These simple ways to nourish your home are ideal, if you feel that your home is your castle, but you don’t feel comfortable there. We spend a lot of time in our homes and gardens, so make them a haven, even if that’s a bedsit. In fact, sometimes smaller places can be nicer, as you can have more design ideas, and spend a little more on nicer items, in a smaller space. Forget designer magazines or makeover programs, and read these books instead. See Bea & Bloom (an inspiring house tour).
Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and near pets/children. See a beginner’s guide to houseplants, to know toxic plants to avoid near pets (just brushing a tail against a lily or sago palm can harm). If used, see candle safety tips. And if you use sheepskin rugs, choose ones that do not harm sheep.
Dwelling is packed with simple ways to nourish your home and connect to your soul. Make decisions to simplify your life, and create peace in your day. Use with Melissa’s Dwelling Well journal, using guided prompts.
Melissa’s other book But Where Do I Put The Couch? offers 100 tips including updating homes on a budget. Tips on making homes child-friendly, furniture placement, colour choices and styling rented homes.
Badger & Bobbins makes beautiful sustainable homewares from Sheffield. These are really nice, and you are sure to find something you like to replace single-use items. The founder used some times off work to adapt her lifestyle to be more eco-conscious at home, and now makes items to replace disposable plastic.