The Need for Calm
December 15, 2010
You know that holiday tune “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” ? Well whenever I hear it, I often substitute these words.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year,
With the relatives yelling
And everyone selling you plastic reindeer!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
In my family, we make up new words to old songs just to amuse ourselves, we’re just strange like that. Or perhaps you do that too.
Joking aside, it’s true that even though December is a magical time of year, with little ones counting the days until Santa arrives, it can quickly become stressful and commercialized. I try to take it all in stride and focus on more meaningful moments: making cookies with the kids, crafting, decorating the tree, snuggling up with Christmas movies, and remembering the reason for the season. I read this on Laurel’s blog the other day, “Sure, the season is hectic, but you only have a few years to put tradition in their hearts.” So true!
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, there are always moments when I need a little peace and I seek an escape. When I feel the need for calm. For me, often that’s dreaming about pretty places. Time spent with family and friends is priceless, but there is something to be said for the desire to transform the places in which we live into calming spaces. It’s why we read shelter magazines and follow good design. It’s why we write about our own spaces and read other blogs ~ we seek to be inspired.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so when I seek serenity, quite often I turn to sites or images that inspire me. I love magical airy ethereal spaces that instantly make me breathe a little deeper, and make me want to curl up with a good book and some tea.
I found Light Locations earlier this year (can’t remember which blog sent me to it) and I was smitten. Every time I return, there is some new featured home to love.
When it comes to spaces, “calm” means different things to different people. For some it is intense color or natural organic textures. For others, ‘calm’ means clean lines or minimalist design.
To me, ‘calm’ spaces always have this in common: plenty of light, the richness of wood accents, subtle but interesting patterns that inject color, painted pieces of furniture, and vintage finds. Clean spaces that appear collected over time.
These rooms have me dreaming of those peaceful moments that come the day after Christmas, and those quieter times before a New Year begins.
I also love to visit Light Locations because you can download their wallpapers for your desktop just to keep you inspired, or better yet, introduce that calm.
All images courtesy of Light Locations.
What is it that calms you during this busy season?