Use Slow Living Design To Inspire A More Sustainable Home
There’s a lot to be said for slowing down once in a while, and allowing ourselves the space and permission to retreat, rest, and recharge. It leaves us feeling more energized and positive about jumping back into life’s daily tasks, and gives our creativity room to grow. A current interior design trend that seeks to foster more peace and restoration within the spaces we call home is a concept known as “Slow Living” It’s rooted in the idea that creating a more tranquil home through style and design choices can help encourage a more purposeful and joy-filled life. With this endeavor in mind, we’ve curated our own Urban Natural “slow living” collection in honor of your serene relaxation.
Opt For Sustainable, Heirloom Quality Pieces
Slow living design encourages a less-is-more approach, and that includes being purposeful about each piece you purchase. Invest in expert craftsmanship and sustainably made pieces, which will last longer, and help minimize the harmful effects of fast furniture waste. Try looking for pieces made from FSC certified hardwoods, for example, like the PI Coffee Table from Ethnicraft, which is sustainable and ethically sourced from responsibly managed forests. Both the coffee table and its sister PI Side Table were designed with the shapes and intrigue of nature in mind, then finished by hand to retain as much of the natural wood integrity as possible. You might also consider furniture made from upcycled materials like Copeland’s exquisite Linn Bedroom Set which uses sustainably harvested Oak that’s been repurposed from their own operations. By seeking out thoughtfully made, sustainable furniture, you practice the art of being more present and self-aware in your everyday life.
Get Inspired By Nature To Bring More Joy
In the spirit of mindful “considered” purchases, Slow Interiors are often guided by shapes, colors, and textures found in nature. Try layering natural materials and textures to increase your sense of wellbeing, and feel more present in the moment. The Danish concept of “Hygge” prioritizes comfort and connection at home by opting for earthier color palettes, organic light sources, and natural fabrics that make you feel more attuned to the elements of nature. The Dominic Hand-knotted Rug by Loloi, for example, with its natural fibers and gradually-shading earth tones make it an ideal to bring Hygge into any living room or bedroom. Loloi’s Cassian Handwoven Rug uses a high and low shaggy texture with cozy neutral tones, and both rugs are made from 100% wool, and ethically sourced. We suggest accessorizing with layered textures and nature-inspired patterns by adding accent pillows and throw blankets that follow the Slow Living style. Perhaps you might also bring in some natural light and the scents of the wilder outdoors with one of our very own Urban Natural “Home” candles, made from 100% soy wax!
Discover The Handcrafted Difference
Choose handcrafted pieces to invite the more personalized touch that Slow Living celebrates into your tranquil spaces. Cisco Home’s collection of hand stitched pillows are made with vintage prints and unique fabrics that become statement pieces all on their own. You might also try incorporating Farmhouse Pottery’s handcrafted bowls and plates into your cooking and dining routine, and appreciate the value of time spent making beautiful and purposeful things. Finally, the Lena Nesting Side Table is an exquisite way to add a sustainable and handcrafted touch to any corner or bedside in your home.By celebrating the simple things in life, we make room for what matters most, and for the people we want to cherish them with. When you design your home with a more Slow Living mindset, you’re also taking the time to invest in what best serves you, day to day, in addition to the areas of your routine that might need a little extra attention and loving care. Happy Hygge living to you, and feel free to drop us a line anytime for some added inspiration or complimentary design consults too!