AT HOME | 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Spa Like

AT HOME | 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Spa Like

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I have been in my condo for a year now and it’s still half under construction. Since the rest of my home is a 70s nightmare,  I’ve come to appreciate the two finished rooms in my place by turning my bedroom and ensuite into an oasis to escape the rest of the chaos I am currently living with. My situation may be unique in that I’m living in major discomfort but I think everyone’s home should be a sanctuary to relax in. With that said, here are my top 10 tips of making your home more spa like. Serenity now.

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FRESH FLOWERS

Having fresh cut flowers around your place not only smells great but it adds colour to your surroundings, especially in my case since my home is very white. I don’t know about you, but a flash of greenery and blooms really improves my mood instantly. I am loving the bouquets from Maven & Grace who expertly arranged all the florals in my home that I’m still enjoying nearly 2 weeks later!

flowers – c/o Maven & Grace | amour soap – c/o Woodlot

 

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SCENTS

If I’m home, a diffuser is on pumping out some heavenly and calming scent or I have a myriad of layered incense burning. I love forest scents such as cedar and pine but also muskier notes like palo santo.

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rock – c/o The Witchery | palo santo – c/o Woodlot | cedar incense – c/o Juniper Ridge | Spa Spirit, Tranquility, After the Rain, and Mountain High oils – c/o Saje | diffuser – c/o Saje

I love incense so much that my sister and I even created one together last summer when we were on Gabriola Island. We handpicked flowers to make the limited edition Sister Witch incense which is available on her site! Fun fact!

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CALMING SOUNDTRACK

Sometimes when I’m unwinding, it’s nice to have ambient sound in the background that keeps you company but that you can also ignore. I recently discovered a site that has several different types of static sounds you can stream such as forest walk, early morning seashore, summer rain, and mountain stream to name a few. Check it out here.

bluetooth speaker – Marshall

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TEA & INFUSED WATER

A nice cup of brewed tea or a refreshing glass of infused water is an easy way to evoke the spirit of a spa. I will confess that every time I’m in a mall, I will walk into Aveda just to have a sample cup of this tea – it’s so different as well as sweet on its own. My favourite infused water combination is freshly cut cucumber and mint.

tea – c/o Aveda

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FRESH EUCALYPTUS & LAVENDER SHOWER

For those of us who can only dream of owning a steam shower in which we can diffuse oils through, we tie fresh eucalyptus and lavender on our showerhead to get the same effect. The hotter the shower, the more steamy eucalyptus lavender scents happen. It’s the best.

eucalyptus + lavender – c/o Maven & Grace

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MOOD LIGHTING

Not only do candles smell amazing they add to the mood lighting of your place. A candlelit bath is much more relaxing than one with your overhead lights beaming down on you, trust. Beeswax and soy candles are the best as they’re non toxic and in my experience last waaaaaaay longer. I also recently learned that in order to avoid the tunneling of a candle, you need to burn them for extended periods of time rather than a short burst.

cinder candle – c/o Woodlot | patchouli candle – Diptyque | shampure candle – c/o Aveda

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FACE MASKS

If ever I’m having a difficult day, I like to take 15 minutes to myself and put on a facemask. My top three in rotation right now are Aztec Secrets, a mud mask that makes your skin pulsate as it dries, Pura Botanicals Overnight Watermelon Mask – you can leave it on overnight, and Lush’s Cup ‘O Coffee a real skin awakening. I like to keep my sheet masks in the fridge for an extra slap of coldness in the face.

 

Indian Healing Clay – Aztec Secret |
Overnight Watermelon Mask – c/o Pura Botanicals |
Cup O’ Coffee – c/o Lush |
Calendula + White Tea –  c/o The Face Shop |

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FLUFFY ROBE & SLIPPERS

I cannot stress enough how purchasing a fluffy robe and ridiculous slippers to swan around my condo in has changed my life for the better. I have a wardrobe of robes which may seem excessive to some but they’re my business attire since I work from home. The slippers were an impulse purchase on my recent trip to Marrakech and they make me feel hilarious and decadent.

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BATH SALTS & BOMBS

I love to scent my bathwater especially when it involves pretty packaging or some kind of explosion in the tub. Anything musky or rose scented is right up my alley like these bath salts pictured above. I also love bath bombs which I use so quickly I can never photograph them 🙁 – my two favourite as of late have been Stress Away and the Golden Egg.

Gem & Honey Bath Salt + Bad Moon Rising Bath Salt – Wild Honey Apothecary | Calm Bath Salts – c/o Herbivore Botanicals

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INFUSED FACE CLOTHS

I have recently started infusing facecloths and storing them in my fridge for after the gym or just when I need a refreshing moment. I add essential oils to water and then submerge a facecloth in it. Wring out the cloth, roll it up, and place it in a ziploc bag in my fridge. It’s THE BEST. I find eucalyptus to be energizing whereas lavender more relaxing. You could even put the lavender in hot water for a steamy cloth.

eucalyptus oil + lavender oil – c/o Thursday’s Plantation

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At the end of the day, it’s all about making your home a sanctuary and a relaxing place for you to hang out. What are some of the ways you make your home more spa like?

Grand Budapest Hotel | Canyon of Dreams | Tim Walker – Pictures

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STYLE | May the Fourth Be with You

STYLE | May the Fourth Be with You

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Happy Star Wars Day! This is really just an excuse to showcase my rad pyjamas, let’s be honest. My sister and I got matching pjs and slippers for Valentine’s Day from our Mother and all I really want to do is wear them outside. Robe life at its finest. Special thanks to Curtis Ross who lent me his lightsaber so that I was able to take my pj party to the next level. May the fourth be with youuuuuuu!

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AT HOME | My Funny Valentine

AT HOME | My Funny Valentine

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about your significant other. I like to take this silly holiday as an opportunity to celebrate my friends, whether it be visiting over a high tea and champagne pj party or sending cute stationery to my long distance buds who I don’t get to see on the regular.

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Christine Lingerie – Candy Silk Cami & Tap set | Garbo Silk Robe (made in Canada!)

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Sloane Tea – Jasmine Mist    |    Jin Soon polish – Auspicious

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Woodlot candle – Cascadia

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Duchess Bake Shop – Macarons | Duke Cake | Macaron Gateau 

And a little Frank Sinatra never hurt anyone either! Here’s a great YouTube playlist for your listening pleasure. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

Photographs – Sandy Joe
AT HOME | John Deere Lofts

AT HOME | John Deere Lofts

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I know some of you might be wondering why on earth I would have sold my loft and made myself temporarily homeless. This isn’t some soul searching wanderlust breakdown but rather a calculated decision. While the location was superb and the space was amazing, the surrounding area which was once designated as a warehouse district has been rezoned. I originally moved in with the intention of staying briefly and “flipping” it, the rezoning just helped expedite the process for me.  
I enjoyed instagraming/snapchatting it to no end and that sadly came to an end when I said goodbye to  the space in the middle of August and took off for the coast. It was 4 am the morning of our departure date when we finally made it to bed after having moved ten thousand pounds of the most ridiculous vintage finery among other oddities. With such little storage space, I certainly crammed every drawer to the brim. 
Currently, I am “homeless” and not exactly sure what’s next but I’m confident I will be fine. Normal people wouldn’t put themselves through this but my parents have reminded me that doing things that the average person would not want to (aka moving with only two weeks notice) is how you get ahead financially in the long run. My parents definitely have their act together so I know their advice is valuable.
In the meantime, here are some satisfying before/after photographs of the loft (I realize now that I did a rather poor job documenting ALL of the nooks in their glory).  
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I’ll keep you updated on my search for the next perfect project – check out my snapchat if you want live feed property tours as I continue the hunt: sandy.joe. On another note, I’ve also been going pretty hard on Pinterest with home inspiration – check that out HERE.
Photographs – Sandy Karpetz