I don’t know if I am a natural born blogger. My decision to start a blog was out of a desire to kick start a new career – one that would give my creative yearnings an outlet and that would open me up to learning some new skills. I hoped I would enjoy it (which I do very much) and I hoped that a by-product of my enjoyment would be that people would read it (which, thankfully, you do). It was a leap of faith but ultimately a great choice and I have never looked back. I love researching topics, finding new businesses, meeting entrepreneurs who are often in a similar situation to me, writing, photographing and editing an article. I am always learning and that feels great.
But it has been a challenge for me too as I am, underneath, quite a private person. Part of blogging is sharing who you are – through the way you express yourself, the things you choose to blog about and the type of images that you post to accompany your words. So when you are a private person who hasn’t shared a personal photo or update to your Facebook page in almost forever, it is an interesting dichotomy to share your life in such a public way – and it takes some getting used to.
It is now a year since this blog started. It has gathered momentum along the way and I am very excited about the new possibilities that have opened up for me as a result of the blog. One such opportunity is to contribute to the Honeykids website – the place to go to for all the wonderful things family related in Singapore. To kick start our collaboration, Honeykids interviewed me and I shared with them my home. So I thought it was probably about time that I shared my own interior style with you here, on Lottie is Loving.
Our home has a lot of glass. Almost the entire ground level is floor to ceiling glass including some of the internal walls, so keeping things tidy from room to room is a must as everything can be viewed. It has made styling the space more of a challenge, but on the upside, all that glass creates wonderful indoor/outdoor living and on a nice day when the sliding doors are open, it feels tranquil and almost resort like.
I use a lot of smaller styling items to add interest to the various spaces in the house. Smaller items are great because you can move them around and re-create different looks with a variety of combinations. Stacks of magazines (of which I have a ridiculous amount) and books are useful anchors for styling. I also like natural elements like coral, leaves and flowers.
I’m drawn to a few different decorating influences so rather than stick with one decorating style I prefer to mix and match – a bit of beachy neutrals, a little modern, a dash of antique Asian and a smattering of mid-century. I am also very fond of Australian art and design. I wrote a post a little while ago about the influence of culture on how you decorate or choose art. There is an Australian interiors ‘look’ and if you are Australian, the chances are this is the look that most appeals. Despite living in Asia for 7 years, I’ve never really gone all-in for lots of heavy dark Asian furniture – it simply wouldn’t be me. Your interiors need to make you feel at peace and comfortable and reflect who you are.
I like rugs. A space without a rug is somehow lacking for me. It has been quite a challenge in this home because the space of the rooms is very different from our previous home in Hong Kong which was like a postage stamp. So in some rooms there are a couple of smaller rugs to fill the space. Armadillo & Co remain my firm favourites when it comes to rugs, they are ethically made and simply beautiful.
Finn’s room is still coming together. Kids reach an age when they are no longer little and not yet big, so decorating their rooms can be slightly more challenging. Two great decorating impacts in this room are the dark blue wall and the map mural. Both make a big statement and will last him for a long time yet. Renting in Asia means ubiquitous white walls so painting or wallpapering is a good option for injecting a little personality into your space. Yes, we’ll have to put this all back to the way it was when we leave, but honestly, painting a wall is pretty simple.
Pips room has been an easier decorating task and added to gradually. When we moved to Singapore she was still so tiny and sleeping in a cot so some of her nursery decorations (like the Rice toy box and fabric bunting) remain – and they still work. Since then I’ve injected a little more colour and pattern to avoid her room just being pink and girly – and she has added her own elements like artwork…and pictures of 1D – I’m embracing it all! Next I plan on wallpapering or painting in here too.
Our room is a more muted affair. Sometimes it looks like this – slightly Scandi with a pale, grey, white and black colour palette. But I like to change it up so from time to time I switch out the Seventy Tree print for a bold tea towel artwork in blues and greens instead. I always keep white linen as the base and then add different coloured pillowcases to match the artwork or other styling items. You can see the other version of this room in blues and greens on my Instagram feed. I like the room both ways. On this day, it was blush and grey.
This is my study. Here I am just casually getting on with my important blogging work…with a photographer in the room – so awkward! I love this space. The desk and shelf are both cheap buys from Ikea but they do the job perfectly well and I’m reluctant to spend lots of money on a gorgeous desk at this point. I am in quite desperate need of a new chair though (in this photo I am sitting on one of the kids Stokke chairs from downstairs because honestly I couldn’t even photograph the broken chair I am normally sitting on). I am a bit of a neat freak so my desk is usually this tidy – somehow I can’t think clearly when surrounded by an untidy environment.
We don’t have a lot of outdoor space but what we do have provides lovely tropical greenery – mainly in the form of bamboo. On one side of the house is this ingenious orchid hanging area using a piece of chopped down bamboo and twine. All of our orchids are strung up here ready to re-flower – it takes some time but in Singapore’s orchid friendly climate they always manage to re-bloom.
This is me. Charlie to most, Lottie to family and this blog, and Charlotte to the odd few who seem to love the name and don’t care that no one has ever called me that! What’s in a name? I’ll happily answer to all of the above. To everyone and anyone who has ever read this blog over the past year, thank you so much for your support. I don’t always know who you are but I love that you drop by and visit. I hope my content has provided enjoyment and a little inspiration along the way. I’m looking forward to continuing on this blogging journey and bit by bit becoming more comfortable with sharing not only my style but a little of my life too.
To keep up to date and inspired with all things kid and family related in Singapore – or to read the interview that accompanied these photos, visit the Honeykids Asia website.