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10 steps for a Healthier Home

1. The science of Natural Light

Natural sunlight causes our brain to release a hormone called Serotonin – this being the happy hormone and feel good neurotransmitter – so this means that without sunlight in our homes we are in fact exposing ourselves to the risk of depression, anxiety and an array of other yucky symptoms. Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air flow through your home every day!

2. Bring greenery in

Indoor plantation and nature is directly linked to mental and emotional development, reduced stress, and improved concentration. Pick some fresh flowers from the garden or even throw some kale into a vase if you are looking for an easy but beautiful quick-fix. 

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3. Make your bed

The morning rush often gets the better of us all. Whether we are scooting off to work or to drop the kids off at school or even to make it to our morning gym sesh on time, we often overlook the simple act of making our bed. The tone of your entire day is set in the first hour of being awake. The way you choose to spend this time will either set off a flow of events that will end up in an inspired, positive day ahead of you, or the contrary. Making your bed in the morning before you leave the house is imperative to increase productivity and motivation, harvesting hours of efficiency throughout your day.

4. Clean out your refrigerator door

We are all guilty of this crime. I have seen too many outdated children's timetables and take-aways menus stuck to the front of friends’ fridges to count.

Studies have shown that there is a direct link between the amount of clutter in one’s home and the number of items stuck to the front of the fridge door. Further to this, perform a fridge audit every 2 months. Are there opened and unused mustard jars, jams that have gone old etc? Get rid of everything you can in your fridge door to propel you into a field of inspired and positive orderliness!

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5. Invite friends over

A healthy home is a happy home. And true happiness is created in the company of friends and family. Spending quality time with your friends and family at your house will ensure your home is always kept to a high standard. When you know you are entertaining, you take pride in your space!

6. It's all about the smell

Essential Oils. Candles. Fresh flowers. Enough said. Excite the senses and watch how your overall mood changes.

7. Adopt the rule of 5 to keep your home tidy

I am by no means perfect. I am only human which means ofcourse there are times when there is a slew of Jesse’s toys decorating the living room and piles of clothes on my bedroom floor. But this is seriously the easiest hack! All you need to do is adopt a simple rule of five to have a healthy abode. Every time you get up from your desk or walk through your home, select five things to put away. Alternatively, each hour set aside five minutes for organisation. By the end of the day, you could have accumulated an entire hour of cleaning.

8. Don't overlook your front door

Your front door is an incredibly prominent feature of your home. Ensuring that this entry way is uninterrupted and opening freely has a profound effect on the energy that flows through your home via the front.

9. Sort out your paperwork

You may not realise it but those piles of old paperwork on your desk have a tremendous effect on your psyche and emotional wellbeing. Go through them, chuck out the papers you don't need and file the important ones away. You don't need to see them piling up every day. This will work wonders for your health!

10. Leave your phone and computer outside the bedroom

In today's day and age, this may seem like an impossible task. Just a "quick" scroll through your instagram feed before bed seems so normal. But sleeping with your phone next to your bed can lead to chronic sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality.

I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your bedroom phone and computer free. Studies have proven that people who sleep with their phones outside of their bedroom enjoy a better quality of life and have seen improvements in their overall happiness and quality of life.

What do you do to keep your home healthy? I would love to hear!

 

The Rituals I Can't Live Without!

We all have our own little things which we do each and every day that make us feel a little more like ourselves. These rituals are personal and differ from person to person. These are the things that I do, day in and day (or should I say night) out, that make me feel refreshed, revitalized, alive and grounded!

Morning Rituals

1.      I am entirely devoted to my body and my mind and making sure that in the first hour of my day everything starts with a positive is a MUST. Normally, Jesse wakes up at 6am so he comes to snuggle in bed with me where I am spoilt with cuddles, laughs and giggles. The minute we are up, I quickly make my bed. No matter what, my bed is made within the first hour of my day.. if my bed is not made, I feel scattered, disorganized, and messy! I always want to start the day on a positive!

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2.     I pop on the diffuser in my kitchen. Each day the scent is different -  today was lemongrass, eucalyptus and wild orange… Our sense of smell is massively underestimated! What we smell can completely trigger the way that we feel and ultimately effect our thoughts, which effect our emotions and therefore our energy. Aromatherapy is fascinating; I am no expert but I know enough to passionately push for the fact that scent can have an incredible impact on our mood, our emotional wellbeing and our health. So I take advantage of this daily and make this part of my morning ritual to ensure that there is productivity and energy in the way I face the morning.

3.     I boil the kettle and pour myself hot lemon water. I am very lucky that I don’t have issues with my gut or stomach but I care very much about my health in terms of food and the one thing that I know is very beneficial to do is to have a glass of hot water with lemon every morning before eating breakfast, so I treat my body to this.

 

Night time Rituals

1.      Richie and I love to cook together! Every night, after we put Jesse to sleep, we go straight to the kitchen to start chopping up some veggies for dinner. A sit down meal is extremely important to us; we have a small veggie patch in which we grow kale, silver beet, and an array of other herbs.. Every night we pick something from our garden. I think this always grounds us and makes us mindful of where our food comes from… which is so easy to forget nowadays with readily accessible products that come nicely package and washed!

2.     As my days are generally filled with a mixture of meetings, phone calls, emails to attend to and an 8 month old, nights are really the only moment I get to sit down properly, take a breath and get my thoughts together before the next day. Once I have finished doing my writing or last minute emails and work, I make it a ritual to take a nice warm shower and put lavender oil drops in the corner…this is so relaxing and I find myself looking forward to it every night.

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After this, I make sure the lights are dimmed in the bedroom. We have side pendants from India which when turned on create an extremely moody and relaxing space.

3.     I like to crawl into bed with tea, maybe sometimes even a dessert (who am I kidding.. I have dessert every night!) , and my iPad/book to relax and wind down. At the moment, I am watching ‘Girls’ and I am hooked! Tea in hand, a baby asleep and the lights dimmed low…It’s a moment that quite simply does not get old!

These practices, however small or insignificant they may seem, are little steps I take to ensure that I keep myself sane and happy! What are your favorite morning and evening rituals? I would love to hear all about them!

xxx

Georgia

Richmond house tour: GABBE & Tilesofezra are making waves on EST with paired-back simplicity

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It still feels surreal every time a project of mine is featured in a magazine or on a show. Today I’m feeling incredibly lucky and honoured to have again had my work featured in EST magazine - this time a renovated home in Richmond. 

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This interior features two of my passions, GABBE design as well as some of my magnificent tiles from Tilesofezra. This project was heaps of fun and by using a paired-back approach, I was able to let the home’s true essence and character shine through. I am totally obsessed with the end result and I feel so humbled that the incredible EST (I am independent and in no way asked to promote EST, I truly love and respect the publication) have acknowledged the magical allure of the home.

Take a look HERE, have a read and get invigorated and if you’re really feeling inspired why not why not get the look at www.tilesofezra.com!