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Contain Yourself- The Art of Keeping It Together

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By now you have probably heard of Marie Kondo and her “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Ms Kondo tells us to first, put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy? and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it.

Simple and liberating advice. Just 2 steps, but the question remains – how to effectively and attractively display or contain those items which do spark joy. One solution we love at Zjoosh is to contain those treasured pieces using trays.

I love to use large rattan trays on coffee tables. Items such as plants, decorative boxes, coasters and books can be neatly corralled rather than strewn. The added bonus of using a tray being that if you want to clear off the surface to use it for playing a game or serving food, your styled vignette can be lifted and taken away in seconds and replaced with ease when the party is over.

Our small marble trays make perfect containers for hand soap and hand cream at the kitchen sink or in bathrooms. With so many beautifully packaged hand and body products, it’s nice to put them on display. It makes washing your hands and moisturising afterwards less of a chore and more of a treat. Joy sparks flying Ms Kondo!!

Beautiful perfume bottles with their iconic branding by luxury design houses such as Chanel, Chloe and Dior definately spark joy for me. Place these luxury items on display in your bathroom using one of our beautiful marble, rattan or stainless steel mirrored trays. Bring luxury out of drawers and cupboards and arrange them beautifully to remind yourself to treat every day as special occasion by dabbing on a little fragrance just because.

Trays are handy for entryways and hall tables. A dedicated place to put keys and sunglasses as you enter your home. A photo in a frame, a small decorative box and the addition of a natural element such as coral, a potted plant or freshly cut flowers can bring life to an otherwise mundane collection of items.

    

Turn an empty surface in your living room into the life of the party by creating a little drinks station on a tray. Place crystal tumblers, marble coasters and decanters alongside attractive bottles. Again make the most of the many stunning drinks packaging designs available. Perhaps add a some bottles of wine or mineral waters with especially pretty labels. Art is absolutely everywhere. Add a bowl of fresh lemons, a crystal bucket filled with ice and a vase of mint. Voila! The bar is open!!

By using trays to decorate, the look you create in your home will be styled and intentional. Your items will appear far more interesting (not to mention orderly) than items scattered randomly. Take some time to experiment. Mix and match using different heights and textures and place those items which spark the most joy in places where you will see them and appreciate them for what they mean to you.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

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