The leash on the hook by the door.
The scarf draped over the secondary hook, and the gloves in the drawer of the console table in the foyer.
As soon as Norman sees me make my way to the foyer, pull out my shoes from the coat closet and select my outdoor attire, he knows he is about to make his rounds about the neighborhood and say his hellos.
I had planned an entirely different post for today, but unexpectedly and after months of waiting, my wallpaper arrived on Monday enabling me to finish my primary bathroom. As you might have guessed, my schedule for Tuesday changed immediately as I embarked and finished the wallpapering yesterday which took all day.
Not once did I look at the clock. I silenced my phone and my sole focus was completing a project I had hoped would have been finished in the fall. Now, it is done, and I cannot wait to share a tour soon.
Upon finishing the wallpapering, I put back the light fixtures, hooks and towel-holders, but I chose to do something differently with the latter as I realized, after having lived with the hand towel holder on one side of the sink for two months, that due to the placement of my sink and the direction my door opens of my medicine cabinet, it would make much more sense to be on the other side.
This unplanned change prompted me to think about the other details, seemingly small, yet helpfully significant to the establishing an ease and flow during our days. If we tend to such details, we can get out of our own way and enjoy our days even more.
Such details make a difference. How do you function well in your life? What enables you to do so?
More often than not, I have a feeling, it all comes down to the details, some we may and some we may not take for granted.
What I have enjoyed about the process over the past two years as I customized Le Papillon was consciously considering all of the details and how I, Shannon, lived, rather than just doing what is typically done. I took into account my height, which hand I might tend to use, the everyday routines and items I needed and used frequently during my days.
Thinking about such details was an immense amount of fun but also a mental workout because for so long I didn’t have a choice as to where details would be placed. I simply worked with what was presented. So when I did begin to think about it, I gave myself time, and held myself more consciously in the present, noting during my days what worked well, what caused frustration, and if it could be fixed, why not?
All of this is to say, when we iron out the regular routines of our lives – how we move about in the kitchen; bathroom time – washing our face, brushing our teeth, our skincare routine; how we best relax – do you have a side table for your drink? Is the light too bright or not bright enough? – we eliminate the ‘tiny’ headaches that can add up or be the straw that breaks the camel’s back during a tough day. And on the good days, well, having such a thoughtfully functioning daily life just elevates it even more, and that is what living simply luxuriously is all about. Living thoughtfully, with intention and savoring it all. When we iron out our days, we are living more consciously. We are tending to how we live and function at our best and this is how our everydays have the ability to elevate.
Below are a few more everyday simple, yet significant details that have made a difference in my life. Please do share what elevates your everyday that seems insignificant, but not to you and how you prefer to live.
- My salts and pepper grinder are on the right-side of my stove as I am right-handed, making it easy to grab, season and not knock anything else over or interrupt the flow at the stove.
- All of my skincare products are in a medicine cabinet above my sink so that I don’t have to bend over each time to find each product.
- My make-up is in the right-side drawer – out of the way, but also on my right-side as I am right-handed.
- I keep a vintage ceramic dish in my mudroom for my keys. Without even thinking, upon arriving home, there they go – into the ceramic dish. Very little, if anything else, goes into this dish, so my keys are easy to find when I am ready to leave.
- As I mentioned above, I have a hook both in my foyer and in my mudroom (although I am thinking about renaming this room to my boots and baskets room ☺️) for Norman’s leash and my scarves. Easy accessibility when we head out for a walk.
- I situated a short tea table in my primary bedroom next to my occasional chair for me to place my morning tea or glass of wine or water as I am either getting ready for the day or preparing to enjoy the evening and getting myself ready. The cup/glass is safe, easily accessible and elevates an ordinary part of my day. Usually a small bouquet of fresh flowers occupies this space to add a fresh touch from the outdoors.
- I keep my cookbooks in the kitchen in their own library, easy to peruse for ideas, inspiration and ‘that-one-recipe-from [so and so] I cannot put my finger on’.
- I have a spot for a cuppa at each of the handful of chairs and sofa favorite-spots to sit, so I always have a reason to sit down and just be.
- A magnetic notepad is on the fridge – perhaps cliched, but it works -to capture any food items I run out of and will want to pick up during my next trip to the market. Currently, I am loving the larger size of TSLL’s new Croissants notepads.
These are just a few of the details I have either added or make sure are in my home as I have found them create a seamless engagement with whatever the day is asking of me, ensuring the task at hand has my focus and I bring my best and most prepared and focused self.
Sometimes it isn’t until we are outside of our home, our routine or away from the ‘tools’ and organization we have created, that we realize how well the life we have curated works for us. It doesn’t mean we have to be rigid, but it does tell us how when we take the unnecessary off of our plate, we can give even more of our full attention and engagement.
Look for a detailed tour of TSLL’s Primary Bathroom (you can see all of the other room tours here) the first week of April. I cannot wait to share it with you. ☺️
One of my main concerns wallpapering after the medicine cabinet, backsplash and all of the fixtures were installed was how to neatly wallpaper around them. While it did take some maneuvering, I could not be happier with how the medicine cabinet turned out against the wallpaper.
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