‘If one’s life is sim­ple, con­tent­ment has to come. Simplicity is ex­tremely im­por­tant for hap­pi­ness. Hav­ing few de­sires, feel­ing sat­is­fied with what you have, is very vi­tal…’

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Executive Editor

These wise words from the Dalai Lama seemed to ring with a cer­tain truth as the team were com­pil­ing the is­sue you are now read­ing. With many of us now taking a more mind­ful ap­proach to life, it’s no won­der that this ethos has par­tic­u­lar res­o­nance when it comes to our homes.

Iron­i­cally, a sense of calm and seren­ity is not that easy to achieve, es­pe­cially given the chaos that most of our daily lives en­tail. So, we wanted to high­light some stun­ning in­te­ri­ors from around the world where the own­ers and de­sign­ers have man­aged to achieve that evere­lu­sive bal­ance of a pared-back aes­thetic cou­pled with real style and per­son­al­ity. There’s no ster­ile min­i­mal­ism here – in­stead, there are new ap­proaches to sooth­ing palettes and cu­rated fur­nish­ings. I hope you’re as in­spired as I have been by these takes on modern simplicity.

An equally con­sid­ered ap­proach should also be ap­plied to how we shop. To that end, I’ve been in­flu­enced by Tara But­ton and her buy well, buy once maxim (see p57). Af­ter all, hap­pi­ness can­not be found by blindly fill­ing our lives with more and more stuff. So, this month, you’ll also find ad­vice on how to shop more sen­si­bly. Not only do we re­veal bril­liant ac­ces­si­ble buys from the high street and online that you’ll cher­ish, but we’ll also show you the best Ital­ian brands to in­vest in – the per­fect marriage of de­sign, crafts­man­ship and qual­ity.

Still strug­gling to find peace? Look no fur­ther than the hum­ble bath­room, the one room where you can truly cre­ate a haven away from the world. Read our trend edit on p177. Be in­spired and re­lax!

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