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It’s time to cast our thoughts to the year ahead. Here are a few Alternative New Year’s resolutions, or perhaps wholesome promises, to make more time for ourselves and for the interior in our life. Be sure to follow our sustainable journey with Ecologi as we are determined to make a difference with our planet pledge for this year and beyond. Read on to discover some ideas to add to your list as we go into 2022 together.

PLANT A TREE

Trees have a massive potential for capturing carbon and help the good fight against climate change.

Follow our journey with Ecologi and watch our Alternative forest grow HERE

Alternative’s Jute Herringbone

GET OUTSIDE MORE

Connecting with nature is a stress buster. Gym workouts are now long walks in the fresh air.

LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLY

Make homes healthy with natural products and processes that are gentle on people and the planet.

Alternative’s Wool Iconic Herringstripe Behrs

CLEAR THE CLUTTER

Forget the detox and de-clutter your house. Clearing the clutter is one of the best ways to purge the stress in your life and simplify your home. Don’t forget to donate, recycle, and upcycle.

CULTIVATE GREEN HOUSES

Pick statement plants to bring nature indoors. What about a giant cactus for those preferring an elegantly minimalist home?

Alternative’s Sisal rug with double border –

KEEP IN TOUCH

We look forward to gathering as a design community in real life again!

Alternative Rug Star Mark Hampshire from Mini Moderns with Quirky Honeycomb Moss rug and the effervescent Emily Murray from The Pink House.

LESS SCREEN TIME

Can you see my screen? Tips for getting a better social media life welcome.

SHARE YOUR PETS

Make a dog friend, cat acquaintance or what about a fish, guinea pig…? Caring for a pet releases endorphins for a calming effect.

Quirky Shuttle Margo Selby for Alternative Flooring and Wool Crafty Hound

TAKE DESIGN RISKS

Seize the day! There’s no time like the present to spice up your home design life.  Be brave and embrace joyful colour and pattern.

Quirky Button black, Margo Selby for Alternative Flooring

LOVE YOUR RUGS

We know how cosy rugs add warmth to interiors and soften its acoustics. This year we want rugs to go beyond functionality and get the creative vibe to liven up the look of a room.

Alternative Kiss Rock ‘n’ Roll wool rug – Make Me A Rug

MAKE YOUR BED

It’s a positive start to the day with a rippling effect, as Admiral William H. McRaven says:

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

How to master a good night’s sleep and create a relaxing atmosphere to drift off is high on our list.

Alternative’s Milkshake Marshmallow wool carpet

ASK THE EXPERTS

For some expert decorating resolutions to kick off 2022, here’s what House & Garden’s top 100 interior designers ‘are tackling a fresh start vim and vigour.’

For award-winning interior Nicola Harding, it’s buying better and seeking out even more interesting British makers. One of her recent hotel projects is the Beaverbrook Town with fabulous furnishings, and fittings from an array of local artisans and London-based suppliers.

Beaverbrook Town House, interior decoration Nicola Harding

Photo Paul Massey.

We have saved the best till last – here’s an inspirational find to welcome in the New Year.

In her popular podcast and now book called The Lazy Genius Way Kendra Adachi highlights how to be “a genius about the things that matter, and lazy about the things that don’t.”

HAPPY 2022!

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