HAPPY IN­SIDE

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents -

Wel­come to our Sum­mer spe­cial edi­tion – hence the dif­fer­ent pa­per, it’s all about tac­til­ity! – which this year is de­voted to ‘well­be­ing at home’. Why? Be­cause we fig­ured that we all tend to feel bet­ter about life, our­selves and the uni­verse when the sun shines, and we wanted to ex­plore how to har­ness that feel­ing, all year round. But, what has this to do with in­te­ri­ors? Well, I fer­vently be­lieve that our homes have the power to phys­i­cally af­fect our health and hap­pi­ness. Home should be a place that re­ju­ve­nates and re­stores. And, as Editor-in-chief of ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion, I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to see in­side many dif­fer­ent homes, and the ones I’ve cho­sen to pub­lish de­lib­er­ately cover a va­ri­ety of looks, sizes and lo­ca­tions. How­ever, they al­ways have one thing in com­mon: they are homes that their own­ers cher­ish, and that are show­ered with at­ten­tion and af­fec­tion ac­cord­ingly. They are homes, what­ever the owner’s style, that leave you feel­ing up­lifted and in­spired. This to me is the real key to cre­at­ing a per­sonal sanc­tu­ary, and this is­sue’s home se­lec­tion shows you how it can be done.

But it’s beyond just in­te­rior decor; the im­por­tance of the home is also in its po­si­tion as the ful­crum around which your life should func­tion. Af­ter all, the five com­monly cited ways to well­be­ing are as fol­lows: con­nect with the peo­ple around you; be ac­tive; stay curious; keep learn­ing; and give. Con­sider the plea­sure of hav­ing friends gather around your kitchen ta­ble for a quick sup­per, or the ease with which a fam­ily can con­nect if there’s a ded­i­cated area that’s not in front of the TV. Or the joy in be­ing able to prac­tise yoga in your lounge if you made space to do so. On­line learn­ing is more ap­petis­ing if you’ve cre­ated a home of­fice, how­ever small, and a cosy chair makes read­ing more com­fort­able – try any from the in­spi­ra­tional The Do Com­pany (see right) for starters. Plus, help­ing oth­ers can be as sim­ple as lend­ing a lis­ten­ing ear with a cup of tea on your sofa. How nice to be able to of­fer all of that in your heart of health, your home: cen­tre of your uni­verse.

‘I fer­vently be­lieve that our homes have the power to phys­i­cally af­fect both our health and hap­pi­ness. Home should be a place that re­ju­ve­nates and re­stores’

Editor-in-chief

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