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How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeThis post is in partnership with World Market 

Have you ever been pampered at a spa? I’ve stayed at spa resorts and I’ve been to spa-inspired salons, but the only time I’ve had an actual “spa” experience was at an outdoor hot springs. While I cannot remember for the life of me where I was (ha! mom? where were we! help! *Answer: Baden Baden, Germany, in the Black Forest!), I do remember it was totally relaxing and dreamy. You know me, though. Even though I so enjoy staying at fancy spa hotels and traveling to lovely destinations, home is where my heart is.

I’m sure an appointment at a spa would be super relaxing and uplifting (can winter be over yet?), but I happen to believe our home is the most important place to experience an atmosphere that nurtures our mind, body and soul. If we cannot relax at home, we need to bring more peace to our surroundings.

Today I have some creative inspiration for designing a spa-like ambience at home!


Sometimes you need those daily reminders to relax, all spelled out in black and white (ha, see what I did there?). I love pinning up quotes and verses on memo boards throughout the house, or writing inspiring words on a chalkboard. I finally jumped on the bandwagon and got a black velvet letter board from World Market. So cute, yes?

The words currently on my board gently remind me to set aside the stresses of the day and even just sit back and relax! It’s super easy to change the words to suit the mood I want to inspire, too. This sign is so portable, it would be adorable in any room of the house.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomePink chenille abstract watercolor pillow / Macrame pillow / Rattan lamp


Elements in nature are so soothing. One of my favorite garden stores in Seattle has a beautiful indoor cafe with tons of natural light, trees, and even ponds with koi fish! It’s the most spa-like cafe I think I’ve ever been to so I love spending time there.

Even if you can’t create a koi pond in your home (ha, that would be so cool though!), you can get that relaxing vibe by surrounding yourself with plants, textures from nature like wood cutting boards or baskets, pretty flowers in a vase (like my white velvet plum blossoms above!), or even art with natural scenes.


What colors or personal comforts make you feel the most at home, relaxed and rejuvenated? Even though many people might consider neutrals or soft tones the most soothing color scheme, that’s the great thing about designing your own spa-ambience. You’re in control!

Maybe this time of year you’d feel most refreshed with a pop of pink on a few throw pillows to bring the hope and joy of spring to your home. Every season or even the day’s weather can inspire you to switch things up for your own wellbeing.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeMy Bedroom SourcesWorld Market Bed and Bath (20% off spa event right now!)

I love my moody bedroom because it really promotes relaxation. It’s so peaceful to have clean sheets, soft lighting, and a fluffy robe.

Check out these bath and bed items for a spa-like atmosphere.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home


When I was heading into the delivery room to have my first baby girl (Kylee), my husband and I had our huge BOOM BOX and a set of cassettes with us so we could listen to nature-inspired sounds and music. I know. All you youngins might laugh at the whole cassette and boom box situation, but hey, we were hip youngsters ourselves back then. That’s what we had. Side note, we had to get a PAGER just in case my husband was in class when the baby decided to arrive. Times have changed, yes?

These days of course we can relax with tunes playing on our cell phone. At our house we put an Echo Show on our kitchen counter (I love it, Norah Jones is one of my personal favorite artists for a relaxing evening!). I even have a diffuser that comes with a setting to play spa-inspired music.

Our house can get so loud with dogs and boys in the house, so when I need a little downtime I like to as everyone to shut off TVs and computers so I can listen to relaxing music instead.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeGlass water bottle with wood lidLarge cutting board


Rejuvenate yourself by giving your what your body needs to be healthy! Inspire yourself to feel well by stocking your kitchen with quality nutritious food and making sure you have clear clean water to drink.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home
Indigo blue tie dye enamel wood salad bowl

Make eating and feeling well as appealing as possible. Buy fresh organic fruits and vegetables (we use a delivery service so food is fresh right from local farms). Keep slices of lemon, lime, or oranges on hand for a delicious fruit infused spa-inspired water bottle.

  How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home
Copper Tea Kettle


Carve out time every day to relax and treat yourself right. What daily rituals sooth you? A cup of tea? A relaxing bath? Enjoying a craft or curling up with a good book? Set an appointment with yourself to wind down by doing the things you love.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Blue and White Tea Set / Large cutting board

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Tea Canister with Cork Lid / Mint Rose Loose Leaf Tea / Ivory Stoneware Mug

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

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How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Be sure to check out the Spa Event and 20% off sale at World Market today!

What are some of your favorite ways to create a rejuvenating ambience in your home?

Pink Rooms & Blogging

Pink Rooms & BloggingHouse Beautiful

Greetings, sweet friends! Who doesn’t love a little pink these days? Everyone seems to be into pink! It has always been one of my favorite accent colors, even though I don’t use it a lot. But I do love a pop of pink here and there this time of year. It makes the house feel like spring (come back tomorrow to see my new pink pillows!).

Pink Rooms & BloggingLonny

Thank you so much for the fantastic responses regarding the possibility of a homemaking series. From all of the comments shared (and feel free to keep commenting on that post!), it looks like the series would be helpful and of interest to many of you! I’m happy to hear what you’re interested in; I think it will be fun to start pulling ideas together so I can get some posts going very soon!

I also wanted to thank you for the comments, emails and messages some of you sent me in general recently, just to see how I was doing! I was SO happy to get your notes. YOU ARE THE SWEETEST! I was really touched to hear you were thinking of me and took the time to let me know I was missed. Thank you. While haven’t been able to respond to all your messages yet, I am so grateful for your support and the encouragement!

Pink Rooms & BloggingLonny

Some of you mentioned you were missing my regular morning emails! Aww, you guys! You reminded me of how much I miss the old days of blogging. I’ve always felt that blogging was so special because of the close community that formed through it. I still feel that way! Sometimes with the rise of social media, it feels like the internet has gotten so big and spread out. I do think it’s great that so many have built communities on social media platforms now–I go there, too (mainly Instagram)!

But honestly, I really do miss the good ol’ days of blogging when everyone gathered around the morning blog posts with their cup of coffee (making the rounds to all of their favorites!). I’m so grateful so many of you still venture over here to visit, or I’d be super lonely here writing notes to myself. :) What a sad day that would be!

So here’s the thing, I’ll keep blogging as long as you’re still letting me know that you’re here. :) How’s that? I don’t know about other bloggers, but I’m not going anywhere. I still love being here with you guys!

Happy Monday!

Pink Rooms & Blogging

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