It’s been seven days since I moved in to my new home, and I already feel settled and so damn happy! It’s like I’ve emerged from my old dingy basement flat and found myself in a bright, airy room with white walls and a window that actually opens!
Despite the realisation that I was basically living in squalor despite that lush parquet flooring (no dishwasher, no tumble dryer, no real ventilation…) I have brought along with me a minimal amount of furnishings from my old place. The weekend I packed up my room, I spent the day listening to the audiobook version of Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts were hard to understand in audio form (see: folding) there was a certain rigour to the whole process. Marie is ruthless! I found myself holding pairs of socks in either hand, wondering if either brought me joy (the answer being yes to all that don’t have holes…)
Of the items set out in my room, one of my favourites is my ferah blanket* from Buy Me Once. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime item: made from natural linen by small family artisans for Luks Linen, it’s a heavy, warm cloth that’s perfect for throwing over chairs, my bed, or even myself when it’s a bit chilly! Luks Linen also offers a 20-year guarantee, meaning if it starts to fall apart they can advise on the best ways to repair or replace the blanket. Many of the hand-picked items on the Buy Me Once website also feature similar guarantees, and they’re made to a high standard, reducing consumerism and increasing the longevity of the joy of owning them.
Despite it only being one week on (not quite 20 years!), I do have a room that really does bring me joy. It’s full of furnishings I love, and there’s also space for me to explore the mini interior designer in me… Ladder shelving units are next on the list!