Cre­ate an oa­sis of calm in­side or out

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE -

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.stylish­ 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.

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