In writing this post, I asked myself the question ‘how can I feel beautiful in my home?’ Here are some ideas I came up with.
Choose beauty even with perfunctory items. When I buy the paper facial tissues that I use to cleanse my face, I choose the prettiest box even though it won’t be on display because I keep them in the cupboard underneath the basin. I see them every time I use one.
Keeping possessions well-curated and regularly decluttered so that I feel at ease when opening my closet or a drawer. Items are all in good order and I use them often. Keeping on top of things also means I am only surrounded by my favourite and most beautiful things. Donations and rubbish are gone straight away.
Having healthy and chic food in my pantry and fridge means there is not an assault on the eyes from garishly packaged le junque food. I love the quote ‘tacky people eat tacky food’, I heard it was attributed to Jackie Onassis.
Displaying anything I am going to eat attractively on a plate.
Playing my ‘hotel lobby’ playlist when I’m at home. You know the easy listening piano music that hotels play sometimes? I love music like this, and when I play it at home it instantly makes me feel relaxed and like I’m in a plush hotel. Richard Clayderman, Carl Doy and the Northquest Players are artists I have, plus a very kitsch sounding ‘Chilled Dinner Party Piano Gold - 40 Smooth & Mellow Classic Piano Hits’.
Reading a glossy magazine. I’ve bought one or two lately, and after a long period of buying none it feels quite nice. I love to feel inspired by the beauty others create and share.
Turn down our beds at night. After dinner but before bedtime I go up to our bedroom and close the windows, draw the curtains and make sure our room is tidy. It’s so soothing to go up to later on.
I love having bar soap in the shower but like pump soap by kitchen and bathroom taps and always choose beautiful scents, plus have a pump hand cream next to it.
Having my favourite enjoyable rituals – hot tea in the morning, cocktail hour in the late afternoon on weekends, Sunday night movies.
Candles always add a touch of beauty to the home and we have at least one burning every night, even in the summer when it’s still daylight. When I’m at home for the day I light a scented candle in the morning. It feels very spa luxe.
Finally and most importantly, I choose the way I want to feel. I choose to feel beautiful, relaxed, calm and organised.
I’d love to know, what makes you feel beautiful in your home?