- Redo a Room with Simple Changes:
The easiest way to freshen a room is to change a room’s looks with the seasons. Slipping on slipcovers, rearranging some furnishing, and adding elements of the season make a room more welcoming. Seasonal elements — plants, flowers, and other decorations — can give a room an instant facelift.
- Move the Outdoors In
The goal of garden style is to blur the line between indoors and out, but without sacrificing all the comforts of modern domesticated spaces. Here we’ve used a rustic bench, but if you want to keep a cushy couch, just cover it with a botanical print, or even toss a picnic blanket over it. After all, there’s a reason humankind builds comforting, sheltering homes.
- Soak Away Stress:
Wash away the cares of the day. Make your bathroom function on both the practical and pampering levels. Install a tub deep enough to soak in, add thick towels, warm colors, soft lighting, and soothing music to make those precious moments an experience that bathes body and soul, refreshing both.
- Dream Up a Relaxing Bedroom:
Extend the calming influence of a bedroom beyond the bed: Keep only the essentials within reach and within view. Decorate the walls in the colors that comfort you, and add only artwork that makes you smile. Cover the floor with rugs or carpeting that feels best on bare feet. Cocooning your bed in yards of fabric can also help you block out the world, literally and figuratively.
- Create a Comfort Zone
Make a place in your home where relaxing is the key function. Make it convenient for your choice of relaxing activity — reading, listening to music, or watching a movie. Put a barrier between you and the distractions of the world. Folding screens block out unwanted views and redirect foot traffic away from the area.
- Make a Place to Plan:
What a home workspace needs is focus and convenience: Have everything you need close at hand so you can concentrate on the work you need or choose to do. Make it an inviting place by adding personal elements and comfort; look at a home office as an investment in yourself.
- Dress an Inviting Table:
Relaxing needn’t be a solitary affair. The company of friends and family for a good meal is an unbeatable stress buster — but not if there’s no good place to gather. White china, no matter how elegant, fades into the background, so to make the table inviting you’ll have to add things — flowers, candles, linens, etc. China of a lively pattern or rich color becomes its own statement, requiring little accompaniment to set a style.