I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise that State of Home is centred around the idea of “home” – a place where you allow yourself to be most at ease.

Whether it’s the location, look of your home, or simply the people you share your space with, there’s no denying that every home has a unique feeling that is near-impossible to recreate anywhere else.

During this pandemic, whilst we are all encouraged to stay at home, we thought it might be nice to share some things we love to do in our homes.

Cook

Food is the way to our hearts and there is no better time to get creative in the kitchen than now. Whether it’s trying your hand at a new recipe you’ve contemplated for months, or simply recreating a handful of your favourites – fuelling your body with wholesome nutrients during this time is just what the doctor ordered – literally!

An absolute favourite of ours is The Beauty Chef, Carla Oates. Carla is renowned for sharing simple family meals, healthy spins on traditional dishes, time-honoured ferments, smoothies, snacks and special occasion treats that pack a powerful, nutritional punch. Is there anything better? We think not.

Hydrate

Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons; to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.

It’s a great time to try out a new tea leaf, coffee bean brew or infused water. Give our recipe a go for our favourite lemon and mint water – it’s a great way of keeping water from becoming boring and it comes with extra benefits from the added ingredients.  There are no added sugars or flavours – all natural and all good for you!

Simply pop the ingredients into a jar, fill up with water and put in the fridge for a couple of hours. The water can keep in the fridge for 2 – 4 days, depending on how fresh your fruit and herbs are.

Read

There’s really nothing quite like the feeling of finding a quiet place to snuggle up and read your favourite book, but regular reading can have a huge impact on both the mind psychologically and cognitively.

Whether it’s mindful reading to better yourself or a way to get lost in your imagination, reading helps to improve your focus and concentration, as well as help to reduce stress and anxiety – something many of us might need help with at this uncertain current time.

For us, nothing ignites our creative brain quite like the photographs and stories shared in our favourite coffee table books.

Get busy!

Is there anything you’ve been dying to try but haven’t had the opportunity? Well, if you’re feeling productive, then now is the time to get busy about your home.

From redecorating your surfaces, to starting a veggie patch or even trying your hand at painting or pottery – no matter the project, there is no time like to present to try something new and reap the rewards of productivity!

Move

In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, moving is more important than ever to ensure we stay healthy both physically and mentally. But, since we’re encouraged to stay at home and self-isolate where possible, we’re going to have to get creative when it comes to keeping some sense of exercise normality in our everyday lives.

Try following a pilates or yoga flow on YouTube or giving a bodyweight HIIT circuit in your backyard a crack. One of our favourite ways to move is taking the dog for a brisk walk along our beautiful coastline or simply turning up our favourite beats and having a dance party for one in the living room!

Photography by Shot By Thom