Monday, 27 January 2020

House Tour: Bonnie and Nathan ..... Big Little Lies

Bonnie and Nathans house from Big Little Lies

I have been drooling over the house of Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) and Nathan in Big Little Lies for a while now and so thought it was about time I put them all together in one post. I love that open plan relxed Californian Look in the sitting room and that beautiful wooden kitchen .... dreamy!!

If like me you have found yourself wondering what is upstairs, the same property was also used as a film set for 'Beautiful Boy', so below I have included some pictures from that set so you can have a peak at the upstairs.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Mindfulness: Tea as ritual

Melissa Green Photography : Tea as ritual and mindfullness practice
Having been a chronic sufferer of anxiety and a long term appreciator of aesthetics it is no surprise that I came to the practise of mindfulness with welcome arms. Taking a step back to appreciate the environment as it is brings an almost immediate stillness to my somewhat chaotic mind.... right now for instance..... I can hear the ticking of my little clock and the whirling of the laptop fan, I can smell the spicy aroma of my tea (yogi Himalayan ) and I am observing the dance of steam as it circles and swirls up from the mug below it .... and with a deep inhalation..... I am calmer. I am in the moment not my thoughts.

........ although I try to keep this sense of calm with me throughout my day it isn't always that easy, contentment too is impermanent. Life happens, work can be hectic, children have tantrums, and Christmas shopping left too late, means battling though busy shops,  loud Christmas music and neon lights overwhelming my senses. So the big question..... how do we bring mindfulness to these situations?

For me it is a work in progress, I am trying to catch myself in these moments and bring an awareness to the feeling of overwhelm and the rush of adrenaline, and take a step back to it serving me? At work sometimes the answer is actually yes..... on a busy hospital ward I need the adrenaline to keep me going, but whilst Christmas shopping.... nope!. I am just allowing myself to get carried downstream, feeling the powerful pull of the hive mentality.... must consume, panic buy!!!

So although moments like this when I am sat having a cup of tea, appreciating the smells, tastes, sounds and vision of my little house, may seem small, they are actually the starting point of something bigger . It is returning to this practise every day that is beginning to help buffer me from the outside world and the trap I can easily fall into. It is my reset button.

So how about you? How do you recharge and find stillness? :)

Tea as a mindfullness pratise

One Fine Morning via Flickr
Stillness and Immediacy

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Studio Ora : Beautiful Open but cozy home in Boulder

There isn't much I can say about this beautiful natural, earthy home that these photos don't already say.  The property in Boulder, Colorado belongs to textile artist Ora and her family and I just love the open space and the combination of cozy and minimalism..... perfect!!!

Scroll down for more pictures of Ora's home or visit her Instagram page here for more

Sun Salutaion Print by Local Artist Amanda Leon