Creature Comforts

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I read somewhere once that you can ground any space with a few of your favorite things and rituals. I definitely believe that is true. Running a business out of my house, as I might have mentioned a time or two, or ten, I sometimes have to let the work take over, which can leave me feeling less grounded and more chaotic. Which isn't all that great of a state to be in for either creativity or structured tasks. Right now is one of those times. I am working on wholesale orders, new products and a craft show that is coming up in May. It's a lot. And work has taken over my house as of late. But I do find even if I have to put on my blinders and let the laundry pile up, I do have a few things that I do that makes me feel me feel more grounded and centered, and most of importantly reclaims that sense of home in my house. Because of course motherhood and life is in the mix as well.

1. I always go to bed with a book. I put my phone away and read. Last night I started A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and I can't wait for bedtime tonight. So far, so very good. 

2. If anything brings me back to focus or calms me it is lovely scents (there's a lot of scenty goodness on this list). One thing I really love is incense, and I really love it when in comes in a pretty package like this one because I like to keep it out and easily accessible. They say that smell is one of the strongest triggers of memory, and for some reason many of my favorite memories seem to involve the waft of nag champa in the air, or maybe it was just the scent that made the memories pleasant. So that is a regular in my house too. 

3. I always like to have a nice throw handy. For myself, to cover something up, for my little ones. It's just one of those comfort things and a soft pretty one is all the better.  

4. Candles. If I were a billionaire I think the amount of money I pay in rent now could easily be allocated just to candles. I love the energy they bring into a house, and of course the scents. This candle smells like a library. Two of my favorite things in one!

5. I try to have fresh cut flowers at all times. Right now is my favorite season for flowers. Tulips, peonies, and stargazer lilly's are my favorites. I am currently trying to invest in better vases, as vases seem to be one of those things you end up with. And because I "end up" with them, I never buy them. I'd love to add this crinkle vase to my collection though.

6. I am obsessed with Kate Magik anointing oils. Obsessed I tell you. There are different blends that have various aromatherapy properties. I dab a little bit on all throughout the day, especially before sitting down to work. And perhaps it's all the placebo affect, or just beginning a task with the intention of where you want to be mentally and emotionally, but they really work for me. Right now my favorites are creativity and performance blend and fearlessness and confidence. And they smell so good. I've always loved oils but none as much as these. 

7. I tend to channel Mr. Rodgers on a daily basis. I have so many cardigans. I really believe you never can have too many, and I change them out throughout the day. This grey one is probably my favorite style (it goes really good with leggings. speaking of which, leggings should probably be at the very top of this list).

Do you have any rituals or items that help ground you?

14 comments:

  1. I am a big believer in incense and candles as well. Even here in the tropics I will light candles most nights, (when it is not too windy, we have hardly any walls in our house so if the wind blows, well..). Always on the look out for a good read and might give that book a try. X

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    1. i'm not too far into the book yet, but it's set in chechnya, a setting i have never read in a book before - so i am really interested in not only the story, which seems great but the historical aspects as well.

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  2. I've been trying to track down that candle for a year! How had it never occurred to me to look at Net-a-Porter?? I was sure I'd find it in Paris at Colette next week (next week!!) because they carry Byredo, and I'm desperate to smell it in person. I love this round-up. It's so very pretty. That book cover? My my. And it's almost peony season!! Yay! xo

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    1. well . . . net-a-porter . . . it's a place i look a lot (and make wishlist's from) but never buy from ($$$ woowee). and i can't believe you are going next week! i bet if you bought that candle in paris it would surely be even more fragrant. xo

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  3. i love throws as well. every couch and most chairs in my house have throws on them. they are so cozy, and perfect for cold feet. also - that paper bag vase is so lovely. i've been eyeing it! if only the price was right for me...

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    1. ha, well if you notice the only things i actually own that are on *this list* is the book, incense and the oils. none of the other prices are right for me either ;) but one can dream and want and wish.

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  4. Oh reading right before bed is definitely one of them. Except I'm reading this anthology of weird short stories and they're really quite frightening. Probably not something you want to read right before bed. But I can't help myself!

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    1. i just read a book called 'annihilation', it was pretty creepy. there were a couple times laying in bed i thought maybe i should read this during the day . . . but it was really short so it only gave me a couple nights worth of weird dreams. xo

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  5. I think my books (I bought Truffaut's "Hitchcock: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock" yesterday, was so happy that I finally found it in one of our bookshops - I usually shop online for books, but whenever I find something I've wanted for a long time in a store I buy it on the spot and the joy is greater) and magazines would be at the very top of the list. And our films collection, fresh flowers, candles too, and a good coffee or tea, and something chic and comfy to wear, definitely.

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  6. So funny to me how much of this is similar to my life. I've been photographing flowers in the studio a lot, so I'm trying to have them in our home more. We have a wonderful place here called Norfolk Wholesale florist that is a big warehouse filled with flowers and I really need to get better about getting here each week. And reading before bed yes, and candles yes, and cardigans, of course! XO

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  7. flowers are the key. they are essential. they change everything but I buy them not often enough... this needs to change!

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  8. we have that serena & lily throw...it's my favorite! i just have to keep it folded on top of an arm chair...if we used it on the house yoda would get white dog hair ALL over it :) also, the candle, the sweater, the crinkle vase...i want it all!

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  9. I so want to read that book, it has been on my must read list for a while now. I have money left on a B&N gift card. I think I am going to get it.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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