MY STILL SPACE Cre­ate a sanc­tu­ary at home, how­ever small your space.

A tiny yet light- lled slice of Tif­fany Grant-Ri­ley’s home is all she needs to un­wind af­ter a busy day of jug­gling work and moth­er­hood

In the Moment - - Contents - Words: Caro­line Row­land Pho­tog­ra­phy: Ti any Grant-Ri­ley

De­spite hav­ing two young chil­dren, the home of Ti any Grant-Ri­ley ex­udes a sense of calm and seren­ity, with its muted colour pal­ette, un­clut­tered rooms and col­lec­tion of botan­i­cal beau­ties. Ti any, an in­te­ri­ors blog­ger, writer and photographer at Cu­rate and Dis­play, is an ad­vo­cate for the slow liv­ing move­ment. “It’s learn­ing to live for the lit­tle things and not put pres­sure on your­self,” she says of slow liv­ing. “Although it has been de­picted as some per­fectly-styled mo­ment on a crin­kled linen bed, it’s about tak­ing a mo­ment to re­con­nect, with your­self, your fam­ily, your sur­round­ings.” For Ti any, th­ese mo­ments can be found ev­ery day. “It might be my morn­ing co ee post-school run, or sit­ting in the sun­room to­wards the end of the day. Some­times it’s pot­ter­ing in the gar­den with the cat, tak­ing a de­tour through the park af­ter the nurs­ery run or just spend­ing 15 min­utes read­ing be­fore bed,” she says. The fam­ily moved into their Ed­war­dian red brick ter­race in Kent a cou­ple of years ago, and have been ren­o­vat­ing it ever since. Last year, Ti any gave the small sun­room at the back of the house a much­needed cos­metic re­fresh, and it is here that she now loves to take a mo­ment to her­self. Ti any ex­plains her ap­proach to the dé­cor: “I love Nordic in­te­ri­ors and wanted the room to re ect that, as well as feel like a space to re­treat to, so I painted the walls in white with blue un­der­tones so that it wasn’t too bright in

full sun. The wooden win­dow frames are painted matt black I love Crit­tall-style metal framed win­dows and wanted to echo that look without the cost.” She added fes­toon light­ing for a softer at­mos­phere in the evening, and hung botan­i­cal art­work to re ect the plant life.

Both Ti any and her hus­band, Rob, work from home, so she says it is es­sen­tial they keep the place or­gan­ised. “I don’t live well with clut­ter and I like to think ev­ery­thing we have in our home is here be­cause we use it, love it or it serves us.” Ti any’s job must make it hard to re­sist the urge to add some of the lovely things she writes about to her home, but it’s the creative out­let via her blog that pro­vides her with a way to en­joy de­sign, without adding it all to her own home. Her aim is to be con­sid­ered about her pur­chases, opt­ing for pieces with a strong story, or that have been pro­duced as en­vi­ron­men­tally and eth­i­cally as pos­si­ble.

Like so many of us, in re­cent years Ti any has dis­cov­ered the bene ts of house­plants, both for their aes­thetic ap­peal and her fam­ily’s well­be­ing, but she elab­o­rates on how they’ve en­hanced her life on an­other level: “It’s the friends they’ve brought me!” she says. “I liken plant own­ers to dog own­ers you in­stantly kick o a con­ver­sa­tion and swap tips and knowl­edge. Friends have given me cut­tings from their plants and I’ve grown o sets to give back. I’ve even had my home fea­tured in the Ur­ban Jun­gle Blog­gers book in 2016, a won­der­ful com­mu­nity of plant lovers.”

The sun­room is where Ti any will of­ten be found on a week­end morn­ing too – check­ing, wa­ter­ing, prun­ing and re­pot­ting. But more of­ten than not, she loves to sit here and do noth­ing, en­joy­ing her own com­pany or that of her cat Ra erty-Moe, who un­sur­pris­ingly en­joys this sun­lit space as much as she does.

“Slow liv­ing is about tak­ing

a mo­ment to re­con­nect, with your­self, your fam­ily,

your sur­round­ings”

Above: Tif­fany is drawn to a muted colour pal­ette with a pop of black, as demon­strated by the win­dow frames, roof beams and dé­cor de­tails in her sun­room.

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