December is upon us and even though I’m struggling with the lack of daylight, I love the cosy vibe. You know, when you feel like you want to stay in your slippers and pajama all day long. When you light scented candles, you brew some tea and you snuggle up with a good book in bed. The obvious cliché things for a cosy home, I know! But oh so true! At least for me. So how about I invite you to get cosy with me at home (in a totally prim and proper manner of course)?
So what is my winter remedy? It is good quality me-time. No seriously. Recently I was talking with my friend and photographer Lina over tea about me-time. About the importance of dedicating time just for you. Even if you live as a couple, even if you are part of a larger family – it is utterly important to have some time only for yourself. And me-time is best spent in a cosy home – a surrounding that makes you feel happy and at ease.
For the latest interior styling I have teamed up with Urban Outfitters. Every now and then I end up buying something from UO since they happen to have wonderful boho pieces. Remember my moon crescent planter? It went viral on Instagram! When I saw their new cactus print bedding, I was literally over the moon! I mean this was a full Urban Jungle Bloggers score! Using this bedding entailed the obvious need for more plants next to my bed. The solution was quickly found: the plant stand Zoe. Now it is a bedside table and plant stand in one. A new brass hanging planter above the bed and a cosy banana silk rug and the chill out zone is perfect!
Creating a cosy home is not only about tangible things. You need to appeal to all your senses. The touch and feel of your textiles, the scent lingering around you as well as the sound – all play a key role in creating a cosy home. For my green theme I opted for a scented candle by ‘Earl of East London’. The ‘Greenhouse’ candle is crisp and delicate leaving an almost elusive idea of an enchanted garden.
As much as I love total silence from time to time, I also like to relax with some good background music. The moody season calls for some moody tunes. And guess what – I am a good ol’ Twin Peaks fan so no wonder I got myself the Twin Peaks soundtrack on vinyl. Can you imagine how atmospheric it gets at home with this music? A lovely ceramic cup filled with soothing tea, a book, plants all around and I am as happy as one can be.
Do you allow yourself some quality me-time? Do it, take it, request it! It is nurturing, it is healing, it is essential. It is part of this whole concept when people tell us: First you have to love yourself before you can love others. And it is true. And to love yourself you have to spend some good quality time – with yourself! Happy me-dating!
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Photography by Igor Josifovic