Visionary #14: Slow living with Field and Nest

Where is home for you? 

Home is currently living out of a bag and being somewhat of a nomad as we renovate our new house. Hopefully by June, home will be a small semi-detached house in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, surrounded by the countryside and interesting, creative people.

How did you start Field and Nest? 

I’ve been blogging since 2008 but decided to close my old blog and launch Field + Nest in late 2015 as I’d just started freelancing and wanted an online space that more reflected ‘me’ and could serve as a sort of portfolio. It’s since evolved to become a place where I share my musings about everything slow.

What opportunities has Field and Nest opened you up to so far? 

My freelance career has definitely blossomed thanks to my website. I’ve had a two-page feature in Flow magazine, wrote for some of my favourite websites & magazines, worked with my favourite brands and experienced an amazing three-night retreat in Wales – all thanks to Field + Nest.

What is a typical week like?

I work in Altrincham, South Manchester 3 days a week as the Creative Content & Partnerships Manager for independent interiors store, Rose & Grey. This involves wearing many hats and managing everything from content & social media to outreach, styling photo shoots and buying collections. Wednesdays & Thursdays are my freelance days – but I like to take things slowly and allow time away from my laptop to head outside and walk the dog or just sit in the garden. The weekends are my own time. At the moment, I’m busy with the work on our house but I usually like to get away and travel.

What does ‘self care’ mean to you?

It means looking after myself and taking things slowly. I’m a huge advocate of slowing down every element of your life. Travel, style, interiors and food can all be slow. This makes everything more sustainable and allows for more ethical living at the same time as allowing yourself to cherish the little things that really matter in life, rather than watching it all rush by in a blur. I’m pretty low maintenance and think that taking myself for a long walk is the best way to unwind, boost creativity & concentration, and heal my soul.

What are your beauty rituals? 

I don’t really wear makeup but I am a little bit obsessed with creams, balms and oils. I never go to bed before using rosehip oil on my face and I love coating my hair in balms & oils to smooth it down. I only use natural beauty products that haven’t been tested on animals and I’m also a bit of a sucker for pretty packaging.

I’m completely obsessed with eveything that MOA do. Their Aphrodite facial oil and green balm are my two favourite products that I swear by and buy for all of my friends. I’m also obsessed with Klorane’s mango butter shampoo and leave-in hair cream. Other favourite products include Pai’s rosehip oil, Weleda’s wild rose body wash and Forest & Shore’s Hallelujah hair oil.

Tell us about your house renovations! 

We recently bought a house in the small Yorkshire town of Todmorden that was in need of some serious work. We’ve knocked down a wall and a chimney breast to make a light and airy kitchen-diner and we’re slowly getting the house ready to move into. We’re almost at the stage when we can paint all of the walls white, lay the floor and start focusing on details such as internal doors. There was no kitchen or bathroom when we moved in, so we’ve designed those from scratch. The side and back of the house is surrounded by open land and we’ll hopefully be able to see deer from our windows. We’ve also got lots of garden to play with – it’s all on slopes so we’re having to be clever about how we use the space, but we’ve already planted vegetables, salad, herbs, flowers and fruit trees.

What inspires your interior designs? 

I work part-time in interiors and that definitely inspires me on a daily basis, as I’m surrounded by beautiful furniture and catalogues filled with inspiration. I go to trade fairs through work, so I’m always returning with lots of ideas for my own home. I love browsing Instagram & Pinterest for interiors inspiration. I always come back to pared-down (but not minimal) homes in rural France, America or Scandinavia. On Instagram, I love the upstate New York home of Lisa Przystup (@brass__tacks) and have recently stumbled upon the beautiful French home of @jaminidesign. I’m also a little bit obsessed with contemporary sustainable architecture – the recently launched Enki magazine is a great source for modern and eco-friendly design.

Visit the Field and Nest website. Follow Emma’s house renovations, beautiful photography and other slow loving musings on Instagram.
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