The other night my eight year old son couldn't fall asleep. What started as a minor hiccup, quickly escalated into panic. "What if I never fall asleep!?" he asked. Then came the tears.
Watching him spiral I couldn't help but identify - I have felt like that so many times. Without much thought I told him to close his eyes and think of a place that calms him down, and imagine himself there. Maybe the beach, or an open field - anywhere that he feels safe and happy. Then just breathe slowly.
Five minutes later he was sound asleep:)
We all have a place like that. Maybe it's somewhere we've actually been, maybe from a photo that we've seen. For some of us it's a quiet space, for some bustling and busy.
While closing your eyes and imagining happy places has its perks, what if you could design your home with these happy spaces as inspiration? That way some of those calm and happy feelings would act like a gentle undertow, reminding you of what makes you happy and peaceful.
So come take a quick vacation with us, and hopefully some of that holiday glow will rub off and come back home with you.
A Scandinavian take on country, this look is relaxed and bright, perfect for an entryway or sunroom. Fresh flowers and natural materials keep it warm, minimalist forms help you steer away from the more traditional and often heavy "country" design concept.
Modern staples like the Wishbone Chair paired a HAY lounge chair and a simple table from Ikea keep the lines modern and clean. A wildflower arrangement set on an Oak tray and a blush pendant lamp by Muuto adds a pop of pink that is also echoed in the handles of a felt storage basket.
Sandy beaches, clear waters and a warm summer breeze make the ultimate calming getaway. The idea behind this concept is not to go to literal - no shells, nautical stripes or ocean paintings. It's about creating the vibe, not a movie set.
To create a coastal vibe you do not have to go all blue! We chose only the accent table to be a light blue - the rest of this sandy paradise is created using natural Ratan and brass accents, along with clear glass chandelier and a mirror - similar to the effect of the ocean.
For the urban type, nothing seems calmer than a bustling city. is all about finding the right balance between being a busy environment while still remembering you're on holiday. If you stick to grid shapes made of chrome, you're going to end up with a very cold minimalist room (which is fine if that's what you're going for). As usual we always try to soften the edges.
Strong lines and dark colors set the tone for this office space. Pair a Bertoia chair and black Oak desk by HAY with wooden accents like a Beechwood ruler and task lamp. A hanging planter softens the tone while an architectural print helps create a crisp bright work atmosphere.
So where do you want to travel today?
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