We couldn’t believe it either when we were picking a deserving winner of our blog of the month for September…September!? Where has this year gone? It didn’t take us long to choose this month’s winner; someone whose created a blog that is beautiful, simple, and does what it says on the tin: much like Soak&Sleep! Congratulations Curate & Display! In celebration of her win, Tiff kindly answered a Q&A all about creating her home, treasured possession, bedtime routines, and new projects and adventures. As Tiff says, watch this space for upcoming pieces….we can’t wait! So without further ado, our September Winner…
We have selected you as our winner of Blog of the Month for September as we can’t get enough of your chic, simplistic-yet-impactful approach to (ahem) curating and displaying interiors… how would you describe your style in 3 words?
Minimal, botanical, Scandinavian.
What attributes does an item have to have to make it into your home?
Ultimately it has to be something that is needed, attractive and will be used in our home. We’re not ones for having “things” for the sake of it, so it’s all about quality over quantity. I like to buy pieces with a story behind them, regardless of whether they’re contemporary or vintage and pay attention to where and how they’re produced. I really love clean lines and pieces made with simple, raw materials. That said, if it’s a plant, then it’s an absolute no-brainer. I can’t fit enough plants into our home!
What is your most treasured possession?
Aside from family photographs? It has to be our 7ft tall rubber tree – aside from my children, he is my pride and joy. I rescued him from a high street store a couple of years ago in a sorry state, and he continues to thrive where he is in our dining room. I actually love him.
What advice would you give to our readers for them to achieve a similar look in their own home?
Functionality-wise, think about how you use each room; what works, what doesn’t, what you’d like to change. Plan your room logistically before you start working on the look. Stylistically, opt for white, pale grey or black walls (although I’m loving pale green-greys at the moment) and accessorise with natural textures such as large rattan rugs, linen cushions, chunky knit throws. Introduce pale wood furniture, muted colours with wall prints and go crazy with leafy green plants. I choose sculptural varieties such as Monstera and Ficus to make a statement and ferns in dark, cooler corners for depth and texture.
What do you love most about your bedroom?
I love our linen bedding and having a selection of white and dark blue-grey means I switch up the atmosphere depending on whether we’re in the mood for something light or moody. The bedding, that is 😉 It’s breathable so you’re not too hot or too cold, the quality is wonderful and if you’re not one for ironing (ours actually broke months ago and hasn’t been missed) then it’s a perfect choice. That and my Soak&Sleep latex pillow. I even take it with me when we stay with friends or family.
If you could sleep anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Give me a Tuscan farmhouse up in the hills outside Lucca, please. I’m being very specific I know, but I’m still having a love affair with that area nearly ten years after our first visit. It’s just beautiful, all the seasons are amplified there, when it rains it rains, the summers are hot, the winters are cold…there is just a slower pace of life…sigh.
We’re all about achieving a bespoke experience to create the ultimate night’s sleep: to truly rediscover every night – what is your go-to routine for the best 40 winks?
I’m a stickler for leaving phones downstairs. My husband refuses to do it, but I really do believe that switching off from screens, bright lights and distractions has a huge impact on your quality of sleep. That and escaping into a good book. I can’t always get an early night if I’m working on the blog, but I always read for 10-15 minutes to unwind before bed.
You have created Function + Form with fellow blogger Annie Kruse from Style Juicer… blogging has opened you up to new adventures and avenues; what can we expect next from Curate & Display?
Yes, we are working hard on Function+Form, our design and interiors community. This month we host our 3rd gathering in collaboration with Centrepoint Charity at their new venture Dean St Cafe. In October we’ll be embarking on our first blogger’s tour of Antwerp, meeting with some incredible Belgian homeware designers and touring some of the beautiful architecture. And from a more personal perspective, we’ve just bought a beautiful three bedroom Edwardian home here in Medway, so my main focus over the coming months will be restoring, decorating and styling our new home. Watch this space!
Thank you Tiff for giving us some great tips, and best of luck with all your new projects, can’t wait to read more.
*All images from Curate & Display