Why You Should Have a Space That You Love

I’ve never really been one for decorating, but I have recently discovered the joys of the interior decorating side of Pinterest, and oh my, is there a way that you can live in your Pinterest feed? Please let me know if this is possible. Anyway, when I started this blog, I decided that I wanted to create a calm and cosy space where I could write, so I claimed the space under the stairs as my new ‘nook’, and got totally lost in my wildest Pinterest fantasies.

In order to make sure that I wouldn’t end up spending my life’s savings on the Homewares section of the Anthropologie website, I had to set boundaries for myself. Originally, I planned to stick to a tight budget, but that went out the window when I got too impatient to wait for things to arrive from the internet. So I opted for TK Maxx instead, plus a few belated purchases from IKEA to round it off.

As much as I could tell you all about the candle I bought which smells incredible and just like sunflowers, the point of this post isn’t about all the stuff I bought for my space. I had originally planned to make this post all about the mini-haul I did, and how I decorated my space, but something wasn’t clicking when I tried to write that, it didn’t resonate with me. I realised that what I really wanted to write about is why I think you should have a space that you love.

A space is more than just a load of pretty things arranged on a desk, in my mind, it’s more about being somewhere that is all yours, where your thoughts can flow freely without judgement.

What this space should bring:

1. Freedom: When you’re in this space, you can let yourself get inspired by something, like a book, a blog, writing, an Instagram page or whatever it is that completely absorbs you and makes you feel excited about life.

2. Motivation: It’s important to have a space where you feel free to find out what you like to do, where you can dream about your perfect life, and plan what you can do to make it happen.

3. Comfort: It should also serve as your place to come back to after a tough day, where you can remind yourself of who you really are, what you love and what you want to do with your time here. So it should be full of things that you love as well. I know I said that this post wouldn’t be all about what I bought, but I love a blanket and some fairy lights to make my space feel cosy, so this is what I made sure to incorporate into my space.

What my space brings me:

IMG_2966
Here is my space!

I love my space, because it feels good- I can turn the fairy lights on, put my headphones on and hide from the world here. I can gather my thoughts on whatever’s happened in the day, and process what I want to do next; it’s like my mini retreat. When I sit at my desk in my nook, I can calm down (as an introvert, this is a must) and just completely forget about the outside world.

So whether it’s a desk, a chair, a space on the floor by the radiator, wherever it is and whatever it looks like, your space should make you feel really special. Because it’s really important, and it can be the place where you have the idea that changes everything. And you deserve it.

I really hope that you have a special space like this, and if not, I hope this inspires you to curate a little space of your own.

Anna

3 Things That Made Me Smile This Week

It’s amazing how quickly a week can fly by. One minute you’re eating breakfast in your pyjamas on a Sunday morning, then the next thing you know it’s Wednesday evening and you’re wondering how you’ve gotten half way through the week without even realising.

Life can be so chaotic sometimes that you end up spending most of your time on autopilot, just crossing things off your to do list. I think it’s so important to recognise the things that bring you a little bit of joy throughout your week, because they help you to pinpoint specific moments where you felt that wash of contentment pass over you.

I want to make a conscious effort to be more conscious of the world, and less on auto pilot. So, I thought that picking out 3 things that made me smile this week would help me to acknowledge all the lovely things that are out there!

So here are my 3 highlights from the week:

1. This Emily Coxhead mug.

IMG_2817.JPG

I’ve been following Emily Coxhead a lot on Instagram and I love the messages she puts out into the world, they’re always so lovely and filled with positivity. When I saw that she had started selling homeware with her prints on, I was excited to see the whole range, and I loved this mug, it instantly brought a smile to my face!

IMG_2815.JPG

I’ve been working on redecorating my office space (a post will be coming up shortly on this) and this mug will be a firm fixture on my desk.

It also has the added bonus of this message on the inside! So as soon as you finish your drink, you get an extra little boost of motivation, which is often what you need when you realise you’ve run out of hot chocolate.

2.  Redecorating my desk space.

As I mentioned above, I’ve been experimenting with a bit of interior design (obsessing over beautiful Pinterest boards of dream offices) and I’m loving it.

I’ve been planning, painting and pretending to be one of those cool interior designers on YouTube that can redesign a whole house in a day without breaking a sweat. I definitely haven’t been as cool as that as I’m still finding paint in my hair, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

IMG_2827.JPG
Here’s a sneak preview!

3. Cooler evenings.

I don’t know how this has happened, but we seem to have had a Summer heatwave from about May onwards that hasn’t ended (I have the uneven tan lines to prove it). Coats and warm winter boots feel like a distant memory, and I miss being able to go outside without feeling some part of my body burning.

fullsizeoutput_159e.jpeg

Since it’s still 1000 degrees outside during the day, an evening walk has become one of my daily highlights, right when the sun is setting and everything is a bit less sweaty.

I took this photo last night when I went out for a walk- I swear I could almost feel a breeze at one point which was very exciting, and I thought this picture of the sunset behind the trees with this filter on (I think it was the vivid cool filter) looked mystical.

Although I must admit that everything looks more beautiful in the sunshine, and it has been rare not to see someone walking around gleefully holding onto a rapidly melting ice cream every day, I am definitely counting down the days until I can go full-on Autumn; hoodies, blankets, the lot.

So there they are, my 3 highlights of this week. I hope you’re having a lovely week so far, and that you’ve had countless amounts of beautiful moments.

Let me know what’s made you smile this week!

 

Anna