And so did come 2021 and with it another lockdown and Kate and Sophie found themselves back in their duvet dens to record, what is now the third series of their podcast The Great Indoors, remotely. And we began by talking about what is getting us through it this time.
Sophie has become and ardent follower of Wim Hof, otherwise known as the Iceman, and in addition to swimming in the English Channel off the coast of Brighton near where she lives, has also taken to lying in an ice cold bath in her garden two or three times a week.
I have spent all the money saved on gym membership on a Peloton bike and am furiously cycling off the excess lockdown calories in the loft. Naturally we are both baffled by each other’s choices. I’d love for you to share your tips on what’s getting you through this time in the comments as you never know what simple thing you do might help someone else who is finding it tough. And yes Gin goes without saying. And this also made me laugh yesterday – I can only link to it as it’s a video on instagram but like I say, whatever gets you through.
Actually, we didn’t discuss on the podcast but reading is always something that helps me and I have been working my way through two big series – loving the familiarity and the comforting feeling of getting to know the characters. First was the Donna Leon series about Brunetti, Chief of Police in Venice, which is much more about the food they cook than the murders he solves, and the Martin Walker, Death in the Dordogne series about Bruno, Chief of Police in Perigord, which again is less about the death and often about the food , his basset hound and his vegetable patch. They are gentle, lovely and full of good food, great wine and perfect settings.
Onto matters interior and the 17yo’s room is finished although at the time of writing he is still moving in so I haven’t been able to take lots of pictures but here’s a quick look. Complete with the reclaimed desks with the offending reference to the mysterious Calum being a word that rhymes with banker, fully removed. I must say I wasn’t expecting the original Victorian fireplace to be a repository for his collection of spray paints and yes that is a rug on carpet. It’s also – although I couldn’t bring myself to show you a rug island. But he has kept the gold ceiling so I’m quitting while I’m ahead. I will show you more when the pictures are hung and the blind is up etc. Then again it might be full of dirty plates and pizza boxes by that stage so the rug island might be the least of it.
This is Sophie’s husband’s office painted in Little Greene sage and onions. Both of us clearly got the green trend memo that has been circulating.
Although we discussed trends in the show and the feeling that they are becoming more irrelevant as we seek to make our homes work for us and what we need rather than being dictated to about certain styles and shades. Green works well in both these rooms (it’s good for creativity apparently) and both look out onto green spaces so the green walls do link the inside and outside.
Finally we talked about my new shop Design Storey, which launches officially on Saturday. I have written and explained about it all here and if you subscribe to the weekly newsletter here you will be the first to know about new products, reader offers (there is one this weekend for 20 per cent of the new range of Bisley Belong home office furniture). That newsletter will go out on Saturday.