I seem to never be able to throw out a magazine. Probably because on Page 85 there is a small photo of curtains that I like, or a recipe, or an interview with an inspiring woman who has perfected the work/life balance and has two rosy cheeked children called Freddie and Delilah and a brilliantly behaved springer spaniel. I never throw out the magazines because I’m afraid I might forget all this ‘stuff’. What if one day I wake up and can’t remember if that beautiful bedroom was painted with Farrow and Ball’s
‘Elephant’s breath’ or ‘Mouses back’? Well I have come up with a solution. Thank God.
First go through all of your magazines and newspaper clippings. Cut out everything you like the look of. Recycle the rest. Perfect! I bought three folders and divided them into main categories that my life is neatly divided into: Make, Bake and Love. Crafty things go into the Make one. Anything food related goes into Bake and beautiful interior ideas, home stuff and general loveliness goes into Love.
The Make folder includes loads of things that I saw and thought ‘I could make that’ (the usual) and a brilliant article about Avoca
and how it’s an ever expanding family run empire! Now all I need is my parents to buy a run down weavers mill…
I had loads of articles from Sunday papers and recipes I printed from various websites for the Bake folder. Also surprisingly a good few menus from different restaurants. I don’t know how I got them.Ahem.
I also came across a great article about the amazing Lewis family who founded a company called MHOR
in Scotland. They really are fantastic, they have a hotel, restaurant, fish shop, tearooms, farm, bakery and more. They do everything basically and have created this incredible self sufficient world but they invite everyone else in too!
The Love folder houses many, many photos of my Dream Kitchen. The cupboards, the tiles, the crockery.
Beautiful ideas for my living room. Fabric mixes and matches. Storage ideas. Furniture. Sigh.
I know that whenever I do eventually get around to hiring an interior designer they will thank me for accumulating such valuable information as to provide them with an insight into some of my favourite things.Yup.