The Art of Wellbeing
Recently, we have seen a change in the way our consumers are living, with a focus shift towards wellbeing and slower living.
It concerns itself with the increasingly visceral need to connect first-hand with your environment, whether this is within the home or getting out and submerging yourself in nature and exploring the outdoors with family and friends. The main motivation is to change people’s outlook on life and understand the importance of looking after you.
According to our Swedish cousins, the art of Lagom is the secret to new found contentment. It’s all about a well-balanced and well-rounded way of life – embracing what we have in order to replace the yearning for what we have not. It’s an extension of the comforting Danish ideal of ‘Hygge’ a concept that has become an increasingly popular point of discussion amongst lead designers, bloggers and creatives over the past couple of years. So what is Wellbeing and in particular, Lagom all about? We have compiled a few key points to consider when embracing this new way of thinking and it’s a great basis for making your house a blissful sanctuary to submerge yourself in.
Rules of consumption
Wellbeing concerns itself with the simplicity of life and this goes for every aspect from food to sustainable living. In the realm of the home, this means surrounding yourself with what you really need and accepting - with modesty, contentment in the minimum. Ideas such as Lagom don’t however mean that you have to desert the idea of warmth and cosiness that we have previously associated with ‘Hygge.’ It’s more about being grateful for what you have and changing your life for the better by mastering the small stuff – the manageable stuff. With this in mind, invest your time in what you love to do, concentrate on developing a forgotten hobby, get out and about and embrace nature or realign your interior space, giving careful consideration to movement through the home.
Enough is as good as a feastLagom means ‘just the right amount’ so finding a healthy balance is of upmost importance, don’t deny yourself anything but be conscious of what you already have to work with. Start with the kitchen – make some small changes here, whether it’s to your recycling process, or minimising food waste through clever storage – it’s a great starting point for making a difference. Bring colour indoors with luscious greenery; herbs are a great way of breathing life into the home and encourage you to cook rustic, homemade foods that feed the soul. Get more out of it by growing your own from scratch, nurturing your seeds from the first moment of planting, right through to picking.
Leading the way
We should all be committed to making a difference, whether it’s promising to use less water and creating less waste or working towards the ultimate goal of living well. The use of space and layout within the idea of Lagom is something that is heavily considered by our team when looking at the best use of space for our customers. A big factor when considering space is the way in which we style our Show Homes for customers, we treat these as our shop window so that visitors can envisage themselves living there. In your own home bring in rustic woods along with natural linens in warm neutrals for the ultimate feeling of Lagom, it’s a nod to all things natural and helps to add depth to your design.
How it works for usOur kitchens are designed with the family in mind; family rooms offer an extension of space to this area making it the perfect hub of the home. Light is also a big factor with large bi-fold doors included in the majority of our homes creating a great transition from outdoor to indoor living. Styling and accessorising your space to suit your way of life is really important, functional yet beautiful pieces are a must. We want our customers to enjoy their home - it is after all, a place of warmth and security. So try slowing down and taking the time to make your space your own and connect with natural world around you, we promise that this is a great starting point for finding a sense of wellbeing.