I recently met up for a little chit-chat with a #friendofnightire, photographer and all round girlboss of note, Nadia Meli, to gush over her gorgeous bedroom interiors and discuss her sleep habits as a busy entrepreneur. Have a look at what we covered…
Nadia in a Nutshell?
‘I’m an Italian by birth but grew up in Germany, so that’s an interesting combination of hugely different cultures, even if I do say so myself. I now live close to the beach in Brighton, England with my German hubby, and feel so incredibly at home here. I’m a photographer for love and of love, as well as a business coach for photographers. When I’m not behind the lens, you can find me cuddling with my cats Batman and Coco, journaling, going to farmer’s markets, reading, dancing when no-one is around, and people-watching. My favourite foods are avos (I know, how very millennial of me), and the best and most interesting place I have ever been to is Marrakech. You should go there.’
What do you find differs hugely between different cultures when it comes to sleep routines?
‘In Italy, if you’re married or sharing a double bed, you’d share one duvet. However, in Germany, people often have two separate duvets even when they share a bed, which I remember finding bizarre when we moved to Germany as kids. My husband wanted to originally have his own duvet when we first got married, but I wouldn’t have it.
Another bedtime ritual that I love and find so quintessentially British, is that of tea-drinking. I specifically love honeybush tea before bed, which tends to knock me out completely.’
Being a photographer (and entrepreneur) with a very busy schedule, how do you manage to wind down and relax after the day?
‘I always need some time to myself. Whether that is spending a few hours reading a good book or journaling about what I’m grateful for, some quiet time is necessary for me to be able to recharge. Failing that, a quick power nap at some point during the day also seems to do wonders. At night, I will ensure that I take my sweet time to get ready for bed, which might include putting on a facemask, dimming the lights in the bedroom, and nursing my tea.’
Are you able to survive on very little sleep ala Trump or Churchill?
‘Nope. I need a good eight hours to feel completely rested, strong and energetic for the day ahead. Unfortunately, now that we’ve got two attention-hungry kittens in our lives who tend to wake us up at the crack of dawn, that is not happening too much.’
Do you have any secret tips on getting a good night’s sleep, whether pre-bedtime or rituals that you undertake during the day?
‘I love using those apps that create the sound of the ocean (because we don’t live right on the beach, unfortunately). I also can’t deal with clutter or messiness in the bedroom, so things have to be relatively neat and tidy by the time we turn in. Also, good quality sleepwear ala Nightire of course.’
What are some of your best pre-bedtime reads at the moment?
‘I keep my favourite book of all time, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss next to my bed. It’s such a lovely book that just puts a smile on my dial right before I nod off. Otherwise, I also keep a stack of inspirational/ self-growth books and a few collections of poems handy for non-committal reading.’
What’s your ideal morning routine to make sure you start the day on the right foot?
‘I would love to say that I’m one of those people who doesn’t touch their phone for the first bit of the morning, but nope, I’m not. In reality, I’ll often be on Instagram before both my eyes are completely open. I also have to get fresh air and natural sunlight into the room, so the windows and curtains get thrown open as soon as I awake. Then I’ll either head to the kitchen to make a solid breaky of avo on toast or do a quick home-video-led workout before facing the day’.
How would you describe your design style when it comes to your bedroom? What inspires your interior style?
‘My general design style is probably a mix of boho and eclectic. I love mixing textures, colours and materials. However, my bedroom is slightly more toned down and minimalist, with a must-have mix of white bedding, fairy lights and plants. My bedroom must always feel like a light & airy, uncluttered oasis.’
Thanks so much to Nadia for taking the time to give us a peek into her home.
Written by Nina Clark, Founder