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Henry David Thoreau famously wrote that “life is frittered away by details. Simplify, simplify, simplify.” While I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Thoreau about simplification, I am also smitten by details.

When I started Tranquil Space in 1999, I wove details into everything—lavender aromatherapy spray, tea and cookies, scented candles, inspiring readings, playful music. My love of details has only grown over the years. Especially as I discovered Paris.

Here’s an assortment of details that delight: A plate of colorful macarons displayed on a paper doily. Ambient lamps to light the space (versus overhead fluorescent). Fresh flowers. Living (never plastic) plants. Fresh produce (not canned). Mismatched vintage serving platters, glassware, and plates (hello thrift stores). Glass pitcher with floating slivers of cucumber. An assortment of tea displayed in a Mason jar. Lavender oil at the ready. Sweet almond oil added to bath water. Lipstick and mascara. Rose candles scattered throughout the room. A pile of books next to the bed. A few staples to wear over and over again (capsule wardrobe). Dark chocolate. French cafe tunes in the background. Gifts packaged with great love and never without a bow.

I resonate deeply with the idea of simplifying down to essentials that add value and beauty to my life. Nothing pricey, yet sweet touches that make a moment memorable. Can’t we have both—simplification and details—dear Thoreau? I’d like to think so. Bisous. x