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    Just 41 Things That'll Make Your Home Feel Like A Calming Retreat

    It's a wild time to be alive, but unwinding with some aromatic shower steamers, cushy throw blankets, and soothing sounds can help you get some much-needed R&R.

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    1. A ceramic oil diffuser that'll make your home smell so good, everyone might just need a moment to stop what they're doing and inhale. And these days, we all could use a (literal) breather every now and then! Fill it with your favorite calming oils and revel in the bliss that is a superbly scented house. 

    reviewer photo of the white diffuser on a bed of stones and shells and letting out mist
    reviewer photo of the white diffuser letting out some steam next to a bottle of scented oil

    Here's a pack of six essential oils to fill it with!

    Reviewers say you'll barely hear this diffuser while it's on, and its automatic shutoff function is another much appreciated feature. It's designed to run for up to five hours and comes with nine LED light settings for a gentle glow.

    Promising review: "I love this diffuser so much. It easily releases a great amount of scent throughout a larger space if you put about eight drops of your choice of essential oil. It's absolutely beautiful, and I'm already planning on buying more for other rooms in my house." —Cassie

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in two sizes) — don't forget to apply the coupon to save 10%!

    2. Or a reed diffuser and oil set, which comes in 20 fresh scents. Even if you don't have an electric diffuser, you can still de-stress with gorgeous aromas by soaking the reeds in the oil. Plus it comes with a beautiful flower, which complements the scent!

    Promising review: "These work great. I have one at the entrance of the apartment, and you can smell it as soon as you walk in. I keep one in each room of the house. The scent is just right, not too strong or too faint. Perfect." —Manny Ortiz

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes and 20 scents).

    3. A compact 'LectroFan white noise machine, because there's no way you're getting a restful night's sleep unless you have a way of protecting your ears from the sound of cars whizzing by your window at night. Just plug this baby in, select the sound you like, and enjoy an evening of uninterrupted slumber. 

    BuzzFeeder holding the white noise machine
    reviewer photo of the white noise machine on a ledge near star-printed artwork
    Britt Ross / BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    This is the exact machine I use to help me fall asleep each and every night, and it's an absolute game changer. When I first moved to my current house, I quickly realized I'd been ~blessed~ with neighbors who think it's perfectly acceptable to throw outdoor parties at midnight on a Tuesday, and I knew I'd need something to drown out their literal shrieking in order to get any sleep. Enter: my beloved 'LectroFan, which I'll be the first to admit is nothing fancy, but 100% gets the job done. It comes with 20 nonlooping sounds, and you can let it go all night or set it for an hour (I'm of the "all night" persuasion and it usually has me conking out like a baby). I'm not the most savvy when it comes to tech and gadgets so I appreciate the minimalist interface, and it's proven to be incredibly user-friendly, even for me. Plus, since it weighs just over a pound, it would be a great thing to pack on a trip juuust in case your hotel room neighbors like to rage at 3 a.m. so you're not laying in bed like 😳.

    Promising review: "I live on an extremely busy city street and I have sensitivity to constant, random noises. This little slice of heaven got delivered less than an hour ago, is set at brown noise volume 3, and I’m at peace. I truly am so glad I stumbled upon this device. Extremely easy to use, nice to look at, tiny but plenty of volume. Cheers to finally sleeping again!" —Cat

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in black or white, as well as a few other models). 

    4. Or a customizable music box to help you drift off to sleep by playing your comfort song of choice (there are 85 options to choose from!).

    GIF of someone opening the music box to show the inner mechanism
    the wooden music box with a carving of a heart on it
    Simply Cool Gifts / Etsy

    The music box has a wind-up key at the bottom. Wind it up and the song plays for about two minutes. You can customize the box with your engraving, color, and song of choice. Choose from one of the 85 songs on the list included in the seller's description.

    Simply Cool Gifts is based in Sarasota, FL, and sells customizable music boxes, jewelry boxes, and ring boxes.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love my music box! The craftsmanship is outstanding and the owner was very accommodating and pleasant to work with. My music box even arrived earlier than expected! Highly recommend them if you are looking for a memorable gift!" —Dawn Pennacchia

    Get it from Simply Cool Gifts on Etsy for $72+ (available in two styles with optional engraving, 16 colors, and 85 songs).

    5. A pack of aromatherapy shower steamers that'll transform your bathroom into a relaxing spa, even if it's the size of a closet. Just close your eyes, breathe in the gorgeous scents, and forget about your leaky faucet for a while. 

    Each set includes different scents to help relax, invigorate, or even clear the sinuses. Scents include lavender, menthol-eucalyptus, vanilla, and pomegranate-rose. They're also nonslip, vegan, and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I am in love with the shower steamer bombs. They smell so good in the package and even better in the shower. I do not have a tub for bath bombs so when I found these I was so happy. Once I used them I was overjoyed because they were so calming and relaxing and I didn’t feel left out. Thank you for taking the time to think about the shower experience and making it better. I will be ordering more soon." —Stina

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two varieties, as well as a 12-pack). 

    6. Or a pack of migraine-soothing shower steamers, which exemplify just how healing certain scents can be. They're made with a cooling blend of rosemary, basil, and peppermint essential oils to help reduce tension and clear your head, but even if you're fortunate enough to not suffer from headaches, the invigorating scent will make your b-room feel all the more heavenly. 

    the pack of six steamers wrapped in green foil
    In The Forest Bath Co. / Etsy

    In the Forest Bath Co. is a small Colorado Springs-based business specializing in handmade bath and body items you'll love pampering yourself with. 

    Promising review: "I’m always looking for ways to deal with migraines in a natural way. This item smells wonderful and creates a very calming environment. I love it. Very nice packaging, too. I would definitely purchase this item again." —Anita Sliman

    Get a pack of six steamers from In the Forest Bath Co. on Etsy for $12

    7. And some multitasking eucalyptus and lavender shower pouches for anyone who could use a therapeutic sinus opener, or would just like a loo that smells like a blissful haven. 

    the eucalyptus and lavender pouch hanging in a shower
    Eucalyptus Blooms / Etsy

    Eucalyptus Blooms is a small biz based in Charlotte, North Carolina, making home and bath products using fresh eucalyptus and lavender.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these! Makes the bathroom and even hallway smell good way after the shower. My husband even commented to me about how much he likes 'this little bag thingy,' LOL." —Susan Cooper

    Get a three-pack from Eucalyptus Blooms on Etsy for $11.99+ (originally $15.99+; also available as a five-pack). 

    8. Some string lights complete with mini clothespins you can hang photos and postcards from! Seeing your friends' and family's smiling faces illuminated by a sea of glowing lights will give you even more cozy tingles than your favorite ASMR channel. 🥰

    The lights hanging on a wall and strung with photos on clothespins
    Amazon

    Mason Kreations is a California-based small biz that'll literally light up your life with their fairy string lights. 

    Promising review: "This is my first review on Amazon! I just had to give recognition and praise where deserved. They arrived in great condition and they look amazing. The lights are bright and the wire allows for easy movement. The choices for light settings are great! The picture clips are cute and small so they don't take away from the lights, but they get the job done! I will certainly be ordering some more in the near future!" —Yvette

    Get it from Mason Kreations on Amazon Handmade for $17.99.

    9. An artificial ficus that'll instantly create a sense of serenity with its lush green leaves. Plus, what could be more calming than knowing there's zero maintenance involved?! 

    reviewer photo of the artificial ficus in a white pot near a window
    another reviewer's photo of the artificial ficus in a white pot

    Promising review: "This is the most realistic artificial tree or plant that I have ever seen. It is really beautiful and looks the real deal. The leaves are a soft and silky texture and even the bark looks real. It is a welcome addition to my home office and has really made a difference to the room. I absolutely love it. I bought a larger plant pot and filled it with treated moss and just plopped this tree in it and spread the moss around the top. Looks great! This would look great in any room." —MAK

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in five sizes).

    10. And some dried lavender bundles you'll buy for their beauty and keep for their soothing, natural floral scent (and, you know, because you don't have to water them!). Stick 'em in your favorite vases and place them around the house so you'll be welcomed by their calming aroma whenever you step into a new room.

    reviewer photo of a lavender bundle wrapped in newspaper
    lavender bundle in a pink vase

    Promising review: "I bought several of these to place in hanging baskets. I put them near entryways and near seating so as to fully appreciate the soft aroma of lavender and to enjoy its calming effect on myself and others. Lavender is, also, quite lovely to look at and so it adds a lovely touch to any room." —mega

    Get a pair from Amazon for $13.98 (also available as a set of four). 

    11. A set of three tranquil coastal digital prints that'll conjure up visions of being in nature and help you forget about your messy bedroom (at least for a little while).

    the art print set
    Hearts in Colors/ Etsy

    Just download the prints and have them printed out to your desired size (your order will come with five sizes of each print!). 

    San Diego-based small biz Hearts in Colors sells minimalist and nature-focused DIY wall art, prints, and decor.

    Promising review: "These prints are absolutely stunning! I was working on updating my living room and wanted to get some new artwork on the wall but wanted something that was neutral and more of a muted print. These pictures did exactly that. I can sit and stare at them for hours and just imagine stories that they tell. I had them printed out poster style at my local Walgreens and then framed them out with a birch colored frame with a white mat purchased at IKEA and the result turned out beautiful! Thank you again for providing such wonderful art work :)" —Annie

    Get a set of three from Hearts in Colors on Etsy for $11.97 (originally $17.10).

    12. Or a breathtaking tapestry so you can pretend you have a window overlooking a serene mountain scene, even if your *actual* view consists of...your neighbor's un-mowed lawn. 

    The vividly colored tapestry, featuring trees, mountains, birds, and more, hanging above a bed
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Beautiful tapestry! Nice stitched edges, good quality print of the design. It was going to go elsewhere in the house but it selfishly ended up by my bed because it’s so pretty." —s.black

    Get it from Amazon for $11.91+ (available in five sizes).

    13. Some aromatherapy tea light candles studded with crystals — yes, *those* types of crystals — to channel some tranquil energy and positive vibes. Plus, they're just so gorgeous, you'll want 'em in every room in your home.

    Model holding six of the aromatherapy tealight candles, which contain multicolored crystals
    New Moon Beginnings / Etsy

    New Moon Beginnings is a Pittsburgh-based biz specializing in healing crystals, jewelry, and aromatherapy items.

    Promising review: "My tea lights are so pretty and smell amazing together. I’ve ordered so many already. They burn amazingly and the crystal chips are great for keeping. Thank you so much." —Tammy

    Get a pack of four from New Moon Beginnings on Etsy for $9.99+ (available in over 50 scents, as well as a six-pack). 

    14. Or a Sweater Weather candle containing fragrant notes of warm spice and citrus that'll fill your house with just the ~coziest~ aromas. Throw on your favorite cardigan and enjoy some quiet time at home, because fall is coming and this candle knows it. 

    model holding the lit sweater weather candle
    Amazon

    Sweet Water Decor is a woman-owned small biz that was founded by Melissa Horvath in 2014. If you're looking to channel even more cozy vibes, they also make lovely drinkware, home accessories, and stationery supplies. 

    Promising review: "I have owned so many different candles, and constantly buy new ones. I have found my favorite for sure. It is like all of the chilly seasonal scents in one pretty perfect candle package. Just cozy. A must-try!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Sweet Water Decor on Amazon Handmade for $20 (also available in nine other scents). 

    15. An irresistible chaise lounge you can melt into with a good book (or, let's be real, TikTok) after a long day. Just look at all that space! I dare you not to make this your go-to napping spot. 

    White chase lounge in living room
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "This chair is INCREDIBLE!!!!! It’s as gorgeous as it looks and even more comfortable. It’s really hard to get out of though...meaning it sucks you in and you can’t get out. Several naps while trying to work." —Heather

    Get it from Wayfair for $1,359.99+ (available in 32 styles). 

    16. And for the kids, a puffy velvet sofa that's essentially like a big body pillow, with its bean bag chair-esque feel and sinkable design. They need some relaxation, too! Plus, it's just ~really~ cute.

    squishy loveseat that looks like a couch shaped pillow
    model reading a book on the gray sofa
    West Elm Kids

    It's *technically* by West Elm Kids, but I can't imagine any adult not wanting to get cozy in this thing (if your kids let you, that is). Oh, and there's no assembly required.

    Get it from West Elm for $599+ (available in six colors).

    17. A *beyond* plush faux fur throw blanket you'll look forward to curling up with every night as you wind down — that is, if your dog isn't hogging it. 

    reviewer reading a book while curled up under the blue blanket
    reviewer's white dog laying on top of the white blanket

    Promising review: "As soon as I unwrapped the blanket from its packaging, I knew two things: 1. I did not want to share my new blanket and 2. I was definitely going to have to share my new blanket. 😂 I’ve only had it a few days and whenever I leave it on the bed or couch, my dogs instantly curl up and claim it as their own. It’s just SO soft, I really can’t blame them! It’s perfect to sleep with because it keeps you warm but doesn’t overheat you! I’m very picky when it comes to sleeping temperatures so this blanket is definitely a winner in my eyes." —Alexia Ferra

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in eight colors).

    18. Or a cushy faux-fur weighted blanket so you can feel like you're engulfed in a big, warm bear hug as you drift off. Is there anything more comforting?

    model sitting on a bed embracing the weighted blanket
    Comma Home

    Based in Oceanside, New York, Comma is a small home goods business focused on using eco-friendly materials whenever possible (for instance, this blanket is made of 100% polyester from recycled plastic bottles). They also donate 10% of their sales to organizations dedicated to helping the homeless.

    Promising review: "This blanket is a game changer. I was extremely suspicious of weighted blankets. I tried one several years ago and really didn’t like it. This blanket has completely changed my mind. It’s extremely high quality, evenly weighted, and is so cozy. The faux fur is very soft and my cats love snuggling in it with me. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially with severe anxiety like mine. I will be ordering another!" —Alaina

    Get it from Comma Home for $169+ (available in two weights and in brown or gray).

    19. A lovely botanical shower curtain to bring some serenity to your evening soaks in the tub after a long day. And way less stressful to maintain than real flowers!

    the multicolored floral and butterfly print shower curtain hanging in a bathroom
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This shower curtain makes me happy every time I look at it. Great quality and beautiful print. Neutral and natural, just what I wanted. It's fabric, so you still need a liner, but that's how I prefer my shower curtains, a plastic liner inside and attractive fabric outside." —Jaxlo

    Get it from Amazon for $15.94+ (available in five sizes and 45 color combos).

    20. And a SipCaddy wine and beer holder for making your bath lounging even more luxurious. It's also super convenient for anyone who enjoys winding down with a "shower beer" every now and then.

    model in a bubble bath reaching for a glass of red wine that's being held by the sipcaddy
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Such a simple idea, how is this just coming into my life now? I didn't think showers could get any better but now I have a brew/wine within reach at all times. Really helps take the edge off after a long day. The thing is way sturdier than you'd expect, I've tugged on it and it's not going anywhere. The slotted design allows you to use stemmed wineglasses, too. A truly perfect product. This piece of plastic is working as hard as my therapist and I stan." —Steven

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in five colors). 

    21. A see-through bird house that sticks to your window so you can enjoy some relaxing birdwatching as you sip your tea on a quiet Saturday morning. I don't know who's more excited, you or your cat.

    reviewer close up of a bird inside the bird house
    reviewer photo of a cat staring at a squirrel that's eating from the bird house

    Promising review: "My husband and I have enjoyed watching beautiful sights of birds feeding on this feeder for over 18 months now. We put it by the window of our kitchen sink. We love how well the product was designed and made. We've not had any problems with this feeder except that we didn't seem to replenish fast enough to satisfy the birds' appetites, especially in the summer! Today is another good day with multiple bluejays coming for a visit. They seem a little too big for this feeder but hey, they still eat very well and a lot, too! Sights like these bring us so much joy and delight. We highly recommend this product. It's so easy to install and clean!" —Ai-Lin Lim

    Get it from Amazon for $29.90.

    22. An adorable mod table lamp, because having the perfect soft mood lighting is essential for making any space one you'll love spending time and relaxing in.

    the lit-up orange and green lamps
    Honey & Ivy / Etsy

    Just note that bulbs are not included, and that the seller specifies using an LED lightbulb so as not to melt the material. 

    Based in Portland, OR, Honey & Ivy makes 3D-printed home accessories with sustainability in mind.

    Promising review: "I just got my lamps yesterday for my bedroom nightstands and they're absolutely perfect. The lightbulbs that were also recommended are the perfect lighting at night to read my books. Thanks so much!" —