You may not have heard, a little thing called the World Cup final happened this past weekend. The relatively quiet affair was won by France in their first victory on the footballing world stage since 1998. But long before the French were being lauded for their football ability, they were notoriously stylish trendsetters in both the fashion and the interior design world. The effortlessness and ease with which the French seem to pull off a seductive cool has been examined the world over. The real catch 22 is navigating how to emulate an effortless style without putting effort into it. Nobody wants to be the try-hard wielding a baguette and a beret. Is it possible that the only way to truly pull off French style is to just be genuinely French? Our overambitious need to prove this theory wrong lead us to curate this list of the five details we think you need to consider when you attempt to mimic French interior design.
Whilst video killed the radio star, it was Netflix and portable, on-demand television that killed the TV set. Today, you can watch your favourite TV shows just about anywhere, leaving physical television sets almost redundant. Whilst the World Cup and Love Island are doing their bit to counteract live TV’s downward spiral, this miraculous summer we appear to be having is counteracting it, pulling more and more people away from their TV sets. With television licensing fees increasing about as fast as your heart rate does when the bill arrives, the average renter simply can’t afford the extra expense. In 2017, licensing fees increased for the first time since 2010, to 47% from 45.5% which may seem small, but numerically brought the cost of catching Call The Midwife to a staggering £147 a year. And so as television fell out of favour, designers and experts began to redesign rooms with an alternate focus. But what does this mean for your home? For decades the TV has ruled the roost and become the fundamental focus of most rooms. Monitors have increased in size so significantly, it was almost not worth taking a trip to the cinema. So what becomes of the gargantuan space left in your living room now your plasma screen has retired?
Just under a month ago you might have heard people wondering the streets of England boldly claiming ‘football’s coming home’ and thought the whole thing to be an overly ambitious joke. It wasn’t uncommon to hear to hear people respond ‘yeah, on the first easyjet flight out of the group stages.’ Given that it’s been a total of 52 years since England lifted the coveted trophy it seemed obvious we would make an early exit. But over the course of that month, something magical seems to have happened. For the first time since 1990 England are through to the semi finals of the World Cup. The big question on everyone's lips seems to be, could it really be coming home?
For a lot of us, it’s a bit of a pipe dream to imagine that we might one day be able to afford our own home, let alone find the budget to decorate it. We spend hours compiling inspiration on Pinterest, organising colour schemes and picking out our dream furniture. We routinely read home improvement blogs, much like this one, cooking up our dream homes. But the fact of the matter is, it may be years before we can make any of these dreams a reality. And that’s where The Sims comes in. The Sims is the ultimate life simulation game that has gifted us the opportunity to build our personalised dream worlds since the year 2000. Although, for some people it also gave them the opportunity to explore their sadistic side. Placing your Sims in the pool and removing the ladders revealed some quite terrifying truths about human nature. But as the technology of The Sims has developed, it has become less about watching your Sims meet a truly gruesome end and more about creating astounding feats of architecture and design.
Full disclaimer: this blog post began as an entirely self serving endeavour after four weeks of interrupted sleep and restless nights. But it only took a small amount of research to realise that I’m not the only person suffering from relentless tossing and turning. In 2017, nearly two thirds of the population expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of rest they were getting, whilst a third believed they were suffering from genuine insomnia. The initial findings from Aviva’s wellbeing report suggested that a quarter of adults in the UK regard improving their sleep as their biggest health concern. I reckon I...