A breath of fresh air in London by meg

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I spent several hours on Saturday doing one of those cleans that has toothbrushes out and window screens being soaked in a tub. I feel like I have lost a little control at home with the uber clean side of me. Things are always tidy but some elbow grease was necessary to bring that zen back in to my life. Almost immediately after I sat down from Cinderella duties, I found this beautiful London town home and all I could think was, what a serene, well organized space. The floor to ceiling white out pallet naturally lends itself to a clean, fresh feeling but I also adore the home owners ability to bring simple modern pieces in to a setting that also feels cozy and lived in. During a time in our world where almost everyone is chaotic busy, I can only imagine the value that this home brings to the family in the way of quality, functional time spent amongst the ones you love.

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hübsch 2016 by meg

So here we are, January 11th, 2016. I woke up this morning feeling different. Couldn't pin point exactly what it was although I will say that I spent a great deal of time cleaning, organizing and purging yesterday which usually puts a little hop in my step and clarity in my mind. I do know that I felt like I took an extended break over the holidays, having not done much on the blog or an extensive list of projects, it seemed to be necessary and now here I am feeling ready to tackle things with a whole lot of gusto. 

So, what better way to begin some new work than to provide some inspiration for us all. The design of hübsch has been a favourite of mine and their 2016 collection is nothing short of simple, beautiful lines rich in texture and mixed materials. This particular collection was shot in the home of the designers themselves and brought a personal, well thought out execution to their presentation. Aside from a profound desire to purchase large pieces of furniture to small ceramics and accessories, what I loved most about the line was the perfect linkages across all the categories. Muted tones, whites and pastels that all bring a serene scene to any space. Also, highly attainable in their approach to design, everything feels comfortable and purposeful for a home that just needs to truly be lived in. You can see the full collection here. 

going naked in 2016 by meg

Striping it ALL down...yep, thats the best way I can describe my theme for 2016. It was an interesting holiday. We spent more time than I would have liked at home due to a nasty cold that hit all of us. No doubt the time together was lovely since life is always so busy but it had a way of slowing me down that felt a little limbo-esque. A feeling that brought a whole new meaning to the saying, give work to a busy person and you will be certain it gets done. 

I love purposeful mornings. I like to have a destination, even if it is a desk in another room, an actual office or elsewhere, the routine motivates me and inspires me to create more. The spiral of slowness can unwind in to a sluggish trap and leave you feeling with a lull in your journey. While I started feeling exactly that, I used it as an opportunity to set my intentions for the new year.

Here was what I was able to figure out, or not for that matter. I definitely don't have the perfect plan. I could not write out the dissertation of Meg. I focused on the things that made me happy. The moments in 2015 that gave me the highest amount of joy and accomplishment. It didn't need to be the thing that was the most successful, it just had to be things I felt genuinely proud of. Beyond this, I knew that simplifying was critical. Sure, its exciting when you have a lot of creative endeavours on the go but it can also start to feel you are drudging through a maze. My anxiety got the best of me more often than I would like to admit last year and my ultra perfectionism needs to ease up this year.

I began going through drawers, the fridge, medicine cabinets, you name it. I took everything out that didn't serve a purpose, that had expired or had me scratching my head as to why or how it even entered our home in the first place. I felt a marginal amount of shame seeing all of the little things I had accumulated over the years. For someone who prides themselves on minimalism, clean and streamlined living, I just didn't feel like I had fully accomplished that.

NAKED- it's all I could think of. I wanted to pair back on small projects everywhere and focus on the big ones and do them really well. I wanted 20 pairs of underwear not 50, for heavens sake...oy! I wanted every product sample out of my beauty regime and maintain the best of the best. Makeup, be gone. I never wore eyeshadow so why did I have so many lingering smoky pallets?  Fresh faced with only the necessary beauty items, thats what I want. Home is white and bright and I can feel the transition slowly getting better with more on the horizon to get things just so. 

It became simple, not perfect, not 100% planned, but easy enough to start focusing on goals for a new year that maintains a foundation grounded in pairing back and focusing on the MOST beautiful things.

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the moody, artistic home of Alexander Ekman by meg

I am always intrigued by creatives and artists home. I often wonder what adorns their spaces. Do they live simply or in beautiful chaos? Clearly dependant on their personal style but more often than not, there are unique pieces and trinkets of history that often reflect the rich tapestry of their creative life. True for Alexander Ekman, an esteemed dancer and choreographer, his home has a richness to it that would seem as though the lights were dimmed and at centre stage, a glow that reflects the beauty of its subject.  

Little corners around his home have simple vignettes that invite you to explore a little more, provoke on where and how a piece came to be. A dancer myself for 15 years, I imagine moments of solidarity while gliding my feet across the hardwood floor in perfect rhythm to Tchaikovsky. 

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