Designing a home sanctuary to embrace a new normal

By Patryc Lampasi, Harbour 1976 Stylist and Sydney Showroom Manager 
17 April 2020  


We are in a current state of uncertainty right now, and with the Australian government’s restrictions in force, we are spending more and more time at home. Whether work, sleep or play, we have turned our homes into a multi-functional space, with wellness at the forefront of our minds.

More and more, we are recognising just how important our spaces are to our physical and mental health, and true to the Harbour philosophy, how important it is to bring the outdoors indoors. 

Earthy tones, organic silhouettes, plantation teak and accents of colour will help lift your space and boost productivity. If you are spending long periods in your home office or living room, take the time to rearrange your space, play music and pop some herbs in water around your room. The scent of the herbs will linger and add a calming influence all day long.

If you want to add a touch of new, consider a statement piece such as a natural teak stump to immediately create a sense of peace to your living space or an ambient floor lamp to dramatically transform your mood. Remember to create a space to your tastes and personal style so you can appreciate your new “multi-purpose” surroundings.

Jack Jones, Program Director at The Banksia Project, a not-for-profit which works in the early intervention of mental health, says that it’s important we embrace this “new normal” and make it work to our lifestyle.

“There are three things we can do during this time of uncertainty – stick to routine, understand our self-care and stay connected!

“Having a routine has been proven to help mental health, so if you usually get up for a run or a workout class before work, continue to dedicate that time, just change it up!

“Make sure you still rise at the same time every morning, make your bed and set up a desk at home, so your body and mind know there is work to be done. Take breaks and clock off at the end of the day to maintain a sense of normality and maintain your work, life balance.”

If you have one, don’t underestimate your outdoor space. Set up an exercise area, create a break-out space and enjoy the natural light. Australians thrive on entertaining outdoors, so make the space functional and a haven from your “daily grind.” Make your space work with your life.

And most importantly, stay socially connected. As a family-owned global business, Harbour prides itself on looking after its team and staying true to its Australian roots, even through its collections, which are inspired and named after the Australian outdoors.

“Being physically isolated doesn’t mean socially isolated. Call, text, FaceTime – get on Instagram and connect with like-minded individuals. Or, if you do head outside to grab lunch/coffee/fresh air, why not strike up a conversation with those around you or just smile – that could make someone’s day,” concluded Jack.

For design inspiration, view our indoor and outdoor collections.

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