WELCOME TO MINFORD
I’m having a post-Christmas freak out. I’ve over done it on everything – food, drink, BRANDY BUTTER – but strangely my main issue is not tight trousers, it’s with stuff. I’ve started madly cleaning out cupboards and taking endless bags to the charity shop. For me, you need to forget spring cleaning. Now is the time to do it. Everyone’s a bit skint, the nights are dark and what better time to go through all your cupboards and sort your life out. If at this point you’re getting a bit worried I’m about to start talking about ‘Sparking Joy’ rolling up your knickers into tiny balls don’t worry. I’m not.
I’d actually like to discuss the joy of a well stocked and organised Larder cupboard. Frankly other than browsing Zara’s New Now section nothing beats a bit of staring at a perfectly organised larder. Some of you may already have a Plain English walk in larder and if you do *sod off* how wonderful for you and do send me a picture.
If you’d like a larder cupboard but don’t have one already I’ve included some that have caught my eye and won’t bankrupt you. At home I have an old cupboard I brought at Ardingly antiques for £300 and it does a wonderful job.
If like me you feel the urge to Pinterest your larder cupboard of a January evening here’s where to get the necessary paraphernalia from.
Above: Devol Pantry Cupboard
Rethinking Hanging Pictures
I think there is only one picture which is actually hanging on the wall in our home at the moment. It’s my job this weekend to change that so given it’s on my mind I thought I’d share some inspiration with you and my thoughts about how to hang your pictures.
My best advice is to try to think a little differently, sometimes I think these things are about being confident enough to stray from conventions.
So yes, you can hang oil paintings in the bathroom and kitchen. And nope, a picture doesn’t always need to be hung. It can be resting on the floor or a mantelpiece. This often looks great when you have a collection or grouping.
You can draw attention to a picture by hanging it in an unusual position – off centre, lower or higher than you would think, in a weird corner or close to a wall. Make it look sort of intentionally wrong.
If you’re grouping pictures you don’t need to frame them all in the same colour. Instead black, white, wood, and colour frames look brilliant all together.
I will post an update on Instagram next week of how I get on in my own home. In the meantime let these pictures get you thinking creatively. And have a browse of the Minford and miniFORD shops that have been updated. SO many gorgeous things I need to stop myself buying it all!
Photo above is the Jersey Ice Cream Co St. Leonard’s Flat by Jasper B Goldman
John Derian’s home from the book Rooms to Inspire by the Sea
Photograph by Rory Gardiner
Photograph by Paul Massey
Photograph by Frederic Ducout
Ali Cayne gallery wall Remodelista
miniFORD Sales Edit
For the minis that are forever growing and changing, it’s well worth paying attention to the sales. To shop them to your advantage you need to think what they’ll still be into in the long term. I love reminding Aurelie how horrified she would now be had I let her buy Frozen themed bedding when she wanted it two years ago!
What I’ve found in the sale this January should be good for years to come. There’s the cloud cushion (what’s not to love about a cloud cushion. If it’s a cloud or a star, it’s a yes from me). Finding washed linen and Liberty print in the sale = total no brainer. And I’m completely in love with the pink retro bedside table.
Main image from lab-boutique.com
Clever Sales Shopping
In the spirit of getting organised in this brand spanking new year, (HNY BTW!!) I’ve been plotting out the next coming months of Minford and hatching exciting plans. Today was designated for a special post on what to buy in the January sales and then all the discounts started before baby Jesus had even hit the manger and I scrapped the idea. I just assumed by now, post-Christmas, that there would be nothing good left. But I was wrong. It turns out this is still the best time for interior shopping.
These sales should be used to stock up on classic pieces or essentials that you will always need in your home and are guaranteed to get plenty of use out of.
Here is my selection of the best bargains out there at the moment. I have the trestle legs already so frankly a bit miffed you lot get to get them in the sale! I’ve decided that the Berber rug is a very useful acquisition I’ve had my eye on it for some time and the 30% has finally tipped me into clicking buy. You can’t go wrong topping up the white linen supply. To be honest I think bedlinen is the greatest purchase you can make in the sale. I have the Toast tea towels so what a bargain with over 50% off. I’m on the prowl for good new towels. I’ve given up on white for the moment they just go grey eventually anyway. Ohh and who knew Anglepoise went into the sales??!
- Nyborg Berber Style Wool Rug – 30% off
- Malta Bath Sheet in Supima Cotton – 30% off
- Habitat Black Steel Trestle – 30% off
- Jacquard Weave Tea Towel – 50% off
- Anglepoise Mini Wall Light – 15% off
- Linen Works White Linen Bedding – 20% off
Merry Christmas From Minford!
2016 by all accounts has been a
shite strange old year full of political shock, the death of too many icons and the over kill of copper accessories. But not to be all doom and gloom, there have been some good bits. Namely, launching Minford and not having the public laugh me off the internet. And so for that, I thank you. For those who have started following me and regularly reading the journal, thank you, thank you.
One of the highlights of my year was travelling to Norway and styling this beaut of picture on a frozen lake in the middle of nowhere at 8pm at night. To say I was cold isn’t even close – think three pairs of everything – but what a total joy it was. Truly unforgettable.
But now, as another year is nearly done, I am going to go a lie down in a dark room and not blog until 2017. After I’ve returned from my hibernation on January the 9th they’ll be more interior how-t0s and tips. If there’s anything you wish a stylist would answer drop me an email.
Until then, Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
Photo: Knut Bry