Interior decorating

On gratitude

Most mornings I am the first to wake up.  I quietly make my way to the kitchen and boil the kettle for a cup of coffee. I leave my phone in the kitchen for the night and only check it first thing in case there are any messages from my family overseas. I grab my cup and a book, any that I might feel like reading a few pages of, and sip through my coffee while everyone else is still asleep. This little quiet moment early in the day is so important to me; it is my time to gather my thoughts and reflect.

Recently, I have felt a need to shift from the screen (and mostly, social media) towards enjoying these little moments even more. For most of us, social media is a place for work, connections and inspiration, but it can also be time-consuming and can sometimes bring up negative emotions, like jealousy and insufficiency. Flicking through endless photos of polished homes and advertisements for new products, it is so easy to lose a sense of gratitude.

Often we are encouraged to write down (or to say aloud) our aspirations and dreams, but I think it’s also important to remind yourself of the things you are grateful for, each day. Adding this little routine to my day has made an immediate change and has helped me maintain a balance between the “requirements” of my work as an interior blogger (I am incredibly grateful for being able to promote some of the most amazing brands in the world) and being conscious about consuming and accumulating.

Choosing products of highest quality is not something I regard as elitism, but as a way to live more sustainably. I have always been conscious about consuming, but have expanded that even more in recent years. Choosing organic, well made materials for clothing and soft furnishings can make such a difference in the everyday life. Well-looked after, they will last you for years.

These incredible products, the softest organic cotton bedding and warmest alpaca knit, were so kindly gifted to me by Serendipity Organics. They are celebrating an incredible 15 years (congratulations!) with a homage to motherhood – a life-changing journey I am forever thankful for.

Skagerak Georg Stool from the Finnish Design Shop

My go-to online store for furniture and homeware has for years been the Finnish Design Shop. Their product selection covers pretty much everything I could possibly want for my home, and I could spend hours just browsing the website, day dreaming. I love their vast selection of Finnish design, but they also cover an extensive range of Scandinavian and international brands. Founded in 2004, the Finnish Design Shop first focused on just Finnish design (hence the name), but quickly expanded to cover nearly 200 design brands suited for the Nordic lifestyle. With the head office and a warehouse based in Turku, Finland, this mighty online store delivers to 180 countries worldwide – Australia included!

“We see less as more, and so everything, however small, should be chosen with care. Quality is not elitism, but sustainability.”

Authenticity is a big thing for me, and all products at the Finnish Design Shop are 100% authentic (Australia still has a thing or two to learn about this, but I digress). Conveniently, and unlike in some Australian design stores, stock is almost always on hand making ordering and delivery easy and fast. Take this Skagerak stool, for instance. I have had it on my wishlist from the day it was launched and was so happy to find it available at the Finnish Design Shop. Stock was available, ordering was simple and prices are very compatible (even with shipping included!) with the Australian prices. They also look after collecting and paying the GST for the Australian customers, meaning you don’t have to worry about paying it at the customs.

This stool has quickly become the most versatile piece of furniture in our home. From the bedside to the living room, to an occasional chair at the dining table or the hallway, the Skagerak Georg stool is as beautiful as it is functional. I love its minimalist design and its Scandinavian-Japanese aesthetics – sounds like a pretty perfect match for our home!

PS. Don’t forget to check out the Design Stories, highly recommend! An inspiring mix of design news, interviews and house tours, the Design Stories are amongst my most-visited websites every week.