We’re nearing the end of our little holiday, and have been trying to squeeze some downtime in between cleaning, writing, planning for the new home, and getting out to enjoy a few hours in London while everyone else is at work. So this post will be a short one, but with a simple piece of advice for everyone who loves design, homes, DIY, architecture, or just ‘how to problem solve’ in general…
Go and buy this book. You will not regret it.
I devoured it in the London sunshine in under an hour. Lots of clever little pieces of information and advice packed into a very readable text, and with charming illustrations to match. It explains why, when it comes to design, I like certain things and dislike others. It talks about how to help a room ‘flow’ better. Or why buildings have been built in certain ways. Or how to make a room feel even more impactful than it already is (it’s all about how you enter it, apparently. Makes total sense, doesn’t it?). There’s also a bit of architecture and color theory scattered throughout, along with a few fab anecdotes. My favourite?
Apparently the Chinese symbol for crisis is made up of two different characters; one that means ‘danger’ and another that means ‘opportunity’.
This is a timely lesson for me at the moment, as life from now til Christmas is going to be pretty hectic and I’m sure a few crises will appear along the way. After our first trip back to the new place, we’re realising there’s A LOT to do – even more than we remember. (Does that happen to everyone??) But we’re excited and ready for the challenge, and know there will be a great home waiting at the end of it. And the best bit is, it will be ours.
I will be printing this page out and keeping it with me over the next few months. Who knows, it might even end up in a frame by our door as a subtle little reminder to embrace challenges every day and to always look for the good, even when things appear to be anything but. Not a bad mantra to live by.
Wishing everyone a great end to the week!