Easing you into the working week with a new book devoted to something I wholeheartedly embrace – consciously choosing a simpler, calmer way of life.
A few years ago, New Zealand author, photographer and mum Eleanor Ozich moved – with husband Valentin (founder of international lifestyle brand I Love Ugly) and their young family – to the outskirts of Auckland. Eleanor was determined, despite their demanding creative careers, to choose a stress-free, present lifestyle. Since then, by adopting new routines and rhythms, she’s discovered for herself an entirely new way to live – one filled with balance, happiness and more time and energy to appreciate not just family, friends but even the not-at-all-ordinary ordinary moments in life. All whilst still running her loved lifestyle blog and business.
Photography by Jonny Scott
All photography (except where noted) by Eleanor Ozich
In The Art of Simple, Eleanor’s third published book (her cookbooks My Petite Kitchen and My Family Table are bestsellers), she shares her ideas for living a slower, simpler life. Along with loads of (simple) recipes for delicious and nourishing meals, there are practical ideas for decluttering your home, bringing order and presence to your day, calming night-time rituals, methods for making natural beauty products and household cleaners, and lots more. The chapters are Change / Wake / Simplify / Cleanse / Cherish / Explore / Share / Rest. Dunno about you, but just reading those verbs in that order lowers my blood pressure.
P.S, Pen-pals: I love the smaller hardcover style – it feels like a book you’ll keep and refer to for years to come, but in a size that’s perfect for your bedside table.
You can buy The Art of Simple at Eleanor’s website – or where good books are sold.