It’s somewhat of a cliché to talk of the only constant being change, but in this world of political uncertainties, shifting social movements – not to mention digital media refreshing on a second-by-second basis – it seems that the concept of transformation surrounds us more than ever. For me, the shift between the seasons is always a time for embracing change. I particularly love the influx of new colour combinations and must-buy pieces that arrive with the onset of autumn.
Then, there’s the fact that the way we live and interact with our homes changes as the temperature drops. Now is the moment to retreat indoors; to refresh your space by tackling those pre-winter decorating jobs; to bring warmth and texture into your home. It’s now that our minds turn to snuggling up, often focusing on the most intimate space in the home: the bedroom. Indeed, ideas of where and how we sleep, and the search for a perfect night’s slumber have preoccupied us this issue, so you’ll find plenty of advice, from technology to transform your bedtime to 17 pages of inspiring trends.
Speaking of change, we’re going through our own period of transformation here at ELLE Decoration, and I’m both thrilled and proud to have been given the opportunity to head up a magazine that I have loved for over 20 years – and for which I have been part of the team for almost ten. I also acknowledge that an essential part of any change (within your home or elsewhere) is realising what you don’t need to alter. So, with that in mind, we will continue to inspire, delight and – above all – to bring you the most beautiful homes in the world. This month, our Modern Oriental houses (read about the trend on p120) span the globe, from Denmark to Australia. I’d love to hear what you think…