Something that recently made me much clearer about what my preferred home style is - and by that I mean what kind of look pleases me most, aesthetically and psychologically - was stripping the sitting room bare to do some long overdue redecorating.
I realised just what a lift bare white empty space gives me. I love it. The more we removed, the more I liked it. I know it feels Spartan to some - I can see that - but it makes me feel, I don't know, more alive somehow! My surroundings really do have a powerful impact on how I feel.
Do you feel this? What kind of environment gives you a lift? And can you recreate that in any way in your home?
Here is the room after we finished - it just lacks flowers on the table....
This is how it looked when we moved in. It's good to have some 'before' photographs to remind you, isn't it? It makes you feel all the hard work is worthwhile!