Do it your way

Don’t pull your house to bits and spend all your cash cre­at­ing the per­fect home. Chang­ing your at­ti­tude to where you live will be a lot cheaper.

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - INDOORLIVING -

Let’s face it, our homes of­ten leave a lot to be de­sired, and it’s easy to get dispir­ited about those lumps and bumps or spa­ces that don’t match our decor dreams.

So what a re­lief to find “im­per­fect” interiors – the ones most of us have – can be im­proved if not trans­formed, and all it re­ally takes is a shake-up in our at­ti­tude.

“Most peo­ple I know have a long list of rea­sons why their home isn’t per­fect,” says interiors stylist Emily Hen­son, au­thor of Life Un­styled: How To Em­brace Im­per­fec­tion And Cre­ate A Home You Love.

“There can be all sorts of rea­sons for that. Per­haps they’re rent­ing and can’t make their own mark, there isn’t a lot of cash to spare for dec­o­rat­ing, the space is too small or there isn’t enough stor­age. Ac­tu­ally, few of us feel our home ful­fils ev­ery need – and let’s be hon­est, that’s a pretty tall or­der any­way.”

In­stead of whing­ing, Emily ad­vises re­belling, by view­ing “those spot­less, clut­ter­free interiors” we envy in mag­a­zines and blogs as “a bit of a fic­tion and an un­real fan­tasy”, and in­stead rev­el­ling in our own style – flaws and all.

“It’s time to cel­e­brate the beauty of im­per­fect interiors and over­haul your ap­proach, so you see the op­por­tu­ni­ties rather than the prob­lems. In­stead of lament­ing the fact you can’t warm your­self by your de­funct fire­place, why not fill it with flow­ers and can­dles and con­grat­u­late your­self on your cre­ativ­ity?” de­clares Emily.

“It’s all about break­ing the rules and find­ing your own way in the world of interiors.”

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