Just a Little Build’s instameet took place at the Marcmont Arms near Hemel. I roadtripped with my very special insta buddy, Caroline Widdows. For 2 hours we chatted and chatted about life and the universe (well X Factor, our children, friendships and clothes)….
The instameet took place on a Thursday and we arrived in warm sunshine, excited and keen to meet Sarah-Jane, the face behind Just A Little Build. SJ’s insta account is probably the first home renovation account I ever followed, the exterior of her home reminded me of the house we (at the time) were purchasing, then I spotted her Tom Howley kitchen. From there I knew this was a girl with the same interior loves as me and I was hooked on her insta account. I then started to follow her instastories, and as it happens, you start to feel that you know the person as you see glimpses of their everyday. With her lovely family, including beautiful Scarlet, this is an account I really enjoy following. Whilst we are now stuck with our 1960s pre-renovation project (and early estimations from some builders looks like work may not start until next year) I love SJ’s house and it’s nice thinking that ours might be like this next year!
Anyhow, a little about the day….. after arrival and a warm welcome from Matt (SJ’s husband – who weirdly I felt like I knew) and one of SJ’s friends we got to chat and mingle with fellow attendees. After pastries SJ gave an intro and then we were split in to groups before commencing our first workshop session. There were four to enjoy and learn from, Farrow & Ball talked to us about their paint colours, pointing out how different their paints are in your own home to viewing in their showroom. My main takeways from this session are that red based neutrals have the ability to create a pretty space and will always soften and warm a room, these are good all round colours. Yellow based neutrals are the prettiest of the whites and bring a gentle warmth to a room. Farrow & Ball recommended ‘string’ as a good colour for boot rooms and conservatories and Hague has a good accent blue colour which works well on walls and skirtings. One of my favourite colours is called ‘pigeon’, again this colour was recommended to cloakrooms and boot rooms. I just love Farrow & Ball so this was a great inspo session.
Nikki Hill was probably my favourite session, she is a naturopath – something I had never heard of before the event and her role focuses on hormones and the impact that stress has on our hormones. This session was so informative and I just wish Nikki lived closer to me as I would love to see her for a face to face consultation session. Nikki shared how our bodies interpret stress and react to it by releasing cortisol from our adrenal glands. This gets our blood flowing to our muscles. The body then pumps out cortisol to try and treat and protect us, yet cortisol decreases progesterone – the feel good hormone. Nikki shared lots with us about things we can do to destress, I want share all this with you now – you’ll need to see her at a future instameet but do check out her website as sells loose leaf tea on here, as well as producing a really informative blog.
After a really delicious veggie lunch enjoyed outside in the garden, I was excited for the afternoon workshops, first off it was an interior design session with Lauren Gilberthorpe. I’d previously attended one of Lauren’s workshops which you can read about here, but the group learnt so much and it was great to see Lauren again. The final session for me of the day was with SJ herself. Here SJ talked us through her approach to table styling. With two tables already styled we learnt how she approached a dinner party and her thoughts around table settings. With a mix of faux and real flowers in the centre of her tables and the use of table wear from the White Company and Robert Welch , SJ had created two very different but equally stylish table layouts. You can see more of these below.
With a long drive home Caroline and I had to dash before the final treat of the day, cocktails and more chat but we left happy and with the most amazing goodie bags!!! Honestly, such treats! We did manage to grab a sneaky peep at some of the homeware suppliers who’d set up tables with their products – so lovely to meet Layered Lounge and Hudson Home in real life …. I smiled to myself as that morning on arrival I had to ask for help from a stranger in the Marchmont Arms toilet as I was wearing a jump suit, with a zip and button – this made going to the loo tricky! The stranger who helped unzip me was only the lovely owner of Hudson Home 🙂 So well done SJ, you pulled off an amazing instameet, we loved it and I would highly recommend going to her next event!
Now….. I’m off to go shopping at Hudson Home and Layered Lounge!