It would probably disappoint the brilliant minds who taught me at boarding school that one of the most useful things I learned in my time there was the art of making a room appear homely in a flash. I believe three things to be key:
1. Cleanliness / A wipe and hoover and spritz of something that freshens up a room works wonders at expelling remnant odours/sense of any previous inhabitants.
2. Lighting / Lamps, candles, fairy lights: pretty much anything but strip lighting or brighter than bright* bulbs
3. Wall Stuff / Don’t let the Harry Potter books fool you – the walls of boarding school rooms aren’t stone or brick but are instead rather grim and in need of instant ‘art’. My friends and I favoured wall hangings and posters.
Those of you who’ve been reading this year will know that I’m currently in the process of superficially beautifying my new home prior to some rather more extensive building works. I therefore owe an awful lot of thanks to the above three – they have become my mantra and I’ve deployed them in every room.
Which brings me onto the point of this post: to rave about the black-and-white poster of Grace Kelly from Posterlounge and the Ostensia Incense Box from Fornasetti Profumi featuring the face of Lina Cavalieri peeping out from behind hydrangea bushes. These two simple objects have made sitting at my desk very agreeable and I’d highly recommend getting your hands on whichever your pocket can stretch to if you’d like to pretty up an area of your house.
Their purposes are threefold: when I sit at my desk in the morning, I whip out one of the floral incense sticks to welcome the new day (this sense of ‘waking a room up’ is very much part of my routine and serves me well). After that, I find myself gazing at Grace or Lina whenever I’m ruminating on a problem. Sometimes I even talk to them like a happy lunatic – they’re enormously patient listeners and I tend to resolve things under their watchful gazes with far more speed than I did previously.
Mainly, though, I like these women because they make that corner of the room look bloomin’ lovely. I take great pleasure in sidling up to my desk to see stylish Grace Kelly towering behind it and then looking down to see curls of fragrant smoke wafting skyward from the hand-painted ceramic dish. If you feel similarly, scroll down to the giveaway…
* Typing those words recalled one of the other things that stuck from school – a very nice love letter written by Keats to Fanny Brawne in which he writes ‘For myself I know not how to express my devotion to so fair a form: I want a brighter word than bright, a fairer word than fair.’ That’s made me feel enormously pleased with my memory *pats self on back/hopes my English Lit teacher is reading*.
The Giveaway //
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