These are Fearne Cotton’s secrets to creating a “happy space” in your home

Fearne Cotton in her Yogi Calm Garden

From reading a good book in her reading corner to perfecting the yoga flow in the yogi corner of her garden, Fearne has curated her home with a little help from eBay.

Her characterful 1850’s home is a haven of tranquility where old blends with new to create a home that embodies all her personal tastes. Your two main lucky spaces are The Reading Nook and the Yogi Calm Garden.

Fearne said: “I’m a huge couch potato so it’s important to me that my house is a happy place where I can hang out with my family, have some alone time and record my podcast.

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Candles add soothing illumination and when scented, relaxing and comforting aromas.

“I have a hard time defining my home style as I love so many different pieces and mixing and matching, so eBay really helps me to express my creativity. I’ve found beautiful vintage furniture pieces that tell unique stories, as well as some newer bright and colorful items that just make me smile.

Fearne’s Reading Nook is a cozy place to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee. In the center is a large blue-green velvet armchair. Accompanying the chair are some colourful, mood-enhancing, textured cushions and throws that evoke a feeling of being loved and protected.

She added: “There are many ways a reading nook can improve your well-being. Adding candles to a reading spot brings calming lighting. Processing soothing smells stimulates the production of serotonin and dopamine to regulate mood, so lighting up while reading is a great way to relieve stress.”

She also chose some timeless, popular wooden side tables and a vintage flamingo lamp to add character to the space.

A relaxing reading den with candles and colorful upholstered furniture

Green is key in Fearne’s Yogi Garden – or oasis at home. She has created an “indoor outdoor” area with many plants in neutral plant pots.

Choosing pieces made from natural materials like bamboo and rattan is a great way to feel more centered and connected to the earth. Fearne chose a used, reclaimed rattan egg chair to act as a cocoon while meditating. She’s also added a handwoven natural jute stool and a small vintage wicker side table to complete the Yogi Calm setup.

She explained: “Adding little decorative touches to a room is a beautiful way to accessorise your home, but they can also be functional! For example, a water pitcher and glasses not only look good, they’re pretty helpful when it comes to staying hydrated.”

Fearne’s key tips for creating a happy space include:

Spark Joy – From color-coding a bookshelf to supporting a small business through your home decor shopping, the joy of curating your space releases dopamine to make you happier. Take your time when choosing the pieces you buy and, in the wise words of Marie Kondo, always ask yourself, “Is this fun?”

Ritual Attitude – Ritual behavior allows us to manage the stresses of daily life, whether it’s a morning cup of tea or a quiet time in the evening. Building and decorating spaces in which to practice your daily rituals is key to maintaining happiness and well-being.

Encourage relaxation – Bringing relaxation into your home and life is a major proponent of stress reduction. There are many ways your interior can help you relax, for example scented candles and incense release soothing scents that release serotonin to help regulate your mood.

Tell a Story – It’s a real pleasure to find a unique vintage piece that has a story to tell. eBay is a treasure trove of new, loved, and vintage items just waiting to be flipped through. Buying pre-loved is not only better for the planet, it’s also better for your spirits as you add something of character and history to your home, knowing you’ve helped extend its life cycle.

Color yourself happy – It’s been scientifically proven that colors affect your mood. When decorating a room, you should always think about what emotions you want to evoke. For example, warm colors like orange and yellow are associated with happiness, which is why I’ve incorporated them throughout my home.

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