Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

Many of us re­alise we spend far too much time look­ing at our screens, tele­vi­sion, lap­tops, tablets and phones. One way or an­other, we’re all glued to our de­vices. But as a re­sult, a grow­ing in­te­rior trend is to cre­ate spe­cial, in­ti­mate, es­capist spa­ces in our homes, a space where the cords can at least be tem­po­rar­ily cut. Homes with spe­cial nooks and spa­ces to con­nect in real time are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar as we try to re­dress our in­creas­ingly tech­nol­ogy-driven lives. De­fined liv­ing spa­ces such as din­ing rooms are re­turn­ing to mod­ern homes as we seek more pri­vate and wel­com­ing liv­ing lay­outs. While open-plan liv­ing spa­ces are al­ways go­ing to be pop­u­lar, try cre­at­ing at least one smaller, more in­ti­mate liv­ing space. Per­haps add a lit­tle read­ing nook or a ded­i­cated din­ing space for shar­ing meals and con­ver­sa­tions. This will go a long way to break­ing the tech­nol­ogy ad­dic­tion at home. Relaxed fur­ni­ture and styles – from com­fort­able day beds, trop­i­cal, ca­sual cane fur­ni­ture, plush rugs and floor cushions – are all con­ducive to re­lax­ing and shar­ing your home in style. Fresh-cut flow­ers and green­ery will also go a long way to en­sur­ing fam­ily mem­bers feel closer to na­ture. Qual­ity bed li­nen and pil­lows say you care about the nat­u­ral com­fort of your fam­ily and guests, as does freshly fil­tered wa­ter and a read­ing lamp on the bed­side ta­ble with thought­fully cho­sen books and the lat­est mag­a­zines for all to en­joy – with­out a cord in sight.

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