Luxury is the overused adjective of the decade. Condos, hotels, and restaurants all claim decadence or imply superior service that only insiders receive. When curing affluenza we must separate indulgence from necessity. Begin by defining an experience from an object. Change your thinking, lead a thought revolution.
The great news… Green luxury can be found the moment you walk out your front door. Connecting with the sights and sounds of a city park, planning a short day trip to swim or picnic at a state park renew my spirits and are now a habitual indulgence as well as a rite of the summer.
Green sumptuous living can be found in every room of your home beginning with your morning routine. Each of my mornings is begun in the dining room with gratitude and an aromatic cup of percolated coffee. As the French doors to my home were open today the pitter pat of raindrops made for a rhythmic backdrop as I looked for recipes from the swapped magazines from close friends. Flameless candles powered by the new Energizer rechargeable batteries flickered and anchored the room’s mood.
After gathering myself and preparing my priorities for the day, I prepare a rose petal facial from the wilted bouquet. My shower has a spring of Eucalyptus or peppermint geranium which releases a fragrance that complements the locally produced milk soap bar. Into the kitchen to peel my 10 cent lemons for the vinegar microfiber cleaning cloths that will clean my home, squeeze the juice will ensure two glasses of lemonade for my afternoon refreshment.
Ironing with lavender water rather than spray starch has greened by routine and made the experience more pleasurable. An indoor retractable clothes line is a treasure when drying for this soggy day. While down in the basement my aerogrow hums with life as germinated basil, oregano and red chard sprout and then move into the raised bed. In the garage the tools, masks and garden gloves are organized for planting, pruning, weeding in buckets of sand and motoroil.
Clean jersey sheets and a soft spray of our personal perfume from the Zionsville Parfumerie prepared the bedroom for a decadent night sleep. How do you make the ordinary extraordinary?