going to be an essential item on my list. I’m one of those people that likes to have lights on to work, especially when it comes to packing up parcels. This glass shade marble table lamp from Oliver Bonas is one that I am definitely lusting after at the moment. It’s simple yet stylish…. just my kinda thing!
This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and words are my own.