5 Tips to Make your Home a Haven – by Genevieve Manley

Interior Designer - Genevieve Manley
Genevieve Manley on location at The Provincial Hotel

We all know that prioritising our wellbeing is the key to getting through this period of uncertainty and coming out as a better, calmer, more focused, more grounded and centred humanity. We’re spending a whole lot of time in our homes in preparation to emerge as sparkling butterflies post-iso.

Here are 5 tips on how to make your home more “haven”, and less claustro-cocoon. So settle in and chuck on your Uggs, friends. We’re home!

1) No one’s house is perfect. Currently, you’re in your house for, let’s say, 23 hours a day, seven days a week. You may or may not have housemates also known as kids and partners, and also animals, and also a job, and also things to do like paint the living room that subtly different shade of white, which you’ve been meaning to do since 2007, but absolutely must do now. Your house is a shambles? So what! Let it go. You have better things to do, like breathe. Take this time to get to know your home again, in all its grubby glory. Giving your brain the space to enjoy, rather than clutter it with stress and anxiety, will allow you to think of limitless possibilities within your home. Use this time to plan and plan well, rather than do, and possibly rush in to dicey decisions. Free your mind, and the rest will follow… or so they say… 

2) Go small. Fun fact – During the GFC in 2009, homewares and lipstick sales sky rocketed. Economic stability was temporarily on hiatus so we purchased small things that would make us feel happy, without the major investment. Whether you realise it or not, you take in far more inspiration from the world outside than any late night Instagram or Pinterest trawl can offer. Our ability to organically access inspiration from real people and places is limited right now, so avoid the urge to change your home from Hamptons style to a 1980s Memphis inspired house of fun. Go small with soft furnishings and build on your home’s already established style. Cosy cushions, a soft throw (hey! Grampians Goods Co.), art (some of my favourite suppliers are Forman Picture FramingModern Times and Greenhouse Interiors) and styling objects like vessels and sculptures will make a huge difference to your home without any post-iso regret. 

3) Follow the light. I don’t want to sound grim, but we’re all coming out as butterflies with Vitamin D deficiencies. Find a window in your home that lets in streams of light during the day and focus on making it a hub to sit and just, be. An armchair, a small table, cushions and a throw are all you need to ensure you soak up as many filtered rays as humanly possible. Your wellbeing will thank you for it.

4) Stay warm. Risk takers looking to go large and repaint rooms… or the whole house… should stick with soft colours to enhance your home’s tranquility. Soft beiges with ochre bases and warmer tones are increasingly becoming the colours of choice for leading interior designers. Haymes and Resene both have beautiful warm, neutral tones in their colour charts. We subconsciously crave comfort during times of stress, we want to envelope ourselves in warmth through colour and texture (and also eat kilos of slow cooked pork) to ease our discomfort. Hot tip: Warmth and comfort will remain on our interior radars long after we break free of lock down, so think of warm colours and soft, feminine, rounded edges as less of a short term trend and more of a social movement.

5) Don’t forget your other senses. The very best interiors aren’t about they way they look, it’s the way they make us feel. But, after a long day of everybody being in the one space with minimal fresh air flow because, winter. is. coming. Things can smell a bit stale. And this doesn’t help you to feel like you’re in a beautiful homely space, it makes you feel like you’re in iso with stinky kids and an oversized dog (or maybe that’s just me). Investing in The Grampians Goods Co. Aromatherapy Candles, diffusers, room sprays and individual essential oil blends (two of my favourites are Black Blaze and Anjali oils), anything to freshen the scent of your home, will simultaneously freshen your spirit, every time. 

Guest post by Interior Stylist Genevieve Manley.


FAQs about the Heritage Collection Recycled Wool Tartan Blankets

Whenever I do a market or event I have the opportunity to greet customers face-to-face and chat all things recycled wool tartan blankets! Whenever I do, I get asked all about recycled wool, Scottish clans and the best way to wash the tartan travel rugs. So, here are some of the most common questions and discussion topics from those catch-ups… 😊

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With a mind to a sustainable future…

In the past I wouldn’t say I’ve ever personally identified as an eco-warrior, and even as I type this I’m conscious of being perceived as jumping on what I’m aware is currently a very trending bandwagon, but ultimately, not being prepared to make changes in favour of a sustainable future for fear of being labelled this or that or having your motives questioned, is missing the point entirely and is energy better spent on real impactful action.

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Behind the scenes at The Grampians Goods Co. X Provincial Hotel launch

I’ve been so excited to share with you some behind the scenes insights into my amazing launch with Gorgi Coghlan at The Provincial Hotel that was one week ago today (I can’t even believe how quickly that time has passed!)

As you may (or may not) know, the launch event was to celebrate The Grampians Goods Co. X The Provincial Hotel collaboration we’ve been working on behind the scenes, and is essentially a signature collection of natural, luxury guest amenities for the bathrooms of the stunning apartments and boutique rooms at the hotel.

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Why all scented candles are not created equal…

Scented candles are a popular, easy and effective way to perfume the home, and add a sense of cosiness. They’re often lit when we’re in the bath, to unwind or to simply add a little atmosphere to our space with the flickering light.

But did you know the scent in scented candles can be incredibly toxic? Some candles may emit numerous types of potentially hazardous chemicals, such as benzene and toluene, which can cause headaches, damage to the brain, lung and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties – suddenly those vanilla-smelling candles don’t smell so tasty, do they?

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A Wild Tasmanian Adventure with author & chef Sarah Glover

As some of you may know, the annual Grampians Grape Escape festival in Halls Gap in the heart of the Grampians National Park is one of my favourite events of the year. It’s a home game for me, and I love meeting everyone fact-to-face (instead of interacting from behind a screen!) and catching up with all the local makers and producers over a few wines – it’s so energising!

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Grampians Goods Co. X Graziher

Having always been a huge fan and supporter of Graziher magazine, advertising in their Christmas gift guide in my first year of being in business and featuring my classic Recycled Wool Scottish Tartan Blankets in Issue #15, Winter 2019, I have loved watching this homegrown publication from rural Queensland go from strength to strength, and couldn’t have been more thrilled when Graziher editor Claire Dunne contacted me with her idea for Graziher and The Grampians Goods Co. to collaborate on a co-branded label for my recycled wool tartan travel rugs.

When Claire then recruited renowned bush photographer Clancy Job and her stunning neighbour Olivia Price to model the sustainable wool blankets, the result was nothing short of a captivating and beautiful depiction of the resilience and solidarity of rural Australian women in their capacity as creatives, mothers and business people – wrapped in the most cosy recycled wool tartan blanket of course!

A strong advocate for rural and regional Australian businesses, especially those with women at the helm, Claire and her team were quick to get behind the Buy From The Bush campaign which has quickly grown into an Australia-wide movement.

Created by Grace Brennan, the Buy From the Bush campaign encourages people to support makers and stockists of artisan products from drought-affected rural Australia.

The Buy From The Bush social media accounts showcase charming rural boutiques and wares available from bush traders and shopowners, business people who rely predominantly on farming communities to keep them afloat, which during times of extreme drought is a hard ask.

Buy From The Bush feature outback stores stocking everything from gifts, fashion & jewellery to homewares like my recycled wool tartan blankets, and other artisan and gourmet goods just to name a few. For The Grampians Goods Co. so many of my hardworking stockists in areas like Adelong, Holbrook, Carcoar and Taralga, fit into this category and have so much to gain from a campaign like this one.

The Grampians Goods Co., Graziher and Buy From The Bush are linked by our sharing of a common goal; to celebrate and provide a point of connection to rural and regional Australia and the resilient people who call it home.

By choosing to buy regionally made products and using the power of print, digital and social media, we call all support the makers, artisans, and shopkeepers of the outback. So next time you need to buy a birthday, Christmas or Mother’s Day gift, jump on the Instagram hashtag of Buy From the Bush, and check out all of the wonderful products you can spoil yourself, or that special someone in your life.

An Introduction…

Amanda Cochran
Hi! This is me! 🙂

Welcome to my world of practical style, where elegance and exploration meet luxury and nurturing.

I launched The Grampians Goods Co., with a simple mission – to elevate everyday moments into opportunities for nurturing & connection through consciously made and thoughtfully curated products & gifts.

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