Mornings At Home
I've been thinking a lot about home lately- both being home and creating home- especially after taking a month off work and ending up not leaving the house much. I'm excited to start sharing little scenes from my home and in friends' homes to help you find those little moments and spaces of rest and nourishment in your home too. First up, mornings.
A view of a typical Summer morning in my household. The stillness of mornings is like a meditation in itself. Everything feels so fresh, so undisturbed, so asleep. I love starting the mornings out slow to mirror it's energy, deliberately awaken, and start my day.
Every morning I start off with a walk around the neighborhood with my dog Rosie. After we get back, instead of doing quick breakfasts on the go, lately I've been trying to indulge in a sit-down breakfast even during the week. Making a cup of coffee, getting out an inspiring book, and enjoying breakfast. I'm a croissant connoisseur in case you didn't know, and starting out the morning with a giant, flaky, buttery one is my favorite way to start the day.
I'm a coffee drinker every day of the week. Sometimes I go iced or cold brew if we have it made, but even in the summer, I love starting the day with a hot cup of coffee. The scent of it brewing is one of life's most magical treats for me. Often I'll go work in a coffee shop for a few hours just because the scent fuels my soul. It gets my brain going, and it usually sends me straight into the place that I want to be mentally- creative problem solving and getting inspired.
Right now, I'm having a love affair with pour-over coffee at home. I got this amazing mug and pour-over set from Kuzeh Pottery a few years ago and use it all the time. I have a deep love for handmade ceramics. I played with it in high school and loved the process. Though I'm still dreaming of the day that I can make my way back to the pottery wheel, collecting the ceramics of others' is a hobby of mine. My kitchen shelves are stocked to the brim with handmade mugs, spoons, spoon rests, bowls, and plates. It's something that makes each meal feel more personal, and having beautiful dishware at home makes me want to cook more and eat out less. The pictured plate is by Pazmino Ceramics, and the spoon rest is by Whim and Vigor. The milk pitcher is by W/R/F ceramics.
Is there anything better in life than fresh flowers? There's nothing that makes me happier than a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the table, and I have such a hard time letting go of them even as they fade and wilt. Often I'll grab a $10 or less bouquet from the farmer's market on Sunday, but sometimes I'll sneakily clip little stems of marigolds or wisteria from around the neighborhood. I think there's magic in change and watching flowers bloom, wilt and fade away. Having this life cycle sitting right in front of me every day helps keep me present and appreciate each day as is.
Small apartment living can be tricky and a very deep exercise in living with only what you need. Call it minimalism if you like, but I don't think I qualify. Our little dining room table nook doubles as an office, and a catchall for every piece of mail that comes in the house. Keeping it clean is a constant challenge but the days where the table is clean, my flowers are blooming, and a favorite candle is lit, life is as close to perfect as we'll ever get.