The season for snuggling up with a good book next to a roaring fire is here– and it’s only getting colder!
It’s true that gas fireplaces are becoming a staple in new modern homes, but if you’re into the old-school ways, like us, then lighting up the fire place or outdoor pit requires stacks of wood. Now, with these large stacks of wood, comes a ton of space and sometimes even dirt and bugs!!
Where in the world are we going to put these logs in our clean, cozy home without ruining the entire feng shui?
The easy answer– outside. Stacking up the wood in a visually pleasing manner outside is a great option, but if you live in extremely cold climates, you may not want to be trekking to the side of your house mid snow storm. If you’re keen for a little DIY, check out these ways to display your firewood inside!
Have an empty fireplace wall? Hang a floating metal or wood rack that will act as a case for your firewood. This will add a natural design element in your space while still brining in a modern feel!
Floor storage space is a must in a small space- in the winter, fill it up with your fire wood! This makes the logs easily accessible and brings a bit of the natural landscape indoors.
Have empty spaces in your home? You can find a corner of your home near the fireplace and stack the wood nicely to give a natural look to your space. The wood will look like it was meant to be there!
Are you handy? Explore with metal or wood work to create a minimalistic firewood holder to display the logs. If you’re not the handiest person, simply buy one from an enlightened designer!
Have an old bureau you no longer need? Repurpose it! Remove the drawers or shelves, and finish it with a fresh coat of paint. Your fire wood stacks will slide nicely into the, now large, open space!
Ready to cozy up by the fire?! With your firewood just an arms length away, you’ll be sure to get in lots of fireside reading time!
Are you dreaming of turning your bungalow into a jungalow?🌿
Bring nature inside with indoor plants that are easy to care for. In our busy days it’s hard to commit to adding more work into our sanctuaries, but with these no-fuss indoor plants your home will start looking like a tropical jungle in no time – and with little to no added hassel!
Don’t let plant care scare you off, incorporating plants into your home will bring a new liveliness and bright vibe inside. They are sure to boost your mood every time you notice a new growth!
Check out these low maintenance, indoor plants you won’t kill!
The Monstera plant is low maintenance and will transform your space into a tropical getaway.
Aloe not only looks great, it is also great to have on hand for those mid summer sun burns or a soothing spa night!
Pothos plants are extremely easy to care for and will bring in a vine-like look to your jungle set up.
The Dracaena looks as if it should be on a tropical beach landscape. This plant will make a statement in your home, while still being easy to care for.
Jade Plants are cute little guys, with a lot of versatility! You can place the thick, succulent leaves in other pots when the plant is growing too big. there are also hanging jade plants you should check out!
The snake plant is one of the easiest indoor plants to care for. This plant will not die – unless you really never look after it!! It’s tall, stiff leaves make a beautiful addition to any room.
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Why does being indoors have to block our view of the outside? Bring nature indoors! We love homes designed to feel as if you are living amongst nature- whilst protected from the elements. What better way to see the stars or the morning sun than from a skylight in your home?
Letting in the natural light isn’t just a design detail, it is also a way to promote healthy living and increased positive vibes in your home! Brighten up your space with ceiling skylights or floor to ceiling windows. You will start to have trouble figuring out where the landscape stops and your home begins!!
You never have to sacrifice natural views with these modern skylights!
Modern kitchen skylight located in Melbourne, Australia– Designed by Chan Architecture.
Home in North London designed by Mulroy Architects and Manea Kella.
Beachside Melbourne home designed by Sheri Haby Architects.
Lakeside home in Washington State, designed by the architecture firm, Olson Kundi.
Modern home in Connecticut designed by Harvard Five architect, John Johansen.
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Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping. How are you staying warm this season? Stripping down and engaging in a relaxing sauna session may be your best bet to raising your body heat while lowering stress levels. Here are a few benefits of cold weather sauna sessions!
Detox. As your body heats up, you start to sweat. This act of sweating for a longer period of time helps to detox your body through the skin. Impurities and toxins will flow from within, leaving you feeling clean and clear.
Reduce Cold and Flu. Resting in a sauna daily, or even a few times a week, can help increase white blood cells and improve your immune defense to colds. The high heat can also help to destroy the virus and bacteria by raising your body’s temperature.
Clear The Mind. It is no joke that the holidays are stressful. With events such as Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, as well as ending job cycles, stress seems as if it is floating through the air. Relaxing in a warm sauna will provide you the necessary still moment to let your nerves rest and help to clear your mind. Taking the time to release tension and connect to your body, especially while detoxing, will leave you feeling lighter and present.
Warm Glow. Humans are designed to move. Movement is a part of us and in the winter months this can be daunting. A sauna session will open up your pores and allow your body to sweat as if you’re running or working out on the hottest day of summer– yet it is cold outside! You will be left with warm, rosy skin post sauna session. Just make sure to rehydrate with water.
Recovery. Whether you tumble down the ski slopes, have a burner session at the gym or simply experience annoying day to day aches and pains, the sauna will help your body to recover. Pain goes deep into your muscle tissues and it is important to warm them up to rid the aches. The heat will release the tension stored in our joints and muscles, allowing your soreness and aches to dissipate.
Bring the blooms inside this fall season. Adding bouquets of beautiful flowers will transform your space and bring a fresh pop to any setting! As the season is transitioning into fall, we have rounded up tips and tricks for making the perfect fall bouquet at home.
Step one to creating a beautiful arrangement, for any occasion, is foraging for flowers! Local markets, grocery stores and flower shops can provide flowers year round. If you don’t feel like braving the markets, simply step outside and forage for wildflowers and local blooms. Fall brings in lovely sunflowers and iris, along with many other beautiful species of flora. Whichever way you choose to get flowers, make it fun! Invite friends to help create arrangements, or simply take your time browsing all of the beautiful colors and options.
Arranging your own bouquet is a special way to dress up your tabletop or even just to have as decor around the house. Guests will feel welcomed and bringing life indoors will bring in a new level of peace. To begin your arrangement, it is important to organize your blooms according to the statement pieces and the filler flowers. Filler flowers will be the bulkier, bunched flowers, such as the eucalyptus in the following photos. The statement flowers in your arrangement are the star of the show. Sometimes it is fun to incorporate bulbs that have not yet bloomed, so you can watch your creation change daily!
Once you have your flowers organized, start to have fun with arranging! Show your creativity and don’t be afraid to make up an out-of-the-box arrangement. Flowers have beautiful imperfections that will elevate your arrangement and add a level of obscurity that intrigues the eye. This could be something as simple as a bent stem, making that particular flower drape over the rest – this adds dimension to your bouquet and will lead the eye across the whole creation.
The beauty of arranging a flower bouquet is– there is no right or wrong way to do it! The end aesthetic is what you are left with. Deep colors, such as maroon and plum will bring your arrangement a fall vibe. Adding in tones of brown with sticks or black flowers will also add a fall depth and natural tone. Play around with hanging stems that look as if they are wiggling out of the arrangement for a unique element.
In addition to the flowers, the vase you use can help to accomplish the overall aesthetic you’re looking for. For obscure arrangements, it is nice to have an array of eclectic vases to mix and match with. For a more modern chic aesthetic, a clean white or clear vase is suitable. Even recycling wine bottles or other glass bottles can make great vases, while giving the recycled materials a fresh purpose.
Feel inspired to go out and forage for your next bouquet? Enlighten your next tabletop setting or coffee table nook by bringing the fall blooms in!
Have you ever wanted to elevate your ordinary shower into a spa-like sanctuary? Incorporating natural botanicals into your daily routine will bring a relaxing, resort feeling to your next shower. Here are five ways to bring in aromatherapy to your bathing space!
Eucalyptus is a calming scent, especially magnified by the steam from your shower. Simply hang a bundle of fresh Eucalyptus on your shower head for an aromatherapy experience in every shower.
2. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of the most relaxing scents, beneficial in so many ways. If you keep a vile of lavender oil in your shower, you can rub a couple drops on your wrists and neck to immerse yourself in a relaxing state.
3. Aura Cacia Mist
Aura Cacia is an essential oil brand that uses natural aromatherapy. Use a mist such as lavender, eucalyptus or rosehip to relax your space before bathing and showering.
4. Quality Hand and Body Wash
Investing in a high quality hand and body wash can elevate your shower into a spa experience. It is important to know what you are putting on your skin, and your body will thank you if you do! Aesop is just one of many brands that produce washes with quality ingredients while focusing on an aesthetic and sensory pleasure.
5. Lotion and Perfume For Post Shower Fragrance
Ending your shower with a high quality body lotion and natural perfume will seal off your relaxation and carry you through the rest of your day/night! Your skin is soft and open after showering, which makes it the most important time to moisturize immediately after to lock in the hydration. Although perfumes and lotions can be pricey, it is important to invest in products that use all natural ingredients that will not bring any harm to your skin.
Bring nature into your next shower for a true spa like experience from your own home. Use aromatherapy to soothe the soul and create a sanctuary within your space!
Flowers bring us joy in every form. Their aromatic essence and aesthetic appeal create a mood of fresh natural beauty. We give and receive flowers on a multitude of occasions, and often gather them in our wanderings in the wilderness. To preserve a flower is to preserve a memory, and here’s how you can get started!
Step 1: Harvesting Fresh Flowers
Freshness is essential! When making your selection, choose freshly bloomed flowers picked in the morning after the dew has evaporated away, cutting the stem at a diagonal angle. If you aren’t going to immediately press your harvested flowers, store them in an air-tight ziplock bag in the refrigerator.
Once you cut the stems diagonally, remove all the lower leaves and small bits that would be below the waterline of the vase that you will put them into next. If any leaves are left below the water, they will rot and cultivate bacteria that will shorten the life of the flowers. Add a teaspoon of sugar to the water in the vase if you don’t have plant food, and place the vase in a cool and ventilated space out of direct sunlight. Hydrating the flowers is only necessary for two to three hours, but it will make all the difference! Flowers and plants with a naturally flat face will be easier to press, but if you wish to press thicker flowers such as roses or orchids, you will need to cut the buds in half before laying them flat on paper.
After hydrating for several hours, flowers must be dried immediately to prevent browning. The ideal surface for pressing flowers is one without texture, so avoid paper towels, toilet tissue, or textured cardboard. Instead, try printer paper, sheet music, books, or smooth cardboard.
The easiest option is to use a book that is heavy and thick, although it’s better to use one you don’t mind damaging a bit from the moisture of the flowers. A good option is a phonebook, or an old dictionary or encyclopedia from a used bookstore. Place the flowers between two pieces of paper, and then in the middle of the book. Once you gently close the pages of the book, place the book beneath a stack of other books, bricks, or anything else that will enhance the compression of the flowers with weight.
After two or three weeks, the flowers or plants will be completely dried, and ready to remove for framing and crafts! Use tweezers to remove the flowers or plants from inside the pages of the book and for further handling, as they will be extremely delicate and require gentle or little contact with the oils on the surface of our skin.
Step 4: Framing and Crafts!
First decide how you would like to display your newly pressed flowers, whether it be upon parchment in a picture frame, or mounted between two pieces of glass to display in a window or in a locket. Measure and cut the paper you would like to mount your flowers on, or clean the glass well with windex so there are no fingerprints or marks on the inside. Always use tweezers to handle your dried flowers and plants, and use a Q-tip to apply glue gently to one side of them. Place the flowers in your desired design, and then gently add the top piece of glass on top of the paper or bottom piece of glass.
Submerge yourself in greenery and the aroma of blooms. Having houseplants is not only aesthetically pleasing, the act of nurturing plants is also incredibly therapeutic. They create a fresh, natural ambiance, giving a glowing green spark of life to any space. Having plants indoors has been proven to lower blood pressure and stress levels, increase concentration, decrease mental fatigue, and reduce air particulates and toxins. Plants such as Boston Ferns or Crotons are known to cleanse toxic elements and irritants such as carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, pollen, bacteria, and mold. Fill your home with natural beauty and fresh oxygen!
Install a living wall! Designate an area of your home where you can reserve an entire wall to grow herbs, mosses, or succulents! The air will be fresh, and you will enter and leave the room feeling a sense of renewal and serenity.
Make your outdoor area a paradise of comfort and beauty. Whether you live in a suburb, or downtown atop a high-rise, hanging hammocks, carefully placing lounge furniture, and adorning surfaces with flowers and trees is essential.
Have too many allergies, or leave town too often to care for plant life? Make it a project of finding floral wallpaper, exotic wall art, or commission a mural of a jungle scene or forest view. Breathe in the green of nature.
Build an outdoor bathing area filled with greenery and bright flowers. You can even utilize your garden hose faucet to convert into a shower, bathtub, or pool. Make your bathing ritual a retreat into wilderness, and leave the bath feeling cleansed in every way.
For thousands of years in folklore and traditional medicine, stones have been used for healing, protection, and stimulating or moving energies.
All crystals and gemstones are living organisms, and contain a life energy of their own. They are evolving entities, growing in clusters that can take thousands of years to fully mature. Each stone vibrates at its own individual frequency, and each unique vibration that they emit are said to affect us in a vast array of ways.
Many crystals and gemstones are as old as our planet itself, and some even originate from unknown sources in our cosmos, such as moldavite, which was found inside and partially formed within the crater of a meteor that struck in Southern Germany about 15 million years ago.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the use of stones provides the most profound and permanent effects to treat the most difficult of diseases. Ancient healers contend that the density and solidity of stones represents a stabilizing effect. Wearing specifically prescribed stones near your body over a length of time is said to promote the healing of a chronic health condition, or promote evolutionary changes and development. Stones can be used in combination for a synergistic effect, just as the process of combining herbs when formulating an an elixir or tonic. Preparing stones through cleansing, clearing, and recharging is imperative. One can purify stones and crystals by submersion in salt water, smudging with Palo Santo or Sage, and soaking beneath sunlight and moonlight.
Originally discovered in Ethiopia, obsidian is a dark volcanic glass formed by the rapid solidification of lava without crystallization. It has been used for thousands of years for ritual ceremonies, pottery, and weapons. Place Obsidian near your entryway in a planter or on a table or altar to ward off anything negative from entering your home. “Wash” yourself on every length of your limbs and up and down your energy centers while concentrating on affirmations to free yourself of emotional attachments that are no longer serving you. Hold the obsidian near your heart center during breathwork and meditation to create an energy of grounded stability and peace.
Manifesting Love + Compassion + Tranquility + Balance
Rose quartz is most commonly found in Brazil, India, South Africa, and Madagascar. It has a blush tint due to its contents of titanium, iron, manganese and an aluminum boro-silicate called dumortierite. Traditionally, it is said to dissolve emotional wounds, fears, and resentments, promoting loving energy to circulate throughout your body and essence. Rose quartz can induce receptivity to beauty of all kinds, attracting love and restoring trust and harmony in existing relationships. Place rose quartz in the Southwest corner of your bedroom to attract abundance of love and balance existing relationships. Wear a rose quartz pendant in level with your heart energy center to create a flow of peaceful, loving energy in your life.
Citrine is formed when amethyst undergoes extreme heat exposure. Rio Grande do Sol in Brazil is the world’s largest supplier of natural citrine, but other mines can be found in the USA, Russia, Madagascar, England, France, Scotland, Spain, Brazil, and South Africa. Citrine will aid in increasing confidence, therefore making it a fluid path to manifesting wealth and abundance of all things. Set an intention of that which you wish to manifest, and hold a citrine near your solar plexus energy center. Place a genuine citrine in the Southeast corner of your living room and office, preferably both on a wooden surface and near a water fixture like a fountain or water vessel.
Palo Santo, or the holy tree bursera graveolens, is native throughout Mexico, Central and South America, and the Galapagos Islands. It belongs to the same family of trees as the resins Frankincense and Myrrh, and it emits resonant aromas of citrusy sweet, earthy tones.
Palo Santo trees grow in groups of one male surrounded by eight females. The lone male outlives his female counterparts by up to a couple hundred years. Wood from female palo santo trees is golden, solid and heavy, whereas that of the male is white, hollow, fragile, and light. Shamans teach that Palo Santo trees have a distinct spirit that lives in the wood long after the tree’s life has ended, so they strongly consider this tree as a sentient entity.
This sacred smudging instrument has been utilized ceremonially for ritual cleansing, purifying, prayer, and healing for thousands of years. In traditional folk medicine, indigenous peoples and shamans across the Americas use Palo Santo to aid both physical and spiritual ailments ranging from stomach aches to stagnant or repressed energies. It is common for it to be forbidden to harvest the holy wood from live trees, but only collected from fallen branches and twigs, and must be allowed to dry and cure for 3-5 years. During this period, a magical chemical transformation occurs. The sap, once fluid in the living tree, proceeds to crystallize and form deposits, giving the Palo Santo its rich resin deposits that are the very essence wood. Thus, Palo Santo must undergo a metamorphosis beginning with a tree falls under natural circumstances, and remains resting for years.
The Incas of Peru and Ecuador use the rising smoke of Palo Santo to eliminate mala energía, or bad energy, rid negative thoughtprints, and clear misfortune. Indigenous peoples also prepare teas and tinctures from wood shavings to aid indigestion, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation. Essential oils produced from Palo Santo are used as topical emollients to treat arthritis and joint pain, and are widely used in aromatherapy as a pleasurable means to treat coughs and bronchial conditions.
Try a sample of this heavenly scent, and notice the healing properties take hold. How do you like to use Palo Santo? Where is your favorite source to buy it? Submit comments and questions below!