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4 EASY PACKING HACKS

Follow our simple solutions and take the load off this vacay!

Photo credit: National Geographic

Photo credit: National Geographic

Serious case of Wanderlust at HAVEN HQ. With summer in our sights and plane tickets at the ready we can’t wait to kick off our shoes and explore.

Now to the fun part: packing (yes, really). Which packing tribe sounds more like you? The Type-A travelista who dusts off her suitcase two weeks before the trip, then strategizes and overthinks every. part. of. the. packing. process. Or the Serial Overpacker who grabs half her wardrobe the just as the cab arrives resulting in half-baked outfits and excess baggage fines (ouch). If either sound familiar, don’t fret. HAVEN has preflight prep down to a science. Follow these few simple steps to bring a bit more savvy into your travel.


 
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The all-important list

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Packing lists are a perennial fave. Not only do they invite you to get into the vibe of the destination but they are serious space savers when put into action. Create clear groupings and get writing. Or download HAVEN’s ultimate packing list. How? Sign up to our newsletter HAVEN LIVING to get the link!


 
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Streamline your closet

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Simplify packing AND dressing on the other side. Keep your wardrobe capsule. By packing in the same color family you can layer pieces and change your look seamlessly. Throw in a striped tee and a flirty print dress and you’ve got all your bases covered. One final tip: don’t pack things, pack outfits. Lay each outfit on your bed, including jewellery, bags and shoes for each.


 
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Pack smart

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Suitcase a hot mess? Frustrated rummaging through it? Here’s what we love about packing cubes (and there’s a lot to love): they not only keep everything organized but they actually compress the clothes. File fold within the packing cubes for even more space! VSNOON’s neutral range are some of our faves. We’re also a fan of packing dresses on hangers. Huggable hangars take up very little room in your suitcase - and enable you to hang your delicates the moment you arrive.

 

 
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Create a suitcase scent

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A pro-tip from the HAVEN girls? Nothing says luxury like a bespoke scent when you open your case destination side. We love Vitruvi’s grapefruit oil for its light fresh scent and rejuvenating properties. Put a couple of drops on a cotton pad and stash in your suitcase. Bliss!

 

Haven’s top of the pods

While away your vacation with our go-to podcasts.


If you like…

…true crime: The Shrink Next Door, The Ballad of Billy Balls, Gladiator. Warning: these are so binge-worthy you may not want to leave your hotel.
…feeding your soul: Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. Activists, authors and pioneers get the O treatment.
…staying in the loop: NYT’s The Daily. Even on vacation we can’t get enough of Michael Barbaro’s news roundup.
…all things wellness: Goop podcast. Gwyneth + Co bring the digital juggernaut to life.
…career inspo: Second Life. Who What Wear founder, Hilary Kerr, talks career changes with the brightest female leaders

5 WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR HOME AGAIN

Stuck in a home rut? This Valentine’s Day follow our easy-fix, rekindle-the-magic solutions and show your home some love

Photo credit: Eyeswoon

Photo credit: Eyeswoon

A home is like a marriage. Think about it. Once upon a time your home was Mr/Ms Right. Remember when you first moved in? Those heady days when everything was shiny and new, and just stepping over the threshold made your heart flutter.

But fast-forward a few years and the gloss has worn off. Life/kids/mortgage get in the way and, all of a sudden, your home forgets to take the trash out one too many times and OH MY GOD IF IT LEAVES ITS PANTS ON THE FLOOR ONE MORE TIME, WE’RE GOING TO *!@%!&@

Deep breaths. You’re in a home rut. What to do? Sure, you could move but moving is expensive. So is redecorating. What if we told you there were a few simple steps you could take to rekindle the magic? Teeny-tiny steps that build incrementally and remind you why your home was The One in the first place. So, pick one step or pick them all. Whatever you do, commit to the relationship - and prepare to fall in love again!


 
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Fire up the flower power

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There’s a reason why every house tour you’ve ever clicked on features fresh flowers in every photograph! Flowers brighten any space. We are huge fans of single-flower bouquets (preferably all-white) but go with your gut. Homegrown flowers lift the soul and won’t break the bank. Neither will a simple houseplant. Also - shhhhh - it’s ok to fake it. Faux flowers last forever and are perfect for people who have a tendency to kill their plants (um, us).

GET THE LOOK

What could be more indulgent than a monthly flower delivery?

What could be more indulgent than a monthly flower delivery?

UrbanStems, subscription from $50/month

 
Make a statement with these stunning faux flowers. We won’t tell they’re fake if you won’t…

Make a statement with these stunning faux flowers. We won’t tell they’re fake if you won’t…

Whitman Faux Bouquet, Terrain, $138


 
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Cut the clutter

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Did you know the average American household contains a shocking 300,000 items? Free up some space and your home will feel twice the size. Overwhelmed? Break it down into zones, then tackle the zone that makes you most want to scream the most first. We always advise clients to prioritize their entryway. How you enter/exit sets the tone for the whole house. Also: baskets hide a multitude of sins.

 


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Don't sacrifice form for function. We use these beautiful baskets time and time again for a reason.

Don't sacrifice form for function. We use these beautiful baskets time and time again for a reason.

 
Need a hand? Book some hours with HAVEN and witness the magic for yourself!

Need a hand? Book some hours with HAVEN and witness the magic for yourself!

HAVEN voucher, enquire for prices!


 
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Switch up your art

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This is a quick fix but an effective one. One or two new pieces (they don’t have to break the bank) go a long way to freshening up a space. We LOVE a gallery wall. If you’re nervous about committing (and we hear you), we recommend these fantastic gallery wall shelves. You can mix and match your art without ever having to hammer in a picture hook. Perfect for the easily bored/inspired…!

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GET the look

We love how customizable these picture shelves are!

We love how customizable these picture shelves are!

 
Fashion illustrator, Shira Barzilay’s bold but minimal work is right up our street.

Fashion illustrator, Shira Barzilay’s bold but minimal work is right up our street.

Wall art, $128


 
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Create a signature scent

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Don’t wait for a special occasion to fill your home with fragrance. Indulge yourself (and that’s an order!) Whether you’re Team Candle or Team Diffuser, the secret is to use just the right amount of scent so the overall effect isn’t cloying. Love candles? Go for beeswax or soy-wax: they burn more cleanly than paraffin ones. And when in doubt, choose citrus. It refreshes, soothes, and smells clean all at once. Yum!

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GET the look:

We’re big fans of Charleston candle brand Candlefish. Our signature is No9 (marine notes, stone fruit, rose and moss).

We’re big fans of Charleston candle brand Candlefish. Our signature is No9 (marine notes, stone fruit, rose and moss).

 
The diffuser that’s taking the wellness scene by storm. We diffuse the Boost blend in the mornings, and Quiet at night. Bliss.

The diffuser that’s taking the wellness scene by storm. We diffuse the Boost blend in the mornings, and Quiet at night. Bliss.


 
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Transform a corner

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Reworking your whole house feels overwhelming? So start small and make over a corner. Love the view from your bedroom window? Find a way to make the most of it. Add an upholstered bench or a window seat. Lusting after a reading nook? A floor lamp + a side table for your coffee mug + a luxe blanket et voila! Pick a spot that makes you feel calm and centered and build from there.

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GET the look

Alpaca wool and oversized pom-poms. Need we say more?!

Alpaca wool and oversized pom-poms. Need we say more?!

 
We love a woven storage basket to store blankets and magazines.

We love a woven storage basket to store blankets and magazines.


Does your home need the Haven treatment?

Let us work our magic and transform the way you live! Click here to get started

XOXO
Corrie & Jennifer

Find your happy!

This ‘Hunt for Happiness’ week, we share our mood-boosting tips to overhaul your mind, body and home. Prepare to feel awesome!

It seems fitting to kick off “Hunt for Happiness’ week with a deep dive into the world of decluttering. And we’re talking decluttering in the most holistic sense: head, home and body! It is no secret that the spaces we inhabit have a major impact on our mood and our relationships. Once your physical world is in order, you can more effectively tune into your internal world. So it’s time to integrate the approach. Here are HAVEN’S top tips to nourish your head, home and body!

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HEAD. January blues setting in? Time to spark some joy. We consider Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series mandatory viewing. Watch our favorite “Life Changing Magic of Tidying up” author showcase her transformative decluttering skills and help clients clear out the clutter and choose JOY. Serious de-clutter girl crush over here.

 
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HEAD. There’s a reason Headspace has become the go-to meditation app for people across the world everyone from Bill Gates to Jessica Alba. Increased happiness, compassion and better health are just some of the core benefits of meditation. Headspace is meditation made simple, with a dizzying array of programs to choose from. We love the Balance meditation.

 
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HOME: At Whole Foods three times a week? Pantry bursting at the seams but nothing to fix for dinner? We have three words for you: Menu Plan Mondays. Plan it out, write it down, let the kids input (if you dare). Believe us when we say: it’s life-changing. No more bad decisions. Take the guesswork out of the supper schedule. Not only will you save time in your week, you will buy less, and therefore clutter less. Hurrah! Want your very own HAVEN menu planner? Inquire here for details.

 
 
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HOME: Time to detox that kitchen. We’re talking plastic (no more endocrine disrupting chemicals touching our food, pretty please). Here are three ways to limit plastic contamination and use:

(i) avoid BPA in anything that touches food. We love decanting everything into these glass jars

(ii) purchase food like cereal and grains from the bulk bins using a reusable container (serious $ savings here too #forthewin)

(iii) eat real whole foods - fresh foods equate to less packaging and less previous plastic contact. Let’s purge that plastic.

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BODY. It is no secret that we are OBSESSED with the New York city-based wellness and lifestyle brand- SAKARA. The highly-Instagrammable packaging and celebrity endorsements aside SAKARA have nailed their product, delivering plant-based, nutrient-dense food that’s free from gluten, dairy, additives. We can testify their meals leaves you feeling nourished, cleaner and lighter. Want in on the action? HAVEN is THRILLED to offer our subscribers an exclusive SAKARA discount. Sign up for our free newsletter here and score all the HAVEN content as well as the SAKARA discount code. Enjoy!

 
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BODY. Innerlight Wellness , an infrared sauna spot in Darien, is a recent discovery and we are sold! Using heat therapy to detoxify the body (an ancient healing technique) in a luxury day spa setting? Yes and yes! The theory behind it is that an invisible band in the spectrum of light, infrared sauna therapy has the unique ability to heat the body at lower temperatures than traditional saunas. The radiant light penetrates deeply and creates healing on a molecular level. Feeling the benefits of detoxing from the inside out already thanks to this fab local spot!

 

Does your home need the Haven treatment?

Let us work our magic and transform the way you live! Click here to get started

XOXO
Corrie & Jennifer