I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front for the past few weeks. It’s been a busy time at the Finesse Interior Design studio. Our new website is almost ready to launch which is very exciting. My own development project is progressing really well and I’m working on the lighting and electrical plans as we speak. I’ve been involved with the annual Marylebone Interiors Day and I’m also very excited to announce that I’m partnering with RoomLab on the online design side. It’s been a crazy few weeks but lots of fun.
Modern life is busy and places a lot of demands on our precious time which is why it’s more important than ever that we have a sanctuary in our homes. So where is your quiet space, your space for reflection and recharging? Here’s a few ideas to create some tranquil zones in your homes just for that.
You don’t need a lot of a space to create a quiet corner in your home for reading nook; a chair, some good task lighting and a small table for the cuppa, the biscuits or the wine and you are set. This could be in the corner of a bedroom, in a bay window or on a landing if space permits. A reading nook next to a window is perfect for daylight but a floor lamp will work just as well. Make sure the chair is comfortable otherwise you will find yourself finding reasons not to use the space.
If space permits having a relaxation zone in your master bedroom is a wonderful idea. We often put so much energy and thought into the design scheme of the master bedroom but the majority of time spent in there we are asleep. A seating area, or even just a chair and a small table, will provide a quiet place to relax and reflect but will also enable you to enjoy the space when you are awake. This is the ideal space to steal a quiet moment for yourself.
Mindfulness and the benefits it brings in our busy lives is something that more and more of us are becoming aware of. Now I’m not suggesting you need to devote an entire room to the practice of meditation but think about the rooms that are not used frequently. For example, I really like to create zones within guest bedrooms that serve another function, after all most of us only have guests a few nights a year. To create a meditation zone you don’t really need a lot; a comfortable rug or cushions to sit on, some candles and maybe some plants to bring life to the space.
Keeping a journal is a great way to reflect and tap into our creativity. There are some beautiful journals out there where we can capture our thoughts, musings and sketches. There are some equally beautiful writing desks too that would look right at home in a living room or dining room. I would avoid the home office though as the intention is to contemplate and write and not be distracted by the internet or the electronic world. If you don’t have space in your main living areas then a corner of a guest bedroom would work equally well. The desk can also be used as a dressing table for guests passing through (and multifunctional pieces work twice as hard!).
Creating inspiring spaces is a real passion of mine. If you would like to chat about creating yours then please get in touch.