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Retreat to your Haven and Woosah!

Our home, whether it’s an apartment, townhouse, or a mansion on a hill, is our haven, right? We surround ourselves with furnishings, artwork, and accessories that offer a sense of comfort, security, and familiarity. Well, this process is called Nesting.

During these incredibly unprecedented times, finding ways to retreat from it all is an absolute must for our physical and spiritual well-being. So how exactly do we go about creating and reinforcing the comfort and safety that we desire in our environment? Let’s examine a few strategic areas in the home and flush out some solutions that will foster a more peaceful oasis.

We’re going to begin with the heart of the home, the kitchen. So, how exactly do we create peace and tranquility in this space? By organizing it, that's how! There's no greater sense of calm than being able to find what you're looking for. See-thru containers, storage bins, and lazy susans mean there’s a place for everything and everything in its place. If space allows, create a cozy corner for morning coffee or tea. And if you’re able to gaze out of a window, even better. Oh, and be sure to treat yourself to a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers and display them in a beautiful vase on the counter. The beauty of nature is always mesmerizing! Now that deserves a Woosah.

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So, let’s move on to the family room. Typically, an extension of the kitchen, this space tends to garner a lot of activity. Planning a Netflix and chill kind of night? Keep a cozy, yet fabulous throw nearby to curl up in. How good is the lighting in the space? Adding table or floor lamps with energy-efficient warm to warm white LED (2700k-3000k) bulbs will bring inviting ambient lighting into the room. A good way to activate the sense of touch, a very calming sense, is to add throw pillows made from soft textural fabrics. You must try an aromatherapy essential oils diffuser! Jasmine, lemongrass, or warm spices wafting through the air, evoking a sense of well-being. Breathe … Woosah.

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center: courtesy of LR Designs