Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
My Home is My Sanctuary
It’s highly likely you’re no different from me if I say, “My home is my sanctuary”. When I get home from work, I look forward to being home with my husband and my dog. I just bought my first home last year which may have something to do with it. Now more than ever I’m excited to decorate my home and create a place of refuge to unwind from the day.
How do you feel when you walk in to your home? Do you feel a sense of calm or anxiousness? Do you feel like you can sit and relax? Or are you struggling to find a space for yourself to do this.
When I think of what helps me to relax, I feel nature is where I usually turn to. I used to go for hikes and trail runs often. I also seem to be drawn to looking at images on Instagram and Pinterest that are about nature. Apparently, I’m not the only one. Plenty of magazines, blogs, and retailers seem to be highlighting products and designs that bring the outside inside.
What Inspires You?
I watch HGTV shows, House Hunters (especially House Hunters International), Million Dollar Listing, and my new favorite Island Life. I get inspired by these shows and for a short while, and live vicariously through them for the duration of the episodes.
One element that I love but cannot afford are glass walls that open up to the outside space. You tend to see this with $1M+ homes. The closest I come to these walls are my sliding glass door to the back and a large front window I actually get a lot of light during the day. So how can you make your home feel as close to nature as I can with a budget?
After some research on this topic, I believe there are 5 easy ways to bring nature inside your home. I just realized that from my front window, I can control what I look out to. I bought some succulents that I look out to and am planning on doing a California native plant landscaping soon.
Take your time and reflect on what resonates with you. Observe your feelings. What are you drawn to?
I hope this helps you with bringing nature inside your home. I would love to know what elements you chose. Please share with me.
This blog post is the start of a my series, “5 Ways to Bring Nature Inside Your Home”. Each element has it’s own blog post which you can find with the links below:
Part 1: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Plants
Part 2: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Rattan & Cane Furniture, Lighting, and Home Accents
Part 3: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Earth Tones
Part 4: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Botanical Prints
Part 5: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Natural Materials