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.
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…
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.
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
See also michelleogundehin.com