At The Small Home we are experts in the art of nesting.
Creating natural harmony in the home is never more welcome than when it's cold and dark outside.
These simple rules of nesting help to magnify life’s small pleasures and design a living space which enhances wellbeing.
Craft zones for connection and retreat. A pair of adjoining chairs invites conversation over freshly brewed coffee in a beautiful mug. A natural throw paired with luxury velvet cushions piled deep on a leather armchair, offers an embrace at the end of a long day.
Warm neutral colours, inspired by the earthy tones found in nature, lend a sense of tranquillity to a room, making it calm and welcoming.
Natural elements such as sheepskin, wool, cotton, wicker, wax and wood bring a comforting organic feel which makes a space feel grounded.
Candlelight creates a soothing ambiance, softening edges and creating a sense of sanctuary. Gently layered lighting, from wall, floor and table lamps, add pools of warmth to highlight areas within your home.
Scent reduces stress, boosts our mood and invites us to relax. Infusing your interior with a carefully chosen scent, whether to calm, restore or invigorate, is an important factor in creating a relaxing, safe space.
Mellow music creates an instant ambiance which eases anxiety and invites us to relax. Music plays a key role in nesting since it reduces the heart rate, decreases stress hormones and boosts the brain’s production of dopamine. Put simply, music elevates your mood.
Uncluttered and clear spaces bring a welcome sense of order. Regular clearouts and efficient storage create the feel of spaciousness and flow. Rehome anything which doesn’t bring a sense of harmony.
An interior infused with natural light lifts the spirits. Restrict heavy window dressings during the day and make sure windows are gleaming so your space benefits from as much natural daylight as possible.
Transition into soft, loose loungewear to foster a sense of ease and flow in the body and to make it easy to curl up in a chair to read a book, or to snuggle down on the sofa in front of a film.
Embracing daily rituals remind us of the value of self-care. Simple daily pleasures such as savouring our favourite hot drink, taking a long soak, or an afternoon nap, allows us to pause and reconnect. It is vital for our wellbeing.
Natural sheepskin slippers are winter’s trusty companions. Placed by the front door, they offer a warm welcome. Taking a few moments to swap your outdoor shoes for slippers is a ritual which reminds us to disconnect from the outside world and invites us to step into our sanctuary.