As you hear us say all the time; at nookary, we’re on a mission to redefine what it means to be house proud by making it easy to shop sustainably for all of your home essentials. To bring a bit of positivity to the start of 2021 we’re launching a ‘house proud’ interview series, where you can hear from some inspiring people about what house proud means to them.
This week we are excited to share our first interview from Grace Kingswell on what makes her house a home and her favourite home essentials.
If you don't already know Grace. She is a Clinical Nutritional Therapist with a specialised interest in the Functional Medicine approach to health. Grace is very interested in the field of gut health, skin disorders, toxicity, mould and mycotoxins, hormones and allergies. Her passion for the healing power of food, mindset and lifestyle has led her to work with complex cases and chronic health issues such as SIBO, thyroid disorders, chronic gut imbalances, eczema and psoriasis.
She also has a passion for working with the growing tide of “unexplained illnesses,” and hosts an Apple Top Charts ranked podcast, STATE OF MIND, discussing how lifestyle interventions can have a profound impact on our physiology.
Here's what she has to say about her home.
What makes you proud of your home?
Would it be bad to say everything?! About 7 months ago we moved to Cornwall and renovated a 70s bungalow and we just love it! we've yet to tackle the outside (big white box!) but we're so happy with the new kitchen and living room spaces which combine some family heirlooms with more a more modern aesthetic.
What one home essential could you not live without?
Well in Cornwall this would have to be our dehumidifier! We get a lot of rain here and all the houses are pretty damp. On a more aesthetic level I am totally obsessed by having a log burner, something we never could have had in our London home. After that it would be my 29 house plants, they just make the spaces so much more vibrant and beautiful plus they help clean the air we breathe in. Oh, and linen bedsheets!
What item are you most proud of in your home and why?
I love our vintage A frame shelving made out of 2 black ladders and some whitewashed planks that make up the shelves. Everyone that comes into our home comments on it. I've had it for years and picked it up at Kempton antiques market in London. It's adorned with some fairy lights, my cook books and some plants.
Are there parts of your home you see differently now that you're spending more time there?
No, not really. We're quite new to this particular house and my husband and I have always both worked from home. Our white sofas are looking a bit worse for wear though having gotten so much use over the lockdowns!
Have you come across any great eco-friendly home products that you'd recommend?
Yes, I love Koh for cleaning - it's a natural based home cleaner that's completely non toxic and actually works! I also love vegetable fibre sponges for the kitchen and 100% cotton cleaning cloths - they clean our plates and pots amazingly and don't scratch, so you don't have to worry about the non-stick!
What makes a house a home to you?
The people that you share it with and the personal treasures you've collected along the way, we have lots of furniture that used to be my parents' that I grew up with, which is really special.
If you want to hear more from Grace you can connect with her on Instagram @gracekingswell or head over to gracekingswell.com where you will find her blog, podcasts, books and more about the work she does.
I hope you enjoyed the first in the series! We did!