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Well hello there. 

{simple home} is my latest project and is very much in keeping with my word for the year - focus.

It's about sorting through all the clutter, streamlining our possessions and choosing wisely when it comes to purchases for our home. I am following the wise words of William Morris, 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful. Or believe to be beautiful.' So with this in mind I have been slowly working my way through my home and making the necessary changes.

It's been a therapeutic process clearing out what we don't need or use anymore. Although there are stacks of things piled up awaiting delivery to charity shops and I have plans of selling others at summer car boots.

So starting in my bedroom, which is a super tiny space, I've made a few simple, yet effective changes. The first was changing the wall colour. It was previously a grey shade, which I never really liked that much. Our room gets the sun in the morning, then plunges into darkness mid afternoon. The grey made it much too gloomy. I wanted to bring some more light in, but not a stark white shade. I like the calming tones of cream and off -whites and I've been particularly inspired by this  Pin.

 So after a few tester pots, I eventually settled on Slipper Satin by Farrow and Ball (it looks a little pink in the link picture, but it is more of a creamy shade on the wall). It's totally lifted the room, making it brighter even on the darkest of days.

In the spring and summer I always like crisp white bedlinen and then team it with a bright blanket or throw. I don't like buying things that are mass produced and prefer to buy from small local or independent businesses. 

Decorators Notebook is always a favourite of mine as it combines a wonderful range of beautiful products for the home but with an ethical conscience. I loved these Kantha quilts made from vintage saris and handsewn by women at Basha, a fair trade social enterprise helping victims of sex trafficking rebuild their lives. I treated myself to number 21 by Sabina (each one is individually named by the maker and no one quilt is the same). It's full of gorgeous pinks and turquoises and I love it. I also read every night in bed and needed to improve the lighting so I chose the clamp loft lamp from Baileys Home and Garden. We already have one of these downstairs in the living room and they are brilliant at providing extra light for reading by. I hate that bedside table though, so I'm on the lookout for something nicer. I'd like something a little more rustic.

We're also limited with our storage options in such a small space. I've been searching for a vintage wardrobe and dressing table for months on end but I've not dropped lucky so far with ones that will fit the room (or my budget!).  But I've been thinking about other ways that would help us practically. And lately I've become a tad obsessed with a peg rail idea. Usually if I have a blank wall, I'd just stick some pictures up on it, but by putting up a peg rail it combines useful storage for bags and hats and then I can also pop some prints on the top. I looked for a vintage one in junk shops and at the antiques fair but couldn't find one I really liked. So in the end I went for the very simple, shaker style oak six peg rail from Housekeeping Store. Beautiful and useful, I think Mr Morris would have approved. (Ikat jute tote bag from The Future Kept, lantern is from Workshop Living, copper picture frame and hare print are both from Cox and Cox, the little fern print and oil painting are vintage finds). 

So we've made a little bit of progress with our {simple home}. Lots more to go! x