Life can be hectic. Your home, in comparison, should be restorative and relaxing. And yes, even if you work from home or have kids (or both!), you can create moments of serenity. Something as simple as hanging a favorite artwork in a kitchen niche, painting a wall a luscious pastel hue, or transforming a corner of your bedroom into a reading nook can remind you to pause, breathe deep, and relax. The spaces below, seen on Instagram, can give you some ideas.
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Talk about a warm welcome! Jesse Leigh Bunton layered neutrals in warm tones, light and dark, to usher family and friends into a bastion of serenity. By keeping clutter out of sight, the wicker baskets on the bottom shelf of the console table contribute to the sense of calm, as do the handy drawers of the table itself. The Bridgitte Wall Mirror helps brighten the entry by reflecting the light from the stairway window.
For every person who finds pale neutrals soothing, there’s another who considers them bland. Jessica Anne Reed’s dining room is anything but boring, however, thanks to her savvy use of texture and the warm tones of the furnishings against the cooler walls. With their mahogany frames and woven backs and sides, the Easton Side Chairs in Sand/Light Gray are particularly tactile. Find a similar armchair here and a similar sideboard here.
Kelly Shannon of One Kings Lane To the Trade member K Shan Design created an ideal nook for Halley Elefante (aka thesaltyblonde). Fireplace for warming up on brisk evenings? Check. Curvaceous chair (the Carver Performance Velvet Swivel Chair in Java) that feels like a comforting hug? Check. Plush rug to sink your feet into? Check again. Add to that quietly colorful abstract artwork by Susan Hable, and you have the ideal at-home retreat.
There’s a risk to creating a guest bedroom this dreamy: Your guests might never want to leave. Alaina Kaz was willing to chance it, though! The Kelly Wingback Bed in Neutral Pinstripe nestles beneath the sloped roof, and with its floral motif, the Orchard Bloom Rug complements the leaf-green walls. The rich textures of the pillows, duvet cover, and throw add to the cottage charm.
Sipping coffee on a sunny banquette like this one is a graceful way to ease into the day. Even if you don’t have windows or a window seat, however, you can still recreate the serenity achieved here by Emily Ruff of Cohesively Curated Interiors. Simply stick to a tight, light palette, pair simple shapes with natural materials such as rattan and leather, and add a few favorite artworks. Find a similar table here and similar chair here.