GracefulBlog In Conversation, Mindfulness Meets The Home.
Meet Grace Hatchman, a London born 24 year old, living in Essex. Her blog came to life in 2017 and since then, she's been bringing the readers styling tips and design inspiration, travel guides and wellness wisdoms. By day, Grace manages Creative Design for leading interiors, Amara. In her own words, 'when I'm not designing or blogging, you can find me down the farm or at the beach, most likely on the hunt for a perfect blue sky.'
TELL ME ABOUT YOU’RE THE BACKGROUND OF YOUR BLOG AND WHY YOU STARTED.
‘Before I decided to start, most people were surprised I didn't already have a blog. I thought about it for a long time, and starting one took a lot of bravery to create one. It was a long time coming. I think even if you have a creative job, you should still do something on the side as well as it’s nice to have your own creative outlet in addition to a creative job. Doing it separately at home, you create your own brand; you’re doing it for your own sake, whilst getting so much out of it for yourself. Especially within design, keeping up with the world and discovering trends is key. With blogging, you're sharing what inspires you, with hopes that it will inspire someone else.’
WHAT IS THE THEME OF YOUR BLOG?
‘As for my theme, it’s a bit of a mix as I share everything from style tips to design inspiration. I’ve been travelling a bit more and going to see different places so there are also guides on that. I like to share wellness wisdom, as that's something which appeals greatly to me. I like to tie most things back to design, as that is ME and what I really enjoy.’
YOU JUST MENTIONED THAT YOUR JOB IS CREATIVE, HOWEVER RESTRICTED. PLEASE TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR JOB ROLE.
‘OK, that’s a hard question as it such a varied job. So, I am the creative design manager at Amara and what I do day to day varies. One day I may be designing new packaging and another designing a 32-page magazine. Whether it be digital and online or printed and with a physical outcome. Either way you’re following a set style of a pre-determined brand, so it’s refreshing to have a blog to break out and do your own thing.’
YOU MENTIONED YOU WRITE A LOT ABOUT DESIGN ON YOUR BLOG. DO YOU HAVE ANY TRENDS, DESIGN OR INTERIOR INSPO YOU’RE LIKING CURRENTLY? WHY?
‘Ok, so I love a monochrome minimalistic look which takes inspiration from the Scandinavian-inspired trends. As we all know, that's only ever growing in popularity! It’s really achievable and works well in any space. With such a laidback trend, you can then change it up and add in patterns or splashes of accent colours if you wish.
Trends can be so transient but with a solid foundation of a monochrome minimalistic look, you can adapt it so easily. Adding in texture and depth, be it with a sheepskin rug (which are my favourites!) or some statement artwork. It works well with pastels added or bright colours… Super versatile!
I’ve been to Copenhagen recently and I was so inspired by all of the design-led interiors there. I spent some time in the HAY shop which was a really nice place. It’s as though they seem to not stress or worry too much about anything - I really admire that. That is reflected in their interiors, as your home should ultimately be your haven. People always say they want to 'escape', like going to yoga classes, or a smoothie bar (which you and I both love, Molly!). There's no need to escape the craziness if you create that haven in your own home. It should be a sanctuary for your own wellness’
ANY TIPS/ TRICKS ON LINKING MINDFULNESS AND DESIGN?
‘I think especially in the home, you should aim to have items which reflect your personality, as the home acts like an extension of you. Inject your personality into your space, and don't always feel the need to conform to recent trends. Be true to yourself and your own style.’
SOME OF THESE READERS MIGHT BE GOING TO UNIVERSITY, OR FIRST TIME BUYERS. HOW WOULD YOU CREATE THAT HOMELY FEEL BUT ON A BUDGET?
‘I think there’s something really nice when you’ve created a homely feel yourself, with personal touches. Now I am not a DIY blogger or expert by any means… However, I think it’s nice in a university dorm or house share especially to use pictures of your family, friends and snippets of anything that inspires you - Almost like creating your own vision board. Spending time on a project like this is great for mindfulness, and it'll really make you feel like it’s your space. Creating something for yourself is a great way to reflect, as you’ve spent time doing it and subconsciously relaxing and finding inspiration.
AS WE CONCLUDE THIS, PLEASE TELL ME WHERE YOU THINK YOU’LL BE HEADING WITH YOUR BLOG?
‘Oooh, interesting question. I think there’s so much pressure! Especially where social media is involved and comparing yourself to other people is only natural. But I blog because I love it. It doesn’t mean I don’t question myself a lot, especially as I don’t have a lot of time. It is so important to put yourself first. Even if it just calms my mind for 5 minutes where I’m focused on writing - Only good can come of this. If no one reads it, who cares! I’ve put a piece of content out there and it’s been a time I’ve dedicated to myself or a topic which interests me. Time to sit and think. For example, the post I recently wrote of 5 places I like to walk in Essex… Even if no one else reads it, who cares. If I get something out of it, and then someone else ends up reading and enjoying it… That's brilliant. You've inspired one more mind than if you hadn't bothered at all!’
If you want to be further inspired by Grace, please read her blog at www.gracefulblog.com and follow her instagram @gracefulblog.