When a friend said, ‘you’re brilliant at living on a shoestring, you’ll be OK during this period of austerity’, I wondered, is she trying to tell me something? Taking the comment at face value, I decided to rise to the challenge so ‘Elegance on a Shoestring’ was born.
During my childhood the phrase ‘making the most of what you have’ was planted in my head and now it runs, threadlike, through every day. At best it’s inspired me to be inventive, not always successful, but nearly always fun. As an interior designer, a maker and doer, inspiration is the oxygen for creative life. It comes from down to earth, real and accessible stuff- from reading, an unmapped journey, cooking, sewing, films that transport you to another place. I never know what will stick or where it will lead. A serendipitous adventure, worth it for that ‘can’t buy’ feeling of satisfaction you get from discovering or creating something new.
Rationed eked out post war scrimping and stretching has nothing to do with ‘Elegance on a Shoestring’. It’s about revelling in simple joys, bringing balance to life, making time for doing or just being serene, capturing the essence of the moment like sipping mint tea made from fresh picked leaves.
So there you have it, the broad brushstrokes of the idea, let’s see how it unfolds…