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Creating calm and optimism in our interior spaces this Autumn and Winter

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

My home desk is covered in Leaflace. The sculptural quality of the leaves makes my workspace feel calm and beautiful. I really believe nature has an important role in enriching our home and work environments. I have been scouring UK interiors journalists and experts to get a sense of how else we can create that sense of calm in our homes as we head into another slightly unknown winter.


Jo Glanville-Blackburn has written a lovely article in House Beautiful UK called ‘The Joy of Cosy’. There are a range of ideas - and I love the easy wins. She suggests connecting with nature; ‘introduce organic textiles and materials that bring an element of tranquillity to your home and help connect you to outdoor soulful living. You can do this through accessories – filling bud vases with dried grasses and sprigs you’ve foraged or simply position your furniture to look outwards towards nature so that you can watch the seasons unfold’. She also mentions the importance of enhancing natural light. ‘Nothing beautifies the details of your home more than natural sunlight. It boosts mood, increases productivity and induces a tranquil ambience. Invest in large strategically placed mirrors to bounce natural light around and opt for airy drapes at the windows to add a sense of movement’.


In the Living Etc October 2021 edition, there is a focus on making your home office the best it can be. Loads of ideas from Thea Babington-Stitt, plus a column by Emma Morley, founder of trifle*, an interior design company that specialises in work spaces. Emma says don’t forget those magic touches; 'cool stationery, notebooks, pens in a pot – make sure they’re beautiful to give you a little boost’. She also says ‘ Plants connect to nature and help detoxify the air. Even in the basement with little natural light, there’s always something you can grow. Or use a botanical wallpaper to zone your workspace.’ I also liked the Design Radar. Linda Boronkay highlights a range of pieces that caught her eye this month. They all feature natural materials and organic shapes.


In the Elle Decoration UK's October 2021 edition, Amy Bradford writes about Studio Iro, run by Lucy Currell. Studio Iro's style is rooted in the Japanese Philosophy of Wabi Sabi, which celebrates natural materials and imperfection. It focuses on the contentment of interior design, 'not striving for newness or what’s trending’. She talks about a recent project, converting an old piano factory into a home. She is ‘only using organic and sustainable materials that will enhance the owner’s wellbeing by keeping them connected to the natural world’.


Love to hear any more ideas you have. Email hello@leaflacedecor.co.uk.

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