Create an oasis of calm inside or out
HAVING somewhere in your house to unwind and relax is essential to a healthy state of mind. Whether it’s an outdoor oasis, a tranquil bathroom or a hobby area, it’s good to know that at the end of the day you’ve got somewhere to switch off. Transforming a part of your garden into a tranquil hideaway is a great idea. By adding windchimes, a comfy chair and perhaps a simple awning made from white fabric to your patio you can have your own place to escape where you’ll want to read that book you’ve never had the chance to pick up. Pictured here is a calm outdoor scene from Dunelm Mill with a Java Wicker Chair, £19.99, postcard cushion, £14.99, white optic voile, £4.99 per metre, storeaway rectangular postcard storage box, £3.99, vintage Moroccan lantern, £4.99 and artificial flowers, from £1.98. Also, adding real fragrant herbs and flowers like lavender to your garden will increase your sense of calm. Finally, adding night lights will give you that same relaxed feel as when you're on holiday. Why not grab a lantern or two for your garden like this Mediterranean one, £5, from Store Twenty One? Having a bath at the end of the day is a favourite activity to help people unwind. And making your bathroom a sanctuary is simple. Why not add floating candles and turn the lights off or get rid of the clutter that stops your mind switching off in the tub? A bath caddy is a good idea for those that like to soak to relax. This one, pictured, £36, is available from www.stylishlife.co.uk and has a candleholder, book stand and two glass holders. Another idea to aid relaxation is transforming a corner of a room to a hobby area. Whether you make all your own cards or haven’t touched craft materials since school, having a craft area is a great way to make you forget the work stress. Putting a folding screen up in an area of a bedroom or even a space in the hall will give you that privacy to get creative.