These couple of posers are my boys. My boys, who due to me and my partner making the right decisions at the right time, have the ‘privilege’ of a safe and secure roof over their heads. They wake up in the morning and know that they will be back in their same bed, in the same bedroom that night to sleep. Privilege, I have the privilege, of being able to provide a roof over my child’s head, they have the privilege of having a roof over their heads, in my mind, in the 21st Century, a child in the UK, a child anywhere in the World should not feel privileged to have a roof over their head, this should be a human right… in my mind.
Each and every day in the UK 150 families face homelessness. That is a minimum of 150 young children every day not knowing where they are going to be living, eating, sleeping. 150 children everyday will be let down by a system clearly not working. A system in crisis, a system heading for disaster. We can go to the pub order a drink and muse about the housing crisis happening around us, we can blame politicians, greedy landlords and exploitative estate agents but it’s us that has the power to fix it.
I came up with a plan, I worked out the money needed, thought about shelving said idea because, come on, who makes £1,000,000 on Crowd Funder? I then looked up, I looked at my boy’s faces and I knew I couldn’t just shelve it, this society we live in needs a little changing, it needs its heart warming up, its needs to be a bit kinder and it needs to see a human as a human as an equal. This is what I want to leave as a legacy for my boys.
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I’ve taken the decision, for better or worse to talk about me and If you follow any of my social media accounts you will know that as well as a successful interior designer, indeed sole visionary of this business I call Popsicle, I am a Mama, a working from home (80% of the time) Mama. This is a bloody hard position to be in, but a necessary position these days – with nursery bills so high yet still a need for two incomes in most family households, working from home is absolutely necessary.
Back to it being bloody hard though a day in the life of a working from home Mama goes something like this; You get up, get everyone else fed, clothed and cleaned ready for the day. You pick up your work stuff and put it on the dining room table. You then look at yourself and realise, quite frankly, you’re a mess! You drag on some clothes concoction and hope it meets the rest of the playschool parent drop off standard, you get the children in the car for said playschool drop off. On route home you collect the days food, get side tracked by the youngest child demanding something or other… probably a banana! You stop get yourself a coffee and them that banana. You then realise if you don’t hot-foot it home soon you’re going to miss the banana loving little angels naptime and therefore your one hours uninterrupted worktime. So they’re down, they’re snoozing its your time and you… you look at the dishes, you look at the washing pile, you look and you do and you don’t work! You read that right, you don’t work! Then the youngest gets up and they want lunch and entertaining and Mr Tumble, then its time to get the eldest from playschool and they want a snack and entertaining and to play that game on your phone. Then its dinner time for the kids, bathtime for the kids and, thankfully, bedtime for the kids. You sit down and your partner gets home, they vent to you about their hard day, they want dinner, conversation and a box set. Then you realise everyone else is in bed, the kids are snoring, your partners relaxing in bed i.e. faffing about on Facebook and you’re still not working… you are absolutely wiped out, exhausted, you have given everything physically and now to expect anything mentally is just well… crazy, but you do it, you finally move your work stuff back on to the dining table, stay up way too late vowing to use your time better tomorrow and feeling guilty about the washing that still needs to be hung and not giving the children enough attention!
I told you it was bloody hard… but so worth it and I am so thankful to do it, to do what I love working from home whilst my family snooze (80% of the time)!
February is upon us and the property market is thankfully picking up, queue sighs of relief from estate agents everywhere, so to make sure your home is one of the first of 2017 to get snapped up and you are one of the lucky movers, what colour should your home be? Yes you did read that right – what colour should your home be? When purchasing a home all factors pale in comparison to the ‘feeling’ a potential buyer first gets when they walk through the doors and there is no better way to create good feeling in a home then using the right colours.
Contrary to developers and landlords continued belief magnolia and cream are no longer the neutrals to use. Grey is still very much in favour with everyone and with so many tones available you will be able to find one that suits your home. Brown is ‘allegedly’ the big neutral of 2017, and is set to replace the oh so popular grey, because of the sense of warmth and comfort it produces. To give a sense of harmony through your home use the same neutral colour through out, remember though you are still able to choose different shades. Accent your rooms using varying colours on walls, wall art and accessories.
When adding colour remember you are selling your home, yes you have to live with it whilst you are selling so don’t choose a colour that you hate or doesn’t feel right but do choose colours that are light, modern and, of course, that will appeal to other people. Green is a versatile colour that promotes harmony and balance, so will automatically put a person at ease – perfect for selling your home. Pantone recently made ‘greenery’ its colour of the year so using this shade of green will show potential buyers you keep your home up to date. Pantone have also, thoughtfully, put up palettes on their website with ‘greenery’ and its various complimentary colours, use these palettes as a guide to help create a good sense of flow through your home.
Having rectified the interior please do not forget the exterior, you do have to get these potential buyers through the front door after all. White has always been a very popular house colour choice it is; crisp, clean, pure and protects against negative thoughts and feelings. So, like the greenery inside, it will make potential buyers feel at ease and positive about the house instantly.
If you would like any further help or information on colour therapy in the home or getting your home market ready please do contact Rachelle at the Popsicle Interiors Studio:
Mob : 07443229644
Email : popsicleinteriors@