Our homes are our sanctuaries. Even more so given the frenetic, high-pressure lives most of us lead. When I close my front door and turn the lock, I immediately feel removed and - at least for the next 10 or 12 hours - insulated from whatever stresses and pressures the day contained. For me, my home is my refuge, my singular place to refresh, repair and prepare, both mentally and physically, for tomorrow's challenges.
One element I intentionally included when planning my interior design, were what I call "cozy spaces." And every personal space should have at least one, if not several. These are more than a just place to flop down and zone out. They are meant to coddle, ensconce and comfort. They are for reading, thinking, cogitating, sipping wine, cuddling - in other words, for emotional and mental restoration. They can be located in a living room, a landing, an underused or awkward portion of a larger room, or your bedside table. Above all, they are necessary.
In my home, I have three such designated spaces. They are each distinct in terms of where they are located but tend to be similar in other respects: they all provide a soft, cushy, oversized surface for reclining, have the warm, soothing glow of a lamp positioned nearby (no LED lightbulbs, please!), and usually involve a blankie of some kind.
If you are a reader (and I hope you are), a book will set the tone for curling up and keeping the world at bay, at least for a few hours. How about Michael Chabon's spanking brand new novel Moonglow? Or if you're in the mood for something truly thought provoking and emotionally turbulent, try Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad. Another riveting option that explores complicated family relationships is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. Any of these will keep you glued in place for longer than you've been in years.
If you don't already have one, find somewhere within your home to create your own cozy space. And use it. Often. See if it doesn't become a treasured spot for repose and contemplation. Or even a snooze. That's ok too
Author:Brigit Brust Phone: 267-235-7516 Dated: January 25th 2017 Views: 1,403 About Brigit: ...
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