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Authentic Interiors for the Individual and Creative Home

Miv Watts blends the traditional with the modern, crossing the boundries of conformity and opening the mind to the possibility of new and exciting concepts.

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Lexis Retreats

Writers Retreat in the Heart of Gascony

 

This Autumn at the height of the Armagnac harvest Miv Watts and Raffaella Barker will be hosting a creative writing course in the stunning 17th century manor amid the rolling hills of the Gers, SW France. 

Bring your reading lists and let’s discuss the beauty of language. Referring not only to the words we form as prose or poetry, but the language in our actions, our choices, our every day interactions and our gift of sight. The gift to observe the beauty in simple idyllic surroundings.

At Lexis, you will be secluded in total privacy, surrounded by sunflower fields and woods. The atmosphere is peaceful though often interrupted by the barking of a visiting doe and the haunting hoot of the barn owls. A pair of collared doves may greet you, from the barn roof , of a morning and our happy hens and one gentleman cockerel will be there to embellish your general field of vision.

Designed as a non-structured writing week, in addition to our guided workshops, our writing retreats are an opportunity to give your writing the time and space it deserves.

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The Maverick Soul

Portraits of the Lives & Homes of Eccentric, Eclectic & Free-Spirited Bohemians

Hardcover book – November 21, 2017

The Maverick Soul - Miv Watts

After a lifetime of dressing sets, Art Directing Film and TV, running a home, setting up homes in a myriad of foreign places, Travelling, learning, Creating, Curating , Decorating and Collecting. Miv Watts has harnessed the skills of her old friend Photographer Hugh Stewart and together they decided to create a book featuring the Portraits and Homes of some of their mates and some other free spirited, free wheeling Nomads.

This book is a backlash to neatness, minimalism, order, and over homogenised homes. It focusses on the wonderful, messy reality of life. It tells stories of adversity and the challenges of over coming the kind of tragedy that all of us, at sometime in our lives, have to encounter. It dispels the punishment we all have to hide, while we endeavour to endure the pretence of eternal happiness, it makes us aware that comfort and contentment is much more attainable by living an authentically genuine life: This book is not about how we SHOULD behave. This book is about Warts and All, being comfortable in one’s own skin, living with the sums of our parts and facing the World head on.

Hardie Grant Books

In The Maverick Soul, Miv Watts opens the doors to twenty-five authentic bohemian homes, occupied by some of the world’s most inspirational free spirits. Weaving stories of their lives, she illustrates the value in living outside the perceived “Empire of was culture”.

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"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion."Jack Kerouac
"The simplicity of Life is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement; a sanded floor and whitewashed walls and the green trees, and flowery meads, and living water outside."William Morris
"The Capacity for Joy is in the gift of paying attention"Julia Margaret Cameron

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Fabric & Soft Furnishing

From her years in film and costume design Miv has learnt to identify the quality and movement in the flow of fabrics.

Bespoke Furniture

All our furniture is painstakingly sourced from all corners of the globe. Miv is eclectic in her choices whilst mixing cultures.

Home Styling

Styling a house can make a huge difference to how you feel about your home. It need not be expensive and often it requires only small changes

Curating

It is part of a Stylist’s duty to get the true story of a personality and create an environment as if it were an artwork.