GIVE YOU AND YOUR HOME A BOOST – AFTER ALL, YOU’VE BOTH BEEN THROUGH A LOT RECENTLY
As we get used to the new ‘normal’ – which might include working from home more often, taking things a little slower and finding the time to enjoy different routines and hobbies – there are a few treats and touches that will help us get the most out of our homes. Appreciate those simple pleasures with our favourite ideas…
Use your best mug
Whether it’s the first cup of the morning to get the day going, or a pick-you-up before the next Zoom meeting, treat yourself to a stylish new mug. Look for a design that you can wrap your hand around – a feel-good hug in a mug.
Make a healthy start
Kick-start your day – whether work or play – with a healthy breakfast bowl. Pop fresh berries, seeds and yogurt in small serving dishes and layer up your place settings, adding lovely textures, such as rattan, linen and ceramic. Then tuck in…
Imagine knowing your supper will be ready as soon as you log off… With a little prep and the right kit, you can cook something tasty while you work at home. Invest in a casserole dish or stockpot and try a slow-cooked curry or stew, perfect for autumn.
STYLE YOUR DESK
OK, so you quickly adapted a corner of a room into a wfh space, but now’s the time to give it a little love with a few home office treats. Start with a lamp, an inspiring print and a few desk accessories. Then add a plant and some new stationery.
INTRODUCE A NEW SCENT
As autumn draws nearer, start a new home ritual with a scented candle. Choose a fragrance to suit your mood and light for an hour or so each day. Your home will soon develop its own signature scent that instantly calms.
Give your bathroom a mini spa makeover, starting with some new towels. Be brave and step away from your standard white and choose a shade of plum, taupe or charcoal instead. Add a few beauty treats to your morning or evening routine too.
Your bedside table is the last thing you see before settling down to sleep, and if it’s a magnet for clutter, then it’s not really the calm environment our minds need. Strip things right back, with a table lamp that you love and a good old-fashioned clock.
Create a quiet place
After months of everyone in your home being on top of each other, a quiet corner is a welcome retreat. Set up a favourite chair with a table nearby, where you can sit away from any distraction. Use it as an opportunity to turn off the tech and boost your water intake.
If you’ve been just ‘surviving’ the last few months, start the new season with a declutter. Reorganise your cupboards and shelves with the things you love and which make you happy, such as bold tableware and glassware, vases for flowers or photos in frames.
Work in textures
Give your home a texture boost – we all love touch and appreciate the tactile things around us. Start with a new rug underfoot, adding warmth and comfort. Bring out your throws as the nights begin to cool – and get ready for snuggling up at home.