Swedish-born, London-based designer Beata Heuman has shared how to create a joyous and uplifting home at a time when we need it the most, and we're listening to everything she has to say.
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Speaking on the Homes & Gardens podcast, The Well-Crafted Life, Beata Heuman (opens in new tab)speaks of the joy she feels in the carefully crafted yet intimately charismatic home that she shares with her husband and children. The designer offered three key tips for creating a dreamlike haven where reality becomes somewhat surreal and undeniably fantastical, and young and old can exhibit remnants of their past.
'I have always had quite a strong feeling that a home should encompass everything you need, as well as being comforting and cozy,' Beata said.
'I like when you focus on the moment and bring in the outside world. You can create that by adding elements that are a bit out of this world and almost a bit fantastical – so my work sometimes takes a bit of a surreal direction to accentuate the feeling that you are in another world.'
Beata explains that you can craft a vibrant, personal oasis with three tips: in creating a sense of occasion, embracing the sentimental, and adding variation in your home. In conversation with our Editorial Director Sarah Spiteri, she further expanded on these three rules while offering anecdotes of how they play out in her rainbow-kissed London home.
1. Create a sense of occasion
The first of Beata's three tips involves celebrating minute pockets of reality – whether that is the froth on your morning coffee or the timeless pleasure of a helium balloon on your birthday.
'I always come up with little rituals,' Beata begins.
The designer continued, suggesting that while our choice in decor is important, a fantastical home is primarily created through the way we indulge in daily domestic activities.
'I found that especially, in the middle of lockdown, you need to make things feel special. Making a little extra effort to create a nice memory or occasion goes a long way.'
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2. Embrace the sentimental
Showcasing nostalgic elements of your heritage, family heirlooms, or fragments of your travels are, according to Beata, an essential part of a home.
'Everything I do comes from some experience or memory,' Beata shares. 'I think it's really important to have those memories that shape you reflected in your home around you. That is naturally how I design.'
The designer continues, explaining the importance of 'problem-solving,' linking to her second design rule.
'Everything we sell in Shoppa (opens in new tab) really means something to me. It all comes from a need. We aren't pushing products, we were in need of something at some point, and we just made it happen.'
'I think sentimental [pieces] are often under-appreciated, but, to be honest, these are the things that really resonate with people. It doesn't need to be the most beautiful thing of all time; it just needs to mean something.
'I do think that's so important, when it comes to creating a space that's personal for you, to include things from your childhood or things that have stayed with you, for whatever reason. It will just mean so much more.'
3. Add variation in your home
Beata concluded her rules by encouraging us to elevate our every day by emphasizing our home's assets and showcasing the best of our decor.
'We are all stuck in our houses, and it's the same thing day in, day out – so I wanted to create a variation around me,' Beata shares. The designer then offered ways to accentuate our interiors through little luxuries, encouraging us to light candles and craft uniquely individual moments that matter, most notably whilst in lockdown.
'If you light a candle in the evening, the room feels really different, and I do think that can be quite uplifting and inspiring, Beata added.
For more design tips and the chance to admire Beata Heuman's finest designs in all their glory, look out for her new book, Every Room Should Sing (opens in new tab), published earlier this month.
We've never felt more inspired to celebrate our morning coffee or the smallest of occasions. Thank you for bringing these wonderful festivities into our lives, Beata.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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