A IS ASCEND
Rising Above Chaos To Create A Great Escape In Your Interior Space
by: Antoinette of Sup&Dine
Get to work. Eat lunch. Finish work. Get home. Make dinner. Check Instagram. Go to sleep. Repeat.
We’ve been taught all of our lives that establishing a routine (and following it!) gives us a sense of calm and security. So we often create them....when it comes to things we think are important....like work, school, and paying bills. Often though we ignore creating routines for our diets, our friendships, and more importantly, our downtime.
Create space for downtime
This year, if you haven't carved out an intentional space in your home to just chill, or exercise, or focus on yourself, it’s time to establish a place or you to get your self-care on!
Here are four tips for creating a serene non-travel escape:
1. Sis, Stop
Take a walk around your home. Find the FIRST place that makes you want to stop walking, working, or doing. This could be a room that you never use or a corner by your favorite window.
Consider unique spaces like a niche under the stairs, or unused walk-in closet! Clear it out and and get rid of EVERYTHING in it that does not serve the intentions you’re setting.
2. Look Within
Now that you’ve found your space, ask yourself: what can I see myself doing here to find my center? Reading? Yoga? Writing in my journal?
Afterwards, take a spin around your house and see if you have any items that will inspire you to engage in that activity. Look for baskets that can store soft throw blankets or yoga mats. Grab your fave mug for tea or journals you may need.
3. Find A Sound
Sounds can make a huge difference in taking an escape from good to GREAT!
Wireless speakers reduce visual clutter and give you the option to leave your phone in another room while you listen to music or your favorite podcast. Don’t forget to set your phone to “do not disturb” so notifications don’t ruin the ambiance!
Need absolute silence or have trouble relaxing?
Noise cancelling headphones + white noise machines are life changing! The great ones can be pricey, but they’re well worth the investment + knowing they will do what you need them to do.
4. Accessorize The Space
This is always my favorite part! Here’s where you can really make the space yours and indulge a little, or a lot! Touch ALL of your senses to create an immersive experience.
Sight: Choose colors, textures, fabrics, and finishes that bring you joy as soon as you see or touch them. Throw blankets + pillows, accent chairs, mats + rugs, and even what you want to wear are great ways to inject some texture.
Smell: Buy candles and linen sprays made with natural oils for a clean burst of fragrance. Adding a few drops of essential oil to a steam diffuser does double duty as both a mood booster and a facial! Choose scents that remind you of a luxurious bath...a walk through the park in a spring breeze....or the scent of clean sheets fresh out of the dryer.
Touch: Experience your space regularly! This will help you to assess what works for you....and what doesn’t! Be sure to stock up on items that help you take a break and disconnect for awhile.
RELAX! Your personal retreat is not up for debate or comparison. If you love it and it’s working for you, it doesn’t matter how much it costs. The point of it all is to dig deep, recognize what YOU need to feel calm, and supply that need intentionally as often as you can. This is a space where you come first and ANYTHING that doesn’t support that intention is not allowed!
Antoinette Arrington is an interior designer in Los Angeles. SUP & DINE offers services for curated decor collections, E-Decorating + in-home styling services. Antoinette shares her adventures in entertaining and casually hilarious life moments featuring good food + great company. When she isn't cooking her favorite brunch recipes, she's designing stylishly comfortable spaces for her clients.
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