There are some women who make family home life look impossibly elegant. There are others who run their dream business from their kitchen table. Meet Lisa Mehydene, who does both...
As the founder of the beautifully curated online homewares store, edit58, Mehydene manages to mix business with her pleasures of interiors, style and travel alongside family life in London. It was after leaving a career in advertising, the expat life, and becoming a mother to twins, that Mehydene launched edit58. “I was looking for an ‘out’ from my career in advertising and falling pregnant with twins was the perfect time to say goodbye,” she reflects. “I had spent the previous 10+ years climbing the ladder and had reached board level. After having the twins, I just knew I couldn’t go back to that stressful world. I freelanced for a brief period and then we decided to move back to the UK. I knew that with a move home I could start my own business.” The stylish mother’s beautiful south-west London home she shares with her husband and twins George and Milla, reveals her sentimental side as well as her stylist’s eye – a combination that creates a stunning yet inviting and highly livable home. Cue whitewashed wooden floors, colourful Moroccan rugs, gallery walls with family photos, beautiful antiques, touches of whimsy and the most delightfully decorated children’s bedrooms. Through her glorious Instagram feed @edit58, Lisa projects a lighthearted approach to juggling business with motherhood, with glimpses of her gorgeous home, inspiring you to create your own beautiful corner of the world alongside the sometimes monotonous and often chaotic rhythm of daily family life. Read on to discover more about the chic, creative and clever Mehydene and her inspiration and impetus to launch edit58, thoughts on career and motherhood. We’ve also uncovered some brilliant home decorating tips from the woman who constantly proves family life can also be a stylish life. Images: Lauren Michelle | To see more from Lisa, go to www.edit58.com
Give everything a place and be creative with storage solutions. Our home doesn’t have much-inbuilt storage so we utilise everything from baskets, shelving, vintage trunks, apothecary units etc to put things away, while the storage itself looks pretty and interesting.
Use rugs in your home to create texture and add cosiness. Use them to zone off spaces for different uses. Add them in places where you might not think they could work – like the kitchen or bathroom. They really do have the ability to change the feel of a room, pull it together and make it look special. Plus you can move rugs around from room to room so they are hugely versatile.
3. Make it personal
A house suddenly feels like a family home when you fill it with mementoes from your travels, little notes from friends, bits your children have made for you etc. It really can be anything – but it will make your space special and unique to you and it’s virtually free to do.