Taking the Leap + I've Moved my Blog!

Hi everyone, this is just a little announcement to say that I've moved my blog over to my brand new website. Don't worry, I'll still be blogging in my usual style but I also wanted to explain the changes that have been going on.

Things have been changing over here, I've rebranded, started a new creative challenge, I've grown and realised what I really want to do. I'm still blogging regularly but I'm now an interior and events stylist rather than a homeware designer. I've moved my online home, blog, shop everything to www.nancy-straughan.com and I'm so happy with it.

I was feeling so unhappy with my homeware brand for years but I felt stuck, like a couldn't "give up" on it. In January after a very long and tiring chat to Simon I realised that I needed to take the leap and re-brand my business. Why continue doing something that makes you unhappy just because a few people say you can't change?

So, I'm now a freelance stylist. I've actually been styling projects for years without realising it. All my blog and Instagram photos are styled and shot by me and every part-time job I've had working for other people included styling work for them too, I've been working as a product stylist and photographer for years and years without really realising!

My first job out of uni was working as an events organiser and stylist, I ended up getting promoted to manager quite quickly and I have managed events for huge brands like the V&A Museum, L'Oreal, Laura Ashley and Facebook. So with that being sai,d it makes sense that I follow my new passion of working as an Interior and Events stylist.

I hope you'll follow me on my exciting creative journey over on my brand new website. Hop on over to www.nancy-straughan.com to keep up to date with my new blog.

See you there!

My Tips for Roman Blinds

This post is a paid collaboration with Direct Blinds but as always my opinions are my own.

Simon and I live in a new build flat, definitely not the style of home we would have gone for if we weren't renting but it's a lovely flat and serves us just fine for now. There are some great bonuses when living in a new build home, all the white goods were brand new when we moved in, we have a very fancy modern bathroom and we never have to have the heating on thanks to new double glazing. However, we are stuck with the most horrific vertical blinds in our living room!

Jackson & Levine for Habitat 2018

I was lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful Italian street party that Habitat put on to celebrate the launch of the new Jackson & Levine collection. Hopefully, you caught some of it over on my Instagram stories but if you didn't here are some photos from J&L themselves. Incredibly the collection sold out in three hours but it's so gorgeous I still had to blog about it. I know that Habitat are working hard with the factory in Italy to make another lot so keep an eye out for that.

*update - the collection will now be available again in September whooo!*

Creative Summer Workshops with Weekend:IN

I recently enjoyed a full day of creative workshops at my third WKND:in event. Weekend:IN create innovative ideas to help small and independent brands connect with bloggers and grow their audiences. They’re always great days out and I was so happy to be invited along to another one. This time we were at the beautiful Kreativ House down the road from me in Hackney.

Warm Minimal Trend

Although I admire and try to practice the beliefs that minimalists adopt I find it so difficult to actually be one myself! I just have too much stuff to ever be considered a true minimalist. However, I do try to only buy things that I absolutely love and nothing I own is bought without a lot of thought first.

A trend I've spotted that suits me down to the ground is one I've named "Warm Minimalism". Unlike the traditional clean and stark minimal style we often see, this trend incorporates a cosy, inviting and down to earth vibe. I  keep spotting it in interiors, fashion and wedding stationery so I thought I'd share my top picks.