TRENDING: Slow living — what it is and how to get the look
It started as the antithesis of fast food, but the slow movement has grown into a full lifestyle that advocates a reflection of how you use your time. It’s not a new concept, but as busy folk stuck in a constant rat race to be the richest, loudest and fastest, taking the time to step back and slow down may just be what we need in 2018.
At home, it’s more than just creating a cosy ambience or a rustic, bohemian aesthetic. Take the effort to grind coffee beans instead of using instant coffee sachets. Make time and space for leisure.
Photo: Stelton Collar coffee range from Bibliotek, from $42.90
Don’t fret over creased bed linen, a chipped bowl or the patina of your brass lamp – not everything has to be fast, polished or showroom-perfect. Opt for materials that will last long and age gracefully, as well as embrace the fact that you can’t squeeze all your chores into one day!
“Embracing slow life means not being afraid of losing control. My home is perfectly imperfect because almost everything is vintage, and all the objects tell a story – like a 1950s’ milk pot from the French countryside in which I arranged dried flowers from France. As nature is not perfect, it’s important for me to make my floral arrangements as real and lively as possible. I also like to break classic rules, like applying atypical colours for festive seasons.” Aude Giraud, owner of Ask A French Flowers
“It’s not always easy to find time and inspiration to style a home that supports the everyday family lifestyle. My home is certainly “imperfect”, but it is the ideal, perfect place for us to live, eat, laugh, play, entertain and rest. One way to improve your home is to use what you already have in a better or creative way.” Helene Denaiffe, founder of Stylodeco