Somerset CottageShabby-chic Style Dining Room, Cornwall
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Grab a few goodiesPiles of packing boxes and empty rooms do not help a house feel like a home, so treat you and your new place to a few goodies that will make it feel special. Arrange some fresh flowers, simply bought at the garage on the way to the house or picked from the garden, or buy some quality hand soap or a few new towels. When you are facing days of unpacking chaos, these little touches can really cheer you up.
Shop for groceries and plan mealsRetreats you travel to, no matter what the focus, tend to offer fresh, healthy food – so try to offer yourself the same. Get the main work out of the way before your retreat begins, so you can focus on the good stuff. Depending on what sort of activities you will be focusing on, you may want to pick up books, instructional videos, craft supplies, notebooks and pens, a yoga mat or meditation cushions.
Venture out for a little foragingIf you have no outdoor space whatsoever, try going slightly further afield for a bit of foraging. At certain times of the year, fields, forests and marshes can be overflowing with pretty wildflowers or even fancy weeds, allowing you to fill several vases with ease. How to display flowers like a pro
Nicola likes to mix and match her furniture, and scours eBay, antiques shops and flea markets for her big purchases. ‘I like to wait until I find the right piece,’ she says. ‘I haven’t found my ideal kitchen table yet, so this one is totally makeshift – it’s just a piece of plywood on some table legs. I found the old chapel chairs in a local antiques shop, so it’s quite an eclectic mix.’