Creating a Zen Space

This small main floor bedroom has been used for countless purposes since I moved into this house depending on what was required at the time. It has been a sitting room, painting studio, bedroom, jewellery studio, recording studio and now, finally my fitness room. I like to refer to it as my “zen” space as it can be used for meditation, anxiety relief, yoga, floor exercises and lifting weights.

Let me tell you, what an amazing difference with just a few simple additions! There are just a few paintings I keep on hand from my university days, my favourite is this hummingbird piece. The painting is offset by two local fibre artists’ works that ties the theme together. A few thrifted candle votives, a Himalayan salt lamp and light reflecting glass decorations.

I was gifted this two piece tv unit in the spring after a dear friend of the family passed away. It stood in my storage room, I moved it from one room to the next… but it didn’t seem to work no matter what I tried. Ultimately I realized, nothing in my home is black and the colour really bothered me. I grabbed a can of white Tremclad paint I had on hand and started painting. The unit isn’t made of material that is paint friendly, it scratches easily and is hard to cover. However several coats of Tremclad and it certainly is white, just a bit tactile. If you’re looking to do  something similar I would recommend researching a better, less sticky paint!

I’ve been in the house 3 years and sometimes rooms just don’t seem finished despite furniture placement and artwork on the walls. After seeing a friend’s living room setup with a large area rug I started wondering if that could be what has been missing from a few of my rooms. What a difference a nice rug can make! I am forever changed. While this rug was not thrifted it was on sale! “Mistana Newburyport” area rug is no longer available but I imagine will be restocked on Wayfair soon!


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