This week on The Wind Down, award-winning interiors writer and expert Lisa Dawson, opens the doors to her beautiful Georgian home in York, and shares the small joys and silver linings she’s found with her family during lockdown.
Have you found any small joys or silver linings in staying at home?
It’s certainly not the tidiest space at the moment but we are all enjoying being together at home. I’ve been able to do some of the small jobs that I usually put off and it’s very satisfying to tick them off the list!
One of the areas I’m never able to spend enough time on is the garden and I’ve really enjoyed getting it ready for the summer months. I’ve been planting lots of new things so can’t wait for them to bloom later in the year.
Lisa Dawson at her home in York
How are you finding winding down in the same space you've spent your day working?
I’m finding it works really well to draw a line between the end of my work day and relaxing time. I am used to working at home so it’s not really a problem for me. I’m keeping to the same routine as before (but without the school runs!).
Lisa's office at her home in York
Are there any products you've really found have helped during this period?
I’m now finding it impossible to sit at my desk without a scented candle lit – the rest of my house is busy and chaotic so it’s a place of calm.
I’ve also found that my bedroom has become an oasis at the end of the day and my Bedfolk linen (Lisa sleeps in Linen in Rose) has played a large part in this! Oh, and wine is always helpful too...
Lisa's bedroom featuring Bedfolk Linen in Rose
Your favourite words of wisdom for this enforced downtime…
We will most likely never be in this situation again, so try to make the most of the family time and no schedule.
Prawn and avocado jacket potatoes (obsessed).
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Cargo trousers, T-shirts and dungarees.
Lisa in her WFH Uniform
Stay home, stay safe, stay comfortable. Love team Bedfolk x
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