Hello, it’s nice to meet you!
Who am I
I am Marlène Fao, I've lived in London since 2010 and I'm a new homeowner in South West London after years of happy-ish renting. I lived all my life in Paris Region* until I graduated from Paris-Dauphine University, and moved to the UK for an international work experience but fell in love with the city as a result I extended my initial 2-year plan stay by quite a bit!
By day, I have worked in IT and Luxury Interiors sectors. It has been rather a lot of fun, but did involve high stress at times, practicing mindfulness, yoga and adopting a slow life when I am home has really helped me cope with a busy city life.
Why This Blog
I began to think about this blog when we were in the process of buying and planning our new period home makeover: Because the home-owners generations of our families do not live in the same city, and we had limited knowledge of UK period homes, I turned to the internet for a lot of information. It was a struggle to find local information for new homeowners which would mix DIY, Online Project Planning, Honest product review and wouldn’t ruin us; needless to say, Social Media has been a lot of help.
My home ethos is : Your home needs to make you smile, everytime you step through the front door to a simple -not boring!- beautiful efficient home, that works for you.
Tuning into your feeling will help greatly, your Mindful Home is not only about looks!
For the objects, colours, shapes, including Art for me is important,
A perfume, candlelight or warmth of a wood fire,
The touch of a soft blanket, the crisp of a clean towel, a warm or cold shower
Food for me is a ritual and the most important thing in life
Good Laughs, heated debate (remember I am French), quietness, classical or jazz music, and the odd audiobook
This is why mindfulness is something I deeply care about, the here and now to help us unwind and be happy at home, stressfree.
Therefore I decided to brush up on my writing, and design skills which I have practiced indirectly through the years to create the blog my_mindful_home to inspire like-minded people, millennial or not, through home redecoration project.
I share tips about my own experiences home and lifestyle and propose to help others during the planning stage of their redecoration with an online Interior Planning Service read more here as I’ve been told by friends and colleagues that I am pretty good at it (thank you folks).
When not busy writing, planning, cooking, traveling or practicing mindfulness, I like to spend time with my British partner and our two cats.
I invite you to check out the blog posts here, I will also post videos on Youtube where I go a bit more in details on each project including cost information. I hope you like your visit, don’t hesitate if you have a question and need some help to use the comment section.
From time to time, I may post in French language, this would be in the category “Talk français to me”