How are you doing? I’ll admit, over a month of being alone (well, except my pup Sansa of course) is beginning to wear on me. What day it is? Who even knows anymore?? But still, I believe strongly that it’s important to slow the curve of the pandemic when you living in or near a hotspot or to prevent one from popping up. They’ve been saying we’d be in a surge here in Massachusetts right around now and they were right. Worth staying home for.
One thing I’ve really enjoyed are all the free offerings, performances, classes and YouTube programs coming from celebrities homes. It definitely feeds this nosy body’s curiosity. Yesterday I was thrilled to be able to participate in a hands-on distance learning program with one of the world’s foremost decoupage artists Jill Barnes-Dacey. Jill is based in Germany and participants dialed in via Zoom from all over the world, including one woman who was up at 1:00AM to join in. Jill sent some printable artwork and we all worked on similar (and yet very different) pieces using what we had on hand. I started the bowl above and am looking forward to finishing it! One thing I don’t have is a dedicated craft space, so when I’m working on a project, it feels like it takes over my whole cottage. Because it does!
Having some time to relax and focus on a single task – such as decoupage, reading or just having a cup of tea and maybe taking a moment to find some peace through prayer, meditation or just contemplation – is such a mood booster. Do you have a space for this in your home? Whether you live alone like me, or you’re hunkered down at home with extended family, I think having a zen corner will make such a difference.
Create your Zen Corner by shopping at home
Since running out and shopping isn’t feasible for many of us at this point, why not shop at home and create your own Zen Corner? Find a spot in the corner of your master bedroom or at the end of a hallway then steal a chair, a lamp and maybe a side table from other spots in your house and create something new. Changing things up by moving things around is a great way to see your home and furnishings in a fresh new way.
Turn your back, find your Zen Corner
I love this little corner in the above image. But, what really struck me is if someone were looking for a little moment of zen, why not turn around that chair to face the window? It’s okay to turn one’s back to the room and create a tiny little bubble of personal space, even if only for an hour.
Zen Corner for Two?
I found this image above on Domino which credited Homestead Seattle. This house is an Airbnb in Seattle though the styling is different. But, if you have a small unused corner, maybe order a tiny table and chairs (unless you have a set hanging around) to just create this perfect little spot to rest and rejuvenate. This particular Airbnb sleeps up to 10 so offering up some spots for personal space is a great way to make guests feel the most comfortable.
A couple of years ago, I saw this cute little children’s space on a holiday house tour. This is the space under the main staircase in the house (hard to tell from the photo, but the door was still there). How cute is this for a little kid? But, you could also squeeze a small chair or bench seat with comfy cushions for a little private grown up space as well.
I’m a big believer in moving things around and seeing our homes in a new light. So, I hope this has given you some ideas for creating your own zen corner!