According to the latest issue of House & Home magazine - clutter is cool again. Just when I'm starting to get my clutter bug madness slightly under control! The famous quote that I've heard often in the past and was re-mentioned by House & Home by textile designer William Morris is
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
The problem is I find so many things beautiful! It's so hard to stick to this philosophy.
However, this summer I'm proud to say that as a result of getting our attics insulated - everything had to come down out of them and it gave me a proper chance to purge and get rid of things I'd been holding onto for far too long - one neighbour got a great set of mixing bowls, another a blanket and a roll of beautiful red silk fabric and another fabric swatches which she framed for her brand new extension and new master bedroom. Budget decorating at it's best.
The rest of it my husband I loaded into my brother in laws van early one Sunday and drove to a car boot sale where we wheeled and dealed for about 4 hours and managed to move a load of stuff and get about 200 quid making for a handy deposit for our next holiday.
So the story in House & Home was photographed by Neil Hurley and styled by Eleanor Harpur - all the images featured in this post are from the story. It has a colourful quirky look that totally appeals to me and speaking of budget decorating, I just love some of the ideas. The Heinz bean tin lamp, while not my style, is fun and would work well in a college apartment. The dresser, above, is laden with lots of wonderful goodies and reminds me of my bookcases in my sitting room before I gave them a real sorting through. I particularly love the dresser - especially with the vivid green interior.