I have long been an admirer of the amazing Camila Batmanghelidjh & Kids Company, a charity which she set up in 1996 to provide "practical, emotional & educational support to vulnerable children, young people & families".
Having seen & heard her interviewed many times in print & on the radio
(see here for a very recent magazine interview)....
Determined & fearless, her work has already changed lives & continues to do so, she's quite extraordinary.
As part of my ongoing collaboration with wallpaper designer Graham & Brown, I will be featuring a different design trend each month....this month is "Popsicle".
The idea of "popsicle" is about adding colour to your home, by means of wallpaper, bright pops of colour from furniture or accessories to brighten up a pale or light room or simply using layers of the same shade to add colour to your space.
It's a concept that most definitely appeals to me....although four or five years ago, it was never something that I thought about, it wasn't really my decorating style.
My style has evolved & my home tends to be more curated....
I give way more thought to the look & vibe that I want to achieve - the Pinterest effect maybe ;)
I've spoken before about the lack of light in our Victorian terrace house - my aim when we moved in was to bring in as much light as possible....
if I could have painted the whole house white, I probably would have done!
What we have done so far is paint, using white and several shades of grey.
The floors are lightly sanded in a natural wood, our sofas are cream, the mantelpieces are white & I've painted several items of furniture in a very pale French Grey.
I love the look we have achieved so far, it's most definitely freshened up the house, it looks more contemporary & much brighter.
It's also become a much more calm & welcoming space.
To add warmth & colour though, I have so far relied on accessories - cushions, books & artwork mostly,
A gallery wall of large framed Instagram photographs adds colour to our living room, as do cushions in varying shades of grey & bookshelves full of books add colour & life too.
I painted my teenage daughter's room white - white floorboards & white walls.
Her bed & storage units are also white but colourful bedding, lots & lots of artwork & her collection of books add so much life & interest to the room.
The room has energy & feels inspiring & creative - just what I wanted for her.
I watched a TV programme recently where, having first emptied the property, they then painted an entire house white.
It allowed the owners a chance to take a look at their space with fresh eyes & really visualise what they wanted it to become.
Once they removed all colour, they could gradually add it back in a totally different way - and their new way was generally much more understated, a few pops of colour here & there is often much more effective & allows you to really appreciate & see your possessions.