I’ve never been particularly good at making New Year’s resolutions. Something about committing to a ‘new year, new you’ mandate never quite flies with me during the holiday break, when my days aren’t bound to the rigours of a publishing schedule and I’m busy enjoying those few precious weeks off work. In fact, February’s been known to roll around before I finally find the perfect diary to fill with best-laid plans for the months ahead!
This year, my intention is to do things differently. I bought my new diary before Christmas, got the list-making underway, and am putting my best foot forward and carving out time to consider my goals and decide which ones are worth trying to achieve.
Why am I telling you all this? After noting the slew of self-help books popping up left, right and centre in publishers’ catalogues, we got chatting in the office about the concept of self-improvement in moderation. Too much of anything isn’t good, but if you’re like us, although you roll your eyes at the thought of adopting the doctrine du jour, you secretly love the promise of reinvention.
Self-care comes in all sorts of packages — most relevant for us is ensuring your home really speaks to your needs. What do you do in your spare time? How do you actually relax? Where do you feel most comfortable? Asking yourself these questions might help you to formulate a plan for creating an intentional interior that really does improve your life for the better.
If you need some visual inspiration to help with those plans, you’ll find it on the following pages, where we showcase a selection of homes in which lifestyle reigns supreme. Take the time to start drafting up your wish list now — your future self will thank you for it.
Alice Lines, Editor