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SLOW STYLE ..what the Sh#*!e is it all about???.

SLOW STYLE what the Sh#*!e is it all about???  It’s about creating a livable home… a home that will grow with your family…

Years ago when I was at Uni and mere arty (farty) student I read a mind-blowing book called Dream House’ by Marzi Bisognin which used a highly descriptive language taking the reader into the world of a young girl visiting a friend’s home for the first time and how through exploring the home she uncovered layers about the family and who they were and what have happened in the home.

make sure you adhere to this...

make sure you adhere to this…

 

 

So let’s get to the point (if I can)… imagine walking through the front door of a home you have never visited prior. You stroll through the entrance hallway past the lounge room into the kitchen sit down and a (nice British blend) cup of tea is poured.

Without passing words, what can you tell me of your host??

Scenario one-The walls are white, fresh and blank. The floors slate grey with not a rug to be seen- the sofa is placed in a (contrived) perfect fashion with strategically (OCD) arranged books on the coffee table. Finally to the (sterility of the) kitchen and the only item that sits on the bench top being a glass fruit bowl adorned with (never eaten bet they are plastic) oranges adding that all-important POP of colour that’s oh so in…

Scenario two- through the door you notice the kid’s gumboots caked in mud, lined up of different sizes and colours, wall hooks overloaded with school bags of different shapes and sizes. The hallway showcases a variety of framed images, a mix of family snap shots, kids artwork and meaningful inspirational quotes…The lounge room is stacked with bright patterned cushions, throws and (snot caked) kids toys…all adding to wonder of the space…need I say more???

Let me ask you this… which of the scenarios makes you feel more comfortable and provides a true representation of the family and their story?

Which one is a home and which one is just a house?

 

 

yellow wellies home

Those wellies bring so much joy to our home…special memories and bright pops of colour…

 

 

I (the master of all that is interior) am a true believer that objects you bring into a home must have a sentimental feel and not just address throwaway fast fashion…

I could add a pair of my little Miss foxy cub’s yellow (mud caked) ‘Wellies’ into my home and make look awesome. Let’s all agree that seemingly random objects bursting at the seams with heartfelt memories can be pulled together with a good understanding of placement and arrangement principles. (Making delicious jam out of piggy doo doo)

This post hopefully can transport you into the world of the Kat & Fox collection being mix, match and flip designs with expressively drawn motifs. TBH it’s about having fun in your spaces, it’s the stories we tell and the inspiration we can provide rough edges and all.

Remember this is SLOW style…

Now if you enjoyed this post let me know what items you have in your home that you love and that you are unsure how to place…. I can help…and advise ???

 


About the Author

Kat is an Illustrator, entrepreneur, blogger,  interior/textile designer, visual arts teacher and above all mother to three crazies. In her whimsical humorous way, she explores all topics related to the many sides of motherhood and parenting little angels on her blog.

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ImPERFECT interiors make PERFECT homes…

We are constantly bombarded with images of beautiful on trend homes!!…Are you like me an obsessive collector of glossy interior magazines that set the benchmark of how your home should be??? Why do we set ourselves up for disappointment…let’s get real most of these perfectly styled homes are never truly lived in its all for show… stop believing the grass is always greener and start to celebrate the homes we have, sticky finger prints and all. I urge you to follow a more genuine style where your home emanates personality and uncovers the story of you and your beautiful family. Therefore I believe imperfect interiors make perfect homes.

 

Kats slow style

Kats slow style

 

What about TREND?

Grey and everything dull is the latest and greatest!...How’s the DE saturated thing going for your kids???Really are we trying to raise mini adults fitting them into our sophisticated approach to interior décor?… I believe we should be nurturing and embracing the natural healthy development of our own creative kids by surrounding them with spaces that inspire and encourage genuine experiences. (Colour bombing)

A new approach…

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Adding items to your home you gather along the way whilst your family grows makes for beautiful spaces…

So those of you with homes, kids, pets, all contusive of mania. I believe it is time for a new approach ….its an honest look at style mixed in with a humour and colour explosion. LBH life with kids is always epic, it’s always explosions, it’s always about finding the right balance and rebalancing. It’s us mamma’s working together to find the right solution. We need to have the confidence to be contented in a family friendly house, in organised mayhem.

Let’s call it SLOW style…

Make your style true to you and your family rather than the latest trend…. Let’s call it SLOW style…SLOW design…. This represents having a home that evolves with your family, a sustainable lifestyle. Leave space on the wall ready for your kid’s artworks…plan for the future…do not fill your house with cheap fast fashion and décor items for the sake of the latest disposable trend. It’s about forward thinking and being ready for those things that really mean something to your family and add sooo much value.

 

Slow conscientious life styling…let’s be HONEST let’s be REAL……


This blog emerged after a fabulous wine filled evening with my fellow creative friendie and mamma of small kidlets Pinky Wittingslow, Textile designer. We both live and breathe the SLOW DESIGN ethos. Our own homes are a (crazy) eclectic mix and match of colour, whimsical collectables and kids artwork…all added with love.

home style pinky

home style pinky


About the Author

Kat is an Illustrator, entrepreneur, blogger,  interior/textile designer, visual arts teacher and above all mother to three crazies. In her whimsical humorous way, she explores all topics related to the many sides of motherhood and parenting little angels on her blog.

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