On Sunday I spent most of the day stuck inside as I had a deadline on a bunch of copywriting and the weather was mostly stormy and rainy. I don't mind being at home, in fact, I love the fact that I can work from home most of the time. Being surrounded by the things (and people, but they'd both gone out) I love is just one of those things that contribute to my overall wellbeing.
As many of you will know, my home changes with the seasons. Not so much in its overall style - as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same - but I tend to swap things, add some (more) market finds, take away other bits, change flowers (I clearly wouldn't have pine twigs in August) and change whatever is hanging on my wall - though my tie-dye fabric has been up for quite some time now. Clearly influenced by my upbringing and my parent's style (some pics here), my own style has always been about mixing all the things I like together. That means that not much actually matches, but everything (at least in my mind) works together to make it my own.
I don't tend to buy big items like furniture that are "in fashion". I'm far too aware that fashion is a fast moving business and what looks great this summer will probably be considered dated coming spring when the next big thing hits the scene. No, I've had the same furniture for long years and when I do add a piece, it's generally because I genuinely love it and know I will do so for a very long time. Most of the things I've added over the years aren't even new, but found on ebay or markets. I'm not, however, immune to small touches that are considered "of the moment" and think that's just something that happens when we take an active interest in what is going on around us.
Anyway, this is how 'chez moi' looks this August. If you follow my on Instagram, you will recognise the bench above which I found just over a month ago. I had been looking for a solution for that space for absolute ages and had even considered made to measure shelving (a little pricy considering that we're renting), so when I saw this bench in a small "garage vintage shop" I knew instinctively that it was perfect. I bought it there and then, took it home and it turned out to fit pretty much to the millimeter!
I tend to keep all sorts of things. Useful, often not useful, as long as there's something special about it, I will keep it. Possibly not the wisest decision when living in a flat… The little origami bird was given to me only last week, but the moment I saw it, I knew that it had to go with the collection of tiny, ancient bottles. The colours match beautifully and are offset by the very dark and warm wood of the printing block next to it.
I love eucalyptus. The colour of the leaves are a perfect grey/green and they dry really nicely. As cut flowers/stems go, it's a bargain as they last a long time. The tray underneath the bench is from Bali and I bought it in Amsterdam last year, and the bottle is yet another market find.
More little bottles on my desk (car boot sale and market finds) a clean yoghurt pot (yes, I buy yoghurts in France JUST for the pots) and the gorgeous Anthropologie mug that was given to me as a Christmas present last year by a very lovely friend. As everywhere in my home, it's a mix, ranging from sources that can be unexpected (supermarket) through to lovely surprises from thoughtful people. It's exactly this mix that makes me feel happy and makes me feel like this really is a space I like to live in.