As someone living with a chronic illness, I have learned that creating a peaceful and relaxing home environment can have a positive impact on my health. I believe that it’s important to be happy, calm and content spending time in your home, especially given it is where a lot of us spend the majority of our time. I know all too well about this because every couple of years, almost like clock-work, I get the itch to change something about my own home. And until I do, it kind of stresses me out.
I don’t know what it is about me, but I get bored with my surroundings easily and I love changing up the rooms in my home. Perhaps it’s the wanna-be interior designer in me? We moved into the house we are in now as a new build in 2012, which was great as it was like a blank canvas and we got our house looking exactly how we wanted. I was more than happy with it but over time I started to get that feeling of discontentment that I know all too well, and I knew that I wanted to change something. In 2014, pretty much exactly two years after we moved in, the walls got painted a different colour, things got moved around and I was content again. I deliberately kept the walls a neutral colour, knowing that I would probably want to change things up again in a couple of years; the idea being we wouldn’t have to touch the walls but could instead change things around in the room, try out different colour schemes and even replace/switch up items in each room.
It’s now 2016 and I am desperate to change things up again, particularly my bedroom. I spend a lot of time in my bedroom resting and I want it to be less cluttered and a more calming place to be in. Due to space constraints I can’t change the furniture around in my bedroom, which has led me towards looking at smaller items I can buy to change the look of the room.
I was recently introduced to a website called Uncommon Goods, which is a privately-owned retailer founded in 1999. They offer a great selection of home décor, jewellery and gifts and I immediately fell in love with pretty much their entire home décor collection, which you can check out for yourself here. What makes Uncommon Goods even better is their ethics. They pay their staff well and are mindful of their impact on the environment; about one-third of their entire collection is made from recycled and/or upcycled materials. Uncommon Goods also support local designers and artists (half of what they sell is hand-made) and each item on their website has a unique story behind it, which I think is really cool.
This is exactly the kind of company I feel good about purchasing from and I have been eyeing up so many of their products. To be perfectly honest with you, the whole site is right up my street and my wish list has grown as long as my arm…. and then some! I mean look at all these gorgeous prints, check out the unique furniture, oh and you need to see all the quirky cushions. Can you tell I’m excited?
Sadly, the voice of reason came into play (if only I was rich) and I decided to narrow down my wish list and focus on the task at hand: creating a calm and peaceful bedroom.
My Uncommon Goods Wish list
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Above is my wish list for my bedroom. I picked the items on the list as I feel they will help to make things less cluttered and more peaceful; the birth month mini dish is a beautiful place to keep my jewellery, I am forever burning candles and loved the hand-painted element candles, I have been wanting a terrarium for far too long, I adore giraffes hence the bookends and I currently have nowhere to keep my glasses safe and the owl eyeglass holder would be a great addition to my owl collection (just ask my husband, I have a lot of owl stuff!!).
My favourite item on my list, though, has to be the ‘Birthstone wishing balls’. I not only love the appearance of them but the entire concept; it’s somewhere to keep your memories and wishes. At the moment I have a note on my phone where I keep track of all the things that I get up to. This would be a much better way! I can imagine it will be great to get to the end of the year and look back at all of the things you have written.
I think I will definitely be happier with these items from Uncommon Goods and feel they will help me to create a more relaxing and peaceful home environment. Let me know what you think of my wishlist in the comments section below and I apologise in advance if you lose hours perusing the Uncommon Goods website!