Summer is in full steam.Usually this is the season for us to plan a get-away summer vocation. We probably all have a long list for a get-away trip and dream about cozying up in our tropical island resort by the sea. Obviously, it is not possible for most of us to do so at the current pandemic situation. We might have to spend more time at home for a while. But please don’t get frustrated? How about creatively plan a stay-at-home vocation? Yes, we mean bringing some magical resort vibes to home. We just have to do what we can do best at every moment. Read on for our 5 steps on how to create a inspirational and relaxing resort decor at home.
First, please schedule a day or two for deep cleaning and de-cluttering before we bring in freshness. Today is the tax day. So it will be a perfect time for home cleaning right after this daunting and overwhelming tax task. To learn how to de-clutter at home, please click here.
Think about bring outdoor in by introducing natural fiber furnishings since we are always drawn to nature and nature makes us feel good.
Everything in wicker both in fashion and home is on-trend now thanks to our acknowledgement on the positive impact of a healthy living environment. Nature wicker organic furnishings represent understated graceful beauty. They make us feel warm and relaxing. Because of their vintage look and relaxed feel, wicker furnishings can blends well with almost every decor style, from boho to mid-century and the classic style.
Our Saturdays are all about exploration. Specially in the new normal under the current pandemic, we will have to get out to nature as much as we can to take good care of our wellness physically and mentally. Since locked-down in March, we haven’t been to DTLA. We decided to have a morning hiking in Historic State Park and go to visit new Proper Hotel in DTLA. Here is our little weekend journey.
State Historic Park
Saturday’s visit to SHP is our first time . We were really amazed by this 34-acres park , where rail-yards thrilled long time ago. Often referred to as “Central Park of Los Angeles,” the park occupies acreage just north of Chinatown between the L.A. River and the Elysian Hills, where pobladores who journeyed from Mexico and later arrivals from Europe, Asia and the United States drew their water. It was where, beginning in 1876, a generation of migrants from points east ended their rail sojourns to California, disembarking at the Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station. With the dawn of the 20th century, it was where the town became an industrial city as the depot, restaurants and hotels gave way to rail yards and switching stations. It became known as the Cornfields, although there was scant evidence that corn ever grew there. You can click here to read more.
The public arts in the park are just mind-blowing. One of the public art inside the park includes this “Origins,” in above picture, a sculptural piece by Debra Scaccothat was inspired by the nearby L.A. River. “When I conceived the piece, it was particularly with this patch of land in mind because it really is about the changing courses of the river and the changing courses of this site, the original Zanja Madre,” says Scacco. “There’s a particular relevance to it and I’m delighted that it’s going to live here.” The material he used here is mirrored steel to reflect water rippling.
We are all pleased to see a clouds of super relaxed and comfy cotton bedding in a dreamy bedroom. Bedding often serves as the statement piece around which an entire bedroom is designed. But there’s a lot more to consider about bedding than just its thread count thanks to people’s more awareness of their own wellness nowadays. We have started to see organic bedding has been increasing in popularity over the past decade.
Hope you had another successful week. At this pandemic crisis time, our wellness is far more important than anything else. One of the ways to take good care of ourselves is to be close to nature—fresh air, sunshine, blooms, greenery and birds…etc. Every Friday, we will spend quite some time in our rose garden for a meditation.
We talked about how color, light, plants, air quality, noise reduction..etc affect our well being at home in our recent blog series of 7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home. You can click here for part I , click here for part II , and click here for part III. The more time we spend at home, the more important we feel home is to us. Today, we are going to talk about one more important factor that will affect how we feel at home—the scent. We often say Stop to Smell Roses. The sweet and fresh scent of those fresh roses often relaxes us and puts a big smile on our face in a second—that is the magical power of the natural fragrance. Throughout history, fragrance has been used as a way to delight the senses. Some of the first known uses of fragrances date back to the times of the ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians began incorporating fragrances and natural plants into ointments and other medical aids. The use of these fragrances and oils for medicinal purposes was the beginning of aromatherapy. We now use scented candles, herbs, plants and flowers and diffuser to make our home smell great, not just for reducing nasty smells, helping clean the air of unwanted smells, but for improving our well being as aromatherapy.
Today, we continue our 7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home–part III. You can click here for part I and click here for part II. The environment we are in directly affects how we think and feel. A beautiful home can always enhance our moods and make us happier. Apart from that, a healthy and inviting home can also help us handle stress and fatigue more effectively. Today, these insights take on new meaning with new smart technologies that make home even more comfortable to live in since these smart home technologies make tedious, everyday tasks simpler, and at the same time boost our health and wellness. An effective smart home solutions take into consideration of our everyday emotional needs, desires, and routines.
With our staying at home for such a long period, we realize how important home to us, particularly how our home make us feel. Wellness has gained its wave in residential design industry and we talked about 4 ways of 7 ways to design a healthy human-centric home last week. You can click here to read this first part. Today we are going to talk about the second part of this topic —-color.
With most of us staying at home over 7 weeks, we more and more realize how important our home is to us, specially a healthy home. By this coming Friday, some businesses in California will be re-open. But we know it will take a while to go back the normal. And one of the facts of the new normal is that we will still have to spend more time at home. That being said, it may be a good idea to think a little bit deeper on how to create a home environment that makes us feel relaxing, soothing, comfortable and healthy. Rooms that inspire wellness create more comfortable and livable space for our daily routines. So, a healthy home is the foundation for a healthy life.
From today, we are going to talk 7ways to design wellness at home
It is pretty hard for me to keep watching news all the time. So I start to spend sometime daily for meditation. The experience is amazing. It is time for us to double down wellness. “Meditation is a vital way to purify and quiet the mind, thus rejuvenating the body.” —Deepak Chopra
When we meditate in nature, we bring a receptive presence to the natural world. It comes alive—and so do we. We no longer look at nature as an inert or pretty object, but as a living and breathing world of mystery and sensitivity, a realm of wisdom and learning that is always whispering its teachings to us. At this strange time, it may be not practical to go to natural for any activity, but if you have a backyard or house plants, you can practice your daily meditation in your backyard or among your house plants.
Coronavirus just confirmed as pandemic by World Health Organization. More and more companies are asking people to work from home. It turns out closing yourself off to the rest of the world is actually a lot harder than it sounds. So if you are going to work from home or will start a self-quarantine, we will share 5 ideas here that may make all that solo time a bit easier and happier.
1. Stay calm
Based on Huffpost, when the body is under stress, it moves into survival mode, better known as the fight-or-flight syndrome. Under these conditions, the body prepares itself by overproducing the stress hormone cortisol. Then, cortisol goes to the brain and causes a slow-down in the process of the pre-frontal cortex, where you think critically and have your executive function. Therefore, the captain of your ship is no longer in control, and the amygdala, where the fight or flight syndrome and your emotions come from, gets larger and takes over the controls. Finally, the hippocampus, where your learning and memory are found, temporarily narrows. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. … Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. And all of these stress will weaken your immune system and
Staying calm allows you to think logically and take decisions accordingly. Clarity of mind is extremely important while you are dealing with problems. If your mind is free and relaxed, your clarity on thoughts shall provide the solution to you. Staying calm allows you to discuss things rather than fights.
Also Apple just updated its support document on cleaning Apple products with new information that confirms it’s okay to to use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for the purpose of cleaning germs from your devices.
Note: we just find this pretty cool PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer and it uses ultra-violet lights to clean dirty smart your phone screen. Check it out by click the below image.
4. Have real plants, fresh flowers or grow your own kitchen herb garden at home. They will help regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity — seeing greenery and nature help us feel more relaxed and calm, which in turn benefits your every day mood.