Families of Instagram #27: hanbullivant

“My daughter mainly wears … whatever she wants. I gave up long ago trying to have any say over her outfit choices. She is strong minded and highly creative and I love how she expresses herself in her clothes.” Hannah Bullivant (@hanbullivant) on home life in Kent…

Hannah Bullivant (@hanbullivant – on Instagram), 31, lives in Kent with her husband, Dave, and her daughter Frankie-Rose, four. Hannah is an interiors and events stylist, writer and blogger.

Our mornings are … quite sweet. We wake most mornings to find Frankie-Rose has climbed in our bed overnight. Our mornings become gradually more stressful as we approach leaving the house, but we do our best to try to be organised!

My daughter mainly wears … Whatever she wants. I gave up long ago trying to have any say over her outfit choices. She is strong minded and highly creative and I love how she expresses herself in her clothes, even if some of the clashing patterns make me feel a little twitchy sometimes!

I cope with clutter by … Getting rid of it. I used to be a hoarder but I am now a de-cluttering addict. It has made such a huge difference to how our home feels to live in. I had no idea how oppressive loads of crap can be until I got rid of it all.

I never leave the house without … at this time of year, my Badger lip balm and my Kiehl’s hand salve. I’ve tried them all and this is the best for dry hands. I am often carting around numerous note books and my laptop so am always with a sturdy rucksack too.

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When my daughter’s not looking I … throw her “treasures” away. In line with my decluttering policy I try not to be too sentimental about the things Frankie-Rose creates or collects unless I know they are very precious to her. She has so far never noticed my discreet discarding …

I encourage creativity by … entirely stepping back. Like letting her choose her clothes, I think kids’ creativity thrive when their parents back off. We often co-create: I’ll do some making by her side, but I really try not to be too directive in her making or play and she comes up with the most wonderful games.

I’ll never be able to part with … no possessions spring to mind, so although a little obvious, I’ll say my husband and daughter. The most important people in the world to me.

When all else fails we … Go outside. Frankie is a high-energy child and needs to run around outside every day. If one of us is fractious or grumpy we always head outside, often to the beach.

Follow Hannah Bullivant on Instagram: @hanbullivant 

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