The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi celebrates the imperfect beauty of nature, with all of it’s flaws and it’s natural cycle of birth and death. So instead of spending time and energy trying to make your home perfect from top to bottom, find the beauty in a lack of symmetry, odd numbers and unique materials.
This Danish lifestyle trend celebrates values of home, family and togetherness that bring us comfort and joy. How do you achieve hygge? It’s easy: add candles to your home, spend more time cuddling up with family, and have friends over for dinner. The increase in Scandi design, features faux and real animal furs draped on chairs or couches. Danes are considered the happiest people on the planet. It’s definitely worth taking a page from their hygge book.
This Welsh term translates to cuddle. You can see evidence of cwtch in the trend of large comfy couches, throws pillows and fireplaces. These all enhance the kind of cozy, cuddly vibe.
The KonMari Method
Americans seem to have an endless desire for decluttering and storage. Much of that desire for order has come from the influence of Marie Kondo. Her mega-bestseller book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up can help you influence your state of mind. When it comes to wellness, saying goodbye to unnecessary objects can bring a sense of calm and renewal to your life.
The 72-Hour Cabin
There is no denying that she-sheds, outbuildings, tiny houses and artist studios are popping up in backyards around the country. The need for a space of your own, and a life cut-off from outside distractions finds it’s ultimate expression in an innovative project called the 72-Hour Cabin project. In 2017, this study watched five subjects with incredibly demanding jobs and high stress levels. They monitored their heart rate and other indications of well-being after they engaged in key components of the Swedish lifestyle like solitude, swimming and fishing. After 72 hours, participants had a 70 percent decrease in their stress levels. How do you bring this trend to your home? Large windows that face nature, a commitment to unplugging and reading, finding opportunities for exercise and self-care can alleviate stress when a trip to Sweden isn’t in the cards.