The very word ‘Restoration’ brings to mind two things.
1. doing up wrecked buildings and transforming them into beautiful homes (very George Clarke)
2. Restoring oneself to a place of calm.
Although my home, probably could do with a team of cleaners, it doesn’t need a restoration to save this old house. But I, on the other hand, could do with some looking after – a definite restoration project here.
I believe that a shift in habits and mixing up the home with new products can give positive effects. A plant on the desk, with a jug full of water as I work for starters.
So when Sainsbury’s asked me to try a few products from their new Restoration range I thought, why not? I need a bit of that. The Restoration product range has taken elements from industrial living, think New York loft apartment with wire baskets, minimal design and cool colours.
I wanted to focus on three core areas in my home, where I could do with some help. These were work, food and relaxation. Looking through the range, I selected products that complimented my home.
My desk sits in the corner of the dining room, and is usually used as a dumping area of random stuff, pens, notepads, props all end up on there. Now with the desk tidy and filing cabinet everything is neatly stored away, leaving space for me to breathe and work.
Next area to look at in ‘project restoration’ was food. I’m my own worse enemy, forgetting to fuel my body with nutritious food. No more! I plan to make brunch a daily routine, taking half an hour out of the morning to cook and eat something wonderful, to revive my mind and body.
Yesterday morning I rustled up a Moroccan shaksuka, so simple, yet delicious. Tinned tomatoes are cooked in the cast iron skillet with garlic and onions and a good heaped teaspoon of harissa paste. Once cooked through, break the eggs into the tomato mixture and pop the pan under the grill to cook the eggs, until soft and runny. I served it with a seeded sourdough. Yum!
Relaxation was next on my mind, so into the bathroom with some of the new Sainsbury’s restoration range. I’ve recently been listening to the meditation app, Insight Timer, in particular the Yoga Nidra series or Sarah Blondell. Both are soothing and life affirming, allowing a moment of pause at the end of the day.
Simple additions to the bathroom space created a soothing atmosphere. Fluffy bath sheets, storage to clear away clutter so my mind is free to relax.
A space to relax and chill out. Now I only need to get a lock on the bathroom door!
The Restoration Range is available now in store and on line.
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.