Inspiring craft projects, seasonal styling and tons of interior ideas, Owl and Accordion is one of the Houseologists’ favourite interior design blogs and so we were delighted to chat to founder, Vicky Haynes, about where it all began…
Q: Tell us a little bit about your blog, Owl and Accordion
The Owl and the Accordion is a lifestyle blog that covers mostly interiors and crafts; it’s somewhere I like to share my finds, my home and things I’ve made, and also a place where I showcase new artists, designers and independent businesses.
Q: What made you decide to begin Owl and Accordion?
After I had my son, I learned to crochet – I’ve always been crafty, and had spent my life trying (and failing!) to learnt to knit – and I originally started the blog as somewhere to show the things I was making. It took on a life of its own, and soon I was writing posts about charity shop finds, upcycled projects and my home at the time – which was very different in style to where we live now!
Q: Where do you think your passion for design comes from?
I don’t know really, my mum is a lifelong knitter so I’ve probably inherited her crafty gene. I’ve been arty since I was a child, and can remember being 12 and stencilling shoeboxes for storage in my bedroom – my idea of a fun Saturday was getting interiors books out of the library and rearranging my bedroom!
Q: Where do you look for inspiration for creating blog posts?
Everywhere from magazines and books, to Instagram, Pinterest and independent businesses. The seasons play a big part in what I’m writing about as well – in the summer I grow cut flowers and share a lot of floral posts, and in the winter I like to collect things like pinecones and berries and create little displays. Anyone who’s keen on nature should check out the Styling the Seasons hashtag on Instagram– it’s such a good project to join in with!
Q: Can you describe your own home?
It’s a little bit rustic, a little bit vintage and a little bit contemporary. I guess you’d class it as being modern rustic with a charity-shop twist! It also tends to change according to the seasons – in the summer I like it to be light and airy, with jugs of fresh flowers and plenty of open windows, while in the winter it’s all about the blankets, spicy scented candles and stacks of books and magazines. Is your interior style mirrored in other areas of your life?
Clothes wise, I like good knitwear, a lot of grey and plenty of jeans; being comfortable is definitely a priority for me, as is being able to throw things on in the morning without having to think too much. This is definitely similar to the way I style my home – simple and comfortable wins every time!
Q: Can you give us your top five home styling tips?
- Buy what you like, not what the ‘trends’ dictate. Fads will age and become dated, whereas things you truly love will always seem beautiful to you.
- Read plenty of books and magazines to get ideas. I always intend to start a scrapbook, but seem to just keep all of the magazines instead!
- Check out charity shops and car boot sales for bargain accessories – I got two amazing hanging planters for 50p each at a car boot recently, and still can’t believe I found them for such a great price.
- Use Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, but do remember that there’s no such thing as ‘perfect’!
- If you’re struggling with a starting point, pick out the best features of a room – does it have huge windows and loads of light? Beautiful floorboards? A great working fireplace? Choose your favourite part and then work out how to show it off.
Q: Which of the Houseology looks are you and why?
I’d say I’m closest to Chic; I love the calming colour palette, the abundance of foliage and the simple rustic style accessories.