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.
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.”
Art can enliven a wall
A rotating collection of art and objects
Revealing unfinished plaster on a wall gives a room character