Turn Your Home into an Oasis of Peace

Turn Your Home into an Oasis of Peace

Our homes are our own private sanctuaries. And while we all want to create a beautiful interior with an inspiring design, we should really be focusing more on creating a space that fosters love and peace everywhere you look.

However, achieving perfect peace and a balanced, harmonious design can be somewhat elusive with scattered shoes in the hallway, piles of clothes on the floors of bedrooms and everyday clutter in the living room – not to mention dirty dishes in the kitchen. On the other hand, by implementing simple design tweaks here and there and introducing slight changes to your lifestyle, you’ll easily manage to turn your home into an oasis of peace. Don’t believe us? Just watch.

Welcome everybody


The change of these proportions should start right from your very doorstep. First of all, don’t treat your entrance door like just a passage that leads indoors. Show them some love and make all of your visitors feel welcome as soon as they approach them. Aside from treating them with a fresh coat of paint and making sure they look nice and polished, you should embellish them with an interesting door ornament or a seasonal wreath. Furthermore, make sure to add an interesting doormat that can even turn to an excellent conversation starter.

Cosy feelings all around


Next, make sure you touch-up your hallway design a bit as well. If there are a lot of shoes in your household, make sure you enhance your storage space, so that everyone has a place to leave their belongings – and thus contribute to keeping your home looking clean and clutter-free at all times. Additionally, spice the design up by creating a fun DIY key holder – this can even be a fun family project – that will add some visual interest to this area.

Take care of the heart of the home


The kitchen is the place where we spend some of the most precious moments with our family. Whether we’re preparing food or enjoying it together, the most important thing is that we’re all together. However, the thing that most commonly hinders every kitchen design is dirty dishes. So, to make sure that your kitchen always looks presentable and clean, ask your family members to rinse and load their plates and cutlery into the dishwasher as soon as they are done eating. This way, all of the dirty dishes will be stored out of sight, patiently waiting to be cleaned.

Cozy-up the living room

The living room is usually the second busiest room in a house. Therefore, no matter how well-put-together it is, make sure you try to cosy it up just a bit more. First of all, take care of the everyday items that create a visual mess, such as magazines and TV guides, by getting beautiful storage solutions – for example, wicker baskets, where you can put those items away when they are not in use. Next, enhance the design by creating a gallery wall where you can display all of your favourite family photos. If you have a beautiful family, don’t hide it! Finally, fill the area with greenery as plants are known to have a soothing effect on us.

Don’t forget about romance

When it comes to your bedroom, the only two vibes you should really be aiming at are comfort and romance. While a lot of people neglect the latter, keeping the romance alive is of the utmost importance. So, if your bedroom is already pretty cosy, boost the romantic vibe by filling the space with amazing candle jars that will help you set the mood just right whenever you feel like you need some extra cuddling.

Indulge all your senses


Finally, the bathroom is the place where we start and end each day of our lives. That’s why it’s very important that our bathrooms are designed in such a way to foster relaxation and self-care. Give your bathroom a spa twist by decluttering it, adding some scented candles, playing soothing music whenever you take a bath and filling it with another spa-like decor.

So, if you feel like your home could use some of these touch-ups, get inspired, roll up your sleeves and treat your home to a few simple upgrades that are bound to make a world of difference.

Home Office Design: Foster Creativity with an Inspirational Zen Office

Everyone will tell you that working from home undoubtedly has numerous benefits, but the one thing nobody is talking about is all the struggles it can sometimes bring. By default, many people assume that since you are home, they can interrupt you anytime they see fit, which can be particularly annoying. That’s why you need to put down some ground rules if you haven’t done so already.

Now, even when you get rid of all the external distractions, you will sometimes feel uninspired and not particularly motivated to do the work that’s before you. To remedy this issue as well, you should consider using the power of feng shui to help you focus and boost your creativity. With a help of some Zen vibes, you’ll feel much more focused and inspired to tackle all of your daily obligations. To find out how you can Zen up your home office, please read on.


To start off, get rid of any clutter

A cluttered work environment will result in a cluttered mind, and not being able to untangle your thoughts and ideas can affect your work-related efforts pretty negatively. Furthermore, clutter can easily drain your energy which is definitely not something you want in your workspace. Therefore, make sure you get rid of everything you can and organize the rest. The items you decide to kick out of your home office you can either throw out or donate. The items you decide to keep, you should organize by following these rules: everything that looks unsightly should be hidden away from sight – store all the paper and documents in neat-looking storage solutions, go through your pens and other supplies and get rid of anything broken – broken or damaged items bring in negative energy and make sure you don’t have too many objects with sharp edges in our office because they provoke negative energy as well.

Next, set some boundaries

According to feng shui, your work should never interfere with your personal life and vice versa, so if your home office is set in your bedroom, consider relocating it. The bedroom, kitchen and living room are the places you should avoid when deciding on where to create your home office because these are the places meant for relaxation, not work. However, if you don’t have the luxury of having a separate office space, consider implementing some visual boundaries instead. Introduce a different colour scheme with panel room dividers or consider adding a dynamic contemporary rug which symbolises peace and spirituality and is believed to boost wealth.

Use power position to boost your productivity

According to feng shui, your desk should be placed in the so-called power position – facing the door, but not directly in front of it to prevent all the creativity from leaving the room. Also, avoid facing an empty wall as it is also believed that it can block creativity. Furthermore, carefully organize your desk so that all of your basic necessities are at the arm’s reach. When it comes to office supplies, make sure you always choose top-quality ones because you can’t expect the best results if you’re working with a second-grade equipment.

Invite nature inside

Finally, the best way to boost your energy levels is to draw energy directly from nature. Therefore, make sure that your home office is bright, with plenty of sunlight and well-aerated because fresh air boosts productivity. Also, add potted plants wherever possible, but again, steer clear of the plants that have pointy leaves because they can provoke negative energy and that is definitely something you should try to avoid at all costs.

For a truly serene and inspiring home office, try following some of these tips and create an environment that will work both with you and for you. Keep in mind the basic principles of feng shui and let them guide you through the entire process of putting together an inspiring work hub that will boost your productivity and allow – and even encourage – you to give your best in the business field.

Monthly Property Update – November 2018

Monthly Property Update

An up-to-date outlook on house values around New Zealand.

In-focus this month:

1) Are you a first home buyer?
According to our First HomesEstimate, property prices in Auckland and Queenstown are still increasing.

2) Looking at investing in high-end property in Auckland?
Prices of high-end properties are growing faster than any other segment of the market in Auckland. Suburbs like Grey Lynn, Glendowie & Westmere have seen growth.

3) Wellingtonians, do you know your updated CV?
The residential house prices jumped up an average of 44.6% over the last three years with affordable suburbs, such as Newlands and Tawa experiencing the biggest increases.

For a detailed report, please click the link below

homes.co.nz Monthly Property Update - Nov 2018