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Lockdown is here: learn to love your space (again)

We don’t know when or how we ended up in this parallel universe where every day is the same, with what feels like little to look forward to. The days march forward, one after another, in a long, monotonous blur. We’ve never empathised with Groundhog Day’s Phil Connors more. But despite our most ardent protests, here we are. Back in lockdown. Things aren’t all doom and gloom, however. We’re taking this time to slow down, take a beat and breathe new life into our homes. Because if we’re going to be stuck there for the foreseeable future, we better love them. Ready for a revamp? Here are our top tips to help you fall in love with your space once more.

1. Like watching paint dry. Hey, you’ve already got nothing but time, so you might as well lean in. A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to switch things up at home. With winter bearing down upon us, we’re digging cosy, inviting shades like Farrow & Ball’s India Yellow or Little Greene’s Adventurer. It’s time to slip on those coveralls and get a little messy.

2. A lightbulb moment. There’s nothing worse than unflattering lighting. Swap out those harsh bluer bulbs for friendlier soft white. And while you’re at it, it’s probably time to upgrade your lamp game. Recessed lighting does no favours. That’s why we love tucking beautiful table and floor lamps into nooks and crannies all around the house.

 

3. Time to grow up. Now that the mercury’s dropped and there’s practically nowhere to go, it’s time to bring the outdoors in. While we certainly love arranging our weekly bouquets in elegant vases throughout the house, we really like investing in a few good plants. They’ll last far longer and, if you bring home a fragrant citrus tree or some flossy parsley, will jazz up your meals for weeks to come. Ditch those plastic planters in favour of a fun, feminine pot.

4. Blanket statement. Sofas are the new desks. While away your working (and relaxing) hours ensconced on your sofa, swaddled in blankets in sunny shades. It’s the best way to fight the winter blues. Want to up the ante? Embroidered linen cushions are just the ticket. It’ll be almost as if you’d gone on holiday after all. Almost.

5. Become a gallerina. So, the museums and galleries have shuttered for the time being, but that’s no reason to lead a lackluster, artless existence. Bring the exhibition home with your very own gallery wall. There’s no need to spend hours trawling the online auctions at Paddle8 and Sotheby’s. Your home is full of treasures. Inexpensive frames transform postcards, napkin doodles, and posters into arresting works of art.

6. Transformers. We would love to be able to purchase every item on our interiors wish list (hello, Mass Brass Dining Table!), but unfortunately we aren’t Kardashians. Until the day when money is truly no object, we’re going to tackle a little upcycling. If you have an old chair or table that’s got great bones but has seen better days, you’re ready to rumble. There’s nothing a little sanding, priming and painting can’t fix.

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