For many, success is defined as achieving more and bigger. Better job, bigger home, new car, more expensive clothes – you get the picture. This endless pursuit of the ‘perfect’ lifestyle is what gets many people out of bed each morning. But now, it seems, the secret to success actually lies with doing less and being less ambitious. That’s according to Danish psychology Professor Svend Brinkmann, author of The Joy.
Whether you’re 18 and leaving home for the first time; moving into a flat share; or 40-something, newly single and living alone, there comes a time in every person’s life when they finally feel all grown up and in a position to take control of their own space. So apartmenttherapy.com’s Blog How to make a home look grown up really resonated with us. What’s more, it got us thinking about.
Here at Futon Company we often talk about hero products – those hard working pieces that help us to make the most of small and shared spaces. We rarely, however, reference saints! So when we came across Katrina Burroughs @Kat_Burroughs article Small Saints in The Sunday Times, June 16, we were chuffed to bits on several levels, not least because it featured our good selves! She said: Don’t let a.
Marie Kondo might still be flavour of the month with her mindful approach to curbing the clutter, but, it seems, we’re still sentimental when it comes to clinging on to old clothes. That’s according to preloved clothing website Patatam, who commissioned a survey to explore attitudes to clothing in the UK. According to the research, British women have up to £500 worth of unused clothes in their wardrobes. Apparently there’s.
Browsing the internet one weekend we came across a handy blog called Junk Drawer Wisdom: What to Keep, What to Toss, and How to Keep It Organised by Fan Winston, April 10, 2019. As the title suggests, this inspiring piece offers wise words around the neglected topic of the junk drawer. Says Winston: This idea – that we all need a tiny section in our home that doesn’t require upkeep.
Apparently this year’s big interiors trend is the workplace. That’s according to Katrina Burroughs (@Kat_Burroughs), writing in the Sunday Times. Hot off the press from Salone del Mobile, the annual Italian design fair that took place in April, this workplace trend reflects a social change that is affecting many of us: the way boundaries between work and home have blurred, with the shift towards careers constructed from various jobs, often.
Regular readers of our Blog might recall that a couple of years ago we became totally obsessed with a book called Stuffocation. Written by James Wallman it reminded us that experiences make us happier than things (James even re-tweeted one of our Blogs on the topic so that experience made us uber-happy at the time!). So imagine our delight to discover that he’s written a new book Time and how to.
Another month, another decluttering expert – this time in the shape of Gretchen Rubin, author of Outer Order, Inner Calm which teaches us that if we declutter at home and work we can not only make room for happiness but free up head space to tackle life’s bigger issues. Featured in the April issue of Red Magazine in an article by Cyan Turan, Rubin says: “Taking control of the stuff.
It is, there seems, a quiet revolution happening all around us. That’s according to Sunday Times journalist Helen Davies (@TheSTHome) who says there’s a rental revolution happening in the UK right now. Perceptions of renting, she says, are evolving. Whereas it was once viewed as downbeat and down-market it’s now becoming a bit of a thing. According to research from the English Housing Survey, apparently one fifth of the population.
Here at Futon Company we often talk about the importance of sleep for our health and wellbeing – after all, it’s no secret that 7-8 hours of shut-eye each night is key to a happy life. So when we came across Julie Powell’s Self section and the news piece Happy Ever After in the April issue of Red Magazine we were intrigued to read more. She says: “We read children.
Always on the hunt for fresh ideas, trends and inspiration we were interested to learn about the new A-list must have. According to Grazia magazine, 12th March, behind every great celebrity look is a stylist – or an image architect. This person is a sartorial agenda-setter. The image architect they’re referring to in this instance is called Mr Law Roach whose focus is on power dressing the A-list, but the term really.
With the new season upon us, paint a picture of calm in your space by considering a new decorating scheme. And who better to give guidance than paint gurus Farrow & Ball, whose new book Farrow & Ball Recipes for Decorating by Joa Studholme was launched last month. To get you in the mood for sprucing up your space check out some of their painterly pointers for small space living…..