MELIMELI HOMES – ESTÉE LALONDE

We love getting inspired by the people around us and have met up with some of our favourite creators to talk about their interior inspirations. We caught up with Estée Lalonde, @EstéeLalonde on instagram, to talk about the importance of interior design and what being at home means to her. Estée is based in London and has her own range of jewellery with the brand Daisy, and is also the founder of Mirror Water, a lifestyle community for conscious connections, self-reflection and self-care @mirrorwater.earth

Where do you find inspiration for your home style?
I really love my home to feel comfortable and lived in, but not too much clutter. I like to mix new pieces with lots of vintage pieces to create a nice mix. It’s really down to trial and error as each space is so different. Sometimes I buy things thinking it will work perfectly, but it doesn’t suit the room so it’s all about finding what works in the space. I always think that a home/your sacred space is never fully complete and is always evolving. Time allows us to bring in new pieces while letting go of others.

What are your top 5 things that you couldn’t live without in your home?
Definitely my bathtub! Some people might say their bed, but a bath is so important to me and helps me unwind like nothing else. Number 2 would be my stunning MeliMeli sofa! It’s so chic, timeless and unbelievably comfortable. Number 3 would be some incense. Every time I need to create a calmer, more zen atmosphere at home, burning a stick of incense does the trick. Number 4 is my Smeg fridge and kettle that I literally couldn’t live without! The kettle especially as it’s an essential item to fuel my constant English breakfast tea habit. Last but not least, my beautiful wishbone dining chairs- you can’t go wrong.

Is there a piece in your home that has traveled with you from each place you have lived in?
My seashell jewellery box that I bought in Maine, USA when I was just 19. It is so sentimental for me and reminds me of a very special time in my life. It is still in such good condition (despite many moves) and ahhh it really takes me back. I keep it on my bookshelf and like to keep my Polaroids there to hold even more memories.

What does home mean to you?
Home is a space that I always feel safe in. I spend a lot of time at home due to the nature of my work. I have recently become as interested in homeware as I am with fashion and beauty because I just love being surrounded by things that I have personally picked out for the space. Home is the place I have been able to make beautiful memories in and I have grown so much in these four walls.

Any decorating you’re looking to do in your home soon? Or something new style you are looking for?
I am looking for some special plant pots. I love ceramics in general but I really feel like they come alive when plants are involved. Some of my plants have outgrown their little homes and I need to do some repotting! I might make that my weekend task….

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