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Monday, 11 December 2017

How to Feng Shui your Home

Being a full time blogger like myself, or having any career that allows you to work from home can be great. However it's important to differentiate living and relaxing in your home environment to your office space and work mode living. I've recently been spending some time decluttering and organising in order to achieve the perfect set up. With our bedroom, kitchen and living room now complete my final room to organise is our 'front room'. With a large empty room at the front of the house and great natural lighting it makes the perfect workspace. We're also fortunate enough to have a gorgeous log burner in there which is currently going to waste. Also what better time than during the festive period to have this room complete. So today I am sharing with you a few tips on how I Feng shui my home.

O F F I C E  |  F O C U S

For me, the main aim for an at home office is to have an environment that helps you stay motivated, have clear thoughts and stay focused. I feel storage is the key to a goo office space with ample ways to keep things neat and organised as mess is never a good start. If there's mess I find I am far less productive and almost always spend the first moments out of my day getting everything tidy. By having plenty of easy to store areas, it will be much easier to keep on top of staying tidy and also makes the room easier to dust and clean when everything has a home. The minimalist lifestyle very much suits an office space inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle, IKEA offers plenty of affordable storage solutions. I recently took a trip there and found myself with a fairly large haul so let me know if you'd like a video showing you what I bought! For those of you on a tight budget,  are currently running a competition on their Twitter page (click here to enter).

L O U N G E  |  U N W I N D

The aim of my living room or lounge was to create a space to relax and unwind in. I wanted comforting and cosy scents, plants and art work with the centre focus on, let's face it, the television. I'm not ashamed to say it but the thing I enjoy most in our lounge is to cuddle up on the sofa with various throws, blankets and cushions as Tom and I watch TV together. Whether it be catching up on our favourite Netflix series, binge watching reality TV (our current favourite is of course I'm A Celebrity) or even syncing up to the internet and catching up on some of my favourite Youtubers. I'm also staring to collect a variety of monochrome books to add the homely touch whilst keeping in line with my preferred theme of minimal in colour and less is more. As mentioned previously, my latest obsession has been to burn about ten thousand candles (ok maybe about 5 or 6!) whilst we relax in the evenings. Constant candle burning has clearly seen us through a fair few so I keep it affordable by mixing high end with Aldi's Jo Malone dupe specials. 

B A T H R O O M  |  S E N S U A L

If you know me, you'll know that I suffer from anxiety. I feel like nowadays with social media, it seems to be somewhat of a competition which can be a tad annoying when it's overexposed whilst at the same time reassuring to know you're not alone. On particularly stressful days, a favourite pastime of mine is to run nice hot bath, switch off from social media, throw on a face mask and enter some sort of a meditative zone as I soak. So above all, I wanted our bathroom to remain clean, minimal and above all, to smell amazing. Fresh scents from my open basket of Lush bath bombs fill the room. I also always without fail light candles and turn off the lights when soaking in the bath and quite often put a couple of drops of pure tea tree oil in the bath to breathe in deep when relaxing to clear the senses. We also have a mini waterproof bluetooth speaker which I feature in my recent stocking filler gift guide video which I personally rarely use but Tom absolutely loves!

B E D R O O M  |  R E L A X A T I O N

Finally, the bedroom. The room in the house we probably spend the most amount of time, even if it is spent sleeping. For those who suffer with insomnia or struggle to get to sleep, creating a calming and relaxing ambiance is the key. We focused on the senses in order to create the calm environment. For touch, we have plenty of soft blankets, cushions and throws and most importantly we love our Eve Mattress. We also prefer to invest in good bedding with a high thread count so that getting into bed in itself is a comfort. For smell, as with the other rooms, having a reed diffuser or candles lit fills the room with our favourite scents. For the bedroom, I prefer musky warming scents, a favourite is Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir or The White Company Winter Candle. For sight and sound, we love using our Amazon Echo along with our Philips Hue lights to adjust the lighting and allow is to dim to our preferred amount. When feeling particularly relaxed without the distraction of any technology in the room, we even light to use these to simulate thunderstorms. The sound of rain and thunder resonates from the Echo system and Philips Hue creates the dark blues and flashing lightening effects which really are quite fun to play around with. 

So there are a few tips on how we Feng Shui our home. In general, I take most of my inspiration from Pinterest and a browse around Ikea as we very much prefer the minimal and mostly monochrome Scandinavian way of living. If it's something you may be interested in, I'll be uploading an Ikea haul I did fairly recently on my Youtube channel so head over and subscribe so you don't miss out!

Much love