at home with ourselves
I thought I'd start with some tips on overcoming some common interior design hurdles I see, specially these days when we are stuck within our four walls and getting REALLY intimate with our interiors!
So the first area I’ll focus on is what I call the <Me Corner>
It could be a living room where you can close the doors and draw the curtains, or an alcove by the window in your studio, the Me Corner needs 3 basic things:
Seating that works for you - This is going to be your favorite hangout, positioned just right. Know what YOU need to relax - is it a supportive frame or a pouf to melt into? Do you have enough space to lie down, or can you put your legs up on a stool/coffee table?
My all-time favorite is the muji pouf - light enough to carry around, it takes my Me Corner and makes it mobile : https://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?Sec=19&Sub=82&PID=6256&qclr=4549738370802
If you have a bit more space, and prefer a more natural aesthetic, I really love the rattan papasan chairs with an ultra soft mattress:
And if space (or budget?) is really no object, the ultimate relaxation is a meridienne - stretch out and don’t share. I love this one from West Wing at a really great price :
Upping the comfort quotient - Do not underestimate the power of textiles! Good cushions and throws can be a way to update your existing couch and make it more suitable for lounging (and no less for entertaining, but who does that anymore?)
I LOVE Madura for their cushion covers and the quality of their fabrics :
You may already know Camif, which is a great resource for locally produced home decor, and these jacquard cushions are just gorgeous :
And though Im normally all for natural or geometric weaves, this collection of throws from Slowdown Studio are just...stunning :
(you can buy them from Smallable)
Create your perfect ambiance - maybe you need music or silence, or to surround yourself with plants or books. Only you can answer that. But one thing I feel we all need better control over is light.
On grey Paris days, try a light therapy (luminothérapie) lamp to lift your mood : https://www.sens-original.com/1559-innolux-tubo-lampe-luminotherapie-medicale.html
Or if you're netflix & chilling you can opt for easier control (and less eye strain) with this great lamp from Philips :
I know that space & budget limitations can make “decor” feel like an unnecessary splurge, specially when we are just trying to keep our heads above water. But I also hope that we can all find time these days to give ourselves a short break and relax - I know we need it!