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Mary’s nature story

Taking one step inside the home of Mary Maddocks is like being transported to a cottage in the Welsh countryside and leaving the South East London location behind the shut door. The cosy, warm and joyful feeling embraces you as you enter this Victorian house. The fire crackles and the smell of wood, mixed with the soft tones from sandal wood candles. The muted tones in soft kelim rugs, wicker baskets and the colourful, upcycled furniture grabs your attention and senses. There is no doubt that Mary and her husband are creative, down to earth, who care a lot about their home. You can see it and you can feel it. “It feels like our home doesn’t fit in the urban life, we forget that we’re in London” The nature has a presence inside these walls, in the details of wreaths, dried flowers, sea shells, driftwood brought back home as memories from many walks along the coast, camping trips and outdoors adventures. The link between these places and Mary and Raoul is present and strong, …

Where the heart is…

After a couple years of moving around, living in temporary spaces and even hotels, I think the sense of belonging and to value the place I call home grew stronger in me. Ever since I can remember, having a place of my own has been important to me, probably to some extent a cultural trait from growing up in Sweden. The home is truly the centre point of a Scandinavian life. Like most Swedes I quite like to spend a lot of time at home. Not that I don’t enjoy being out and about, but it just makes it even better to come home. When thinking about what makes a home a home, I think for me it’s the place where I feel completely at peace and deeply rooted. As long as the setting I’m in feels right to me and I’m with the people I love, it could be just anywhere. What makes your home – a home to you? What is the one thing you can’t live without? There are so many sides to that …