How to relax

These fabulous finds will help you relax as you transition from the serenity of summer to the crazy fall

By Lea Zeltserman

On Thursday September 17th, 2009

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Switching from lazy summer mode into the hectic pace of fall can be jarring. Get busy being unbusy and serenity will follow

Union Lighting lampBedside lamp
Mood lighting, mood lighting, mood lighting — need we say more? Dim the lights and get yourself into nighttime mode with a good bedside lamp. The wall-mounting means more space for books on the nighttable, and there’s an extra LED light just for reading.
Union Lighting, $210

Moen rainshowerEnvi Eco-Performance Rainshower
Start your day with a relaxing rainshower. This showerhead lets you control your water pressure, from a gentle drizzle to a massaging powerflow and promises to reduce water usage without compromising your shower experience. Moen, $206

Aerolatte frotherAerolatte frother
Nothing like a cuppa warm milk before bed. Jazz yours up with a little froth on top to give it that café feel. The frother works right inside the mug so you don’t need any fancy equipment. Great for hot cocoa too.
Crate and Barrel, $25

iPhone alarm clockRelax Alarm Clock
Download a more ambient alarm for your iPhone or iPod and start waking up gently to acoustic guitar, wind in the trees or birds in the city. Fall asleep to sounds of meditative chimes or rainfall in the park. iTunes, $5

Beehouse teapotBeehouse round XL teapot
Stop and gather your thoughts or drift away into dreams with a pot of tea for one. The pot comes with a stainless steel mesh infuser, so you can enjoy a selection of Tealish’s calming loose-leaf teas. Tealish, $43

Anthropologie linensBed linens
Give yourself a reason to go to sleep early. Try wrapping your bed up in something cozy and inviting from Anthropologie, like these silk-cotton sheets. Sweet dreams. Anthropologie, from $70

Magnolia bedMagnolia bed
Get your beauty rest in style on a sleek platform bed. EQ3 also carries an all-natural, eco-friendly line of mattresses so you can, ahem, rest assured, that your slumbers are good for you and the environment. EQ3, $699