What’s happening over at Number 31?

There goes a saying, which many people have laid claim to, including, apparently, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford and even Mark Twain, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”.

Does anyone else have all these little ideas about what you really want to try to do and achieve? But inevitably, at the end of each day, as you put your feet up, stick the TV on and even pour that drink, you find you’ve not done a thing towards it. I am that person. While I am busy, and wouldn’t say I’m particularly lazy, I certainly am Chief Procrastinator. I constantly say I want to develop my own business (but doing what?), I want to upcycle furniture (because I love it), I want to write more, read more, cook more creatively. Often, these activities get bound up in a set of New Year’s Resolutions, accompanied by a number of fancy notebooks to help kick them off. What happens? You’ve guessed it. I have a stack of empty notebooks.

So taking the philosophy from the quote above, I have finally bitten the bullet, and started to push my side hustle forward. On a day-to-day basis, life doesn’t often give me much of a creative outlet. Earlier this year, I happened to come across a little thing called Instagram. It was here that I found a way of channelling some of this energy by taking snap shots of my little house in Derbyshire. Over this time, I have met some fantastic people, have gained some incredible inspiration and, importantly, developed my confidence. On that latter point, when talking about confidence I am not just talking about being bolder with my interiors, but actually to push forward with the things I really enjoy and being just a little less scared to reveal more about me. Do I think my house is the best looking on the Gram? No. Are my photos the highest quality? No. My house is not the biggest, not the most completed, but it is a happy home. And, despite what I think, at the point of writing I’ve got 1,600 followers, many of who often say very nice things about it to me. And at the end of the day, it’s mine, I love it and I enjoy the ever-evolving process of switching things up. So I’m embracing it!

Living room painted in Hague Blue (Farrow & Ball) and Gentle Shadows (Valspar)

And here we are! I’ve done it. I’ve tied up at least one loose end. I plan to use this website in a couple of ways. First and foremost, it will be an extension of @gareth_at_31. I will talk about my home, what I’ve done, what I’m planning and the different ways you can also start to be braver with whatever look you’re going for. I will also use the blog to talk about accounts that have inspired me and continue to do so regularly. I find Instagram has been an incredibly positive and encouraging space and the support my little account has had from everyone has been wonderful. So it will be a way of giving back and continuing to spread this goodwill and support. And finally, it will be where I can talk about my upcycling projects. I am planning to start to sell pieces I upcycle, as part of my drive to develop my interior-related work and here I will be able to talk about what I’ve done and what’s available.

I’m hoping to be able to make this a regular thing, and offer content that’s of interest to you all. So please get in touch with ideas, thoughts, suggestions. And I hope you all enjoy reading.

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