When I think of home, I think of peace. For me, creating a space that feels like home is essential, especially when you are living on your own.
Having always valued aesthetic, I was ecstatic when I found my new apartment that I’ve settled into in Jávea. I love seeing how I transition from place to place, each time finding somewhere that I fall in love with even more each time. One of the many benefits of living abroad is being able to live really well for a much more affordable price than what I would in the states.
I’m blessed to be living in a two floor, two-bedroom flat that is only 5 minutes from the ocean. I would have never imagined this type of lifestyle five years ago, or even two years ago but looking back on intentions I set over the years, this dream has come to life much sooner than I have ever expected.
I’m excited to share a bit of my home with all of you and give a mini “house tour” of the space, going through a bit about why I love it so much and more than anything, to share visuals. A year and a half ago, I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and after that, it really changed my way of thinking when it comes to almost everything in life. Keep the things that bring you joy. I’ve applied that to all aspects of my life, from everyday happenings, to relationships and most importantly, to my home and possessions.
Although I’m obsessed with all of the house, I really love the living room/dining room area. Right when you enter the house, you get this overwhelming feeling of calm with the light-filled, open space. With the neutral colors and minimal design, it brings a sense of peace. Being able to add my own touches like creating a gallery wall with my own art and adding my favorite routine of buying flowers for myself weekly, here, I feel like home. It’s where I spend most of my time, whether it’s having meals, getting work done or just relaxing and reading on the couch.
One of my favorite parts about the living room is the gorgeous fireplace (which I haven’t gotten to use properly yet) and how calm it all feels.
If you know me, you know that cooking is one of the many things that I love doing. For me, I’ve always longed to have a dreamy kitchen because if I’m being honest… I spend a lot of time there cooking and making meals. So, it’s safe to say that I’m pretty obsessed with this one. It’s so clean and simple yet spacious. I brought with me almost all of my kitchenware that I love. When I go on trips, if I get myself a souvenir, it’s normally some type of dish-ware for my house. I have bowls and mugs from Portugal, espresso cups from Italy, etc.
My bedroom is the definition of minimal and I love it. Clean walls, crisp colors and simplicity. I really wanted to create a space where I can disconnect and relax. Dried lavender is a must, burning a bit each night creates the perfect ambiance before bed. Also, I’ve really found an importance of having an analog clock next to my bed so I’m not tempted to be on my phone right before bed. Charging my phone across the room helps me wake up in the morning, having to physically get up to turn it off, it kickstarts my day and keeps me from turning over and just hitting snooze.