From home to haven

Trans­form your in­te­rior into a re­lax­ing realm where you can un­wind at the end of a long day and fo­cus on your well­be­ing

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our home isn’t just a shel­ter – it’s a space where your emo­tional needs are met. It stores per­sonal pos­ses­sions and holds mem­o­ries, so it should be a place where you feel safe, com­fort­able and re­laxed. You should be able to recharge and emerge re­vived into the world, ready for any­thing.

Look­ing af­ter your hap­pi­ness at home can take many forms – from get­ting a good night’s sleep or treat­ing your­self to a long, hot bath to savour­ing a re­fresh­ing cup of tea or shar­ing pre­cious time with your close friends and fam­ily. It’s im­por­tant that you take time out and re­lax.

YLight a can­dle

It’s mes­meris­ing and ther­a­peu­tic to watch a flick­er­ing flame, so if you need to chill out af­ter an ex­haust­ing day, just light a can­dle or two. Choose scented ones to set spe­cific moods to suit your needs. For in­stance, laven­der or aloe aro­mas will help you to re­lax, whereas fruity scents can stim­u­late and help fo­cus your mind.

Em­brace Wabi Sabi

The Ja­panese phi­los­o­phy of Wabi Sabi is all about find­ing beauty in im­per­fec­tion, and it’s a good idea to keep this con­cept in mind when styling your home. Some­times, if ev­ery­thing looks too per­fect, you can’t re­lax, so em­brace your home’s quirks and a lit­tle chaos. Sim­i­larly, shop for ac­ces­sories with or­ganic, im­per­fect el­e­ments, as these can be more in­ter­est­ing than sleeker items.

Have a tea cer­e­mony

Take in­spi­ra­tion from other cul­tures and turn the sim­ple act of hav­ing a cuppa into a mini event. A tra­di­tional Ja­panese tea cer­e­mony can last hours and the em­pha­sis is on the process, not the re­sult – so take your time. Savour the mo­ment, fo­cus­ing on the here and now, con­cen­trat­ing on how the cup feels and how the tea tastes. Linea Cer­e­mony dou­ble du­vet set, £60; bird print cush­ion, £20; Geo swirl cush­ion, £30, all House of Fraser

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