#TheWayWe REALLYLive: Part Three

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Our surroundings have enhanced our lives during lockdown. Here we let you look at our homes and ask to take a look at yours …

We invite readers to send images of their homes to us so that we can create an ongoing portfolio of the way we REALLY live NOW. To share how lockdown has changed how you live or how you use your home, email a picture and 60 words explaining what happens in this particular space (home-schooling, zoom calls, nightly family dinners …) to [email protected] and your home may be selected for inclusion in our weekly #TheWayWeREALLYLive online series. To enter via Instagram tag @theglossmag in your pictures and use #TheWayWeREALLYLive. We look forward to seeing your entries …

Simon Jackson
Co-founder, Modern Botany

This is our ‘family hub’ in our farmhouse in West Cork. It’s an old long house so we have a big kitchen diner combined in one room. We use this room the most – it has a nice open fire and cosy armchair to read a book, and we can talk to each other whilst multitasking, and we eat, drink and sometimes sleep in the same room (well nod off!). I bought the little herbal tea dresser years ago in London and painted it green, I’m painting anything that’s not moving at the moment, and embracing colour. We grow a lot of our ingredients and I dry them out to use throughout the year. Valerian grows locally and I’ve been using a lot to calm us both down in these uncertain times. We actually did a little Instagram TV show for Bergdorf Goodman on how to make your own calming herbal tea in this room last month.

This year, on our two-acre plot, we are growing chamomile, both Roman and German, calendula and borage, all key crops in our formulations, and the purity of the extracts are amazing; I guess the industrial revolution passed West Cork by so no chemicals or pollutants down here giving us the best quality ingredients.?We have also just got Cosmos natural certification for all our products and new product development. www.modernbotany.com

Helena Cousins
Interior designer, Zinc Interiors

The past number of weeks have changed the way many of us use our homes. Bedrooms have been nicknamed the new ‘boffice’, living rooms now function as schools and offices by day. Finding a way to create multi-tasking spaces isn’t easy, especially when these same areas also serve as calming havens in the evening. But, introducing small, clever colour zoning can make a huge difference to work productivity and creativity. Colourtrend’s vibrant Peacock Blue in Interior Matt finish alongside the softer hues of Subtle from Colourtrend’s Contemporary Range to coat the woodwork, makes this space undeniably vivid, yet calming.

Colour affects us all on a psychological level. For example, if you want a very zen-like relaxing zone, pick a blue, as blue tones are really calming. Blue stimulates, but not overly, so it is a really good work colour. Top tip: pick a different colour (to the rest of your house) for your work zone, it will signify that you’re in the office and ready for work.

Marie McCabe
Reader, The Gloss Magazine

This is our open plan kitchen, living room and dining room, the ever-busy hub of our home. During lockdown I worked, cooked and home schooled the kids here. I know we are very fortunate to have this peaceful, bright space.

Simon Jackson
Co-founder, Modern Botany

This is our ‘family hub’ in our farmhouse in West Cork. It’s an old long house so we have a big kitchen diner combined in one room. We use this room the most – it has a nice open fire and cosy armchair to read a book, and we can talk to each other whilst multitasking, and we eat, drink and sometimes sleep in the same room (well nod off!). I bought the little herbal tea dresser years ago in London and painted it green, I’m painting anything that’s not moving at the moment, and embracing colour. We grow a lot of our ingredients and I dry them out to use throughout the year. Valerian grows locally and I’ve been using a lot to calm us both down in these uncertain times. We actually did a little Instagram TV show for Bergdorf Goodman on how to make your own calming herbal tea in this room last month.

This year, on our two-acre plot, we are growing chamomile, both Roman and German, calendula and borage, all key crops in our formulations, and the purity of the extracts are amazing; I guess the industrial revolution passed West Cork by so no chemicals or pollutants down here giving us the best quality ingredients.?We have also just got Cosmos natural certification for all our products and new product development. www.modernbotany.com

Helena Cousins
Interior designer, Zinc Interiors

The past number of weeks have changed the way many of us use our homes. Bedrooms have been nicknamed the new ‘boffice’, living rooms now function as schools and offices by day. Finding a way to create multi-tasking spaces isn’t easy, especially when these same areas also serve as calming havens in the evening. But, introducing small, clever colour zoning can make a huge difference to work productivity and creativity. Colourtrend’s vibrant Peacock Blue in Interior Matt finish alongside the softer hues of Subtle from Colourtrend’s Contemporary Range to coat the woodwork, makes this space undeniably vivid, yet calming.

Colour affects us all on a psychological level. For example, if you want a very zen-like relaxing zone, pick a blue, as blue tones are really calming. Blue stimulates, but not overly, so it is a really good work colour. Top tip: pick a different colour (to the rest of your house) for your work zone, it will signify that you’re in the office and ready for work.

Marie McCabe
Reader, The Gloss Magazine

This is our open plan kitchen, living room and dining room, the ever-busy hub of our home. During lockdown I worked, cooked and home schooled the kids here. I know we are very fortunate to have this peaceful, bright space.

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