We are now deep into Winter with the festive season soon upon us. At this time of the year with the dark mornings and nights we crave nothing more than to return home to a warm log fire and a bowl of comfort food. The buzz word of the moment is of course the Danish word Hygge, pronounced Hue-gah, which means enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Our founder and creative director Sarah Cole, caught up with award winning stylist and ‘Seeds & Stitches’ lifestyle blogger Hannah Bullivant to discuss styling, seasons & what makes a soulful home.
S: What are the rules you abide by when styling a space?
H: I always style to the seasons, take inspiration from what’s happening outside, and try to bring a little of the outdoors, in. For example, during winter, I decorate with lots of cosy blankets and sheepskins, and display beautiful branches, leaves or seed heads. I recommend that my clients work with the space they have- there are always ways to make small rooms feel larger, or dark rooms feel brighter. One of the main things I do and advise others to do, is to get rid of loads of stuff! It’s the single biggest (and free) to way to transform a space, and let it breathe.
S: How would you describe your style?
H: Seasonal, subtly colourful, simple, rustic, relaxed, imperfect.
S:Do you follow trends & are you influenced by passing fads?
H: I would be lying if I said no to this! When you are a stylist you are often immersed by beautiful work all around you and its impossible not to be influenced by it. I try not to follow trends however, and go with what I love. I don’t mind changing my style, but I have a few pointers on the way to help me to stay true to my values (I wrote about this in a lot more detail in this blog post) http://www.seedsandstitches.com/blog/2016/10/11/how-to-navigate-a-change-in-style-and-ultimately-life
S: Who do you consider an icon of style?
H: I am in love with Block Shop Textiles. I have followed the founders for years and recently invested in one of their scarves to hang on my wall as art. Beth Kirby is simply iconic. Her consistency is flooring sometimes! Endlessly inspirational. I adore Jeska’s style from Lobster and Swan and love the simple styling of Sophie Ashby, from Studio Ashby. I could go on and on.
S: You have a mindful, spiritual approach to your styling – where did that stem from?
H: I am naturally quite a positive, glass half full, always a silver lining sort of a person, and I also grew up in a family that loves the outdoors. As a result, I now love being outside, and start to feel cabin fevery if I haven’t at the very least gone for a walk round the park every day. I have found that being more connected to what’s happening outdoors is incredibly good for us too, in so, so many ways. It helps me to notice small changes, to be mindful and appreciative of the seasonal rhythms happening around us.
S: What is your favourite season & why?
H: I now honestly love them all. I used to struggle in winter but since we moved out of London and I spent more time outdoors, and trying to be more connected to each season, I now relish the darkness and cold as a time for welcome hibernation and time to create.
S: Are you a colour-phobe or do you love to explore the whole colour spectrum?
H: I love colour and always have. I used have a lot more colour in my home, but again, since I moved out of London and slowed life down a bit, I found myself being drawn to a gentler more neutral palette. I’ll always be a colour lover, it just looks a little more subtle now.
S: What’s the meaning behind the name of your blog?
H: I have been blogging for 8 years now (8 years!), and at the time I was living a rather chaotic but wonderful life in London. The name Seeds and Stitches referenced my attempts to bring a bit of country to city living- we had a veg patch at the time and I’ve always been a maker. I like that one means growing and one means making, values that still define the blog today.
S: What would you tell your 18 year old self?
H: To follow your own compass. Care less what others think. Trust your instincts, and follow your gut. These are all things that have become so much easier since I’ve got a bit older, but I know I would have saved myself much angst if I couldn’t have simply felt validated in putting my needs a bit more front and centre, rather than worrying all the time about what others think of me. There is nothing that would make me go back to being 18 actually!
S: Why did you set up your lifestyle blog?
H: I had lost my way in my early twenties and found myself working in an uncreative job in a grey civil service office block in London. I felt desperately unhappy and found blogging to be a much needed creative release. I am so glad I started it because it spawned a whole new career for me!
S: What makes a soulful home?
H: For me, it’s one that truly reflects who you are, and your passions. It’s one where you feel most relaxed and comfortable. It is considered, not rushed, collated over time, and filled with objects that are beautiful or storied, and (for me personally) made in a way that ensures quality and decent rights for the people who made it. It’s imperfect and real and lived in, yet brings deep happiness and comfort too.
by Sarah Cole – IC