Rerooting, Refocusing, Refreshing


For me, September is the perfect time to make some updates around the home. I’ve compiled a guide of little changes that can go a long way when it comes to refreshing your own home, whether that be brightening up the living space with a fresh lick of paint, layering in some new homewares, or reupholstering the sofa for a fresh new look.

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A Lick of Paint

With heatwave season out of the way, September is the ideal month for painting. It’s cool enough to spend a weekend painting, but warm enough to ensure the paint actually dries. When planning your colour scheme remember that darker colours will bring the wall closer, and lighter colours make the wall seem further away.

Some of our favourite paint brands include Farrow & Ball,Graftenstone, Francesca’s Paint and Bauwerk.  To add depth and texture to your flat walls, consider using limewash paint which creates a shadowy, chalky effect. Looking for inspiration? Check out Queenie Paints and Tess Newall.

Change a Lampshade, Add a Cushion

Updating soft furnishings can be more a cost effective option, especially when using second-hand platforms like eBay which is a haven for vintage and antique homewares. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for is often key to finding a good bargain. I use 1st Dibs as a starting point to suss out what styles I like and from which era and country they originate.

Something as simple as updating a lampshade can impact the feel of a room, explore our latest collaboration with Farrow & Ball for some inspiration. We worked with the colour connoisseurs to offer a new take on a favourite, The Rattan Wave Shade, which is now available in the F&B hues you’ll find throughout my own home – Calke Green, Slipper Satin, Studio Green and Setting Plaster

Be Prepared to Hunt...

Reclamation yards are treasure troves, you’ll find anything from kitchen sinks to period fireplaces, doorknobs to radiators. Come prepared with a rough idea of what you’re looking for and expect to leave with something entirely different. My favourites include Authentic Reclamation, Willesden and Bristol – if it’s a bright loo you’re after, check out Bog.