All too often, we get caught up in the rat race; not just with work but in everyday living as well. Nowadays with flexible, work-at-home careers and exceptional technology, it's hard to relax even in your own home. You have the TV, the tablet, the cell phone, the computer — all competing for your attention and all taking you away from log home relaxation. Life can turn into a series of Calgon-take-me-away moments that make you crave the solitude you feel during a vacation in the mountains.
1. Visualize your log home getawayWe all know that feeling-you hear a certain song or smell a particular aroma, and it triggers a memory of a special place, time or person. It's that calming familiarity that can relax all of your muscles and smooth your furrowed brow. This is the feeling you want to evoke in your log home vacation room. Close your eyes and visualize a scenario that lowers your blood pressure and has you breathing easy.
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2. Write it downWhen you have the specific image of total relaxation firmly planted in your head, write down the specifics. These questions will help draw out the specifics:
- How does the image make me feel?
- Is the air hot, warm, cool, breezy, humid?
- What are you wearing? Is it heavy wool or lightweight cotton?
- What are you doing? Sitting, standing, riding, lying down?
- If you're lying down, what are you reclined on?
- What do you see? Are there trappings of a specific culture or locale?
- Are there particular materials, such as wood, stone, silk, that stand out?
- What colors are in your image? Neutrals? Vibrant colors, oranges, blues?
- How much light is there?
- What does it smell like? Is it the aroma of wisteria petals falling on cut grass, a pile of raked leaves or the fresh lake breeze?
- What does it sound like? Can you hear lapping water or the trill of flutes in peaceful spa music?
3. Size up your spaceOne you have the details down for your escape, you can determine how your log cabin getaway space will fit into your home, which means it fits into the reality of how much available space you have. If you have an extra wing, clearly there's more flexibility. But even if you have nothing but over-utilized space, you can still pull it off with some creativity
4. ImplementationNow that you know what makes your vacation clock tick and how much room you have to kick back, start adding the details that will steer you from the rat race and into relaxation station. The key is to stimulate your senses, so combine one suggestion from each of the following four categories:
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- Candles, incense, potpourri, flowers, plug-in air fresheners.
- Indoor herb garden, larger-scale plants and trees.
- Wood-burning fireplace or oil-based incense vessel.
- Relaxing music from a stereo, iPad or even clock radio.
- Surround sound, a small waterfall or tabletop fountain, wind chimes.
- Sliding curtain to block out light and noise, satellite radio or a white-noise system.
- Wool, cotton or velvet blankets; weighted down or sand pillows.
- Soft area rug, sweater or blanket, massage pad.
- Cool wood floors, leather tiles, cashmere toss pillows.
- Task lighting with pink or yellow bulbs, sheer fabric over a lampshade, colorful scarf over a pillow.
- A colored wall, artwork, black-out shades, a folding screen, mirrors.
- Soft, soothing colors, painted furniture, plants, a plasma TV showing scenes of travel destinations or memorable vacation photos.