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Give Me Space

  I’m back after a week’s hiatus. As you might already know, last week I moved flat, so spent last Monday - when this newsletter should have gone out - lugging boxes… fun! 

Now I’m safely moved in but am still internet-less, so baby steps. Weeks living in chaos, though, inspired the theme of this week’s newsletter: personal space. 

While this could be all about how I really hate people getting too close or touching me and how I’m a firm believer that we should all stay within our own boundaries, it’s not (I’ll save that for another newsletter). Instead, I want to talk about how having some personal space within your home is important to help you create. 

I am very much a homebody, I own this t-shirt for God’s sake.  As I’ve got older and more settled in my living arrangements I’ve realised how important my personal space is. In my old flat I carved out a sewing space within the corner of my living room which, while small, was mine in which to create. When it was messy nothing got done but when it was tidy (which was admittedly quite rare) I felt inspired to get shit done and essentially just make a mess of that tidiness. 

Over time what I have found is that it’s all well and good searching Pinterest for inspiration pictures or buying pretty fabric and patterns, but not having the space means often these dreams can never become a reality. I know, it’s a first world problem, but this was put into perspective when mine was taken away - I haven’t made anything in months. 

In my new flat I’m lucky we have somewhere that now has a spare room, so in that I have put my sewing desk and created my own space that inspires me to create. Already I want to come home after work and use this space to finish projects, create mood boards or even write this newsletter. 

Finding space can be hard. I, like most other millennials, am still renting (apparently only because spend too much money on coffee every month) but I do believe that no matter how small your space, it is important to have a creative corner. Somewhere you know is yours to do whatever craft, hobby, or activity brings you joy. As an avid watcher of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, what I’ve learnt is that anything is possible no matter how small the space. Getting it organised might take some creative thinking but it will be worth it in the end. 

Moving into February I want to find my creativity again and I’m hoping my space will allow me to do this. 

Growing up I always wanted a career in music. First of all I wanted to be in a band, then I toyed with the ideas of being a music journalist, a radio presenter and maybe having a side gig as a DJ. None of these things become a reality but my love of music and its influence on my life has remained strong. 
Now the things I am most interested in are women in music and making so every month I'm combining these things for you and creating you a monthly playlist of female musicians. 
My guilty pleasure is snooping at people's places on the internet. I love interiors and looking at how people style their homes. Perhaps it's because renting makes me feel so creatively limited in my space that I feel the need to live vicariously through others. But being somewhere new, I want to be inspired by other creative spaces so here are my favourite sources of inspo.
Take a peek around some of the most stylish and creatively inspiring homes. It's not all clean lines and minimalism here, the houses are functioning spaces and give you real idea of how you could give your space a refresh.
2-  Inside Closet
When I found this website I hit the jackpot it combines two of my favourite things fashion and having a look into people's spaces. Every sewists' favourite french sewing pattern designer Lisa Gachet from Wear Lemonade is featured and trust me it will give you even more reason to want to her.
3- Kate La Vie
It's likely that if you have searched interiors on Pinterest you've come across the blog or Instagram of Kate La Vie. Kate's place is all kinds of interior goals and is about as Pinterest-worthy as it gets. Think rose golds, blush pinks, marble, she has it all. If you're looking to transform your creative space then check out her office tour.

Looking for more interior goals then head over to my
Pinterest board.
Get Out This Week
In London and looking for something to do this week? Then why not head down to The Village Haberdashery this Wednesday for their Make Like a Boss event with Lizzie Evans from Smug. As most of you know I'm a fan of Lizzie's podcast so I'm excited to attend this and find out a little bit more about how her career started. 
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