LIVING HABITS TO STEAL FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Have you ever stayed in a bed & breakfast, a boutique hotel or even with a friend while travelling, and marvelled at the subtle – or not so subtle – differences in the way other cultures live in their homes? Travel will always be a key source of inspiration when it comes to decorating, but if you want to add another level of authenticity to your global abode, why not give these household habits a try?

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Two Doonas on One Bed
Why do we continue to play a game of quilt tug-o-war in the middle of the night, when the solution is so obvious? The sensible folks from Scandinavia don’t put up with such nonsense. Maybe that’s because they’re a little more concerned about staying warm in such a hostile climate. Even so, their bed-making habits will mean you’re never left shivering beneath the sheets again. To make the bed like a Scandinavian, simply fold each duvet length-wise and lay them neatly side by side with the creases pointing in the same direction. Finish it off with a throw or coverlet draped across the end of the bed. Simple, smart and chic. Could we expect any less form our Nordic friends?

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Take Your Shoes Off At the Front Door
Maybe this is something you already practice, but in Japan there’s no ‘maybe’ about it. Shoes are removed immediately and stored neatly in pigeonholes or cupboards, before slipping into a pair of slides or slippers that are worn strictly indoors. Removing shoes before you enter the house is something building biologist and healthy home expert Nicole Bijlsma advises strongly, as it reduces dust in your house by up to 50 per cent. Half the vacuuming? Yes please.

READ: NICOLE BIJLSMA ON HOW TO CLEAN WITHOUT CHEMICALS

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Mismatch Your Place Settings
For all things food related, consult the French. They take the matter of dining quite seriously, which extends from what they’re eating right down to the plate it’s on. That doesn’t necessarily mean that things have to be perfect. In fact, it’s that casual ‘thrown together’ elegance that makes the French approach to style so effortless. The key is to avoid matching dinner sets. Make use of heirloom china and stemware in different shapes and styles, but err on the side of classic. Aim for beautifully eclectic without falling into a motley mess. If you use what you have and don’t try too hard, achieving je ne sais quoi will soon become second nature.


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