This Is My Self-Care Haven

An illustrated look into the spaces that recharge us.

Illustrated by Ella Yehros for Lonny.

Self-care is one of the most important things we can do for mental health in our daily lives. No matter one's field of work, income, or background, creating time for yourself to regroup and recharge is a necessity that we all deserve to implement into our routines. While it can occur anywhere throughout your week from a yoga class to singing in your car during your commute, one of our favorite spots to curate a rejuvenating experience is in our homes. Not only is it a more private place to take a moment, but you can also design your space exactly how you want to optimize your self-care. After all, you know yourself and what you love best.

Since every person has a unique way that they create and interact with these spaces, we asked a few amazing women to give us a little insight into their own self-care havens. These cool ladies in art and business know that in order to thrive in their personal and professional lives, taking time for themselves is a must. Whether it's just a shelf, a room, or an entire apartment, each location is a reflection of what makes these unique women tick and how they can find both inspiration and solace in their busy lives. Scroll ahead to get a look into their self-care havens and learn what these designed spaces mean to them.

Maryellis Bunn, Founder and CEO of Museum of Ice Cream

Museum of Ice Cream (aka the pastel Instagram playground) is the brainchild of founder Maryellis Bunn (who low-key has been coined the millennial Walt Disney).

This Is My Self Care Haven
Illustrated by Ella Yehros for Lonny.

With locations in Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and NYC, the Forbes 30 Under 30 member definitely has a busy schedule coordinating her bicoastal teams. However between all that traveling, taking time for herself is necessary.

Why She Loves Her Space

“Self-care is crucial to my success, and the only place I feel most at home is my NYC apartment,” shares Bunn.

“When I’m back home, I feel the most at ease and take my private time to relax and unwind. Whether it is reading a book or napping, my NYC apartment is my safe space and where I am the most comfortable being alone. Due to my schedule, I spend more of the year living out of a suitcase. It is an indescribable feeling to come home to NYC and to know I am the only one who can dictate my alone time.”

This Is My Self Care Haven
Illustrated by Ella Yehros for Lonny.

Anna-Alexia Basile, Photographer

One of our faves in San Francisco is Anna-Alexia Basile, a photographer and all-around artistic lady who has leant her hand to some of our favorite projects

Why She Loves Her Space

“Nestled at the very back of our old Victorian house, my tiny space is only about 156 square feet," shares Basile. "Color and light are two of the biggest influences within my work, and I wanted to create a space that reflected what’s going on inside my head," she says. "With this in mind, we painted the loft creamsicle and the stairs a shade of watermelon. Color makes me feel inspired, excited and reminds me of who I am."

"Making sure that there were sunny surfaces to lounge on was really important to me, so the obvious place for the couch to live was right under the windows. I spend about 50% of my home time sunbathing on this couch and it’s become an essential part of my day-to-day self-care," she explains. "Lastly, what might seem like the most obvious form of self-care is getting a great night’s sleep! My bed is the most sacred aspect of this space because it’s where most of the regeneration and dreaming happens. Creating a space that acts as a self-care haven was instinctual. When everything else is going crazy in the world it’s important to be able to come back to your home, connect with your surroundings, and find your center. Transforming this space has transformed my life!”

This Is My Self Care Haven
Illustrated by Ella Yehros for Lonny.

Stephanie Mei Huang, Artist

After living around the world in Yokohama, Shanghai, California, New York, and Paris, Stephanie Mei Huang has found a home for herself in Marfa, Texas. Between live painting incredible installations and working on editorial projects, the artist needs only a few essentials in her home to help recharge her creativity.

Why She Loves Her Space

"Self-care for me personally must be embedded into every aspect of a home and hearth," shares Huang. "The past five years for me have been so transitory and transient that settling into one space for the past year-and-a-half is a luxurious privilege."

"I only own two pieces of furniture," she says. "I try to surround myself with small, but potent sensory objects that immediately bring me into a realm of feeling rooted and grounded. I often travel with these items on my altar — my Tibetan sound bowl, incense from a temple in Kyoto, and sage from the Chihuahuan desert."

I am Lonny's Senior Associate Editor. You can find me writing about interior tips, scouting out the coolest new spots, and rallying behind amazing female entrepreneurs. You can reach me at shelby.wax@livingly.com or on Instagram @shelbywax.
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