— By Lauren Trend


For this past week, my partner Lucy and I have been cooped up at home with the flu. We’re a vitamins family, we’re an Arma Force family. But Melbourne winter (we’re all but a few days in, mind you..) shows no mercy.

As I shared on instagram this week, one of my favourite ways to both circulate new energy and welcome a new season, is to shift around the interior landscape of our home. I thought I’d list below, the few things currently making home feel like home, and flu season, slightly more bearable.

  1. Fresh flowers.
    For us, it’s white tulips. There’s nothing quite like a bunch of fresh flowers to make you feel like you’ve got your shit together, even (and especially) when things aren’t feeling so crash hot. We’ve tracked down the cheapest bunch. $10 at our local market. A lower cost option? Rummage your neighbours flora overhanging their fences (and run!).

  2. Lighting a candle.

    It’s a small but powerful ritual, that sets our house in relaxation mode as soon as it’s lit. I’m currently burning Diptyque’s 34. Lighting them with Buly matches elevates the experience, entirely.

  3. Moisturiser by the bucket load.
    We all know by now that NOTO makes the best moisturiser in the world. Our skin battles so much through winter. It struggles to stay hydrated. Especially considering it’s exposure to nose-blowing-aids - tissues, hankies, whatever you use. Lathering up with this guy is a non-negotiable.

  4. Salt lamp.

    I love our salt lamp, it sits right next to our bed. Salt lamps are known for a myriad of things. To clean the air, to aid sleep, to boost serotonin. Ours is on as soon as the sun begins to set. It adds a warmth to the house that i’d miss were it not there..

  5. Red wine.

    You heard me. Wellness means happiness and at this time of year, there’s not much that makes me happier than a glass of shiraz curled up on the couch. As I write this, I’m currently drinking a glass of this wine, from Black Hearts. It’s delicious.

  6. A good TV series.

    I know I’m not the only one to think they’ve rinsed Netflix dry. Which is why I was so thrilled to stumble upon a new mini series a few days ago. Directed by Ava DuVernay, When They See Us, is a bone-chilling tale of the Central Park Five that we watched in one sitting. It brilliantly captures the heart-wrenching tales of the young men that were coerced into confessing for a crime they did not commit. And the devastation and fury it rightly caused among the black NY community. I’ve been texting everyone of my friends telling them how important it is they watch this. Not enough has changed since then, especially Donald fucking Trump’s racist propaganda.

  7. Hand Soap.

    Most important in cold and flu season - no one likes germs. Especially contagious ones. We have Sphaera Soap by our sinks and washing regularly is both blissful (the scent of this one, my god!) and provides peace of mind.

    What are you leaning on this winter? (for those located with us in the southern hemisphere!)
    And for those at the start of their summer - send love!