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I’m inordinately proud of our Summer Special July issue. Why? Because we devoted it to ‘wellbeing at home’. I figured that we all tend to feel better about life, ourselves and the universe when the sun shines, and it’s of particular interest to me to explore how to harness that feeling, all year round, and especially within the confines of our homes. I fervently believe that our homes have the power to physically affect our health and happiness, so it’s incredibly important to ensure that they’re working for us, not against us.

 

The July 2017 “Wellbeing” edition of ELLE Decoration UK

 

Home should be a place that rejuvenates and restores, and as Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration, I’ve been lucky enough to see inside many different homes, but the ones I’ve chosen to publish, regardless of deliberately being varied in look, size and location, have always had one thing in common: they’re homes that their owners showered with attention and affection, they were cherished, and they were therefore homes that left you feeling uplifted and inspired. This to me is the real key to creating a personal sanctuary; the real key to home.

 

But how is it done? What are the easy ‘wins’ anyone could do to engender a supportive environment at home? I’d suggest the following as a starter for five…

  1. Ensure the colours you use support the function of each room, in other words calming tones int eh bedroom to more invigorating shades in more social, family spaces.
  2. Introduce natural greenery to your environment. It’s said that you need one plant per piece of electronic equipment to neutralise any toxins they might emit. Check out the 5 best plants here.
  3. Try to get as much natural daylight as possible bouncing around your home. Keep windows clean, ensure curtains and blinds do not unnecessarily obstruct, and use mirrors to cheat extra light in where possible.
  4. Rid your home, larder and bathroom cabinet of as much stuff that contains artificial substitutes as is practical, whether that’s beauty products containing a surfeit of preservatives and parabens to cleaning solutions. Today there are excellent natural alternatives available, in all sectors, at all price points.
  5. Consider what you see when you first cross your threshold. Don’t underestimate the power of the home to give you a subliminal energetic lift. What would bring a smile to your face if it was the first thing you saw? Then ask yourself why that can’t be your reality. Do it today, I guarantee this one thing will be a life-changer.

 

Elegant Italian villa, first featured in ELLE decoration Country Volume 10. Photographer Fabrizio Cicconi/Living Inside. Styling: Francesca Davoli

The hallway of this elegant Italian villa, first featured in ELLE Decoration Country Volume 10, is a textbook lesson in making a welcoming entranceway. Albeit one that already has the advantage of being rather spacious! Photographer Fabrizio Cicconi/Living Inside. Styling: Francesca Davoli

 

Of course, wellbeing at home goes beyond just interior decor. The importance of the home is also in its position as the fulcrum around which your life should function. After all, the five most commonly cited ways to wellbeing are as follows: connect with the people around you; be active; stay curious; keep learning; and give. Consider then the part your abode could play in all this. from the pleasure of having friends gather around your kitchen tables for a quick, casual supper, rather than meeting in a restaurant, to the ease with which a family can connect if there’s a dedicated area that’s not in front of the TV (that same kitchen table?). Or the joy in being able to practise yoga in your lounge if you can make the space to do so, to the fact that online learning can be more appetising if you can create yourself a home office, however small. It’s about having a special spot to do it in. Just as a cosy chair can make reading more enjoyable, so can helping others be as simple as lending a listening ear with a cup of tea on your sofa. How nice to be able to offer all of that in your heart of health, your home: centre of your universe.

 

A pair of 'Scandia Senior' chairs from the Norwegian design studio Fjord Fiesta look out across the Grøtøya Strait, north of Norway. An idyllic spot if ever there was one. Home first featured in the July 2017 'wellbeing' edition of ELLE Decoration. Photography: Nadia Norskott/House of Pictures. Styling: Kirsten Visdall.

A pair of ‘Scandia Senior’ chairs from the Norwegian design studio Fjord Fiesta look out across the Grøtøya Strait, north of Norway. An idyllic spot if ever there was one. Home first featured in the July 2017 ‘wellbeing’ edition of ELLE Decoration. Photography: Nadia Norskott/House of Pictures. Styling: Kirsten Visdall.

 

See more of these beautiful homes in the July 2017 ‘Wellbeing’ issue of ELLE Decoration

Plus read our dedicated hotlist of 41 ways to harness the feel-good factor at home.

 

Text by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor in Chief ELLE Decoration

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