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
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,
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.