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Simple tips for creating a spot to relax and rejuvenate in your home

A couple of days at the beach is definitely one of my favorite things to do when I am looking for a little bit of quiet and a place to gather up some inspiration and energy.
But when things are busy and a getaway isn't on the agenda-
 I retreat to a favorite spot for relaxing at home.

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My bathtub.

I am a huge fan of soaking in the tub in the evenings and
especially in fall and winter when there is a chill in the air.
And this little new but vintage style cast iron tub is extra deep-
 which = an extra big soak factor.
This is a Swedish style slipper tub- and I am in love with it.

Since this little tub has arrived, soaking for a bit has happening.
And something that I love to do is to create a spa type feeling that really helps me to
 unwind and relax.
 A few candles flickering, sprinkling of salts for soaking sore muscles, and a little soft music in the background... all together they equal a few minutes of 'me time'.
Though it is far from a resort or spa-
 my soaking tub is a simple little spot to escape to.

And with chilly temps on the horizon-
and creating a spa inspired spot to relax in your bathroom is a perfect way to put together a spot to invite you to relax a bit.

And it is easy with a few tips:

1. Chunky towels

And a lot of them. I buy new towels by the dozen a couple times a year-
 and am a little bit obsessed with having a lot on hand.
Thick, oversized luxurious towels definitely create a spa feeling- and are perfect to wrap up in
and to look pretty while waiting to be used.
 Roll them up on the shelf, or fold them on a chair or stool
or hang them on several hooks on the wall.

2. Bath salts

Make your own, or stock up on a favorite-
bath salts are perfect for sprinkling in hot water to create a relaxing muscle soak.
If you haven't ever tried bath salts- you are in for a treat. 

3. Candles

For flickering lights, for their scent, for creating a quiet and calming atmosphere.
Whether you choose one or several- candles are a great way to invite relaxation.
Turn off the busy bright lights that are often in bathrooms- and light a few candles.
 Just remember to be safe with them and don't leave them unattended.

4. Latest reads

I always like to browse the latest magazines while picking up fresh food
at our local Safeway.
 Bring your favorite magazines to thumb through while soaking.
That quiet half hour in the bath is a perfect time to catch up on reading and to find inspiration for your next project. Sunset Magazine is a favorite of mine- especially for travel recommendations.
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5. Soft music

Background music adds one more  element that says 'Relax'
On my ipod it is likely going to be opera or classical- but choose what speaks to you.

I will be sharing much more about my new vintage style bathtub and bathroom in another post-
and with cooler temps moving in tonight-
it is definitely feeling like bath time is on the agenda.
What about you? Do you have a favorite place in your home to go to relax for a bit?

Happy Wednesday everyone.

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  1. Beautiful Courtney....we all need a great "Calgon take me away" time!...Loving the peek of the tub and the fixture is gorgeous!

  2. Love your bathroom it so looks spa worthy. :) I so love thick soft bath towels, and great tips!