I’m always trying to take care of my mental wellbeing. Insurmountable to-do lists and ridiculously tight schedules are my norm. I have to be VERY intentional about cultivating a lifestyle that encourages better wellbeing. I don’t always make the healthiest choices, but I can control the way my house environment looks and feels. I genuinely believe in the connection between your physical environment and your mental state. Research shows that cluttered environments are tied to higher levels of stress, and that’s something I really cannot ignore.
We moved into our current house a year ago (our first stab at home renovation detailed here). My bedroom has been an absolute eyesore since we moved in (see before pics below... I’m not exaggerating, it was bad) 🙈 Downsizing has a lot of up sides and I love our little house. I’ve really worked hard to purge my ‘stuff’ but lacking storage space is an ongoing issue for me. It’s been especially challenging in our current situation because I’m accustomed to using any extra space (aka guest rooms) for my stuff BUT Nat is in the guest room so I’m restricted to sharing the closet with my husband (woe is me) 😱 The space is quite small and the bedrooms are situated directly off of the main living area. Nat’s bedroom is closest to the living room and our bedroom opens to the kitchen. So basically, anyone visiting our home can easily peer into our bedrooms. My solution until now has been to use any available space in our bedroom as a my extended closet AND keeping my door closed to mask the mess when guests come over... the result? Really messy/ugly bedroom situation [reference: before pics]. Needless to say, addressing the state of our bedroom has been long overdue. With the help of Overstock, I set out to give our bedroom a major design overhaul and HOPEFULLY litigate some of the stress in my life!
- simplicity in form & color
- highlight negative space (with low sitting furniture)
- remove clutter!!!
- natural light
- warm light
- soft fabrics
- display the beautiful Asian Screen (inherited from Suze/Mom) as a headboard
The yin & yang theory applied to home design:
Yang - our external (outside of the home) environment represents uncertainty, change, stress…
Yin - our internal (home) environment represents restfulness, quiet, simplicity… in our home environment, we can proactively create condition to counteract the yang energy in our life.
French Macarons by WE THE BIRDS
All furniture sourced from Overstock!