There’s a certain dichotomy in what we do here at ELLE Decoration. We spend our days focusing on interiors, the homes we live in, and how we decorate and interact with those little universes we create for ourselves. By their very nature, they’re insular, inward-facing and focused spaces, personal sanctuaries away from the world, which – let’s face it – is a terrifying place right now.
But, as you’ll know if you’re familiar with my musings here every month, in my opinion, a love of home and all it represents in no way means you should ignore what is happening in the world outside or fail to understand how your actions have an impact beyond the four walls you inhabit.
When we were coming up with cover lines for this month’s issue, we settled on the line: ‘Change begins at home’.
It’s a mantra that I think acknowledges this contrast between our inner and outer worlds and the way they relate to each other. On these pages, we explore subjects such as the use of regenerative products in decorating, sustainable renovations, how design can be transformative, and the ways the creative talent based here in the UK is driving international innovation.
Big issues, yes, but hopefully we’ve tackled them in an accessible and inspiring way. Our aim is to show that doing what you can, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, can and does make a real difference.
Standing still is not an option: embracing change is the way forward…