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    Keep calm and style on: how to create a balanced home environment

    Keep calm and style on: how to create a balanced home environment

    Nikki Hill practices what she preaches. The Naturopath and founder of nikkihillapothecary.com works from home, creating women’s health products. She believes a calm, pleasing home does more than just improve your mood. “Studies have shown [a well-designed home] can have a positive effect on your immune system. If you’ve had a busy, stressful day it’s important to have a space you feel safe and comfortable in.” We took a tour of the five-bedroom home she shares with her husband Chris and two sons, to learn how to create a balanced environment to boost both mental and physical health.

    The grey Ritchie sofa and armchair from MADE.COM in a white living room with brick wall in industrial style. A wicker coffee table, house plants and black frames with prints on the walls complete the look.

    Look and feel

    “The Ritchie sofa and armchair go perfectly in the living room. They’re contemporary and look gorgeous near the exposed brick wall. They’re also super comfortable and where I sit to do most of my work.” Your home can have a massive impact on your wellbeing so creating a beautiful space that feels and flows well is essential.

    The grey Ritchie armchair from MADE.COM in a corner of the living room in front of a brick wall in industrial style. House plants and black frames with prints on the walls complete the look.

    Call of nature

    “I’d recommend bringing nature into your house – whether it’s a house plant, fresh herbs, fresh flowers etc. They make the room feel alive and help purify and re-oxygenate the air. They also absorb radiation from electronics so it’s healthy to have them dotted around.”

    The grey Ritchie sofa from MADE.COM in a white living room. A wicker coffee table, house plants and black frames with prints on the walls complete the look.

    Live green

    “According to NASA studies, plants also help improve productivity and lower stress. My favourite air-purifying plants are English ivy, peace lilies, aloe vera, succulents, cacti, snake plants and ferns. They’re all low-maintenance, too.”

    A houseplant in a corner in front of a white wall next to a window with a shadow cast on the wall.

    The Hive black metal hanging lamp from MADE.COM in a white hall with a dark wooden staircase and a houseplant.

    A bed in light tones in a bright bedroom. The white Cohen floor lamp from MADE.COM is placed in a corner next to a side table with green glass vases and plants. The bed is covered with grey textured bed linen from MADE.

    Soothe, real soothe

    “I’d recommend placing vases of flowers (I love eucalyptus) or plants or pots of herbs by your counter, bed, sink or on the kitchen table. They have instant soothing capabilities.”

    A bed made up with linen bedding and a waffle texture throw from MADE.COM.

    Hygge is the word

    “I love creating little cosy pockets that make you feel calm. Soft textures are great for that. I love adding throws, sheepskins and cushions to really soften a space.”

    A wooden cabinet in a white bathroom with white single sink. The marble Malie mirror from MADE.COM stands in a corner next to a scented candle and plant.

    Back to basics

    “If there’s a lot of mess or too much unnecessary stuff in the house, it can clutter your mind and add to your stress levels. I think it’s about simplifying our already hectic lives and getting back to basics.”

    The Cubus towels from MADE.COM hang over a freestanding white bath next to a wooden stool on tiles with a black mark. In the corner is a houseplant in a wicker basket.

    Feeling blue

    “The paint colours you choose in your home can have a profound effect on your mood too. I suggest, for a quiet, more relaxing atmosphere to go with natural tones - tranquil blues, greens, greys and whites.”

    The MADE.COM Frame armchair in green velvet with brass frame stands in a white room next to the fire with a houseplant in a wicker basket and brass and black vases.
    MADE's Frame armchair in green velvet with brass frame, paired with a multi-coloured velvet cushion, a houseplant in a wicker basket, brass and black vases for a fireplace with wood blocks and the Tangle chandelier in matte black and clear glass with brass details.

    In the frame

    “I love the green velvet Frame armchair. It’s so contemporary and cool. It complements all the green plants I have in the house.”

    The large Fife candle from MADE.COM with pink leather strap placed on a rattan coffee table in a white living room.

    Shine a light

    And it’s not all about material items. Nikki has a bright idea when it comes to atmosphere: “candles and low lighting from lamps can help relax your home.”

    MADE's lona dining table in a bright dining room overlooking the garden.

    Got wood?

    “I love mixing textures in my home, and as the kitchen is all-white and very contemporary, I wanted a dining table that was made of wood to bring a little warmth and rustic charm to the room. The Iona dining table is perfect, and it is nice and long so when friends come around we can all sit around and enjoy our meals together.”

    Glass jars filled with dried herbs stand on a white shelving unit in the kitchen. Mounted antlers are above on the white wall.
    A green toolbox with spice jars next to the green Magni vase from MADE.COM and a wooden and marble cutting board for a white wall with a print in black frame.

    Be our guest

    And how does Nikki stay clutter-free with a young family of four? “My husband and I move quite a lot and have become very good at parting with things we no longer need. As I work from home I have clients dropping in all the time and there’s nothing like people coming over to inspire you to be clean and tidy.”

    Brown, glass bottles with flowers stand on white shelves on a white wall.

    Work/life balance

    “I try to put my work away in the evenings and at the weekends to be present with my boys and let the house get a bit dirty and chaotic then. We love to get out on the weekends hiking in nature and this is good for us all.”

    A birdhouse hangs in a bush in the garden.

    Back to nature

    “I love our garden - it was the reason we bought the house. We opted for big sliding windows out the back so we could sit inside comfortably but feel a sense of being in nature no matter what the weather.”

    Article written by: Carly-Ann Clements
    Imagery by: Joanne Crawford

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