With all the stresses of our world today, it’s now more important than ever to find ways to relax and unwind. Our many simultaneous demands coupled with the need to stay close to home make a peaceful retreat seem like an impossible dream. Spa trips, vacations, girls’ nights out, movie theaters, bookstore browsing are no longer the accessible options as they once were for many of us. Being in nature and on local beaches has been the answer this summer, but with the cooler temperatures coming, where will we escape to for a bit of solace in the chaos? Finding spaces within our own homes to steal away for quiet moments is more attainable than you may think. Below are some examples of ways we’ve helped our clients create opportunities for retreat; we hope they help spark your imagination:
Even the simplicity of a comfortable chair near a window can provide the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and some time for reflection. It’s a great place to leave your book so it draws you in for some quiet time.
A peaceful and clean bathroom is the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself at the end of a long day. Some of our favorite at-home spa treatments are a hot bath with Epsom salts and essential oils, a charcoal facemask (plus it can help fight that dreaded “maskne”), and a lavender body scrub (Trader Joe’s makes a really great one that’s inexpensive!).
A Living Room Lounge
Maybe binge-watching that new (or standby favorite) show is your ideal way to unwind. Having a comfy spot to put your feet up can make all the difference. We love a deep sectional with a great spring down cushion. Trust me, you want a spring down cushion!!
Spending time relaxing in the cool air can provide the refreshment you’re craving When the weather cools down, its time for a fire and some cozy clothes or blanket. .I still try to find at least 30 minutes a day to get outside even when the snow starts to fly. The fresh air and a bit of sunshine do wonders for our mental health.
Perhaps your favorite way to recharge is to get creative in the kitchen. Take the time to try out a new recipe, learn a new kitchen skill or make a food you love. When I get bored with the same old recipes and am having trouble finding inspiration, I like to order a meal-delivery kit like Blue Apron or Hellow Fresh to give me some new ideas.
A breakfast room isn’t a common space in today’s homes, but it can certainly be the perfect in-house getaway if you have space for it. I love to have my coffee on my sunporch where I can enjoy the morning light – its not a traditional “breakfast room”, but the change of pace from eating in the kitchen is nice.
Of course, climbing into a freshly made bed is the ultimate in relaxation, though these days I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. Investing in high-quality comfortable sheets and bedding with the weight you like will go a long way in creating your oasis.