Pho­to­graphs set the mood

Talk of the Town - - Business Forum - ... with Si­mon Oliver

MANY mod­ern homes are decorated with very lit­tle to en­sure that what is dis­played, gets max­i­mum at­ten­tion.

As a re­sult, most sur­faces have very lit­tle on them, walls have few pic­tures and gen­er­ally the home is un­clut­tered. I think there is a lot to be said for this but I come from the old school where I want to have things around me that give me a warm feel­ing and fond mem­o­ries.

I men­tioned in a pre­vi­ous article that a lot of my fur­ni­ture talks to me about when and where we bought it or who gave it to us. This article is about pho­to­graphs – of fam­ily, friends and places that have spe­cial mean­ing.

As I write this article, I think of the pho­to­graphs at home that re­mind me of fam­ily around the world and peo­ple that are spe­cial to me that have died.

Some I want to share with friends and they go into the sit­ting room with a mul­ti­tude of other things – from this you no­tice that I am not a min­i­mal­ist!

While the pic­tures are per­sonal, guests vis­it­ing us al­ways look at them and of­ten want to know more. In the B&B it of­ten breaks the ice and makes our guests feel wel­come and part of the fam­ily.

In my study I have pic­tures of the ex­tended fam­ily that I want to think about – so im­por­tant to those of us who have fam­i­lies all over the world. And then we keep spe­cial pho­to­graphs of the im­me­di­ate fam­ily next to our beds so that we see them when we go to sleep and as we wake up.

So here is the “chore” for the week. Sort out your pho­to­graphs. Choose the ones that mean the most and get them up on the wall or into frames and placed where you will en­joy them.

I look for­ward to hear­ing your thoughts. Please con­tact me on

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