Some wise words

In the last few days I’ve been finishing off the January issue of the journal. In it are lots of styling and decorating tips from how to style a shelf like a pro to different ways with bookshelves. The thing is though you never want your space to look like its been designed by a pro otherwise I think it tends to feel a little show homey. It is the hardest thing to pull off, making a whole bunch of different objects, furniture and art that come from different periods hang out together and look cohesive.
There are of course tricks that help you do this, all of them in detail in the January issue. The biggest thing for me and I say this all the time is to style, design and decorate from the heart. We all tend to second-guess ourselves me included and as a result often times end up not doing things in case they for whatever reason won’t work out.
I reckon we should make 2014 the year that changes all that and do all those things we put off or think won’t work. Paint something a different hue; wallpaper the loo in an enticing print. Re do the bathroom (that’s for to me and stop procrastinating).

My trainer once said to me when I confided in him about being scared regarding something ‘at least you know you are alive’. He was right, it’s better to take risks and fail than to do nothing and sit on the fence. At least you’ve given it a go right, and most times it will work out amazingly well. Sometimes not, but then you pick yourself up and start again. To quote Mr Woody Allen
If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sure sign that you’re not trying anything very innovative.’

An image below from Rue Magazine showcasing some risk taking ways with paint!
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11 thoughts on “Some wise words

  1. Wise and timely words! I’ve literally just finished rearranging and styling my home office and trying to channel some of your tips and tricks. I’m quite pleased with the outcome – it’s amazing what a difference a pile of books, a vase of flowers and some candles make. LOVE your blog – look forward to it very day 🙂

  2. Sounds like you wrote this for me this morning! Just what I needed! I bought dark Blue paint yesterday to paint the kitchen wall. And then…. I got brave and ordered your little golden lamp that I have had an eye on for the longest time. And it seems as if i got the last one. Poooohhhhey! So glad I finally hit the buy button. Thank you!

  3. Hi Abigail…..i want to thank you for all your interesting posts and wise interior decorate lessons. You are such an inspirational person and designer for me. I just opened a conceptstore and cookingstudio in holland. I think i have created a different kind of interior and ambiance then what you would useally find. Thanks to your many many posts and inspirational words and of course some input by myself i was able to accomplish this. Such a petty you dont live nearby to visit my shop…but who knows! I admire your enthusiasme and your disciplined schedule. I dont understand how you do this….do you ever sleep!??…..anyway have a nice xmasperiod and please continue your work with the same spirit and non nonsense attitude….i love it! Marjan

  4. Abigail, I think there’s a book in that. Ever considered a book on interiors that kind of combined with personal development? Your thoughts are so inspiring for so many of us. Yes, you have helped us create more interesting interiors, but for me it’s more than that- it’s helped me have the confidence in my own ideas, believe in myself, take risks, appreciate beauty in the unexpected. These are lessons I take with in my day to day life and for that I thank you sincerly.

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