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D.I.Y (Do. It. Yourself) – and together

If this crisis has taught us anything it is that we needed to learn to be more self-reliant.
This week we interviewed two couples who’s Instagram DIY accounts show the reality & the beauty in renovating your own home.
What can we learn from them? Where should we be looking? How can we make our home more comfortable?  
We asked them a few questions and here’s what we found out.

Annika & Rach (@victorianadventure)

Could you give us the 3 best DIY tips you ever received?

Our number 1 DIY tip is to line your paint tray with tin foil before use (this can be substituted for a plastic bag), but when you have finished you can just pull it off, screw it up and bin and you haven’ got all that messy paint washing up to do and it keeps your trays tidy for next time!
2nd is cling film over your brushes or rollers. If your work is spreading over a few days (hell, even a week gap is fine), and you don’t want to wash your brushes out each night, just cling film them up and then you can unwrap and go the next morning – time and effort saver.
3rd Planning, the old adage of measure twice and cut once goes for everything!

What are your favourite addresses for decoration Online and Offline?

We like a bit of everywhere really for decor. Online we are fond of La Redoute, MADE.com and H&M Home. In-store, we love a root around Homesense for those unusual pieces and always charity shops for vintage finds at half the price.

What is the first thing to consider if you want to create a more comfortable home?

Home is a feeling, so it’s got to be filled with the things that make you happy. There is no point in blindly following a trend if it doesn’t speak to who you are. It could be a piece of artwork that makes you smile when you walk through the door, or a really squishy blanket you cuddle with each night, or even as simple as a candle or reed diffuser – a smell is just as important as a look in a home.

Post quarantine: Any advice for people when it comes to their home?

A home should be a true reflection of who you are, gather things that mean something to you, from travels especially and create a space you want to return home to, a welcome and relaxing environment.

Dean & Borja (@mytinyestate)

Could you give us the 3 best DIY tips you ever received?

We can certainly tell you 3 tips that we have learned from experience and we always tell new people wanting to do DIY;

1st – Start with a small project so it does not overwhelm you, as you build confidence, move onto bigger projects.

2nd – Having the right tools makes for lighter work and builds your confidence by saving time, having a better finish, and makes the process more enjoyable.

3d – Do your research, nowadays there are many books, youtube videos, and Instagram accounts with avid DIYers like ourselves happy to encourage and advise people.

What are your favourite addresses for decoration Online and Offline?

There are so many places that inspire us. However, where we truly get inspired is by travelling and staying in boutique locations. We also adore and always try to visit when we can Daylesford Farm (The Cotswolds) and Petersham Nurseries (London). The last time that we were in Petersham Nurseries Borja wanted to buy even the basket that they give you to shop around!

What is the first thing to consider if you want to create a more comfortable home?

You want to have a space that not only is functional but you can relax in. We are big believers that a good colour palette is the first thing you should start with. Warm tones and colours that all work together whether they are separate rooms/spaces or not. When we design a room we make sure that it would stay on trend for many years to come and would not only last for a couple of seasons. We tend to use very natural materials like linens and earthy colours, we invest in the key furniture pieces in the room and then we have fun with accessories as you can always change them and swap them being a lot cheaper items, and of course, add some fresh flowers or plants. If you are lucky to own a period property, make sure to emphasise those character features and details.

Post quarantine: Any advice for people when it comes to their home?

For many people who have spent many months cooped up inside their homes, it has been a good opportunity to realise what they like and don’t like about their home and how the spaces function with a busy household carrying out varying activities. It has definitely given everyone a better appreciation of the importance of the home and the spaces that should be giving us comfort. In troubling times our homes are our havens and they are worthy of investing a little care and time in. Making them a place you want to come back to…even after being locked in for many months!

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