A very happy new year to you! I love the blank page that a new year offers, and although I’ll always be a fan of the twinkle and frippery when the house is all decked out for Christmas, I’m just as seduced by the renewed feeling of space and light when the decorations are taken down and our home returns to its normal state. And I can’t help but muse about how wonderful and welcome it would be to be able to instil that same sense of space and light to everyday life, too, as well as to my surroundings.
That yearning to simplify and streamline my home and life is something that I discovered I have in common with Sarah-Lou, whose blog, lapinblu, I had long-admired before I finally got to meet her in person last spring. We’ve spent lots of time since we met chatting through ideas, sharing sources of inspiration and generally trying to encourage each other personally and creatively. It was this shared drive to find little ways to improve the various aspects of our lives – from working more efficiently, to nurturing relationships, to being happier at home by making it more organised or just a little bit more beautiful – that the concept for a collaborative project we’ve named The Everyday Spruce was formed..
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‘To spruce’ in its most basic definition means to make neat… by association, it can also be used to describe the acts of fixing up, organising and beautifying.
Through our project – The Everyday Spruce – we’re using the term to describe a more general idea of shaking things out and hitting refresh. We’ll be sharing easy and useful tips, projects and ideas that we hope will inspire and encourage you to revitalise things a little, both around your home and in your daily routines. This isn’t about making things perfect (who needs THAT pressure?!), but about focusing on simple things that can help to make the everyday just a little bit easier, and, perhaps, more beautiful for you, too.
We’ll be taking it in turns to post ideas around a broad theme each month, and we’d love for you to join us and share your own everyday spruce ideas, tips or journeys by using the hashtag #theeverydayspruce.