Recently, I moved from house to home – or homey abode as I quite like to call it. I have been given free reign over the interiors and truly, I am not sure my partner knows what he got himself into! Regardless, he is loving all that I am creating! Dressing a home is SUCH fun! It’s like getting dressed up for a soiree, only its a fabulously complex outfit composed of lighting, atmosphere considerations, comfort and creative inspiration. So far, I have begun on 2 rooms, the library and the bedroom.
What has become increasingly obvious to me is my surge in creativity. I have found that my boundless self expression upon my new habitat has opened up my imagination to a throng of far-out ideas, bursts of motivation and creative abandon.
I realised that living the creative life, is about every single aspect being a reflection of you and how you want to live. I may have an over the top style, but that doesn’t mean minimalism isn’t creative – on the contrary! Think about your ultimate habitat, its colours, textures, purposes and start from there – it will grow, and so will you.
Here are some tips for you to get started on your creative home, creative life:
- Colours are essential, whether it is a complete wall or just a chair. Use it to inspire the mood. I chose red for the library becasue it inspires emotional passion, motivation and warmth. It is an intimate colour and I intend it to shape the experiences in this room to an opulent level for all who visit.
- Lighting sets the mood – true, but think about what you are lighting. What is going to be illuminated, what will be kept in shadow. How does the light cast across the room? How do the shadows it causes affect the space? Is the light warm, or cold?
- Music is divine when it fills your ears from an unknown source. The music that fills the rooms is hidden, yet easily accessible for atmosphere tweaks and direction.
- Space to breathe is essential. As you can see, my style certainly goes by the more is more attitude, but when people enter my space, each person has enough room – a place to put their drink, enough intimacy for a little conversation and enough space for a rowdy one. When I am in there, I have floor space for pouring over books, for a little nap in the afternoon and for sitting back as I am now, writing to you.
- Choose three words that define what you are inspired by as your foundation points. Mine are: Opulent, Symbolic and playful.
- Keep inspiration close at hand. Whether that is in the form of books, artwork – make it a focus in your home and easily accessible.
- Choose statement pieces first, and work from them. The red library is built around a 1920s Japanese writing desk – have a look – by starting with this piece, I was able to use it as the statement and direct the styling from there. I use the same technique when I am dressing.
- Your habitat is a reflection of you, so ensure you have personal momento’s, souvenirs and memory triggers abundant.
- Boxes: I have an affinity for interesting boxes, and in them is always a pen and paper. I must have these at hand just like an Entomologist his net. I must catch the ideas before they flutter away..
- There have been many DIVINE pieces of furniture I have fawned over, gushed and viewed with wide eyes… that was until I sat on them. Comfort is paramount. These grey couches worked in our last house, it was more minimal then, and I love lounging about on them – they will stay, their appearance however will change to a velvet covering soon enough, comfort levels then will be through the roof!
- Ask yourself what is most comfortable, do you like your feet up? Do you like certain things within reach of your favourite chair? Ensure you place things with this in mind.
- Texture seduces our hands. Did you ever dive your hand into the bird seed at the market? Or run it over a fur stole? Texture equals comfort, from the floors to the walls. Be seduced by it all.
As I continue in my work on this abode, I shall keep you in the loop! Be sure to share with me your inspirations too!