You won't believe how many times we have heard this from our customers "OMG I'm so bored with my living space/home/room, I need some changes around here! Can you please help me out!?"
Well..now is the best time to do a mini makeover isn't it? So we have came up with a few simple steps that you can follow, and trust us, it won't cost a bomb!
1. Start small. Let's start off with a room or a small space okay?
It is always good to start small so you don't get overwhelmed with the entire process. Plan out where to start and end. Do this at your own pace, there's absolutely no hurry here. **We're most likely going to be stuck at home for a long time**
2. Declutter a.k.a Marie Kondo your space.
It is hard to work with a room full of unwanted stuff. And we all know, clutter is bad. It fogs your mind, it creates anxiety, it makes you feel flustered and uneasy. Take a big bag or box and just get rid of them! Marie Kondo says, only keep stuff that sparks joy. If you have things which you have not used in over 6 months, yeap, just put them in the bag! DO you know decluttering is a form of therapy? When you get rid of stuff, naturally, you feel lighter, you become more open and it makes you happy.
3. Start organizing.
Once all the clutter is gone, it's time to organize. This is the best part, if you're a OCD like me. I like my things organized, either into their functions/uses, or colours, or shapes, whichever makes you happy! *Always do things that make you happy okay!* Storage boxes and baskets, shelves and drawers are good organization tools. Ikea is a fantastic place to looks for these items. We also have some storage baskets available for purchase online. Click here to see.
4. Fill up the empty spaces
Yes yes, you may ask, "I just cleared all that stuff, and now I need to fill them up again?!" Yup, you're doing that, except this time, you will fill the empty spaces with things that spark joy. For me personally. I love plants, so I fill those empty spaces or corners with some easy-to-care indoor plants. Pothos/Money plant is my favourite! Ikea has them! Or if you're able to travel to Sungai Buloh, there are many nurseries there that offer a wide range of indoor plants. I bought all my money plants from Sungai Buloh just before MCO for only RM6/pot! Check out a list of easy-to-care indoor plants here.Talk about a good deal! House plants help liven the energy of a space, they give life, they add colours, and best part, they give you oxygen! Other than plants, you can also add some colourful or textured throws and cushions.
5. Last one! This is optional. Engage all your 5 senses.
So we have sight, touch, smell, taste and sound. We have pretty much tackled the sight and touch, for smell, you can add scented candles, or essential oils/diffusers, potpourris, scented joss stick or just bake some cookies in the oven to make your whole house smell yummm! *that counts for taste too, right?* As for sound, just turn on some relaxing and soothing music, or your favourite music and dance to them!
Seeeeee! It's so simple, and it doesn't cost much. A simple makeover like this doesn't even take much time! Try this simple steps, and tell me how it goes for you!
*We have so many beautiful and colourful items that are available to purchase from our online store. We have mandala tapestries that you can hang up on your otherwise boring wall, you can also use them as a table cloth, a sofa cover, a bed cover or even as a window curtain. Go wild! We also have a range of gorgeous mandala cushions, square cushions, rectangular cushions etc (check our Instagram!)
** As for scented candles, I personally love Lilin+Co. Their candles smell amazing! H&M Home's scented candles are awesome too!
So you have a Yogi friend or a friend who loves Zen/Soul stuff and you don't know what to get them this Christmas/New Year?(other than essential oils and calm scented candles?)
How about some unconventional but really useful gifts from our store? Here's a list:
1. Yoga Bolsters
Yoga bolsters help improve a Yogi's practice by helping them with alignment and support. It helps make difficult/uncomfortable positions bearable. We have a few different bolsters available in our store, the cylindrical bolster and Yin Bolster specially made for Yin Yoga practitioners. Yin Bolsters are rectangular in shape. All our bolsters are filled with 100% pure cotton for a more natural feel. Because these bolsters are mostly custom made, to get one, click here to send us a whatsapp message. We will assist you further.
2. Moon Meditation Cushions
This Moon Shaped meditation cushion is MADE SOLELY FOR MEDITATION PURPOSE :) It gives you just the right base support when you fold your legs into the lotus position. It helps keep your back straight for a much much longer time, and it keeps the dreaded pins and needles away! See our moon meditation cushions here.
3. Mandala Tapestries
The mandala tapestries brings Zen and Calmness into one's space. The beautiful colours, and just the powerful feeling a mandala gives out, makes a space filled with positive and calm energies. It It changes the look and feel of a space, it brings a sense of tranquillity, it beautifies a space. It's good for a non-yogi too! All our mandala tapestries are on 20% off now, so get yours today. You can purchase from our online store or even directly from our physical store in KL!
4. Lockdown Pants
Here's something we have thought will be suitable for a Yogi. Because we know how much a yogi appreciates comfort, that's why this pants made it to the list! This pants is great for lounging, perfect for a relaxing day at home. These pants are hand-block printed and is made from 100% cotton fabric. It's cooling, it's loose, it's comfortable :) Click here to purchase. It comes in two different patterns, stripes and floral. Both are equally comfortable!
5. Yoga Mat Bags
This made it on our list too! We made these yoga mat bags with our mandala tapestries. Each bag is unique, because we use different parts of the mandala fabric to make them. It is double layered to make them strong an durable, comes with a drawstring and handle. Click here to purchase.
So there you have it! The TOP 5 most unconventional but really really really! useful gift for a yogi friend! :) Happy shopping!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Colour is kind of tough, if we're being honest. Or more accurately, a lot can go wrong when attempting to use colour in your home, even with the best of intentions. Here are ten of the most common colour mistakes at home — and how you can fix them.
1. Not considering light
Without light, colour wouldn't be much to look at. And as much as the right light can make a colour sing...it can also make a grey go lavender or a white look dingy.
*Tip: Before painting a wall, use a sample painted or taped up to view your potential new colour in all light of the day — as well as artificial light. If a colour you thought would work doesn't, take it back to the paint store and explain to someone working there which type of light made the colour go wrong — someone with the right experience should be able to point you in the right direction.
2. Mixing too many colors at once in the wrong balances
There's no official limit of how many colours are allowed in one room. But the saying "the more the merrier" doesn't always apply when it comes to colour. Want to know whether or not you have too much colour mixing in one room? The room will feel the opposite of peaceful — sometimes it even feels like it's closing in. You can eliminate colours until you start feeling balance. Or you can pay attention to the amount of each colour you use (aim for one or two primary colours and a handful of secondary, accent colours), as well as where the colors are located (spread around evenly to carry your eye through a room).
*Tip: Try contrasting colours. If you don't know how, just refer to a colour wheel, anything which is directly opposite each other are contrasting colours! :)
3. Being too matchy-matchy with your colour palette
Opposite of the problem above is not having enough of a variety. The point of having a colour palette is of course to create a visual story — to present a style in an understandable array of hues. But only stick to two or three colours in a room (or the whole home) and it could start feeling repetitive, predictable and without any real soul.
*Tip: Add in a handful of elements spread around the home that have nothing to do with your colour palette at all. They'll infuse the space with more life and interest!
4. Not creating a cohesive home
And this is the opposite of having too matchy-matchy of a colour palette! Every room of your home can be done in a different style and colour palette if you want to. But if you're feeling like your home is a mess or too hectic or you just want to make more peace, you might consider creating more cohesion with each room. Not necessarily using the exact colour palette in every room (because then you'd be too matchy-matchy).
*Tip: Have colours that you can view from another room that complements each other. Adding in an accessory in a primary colour from another room. Create tie-ins so that your home feels like a total package, and not just a few disconnected parts.
5. Not giving the eye places to rest
As much as we love wall-to-wall boldness, even the most colourful spaces need spots for the eye to rest.
*Tip: Incorporate empty space in rooms, or include large elements in neutral colours that balance with all that colour.
6. Playing it too safe
You didn't paint the walls the colour you really wanted to because you thought it would be too wild. You've always dreamed of a bright blue couch, but went with a neutral one because it's more practical. Red kitchen cabinets? You fantasize about it, but would never dare. You'll avoid making huge colour mistakes if you always play it safe, but sometimes letting your home be more boring than it has to be is one of the biggest mistakes of all!
7. Using the wrong finish/sheen
This has a surprisingly huge effect on the success of colours you choose to paint in your home. Have you ever put the right colour on the wall or a furniture piece, but something still felt off? You may have had the wrong finish. Something with a bit of sheen could have been better if you went full glossy. Or something too shiny really could have been softened with a nice matte finish. The remedy is the same with trying to get the right colour — pin up or paint up a sample of different finishes when picking out colour to see it in the space and in the light.
8. Not applying it properly
The great thing about using barely-there, light neutral colours on your wall is that the borders and edges are nearly invisible — you can mess up without much worry of it being very obvious. But mess up the edge where a bold accent wall meets the ceiling? That sort of thing can be seen from space.
*Tip: When applying intense colours, spend extra time on the prep work of taping off, and splurge on tried and true tools to get the job done correctly.
9. Going too bright/harsh
There's a phenomenon that people who paint bold colours on walls come across often. And that's choosing the perfect paint colour sample, putting it up on the wall, and it being WAY too bright. Much harsher than you would have imagined. If you try out a sample and the same thing happens, don't give up on the colour, just get it lightened a few steps to be a little more palatable.
10. Not considering how you actually want the room to feel
The way a room looks has a lot to do with the way a room feels. And liking a colour doesn't mean you'll like the way you feel when you're surrounded by four (or more) walls of it. I personally love the look of bold reds and other strong colours, but it's not what I want to wake up in (or try to fall asleep to). Magic happens when you combine colours you love the look of with a way of creating a feel in a room that does just what you want it to, whether that's energise you or calm you down.