No matter how easy it is to subscribe to the idea of simple living, the practice isn’t always simple. In fact, sometimes it sounds like almost as much work as un-simple living. Saying no to invitations or requests sounds harder than just saying yes and following through.
It takes enormous amounts of hard work to seem effortless. There’s the dancer who can appear to hold in the air for a quarter of a second longer than is strictly decent, as if the rules of gravity don’t quite apply to them as to others; there’s the jazz pianist whose blurred fingers pick the perfect pattern from one end of the keyboard to the other; or the painter who can drop a line on to the canvas which is the very essence of the sitter’s profile, with barely a flick of the wrist.
Ah the life of an interior stylist. It’s not all cushion fluffing and flower arranging you know! There are some serious skillz that need to go down in the world of being a bad-ass interior stylist, and one does wonder sometimes if these are things that can be learned or if they are in our DNA from birth. My handy 10 point checklist should help you work it out.
You have at least 20 arty / fashiony coffee table books, 18 of which have never been read but look really cool on your sideboard.
If two contrasting materials are next to each other then STOP EVERYTHING, cos that shit needs an instagram picture. Concrete and marble? Glass and fur? Wood and metal? ARRGH IT’S BLOWING MY MIND WITH ITS AMAZINGNESS.
You restyle your bookshelves every couple of weeks just so that you can create the flyest #shelfie the world has ever seen.
You have a panic attack if your Cire Trudon scented candle is not burning the right way so that the wax lays flat in one smooth, flat layer (yeah, you know what I’m talking about).