Make your home your pri­vate haven

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - with Tracey Hordern

POS­SI­BLY the big­gest trend I’ve found from my re­search and read­ing is that of our homes are our haven. There’s plenty of ev­i­dence that cur­rent world events im­pact our psy­che and how we live.

The more tu­mul­tuous the world, the greater the need to seek refuge in our homes. Some of the ways our homes are be­ing trans­formed to a place where we seek refuge are in the fol­low­ing ways:

Bath­rooms: They are now our sa­cred spa­ces to re­lax, re­ju­ve­nate and re­pair. Bath­rooms have evolved into our own home spa, with deep baths to soak and soothe on the in­crease, as are high-end fin­ishes, dou­ble shower heads and small, stylish pieces of in­tro­duced fur­ni­ture.

Sooth­ing soft fur­nish­ings: It’s no ac­ci­dent that the lush­est of all fab­rics, vel­vet, is now seen ev­ery­where in the home. Vel­vet cush­ions, so­fas, chairs and throws are all soft­en­ing our liv­ing spa­ces. Other sooth­ing fab­rics in the home in­clude faux fur throws and cush­ions and lush Moroc­can woollen rugs. Hand crafted and eth­nic pieces: Whether it’s big chunky hand knit­ted throws or cro­chet plant hang­ers and wall hang­ings, hand-crafted means old-fashioned and com­fort­able. A lit­tle eth­nic­ity in the home in­tro­duces warmth and an in­creas­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for artisan ob­jects. Luxe home fra­grances: When not dom­i­nated by the smell of home cook­ing or cof­fee on the stove, our homes are re­splen­dent in can­dle fra­grances. It seems our love af­fair with scented can­dles grows.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

THE OLD­EST BATH­TUB DIS­COV­ERED DATES FROM 1500 BC Our bath­rooms are our home spa and sanc­tu­ary.

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