In honor of our partnership with Monocle, whose book you can now find in our Simple Indulgence Set in our shop, we've highlighted our three absolute favorite tips from Monocle's Guide to Better Living.
1. How to make a house a home
A powerful and poignant piece by Hugo Macdonald on letting go of perfection and embracing the spills, stains, worn-in decor, and other signs of real living in your home. Macdonald asks, how many of us don't allow red wine in our homes? In this age of Instagram perfection, we've sacrificed comfort and convenience in favor of aesthetics and appearances. But it doesn't have to be a trade-off. Cultivate a beautiful home that sparks joy, but don't let a fear of imperfection prevent you from enjoying it to the fullest. What a relief to be able to sip a morning latte on your white Eames chair without worrying about a very real, natural, and human thing like a spill?
Macdonald also suggests:
Opt for natural materials, like wood, metals, stone, and marble, over manmade materials, wherever possible.
Avoid overhead lighting, unless on a dimmer. Light rooms with accept lamps instead.
Don't let your television take center stage in your living room. Conceal it or, better, opt for a projector.