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Lifestyle: How to make your house your haven

GREEN & SERENE

 House plants not only bring colour and a sense of calm to a room but their air-purifying qualities neutralise harmful chemicals found in cleaning products and furniture – all they ask for in return is some TLC 

LIVING WALL PLANTERS, from £7.99 each, all Dobbies, dobbies.com. To create a similar effect, layer up seven rows of two planters, each containing three plants. For a similar table try the Conran Shop, conranshop.co.uk. For similar Bentwood chairs try Colt Furniture, coltfurniture.com

 

SMART GARDEN (automatically takes care of water, light and nutrients), £95, The Conran Shop, conranshop.co.uk

SMART GARDEN (automatically takes care of water, light and nutrients), £95, The Conran Shop, conranshop.co.uk

FAUX ARECA PALM, £90, Flowerbx, flowerbx.com

FAUX FIG PLANT, £165, Flowerbx, flowerbx.com

Left: FAUX ARECA PALM, £90. Right: FAUX FIG PLANT, £165, both Flowerbx, flowerbx.com

RUG, around £163; COFFEE TABLE, around £194; DAYBED, around £1,230; SCREEN, around £96; SUEDE CUSHION, around £54, and SEAGRASS BASKET (just seen), around £31, all Bloomingville, bloomingville.com

RUG, around £163; COFFEE TABLE, around £194; DAYBED, around £1,230; SCREEN, around £96; SUEDE CUSHION, around £54, and SEAGRASS BASKET (just seen), around £31, all Bloomingville, bloomingville.com

 IMPERFECT BALANCE

Who says everything has to be perfect? The ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi champions a laidback aesthetic, finding beauty in the flawed, the incomplete and off-kilter

TABLECLOTH, from £111; NAPKIN , £8.40; BOWLS and PLATES, from £7 each; GLASS VASES, from £15 each; CERAMIC VASES , £39 for three; CUTLERY, £14.10 per piece, and PENDANT LIGHT, £65, all Broste Copenhagen, brostecopenhagen.com

TABLECLOTH, from £111; NAPKIN , £8.40; BOWLS and PLATES, from £7 each; GLASS VASES, from £15 each; CERAMIC VASES , £39 for three; CUTLERY, £14.10 per piece, and PENDANT LIGHT, £65, all Broste Copenhagen, brostecopenhagen.com

TABLECLOTH, £34.99, H&M, hm.com

TABLECLOTH, £34.99, H&M, hm.com

DUVET COVER, £135, toa.st/uk

DRESSING GOWN, £129, Toast, toa.st/uk

Left: DUVET COVER, £135. Right: DRESSING GOWN, £129, both Toast, toa.st/uk

DUVET COVER, from £110; FLAT SHEET, from £70; OXFORD PILLOWCASES, from £30; CUSHION COVER, £25; Bedspread, from £100, and carafe and glass set, £35, all The White Company, thewhitecompany.com/uk

DUVET COVER, from £110; FLAT SHEET, from £70; OXFORD PILLOWCASES, from £30; CUSHION COVER, £25; BEDSPREAD, from £100, and CARAFE AND GLASS SET, £35, all The White Company, thewhitecompany.com/uk

SPA INSPO

Working hard and playing harder means unwinding at home is crucial – so it’s no wonder that Pinterest’s top interiors trend for 2018 is spa-inspired bathrooms. From soothing oils to healing crystals, make yours a centre of self-care 

LADDER CHAIR, around £159; TOWELS, from around £23; HAND LOTION, around £13; CANDLE, around £13; JAR SET, around £27; SMALL BASKET, around £27; LARGE BASKET, around £125, and BODY BRUSH, around £11.50, all Bloomingville, bloomingville.com

LADDER CHAIR, around £159; TOWELS, from around £23; HAND LOTION, around £13; CANDLE, around £13; JAR SET, around £27; SMALL BASKET, around £27; LARGE BASKET, around £125, and BODY BRUSH, around £11.50, all Bloomingville, bloomingville.com

3 OF THE BEST MEDITATION APPS 

Find peace and relaxation – even while you are on the go – with our pick of calm-inducing apps 

HEADSPACE

 

THE MINDFULNESS APP

 

HEADSPACE This series of spoken-word exercises is designed to be used for around ten minutes a day. £9.99 per month. 

THE MINDFULNESS APP is one of the most accessible apps, offering a wide range of meditation tracks lasting from three to 30 minutes. From 99p for individual tracks.

SMILING MIND

 

SMILING MIND was originally designed with children from the age of seven and young adults in mind. It is free of charge. 

 

  

 

 



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