Talking about Design, Confidence and Wellbeing – a collaboration with home interiors brand Neptune.com

Design is everywhere. It’s in our everyday spaces inside and outside the home. I was invited to talk about Design, Confidence and Wellbeing at the home interiors store Neptune in Wimbledon, London.  I wanted to share the highlights from my talk as well as the evening with guests from a range of backgrounds including interior design, fashion and lifestyle blogging. So why a talk on design, confidence and wellbeing and what’s the link between all three?

Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe; the practical with the desirable”.

I’d like to think you can have all of these in your home. As a HR expert, over the years, I’ve felt conscious about how much time people spend working whether they’re in the office or online at home. I’ve also observed  a shift towards more people working from home, becoming freelancers or setting up their own businesses.  So even more reason for the home be a haven. Our home also plays a dual role of a work space that needs to encourage focus and productivity.

Coming back to our homes as havens, we all lead busy lives and so it’s important our homes are welcoming and provide a space for us to look after ourselves. Here are three homeward bound ideas I shared about how design and how your home can have a positive impact on your confidence and wellbeing.

Create your own space

Find your space where you can relax in your own home. The home is often a space for activities and getting things done. Find your corner of the home and place items that remind you of special times or reminders about your achievements. It could be one end of a shelf, your dressing table or a corner of a room. Are there visuals that make you feel confident as you spend time in this space?

If we feel organised, we feel confident..

Look at ways to organise different spaces around the home, however small. A prime space we always have to look at is the hallway – it’s the first space we see and feel when we enter or leave our homes. What storage ideas can help to make the entrance feel more organised? This isn’t always easy as we discussed at the talk. There can be an endless pile of shoes, coats, buggies or bikes which take up the space.

Where do we spend the most time in our homes? How can we organise our bedrooms better so they’re calmer spaces for rest? I asked the guests to think about the view of their bedroom when they wake up in the morning. Is there a particular spot on the wall you tend to look at? If so, put up inspiring or sentimental images or photos. If possible, keep this view clear from any clutter. This doesn’t mean your bedroom has to be spotless; it’s also about organising the mess so it doesn’t impact your “wake up” view.

Colour confidence

If you’ve seen my Instagram corner, you’ll know how much I love colour. Colour  is key to design and has a huge impact on how we feel. One of the colours Neptune champions is green – it spells out calmness, renewal, patience, escapism and new beginnings.

So, find the colour that represents confidence or something positive to you. It could range from white and neutral tones to bolder colours.

For me, my energising colour around the home is  yellow. One of my favourite Neptune pieces is the yellow velvet cushion. My calm colour is light grey. I’m also looking at introducing more dark teal around our home – it’s bold but also calming.

try out your creative confidence

With our homes, it’s an opportunity to instil and try out some creative confidence. I think one of the best ways to gain confidence in your creativity is through actionThrough my coaching work and talks at the Lucky Things Meet Ups, I’m a big champion of taking small steps. It’s also about encouraging people to experience a series of small successes.

With our home, we may not be into big renovations at the moment but we’re changing small things which will make a big difference to how we feel. I know small things like accessories make a difference. It could be the glasses we drink out of at dinner time (or during the day when we’re at our desk) to a vase (which gives us the excuse to buy ourselves flowers!).

Neptune’s  Alderny Vase is one of my favourite things at the moment. It’s something I’m using to store my jewellery and keepsakes from the last year. It reminds me of my progress and it’s on display on my bedroom shelf so I see it every morning.

So take a minute to think about one thing you love about your home and one thing you’d like to change about your home. What small steps can you take? Whether it’s research or trying out some new home accessories? Is there one piece of furniture you’d love to invest in?

FIND YOUR OWN STYLE

I rounded off my talk with a quote from Coco Chanel: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same” So in my words, find your own style for your home and make it timeless for you and your lifestyle.

 

Thanks to the Neptune team for hosting a beautiful evening . Thanks to Emma, Project Manager, Nicola, Store Manager, Lizzie, Design Coordinator and Fiona who leads the Neptune marketing team. It was one of the best venues for me to talk about design, confidence and wellbeing.

As with their recent press day, Neptune are making a donation to the Grenfell Tower fund in lieu of providing goody bags for our event.

You can follow Neptune on Instagram @neptunehomeofficial or browse online at www.neptune.com. A list of Neptune stores can be found here.

 

 

 

This is a sponsored blog post published in collaboration with Neptune. All photography featured in this blog post is my own. 

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The Lucky Things Meet Ups and Lucky Things Locals are all about bringing people together in real life. Organising the Lucky Things Meet Ups across the UK gives me amazing opportunities to collaborate with talented women. However, when I first approach people in (and outside of) my network  about whether they’d like to speak at the Lucky Things Meet Ups, there isn’t a typical reaction. Many often respond with a “Oh no I couldn’t do that – I can’t speak in front of a big group of people“. After giving them some time to reflect, a follow-up response pops up in my inbox.

It’s these follow-up responses that remind me about why I set up the Lucky Things Meet Ups in the first place – it’s also about giving people the opportunity to shine and share their expertise. It’s not about their career accolades, the size of their Instagram following or the scale of their business. It’s just about being an expert in their own right. It’s about being inclusive and showcasing a diverse range of talent across the UK.  I first met Lucy at London’s Lucky Thing Meet Up in January 2017. So here’s Lucy’s story, Personal Stylist from Styled by Lucy.

How it felt to be asked to be a speaker at the Lucky Things Meet Up?

When Sunita first  told me she was thinking about bringing the Lucky Things Meet Up to Bristol I was really pleased. I had attended a couple of her fab events in London and there wasn’t anything like it at the time in the South West. Sunita asked if I would help her out and I assumed she meant finding a venue and spreading the word locally. So, I was really surprised when she said the theme was Style and Confidence and she wanted me to be her co-speaker on the panel. I hadn’t done anything like this before.
The biggest group I had previously spoken to  were client workshops with six people so it was a scary thought to be talking in front of fifty women. Sunita assured me that I would be fine – she would help me put together the talk and give me any coaching if needed. I was incredibly flattered that Sunita had asked me and that she had confidence in me to deliver so of course I agreed and felt thankful for the opportunity. We had a few conversations over the next couple of weeks discussing plans for the event and after each phone call with Sunita I felt more confident. The date was brought forward to June which still seemed a long way off so I put it to the back of my mind for a while.

catching up in real life…

Once Sunita released the Bristol Lucky Things Meet Up date and it was reposted by several others locally. It was exciting that there was a real buzz about the event. I met with Sunita in London a couple of weeks before the event to finalise our talk plan. I also took up her offer of having a proper one-to-one coaching session. It was great to see Sunita face to face instead of chatting over the phone and I really appreciated her time. We had lots to say about style and confidence and it was great to have Sunita to bounce ideas off. It was good to work together on a talk plan for the day.
We then moved onto the coaching session and discussed how I felt about the event. Sunita had some great ways of making me think about my concerns in a different way and realise that there was nothing to worry about. We then talked over my business plans and Sunita came up with some great suggestions for what I should include on my website I’m updating and some business ideas for how to reach out to more clients. She also encouraged me to think about my work values and what I should focus on. I came away from our meeting feeling positive about my business with new ideas. I was now really looking forward to the event.

Time for the Lucky Things meet Up..

On the day of the Lucky Things Meet Up, I arrived early at the venue to meet with Sunita and help set up. Sunita has such a relaxed vibe that made me feel chilled about our talk too. However, when the guests began to arrive I suddenly felt nervous. As it was the first Bristol Lucky Things Meet Up I didn’t want to let Sunita down. As everyone was seated for the talk it was daunting to see all the other personal stylists and fashion bloggers looking back at me but I remembered what Sunita had said in our coaching session.

Time for our talk…

My mouth suddenly went dry with nerves as we started but the way Sunita introduced the event and began talking was in such a calm, informal way that it relaxed me. Once I started speaking I was fine. The talk seemed to go really quickly. I was quite relieved when it was over as I’d got through it but people immediately came up to me to say how much they enjoyed it. I felt chuffed we’d delivered something that people found useful and our tips really helped. Since that day I’ve received great feedback and so many lovely messages and comments. I now have the confidence to talk to large groups thanks to Sunita. I’m so happy that it was a success for her and everyone is up for the next one in October.
A huge thank you to Lucy for being a great speaker at the first Lucky Thing Meet Up. Everyone loved hearing her style and confidence tricks (as well as enjoying quality catch up time, smiles and laughs).

fancy joining us at the next lucky things meet up in Bristol?

If you’d like to join us on Sunday 8 October 2017, just pop over to the Events hub on Lucky Things for more ticket info.

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