First of all, remember that your bedroom is supposed to be your ultimate chill out zone, where you can relax either alone or with your partner. When you close your bedroom door you’re closing out all of your worries (not least your kids) and preparing to rest before getting up to do it all again the next day. You need to make your bedroom as comfortable as you possibly can. Make sure you invest in good quality sheets with a high thread count – and believe me, Egyptian cotton really is worth the hype. If you sometimes wake up with sore shoulders and an aching neck, try getting new pillows that give you more support.
Your Living Room
In the evenings you want your living room to be a cozy den where you can relax and unwind after a busy day at work. Go for a high quality couch covered with soft fabric – there’s nothing remotely relaxing about shifting around on the couch and hearing the springs twang underneath yourself so make sure that you get a decent quality one. If you want to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, invest in a heating and cooling system – and if you find that the heat escapes from the room much more easily than you’d like, you should probably add a rug to your wooden floors to keep the heat in. You could also check out your doors and windows to make sure there are no draughts – and of course you should add a soft, cozy woollen blanket to your sofa to snuggle up beneath.
One of the biggest luxuries in your kitchen is decent lighting so you can see what exactly you’re doing, so make sure that you have bright white overhead lights as well as more intimate golden ones you can switch to if you plan to eat in the kitchen as well as cook. Make sure that your kitchen is laid out in an intuitive way – your spices should be where you can reach them easily, along with your oven gloves and tea towels. You don’t want to be shuffling through cupboards when you’re trying to make an incredible culinary creation!
A lot of people feel as if they can’t truly relax unless they’ve had a shower – and there is something that’s deeply soothing about being surrounded by heat and feeling that water beat down on you. If your shower’s a little feeble, consider investing in a waterfall shower so you can scrub yourself properly, and go for high quality toiletries in your favourite scents so you can really enjoy your time in the shower or bath. Go for soft towels – and most luxuriantly at all, invest in a heated towel rack so that you’re warm and cozy immediately when you step out of the show – and so that your towel dries much more quickly over the course of the day! Make sure you take your time in the bathroom to make yourself look and feel good – time is the biggest luxury of all.