Change Is As Good As A Holiday
They say change is as good as a holiday and given we currently can’t do the latter, perhaps it’s a good time to focus on the first. As we find ourselves spending a lot more time indoors, it’s the ideal time to give your home a refresh and also have a bit of fun. We have come up with 8 ideas to inspire you:
1. Change the scenery
Now is a great opportunity for you to take stock of what you have and focus on the things that make you happy. Walk around your home and go through each room collecting all your favorite things from wall art, photos and trinkets to cushions, cosy blankets and throws, vases, pots and plants. Put them all in one place and then reallocate them throughout your home. Put cushions you had on your sofa on a bed, swap art to different walls or maybe try it on a shelf or desk for something new. Add a cushion and throw to your study chair or move a lamp from a bedroom. Make the things you love the focus of each room and with a few small changes each space will feel refreshed. This is also a great opportunity to assess your collection and add in any new pieces you may have been coveting.
If you really want to change it up, look at moving your furniture around. Maybe create a nook especially for reading by setting up a cosy chair, a lamp and a basket of cushions and throws to snuggle up with. Maybe your dining room table has been taken over as home office or study space for the kids so put some poufs around a coffee table and do mealtimes a little differently. Perhaps you could change your bed to be on a different wall so it feels like a whole new room.
3. Create a hotel at home
While you are changing things around, have some fun with it. Why not create a hotel at home so you can retreat to your room at the end of the day and it feels like a holiday. Make your bed a cocoon with cosy quilts, a sumptuous topper and layers of pillows just like you would find in a fancy hotel suite. Fold fluffy towels on the end of the bed, put a comfy chair in the corner, add some bedside lamps for reading and don’t forget the chocolate on the pillow. At times like this everyone needs a treat!
4. Create your very own day spa
We all need a little bit of self-care at the moment so why not create your very own day spa. Give your bathroom a refresh with soft towels and a thick luxurious bathmat, hang a beautiful robe and add a scented candle or diffuser so that daily rituals become an experience. Add a relaxation track, your favourite book or a glass of wine at the end of the day. Book the time in with your family so you have uninterrupted “me” time.
5. Dine out at home
You may not be able to go to your favourite dining spot right now but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a restaurant experience at home. Riffle through the cookbooks you have on hand and choose something outside your usual repertoire, or better yet, see if someone else in the house would like to turn their hand at cooking dinner! Set your table with all the trimmings; a tablecloth, placemats and folded napkins and dine 5 star in the comfort of your own home!
6. Build an extension
Not a real one of course! Instead, channel your inner-child to create a new hidey space perfect for kiddie role-play imagination games, a quiet place for reading time, or a cosy nap spot. Enjoy the relaxation of blocking out the outside world for a little while and going to a place where you don’t have a care in the world.
7. Get a bit festive
It isn’t Christmas, but fairy lights add a beautiful ambience and transform a space with a magical touch. Why not pull them out of storage, or buy a few new strings to adorn your trees or throughout the house. If you have enough, string them up from the roof of your patio and create a magical garden that looks like it’s been created by fairies. Certain to lift the spirits of you and the kids.
8. Add some scent
Smell is one of our most powerful senses. A scent can instantly transport us to another time or place. Now is the perfect time for some escapism so why not place some reed diffusers or scented candles around the house and indulge the senses. If you’re now working from home and finding it hard to disconnect at the end of the day, try having one scent in your office to signal it’s time to focus and another in the kitchen, lounge or bedroom that aids in relaxation. Read our guide to uplifting scents for each room of your home, here.
We hope these tips inspire you to have a look around your home and see what you can change up! Share your rearrangements with us on Instagram with #PillowTalkAustralia and #YourComfortHome.