BRINGING THE BEACH HOME: VACATION STATE OF MIND, AT HOMEAs I am writing this, I am listening to some great music and drinking a hot cup of tea with honey. Out of a beautiful cup and saucer. With a sugar cookie. And I realize, these simple pleasures bring the beach home for me. I feel as relaxed and happy and peaceful as if I were sitting on the beach with my toes in the sand.
Since we have come back home from the beach, I have been even more aware of what simple pleasures heighten the daily experiences of our lives. Here are a few simple ways that I try to elevate the ordinary to extraordinary in our home. I would love to hear yours.
-Play music throughout the day. In the morning, when we are cleaning house, or doing schoolwork, I play classical. Usually something methodical, like Bach. In the evening, while I am cooking, I play Jason Castro, Norah Jones, Indigo Girls, Rod Stewart, etc. At night, Chopin Nocturnes. I can't tell you how much this changes the mood.
-I keep clutter picked up and put away. Beds made first thing. Table cleared. I am so much happier to be at home when basic housecleaning is kept up with!
-Good linens. 100% cotton sheets, feather pillows, down comforter. Clean, fluffy towels.
-Bubble baths at night. It feels so decadent!
-A slower pace. I have been making more of an effort in recent weeks to be completely present. To stay home more. To read to the boys, several times a day. To snuggle and be still. I have picked up the piano again, for the first time in years. I am not putting off these small pleasures. When the boys ask to read, instead of saying "later", I say "Go get a book". In the evening after dinner, we will take a walk around the neighborhood as a family. These are things that I always have wanted to do regularly, but put off because of "busyness". That mindset is changing, since coming back from the beach.
-Good food. Fresh fruit. Wine. This is going to get it's own post.
-Extras: Candles lit at night, lights on dimmers. Creates an ambience and helps everyone relax. Wine with dinner. Dinner set with nice dishes, a centerpiece. Reading good books.
How do you relax at home?