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More and more people feel the desire to create a relaxation corner at home, a real “place in the place” where they can lighten their thoughts and immerse themselves completely in relaxation by dedicating themselves to their favorite entertainment. Our home is our refuge and the safe place to recharge our batteries leaving behind the frenzy of the outside world, but it is also true that things to do at home never end. This is why it can be useful to dedicate an area only to relaxation. What is needed it is a comfortable armchair and side tables to have everything at hand, but also good lighting and a few tricks: here are our tips for furnishing the relaxation area and enjoying the tranquility.

Choose a relaxation corner with a view

relaxation corner at home
Long Island armchair with swivel structure in lacquered aluminum, padded shell covered in ecological leather. Flexus coffee table with lacquered steel structure and leather top. Cloe floor lamp composed of base and rod in lacquered steel and adjustable arm in lacquered aluminum, with fabric lampshade.

The first thing to do to create a relaxation corner at home is to choose the right place, that is the ideal area to find peace and tranquility: far from the one dedicated to smart working or housework, that could distract from the goal of relaxing, and perhaps near a window overlooking the garden or a panorama that can relax the view. Even the wall where our favorite painting or some beautiful souvenir photos have been hung can be an excellent choice for the area dedicated to relaxation.

Comfort is the key to the relaxation area

The keyword for furnishing the relaxation corner can only be comfort, to be found in a soft and welcoming armchair on which you can sit comfortably for as long as you want. Enveloping shapes, ergonomic backrest and quality padding are the main features to choose the armchair, together with a design that satisfies the eye – because after all, the relaxation area is also the one where we can take refuge to enjoy the comfortable beauty that surrounds us in peace.

The relaxation corner with everything close at hand

sofa with relax
Artistic coffee table with lacquered steel structure in the versions with rectangular top in walnut veneered wood and with round scratch-resistant glass top.

Still on the subject of comfort, one aspect to consider is the possibility of having everything we need to relax within reach, so as not to have to get up and interrupt the desired relaxation. Tables and coffee tables are the ideal solution to make the relaxation corner at home more welcoming, and should be chosen according to our needs in order to accommodate books and magazines or place a cup of tea or a glass of wine, but also scented candles or a fragrance diffuser, because there is nothing more evocative than perfumes to set the mood.

Creating the relaxation area with the right light

Pop table lamp
Pop table lamp in white shaded glass with lacquered steel base.

Last but not least, light is an aspect that should not be underestimated when decorating the relaxation corner at home. It is therefore good to observe how natural light changes over the course of the day to evaluate whether it is appropriate to add a curtain in case it is too strong at certain times, and to choose the right lamp with which to illuminate the relaxation area after sunset. From the table or from the floor, the important thing is that it diffuses a warm light suitable for the activities to which the relaxation corner is dedicated: a little stronger for reading or browsing photo albums, more subdued to have a quiet coffee.

Christmas movies are part of our most classic traditions that accompany us throughout all the holidays. Perhaps as it hasn’t happened for a long time, for this Christmas 2020 we feel the need to go back to our roots and “bare” with the emotions that make us feel more connected to our families. That’s why we have decided to offer you a list of Christmas movies (even if not strictly) that we prefer and we wish you to watch them (or watch again for the thousandth time) in the company of those you love. Where? On your comfortable sofas or soft armchairs combined with soft poufs on which to rest your feet in total relaxation. Don’t forget to place a steaming cup of hot chocolate, or a bowl of homemade poc-corn on the coffee table – the choice is yours. If it snows outside even better.

Daya Bontempi Casa armchair
Daya Bontempi Casa armchair – in soft premium leather, with ergonomic headrest and coordinated pouf. Comfort assured to watch your favorite movies and enjoy the holidays in style.

The Family Man (2000) by Brett Ratner

A timeless and moving Christmas fairy tale: the protagonist, Nicolas Cage, plays a wealthy businessman from New York who is enchanted with the chance to live the life he would have had if, thirteen years earlier, he had decided to stay in London with his girlfriend, Téa Leoni. The film confronts us with the choice between an existence dedicated to work, immersed in luxury but certainly lonely, and a life instead heated by the warmth of a family, certainly imperfect but full of love. Did you put the handkerchiefs on the table?

White Xmas (1954) by Michael Curtiz

The film that launched the VistaVision, 35mm cinema format and widescreen that replaced the previous CinemaScope. A revolutionary film for the time, which after more than 60 years remains among the most beautiful ever. Two longtime friends and former soldiers (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) join their sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen) to put on a series of Christmas shows in Vermont, where their former commander owns a hotel. Once on the spot, however, the protagonists discover that… An old film that mixes suspense, fun and feelings. For vintage lovers, but also for those who have never watched it!

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) by Tim Burton

From the genius of Tim Burton, a Christmas animated film loved by adults: it tells the story of Jack Skellington, king of the Halloween country, who after discovering a hidden world in which Christmas is celebrated, decides to bring this new party at home. The implications, however, will be unpredictable … A classic to be watched again and again.

Love Actually (2003) by Richard Curtis

A beloved film with a stellar cast: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson. Ten different stories intersect in an unpredictable way and form a great leitmotiv: the Christmas holidays, experienced differently in each family. Fun, moving, timeless: since 2003 it has always remained current and really makes everyone fall in love. To be seen with your loved one for an enhanced emotional effect.

It’s a wonderful life (1946) by Frank Capra

Based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story, The Greatest Gift, this film remains from 1946 to the present day one of the most beautiful Christmas classics. The plot for those who have never watched it (yet): a man – played by the legendary James Stweart – who has dedicated his whole life to his neighbor, on Christmas Eve is about to take his own life. However, his guardian angel (Henry Travers) intervenes: a “second class” angel who does not yet have wings, who shows him what the world would have been like without him, providing the man with a reason to continue living. A beautiful metaphor about life and the importance of altruism.

Dickens – The man who invented Christmas (2017) by Bharat Nalluri

A biopic on Charles Dickens that tells the author’s return to London after a triumphant six-month tour in America. Desperate for money and inspiration, Dickens – Dan Stevens – is illuminated by the wonderful tales of a young Irish maid; thus begins to come to life A Christmas song, destined to become a classic of literature. The perfect Christmas story to watch with the whole family, full of good feelings and full of hope for the future. Now more than ever we need it. For the nostalgic of the 80s-90s: we propose the 1988 Dickens version with Bill Murray, SOS Ghosts, unforgettable.

MILA chair and STREGA lamp
Mila chair and Manhattan coffee table by Bontempi Casa: a winning couple to watch Christmas movies in total comfort. For a soft light: Strega lamp. The magic begins…

Christmas with the Kranks (2004) by Joe Roth

Based on John Grisham’s best-selling book with the same title, this film remains one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time. The script tells the story of a beautiful Jamie Lee Curtis and her husband Tim Allen, struggling with a real escape from the Christmas holidays. The 20-year-old daughter has left and will not return home, so the couple plans a cruise to the Tropics but … Among giant snowmen, honey ham, nosy but big-hearted neighbors, this comedy will warm your heart, reminding you that Christmas is always Christmas.

Parenti Serpenti (1992) by Mario Monicelli

An Italian comedy with Paolo Panelli, Alessandro Haber, Monica Scattini, Marina Confalone that makes fun of the stereotypical roles in the families. Christmas is about to be celebrated and all the relatives gather for the traditional dinner. A retired policeman, a librarian, a surveyor, a football fan, a housewife passionate about TV quizzes… A funny comedy that also makes you think. Not to be watched with relatives!

Edward Scissorhands (1990) by Tim Burton

The film that marks the beginning of the artistic partnership between the director and Johnny Deep, as well as the collaboration with composer Danny Elfman. This dramatic fairy tale tells of Edward, an artificial boy with long blades for hands, who is found by chance by Mrs Peggy Boggs (Dianne Wiest) in an old abandoned Gothic villa. Invited to move in with the woman’s family, the young man soon becomes the neighborhood hairdresser and gardener and falls madly in love with the Boggs’ teenage daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). One word to describe it: WOW.

Coffee table FLEXUS
Flexus Bontempi Casa coffee table in Christmas red tones. A beautiful piece of furniture for your living room, to be placed next to an armchair or sofa. It has a large surface and a low structure that allow practicality and multiple use, and guarantee a unique style.

Serendipity (2001) by Peter Chelsom

A romantic movie to watch with your partner. The magical story of a man and a woman who meet by chance and decide to leave their next meeting to fate. They write their phone numbers on a 5$ note and on a copy of the novel Love in the Time of Cholera. Ten years later, the magic of Christmas (and love) will give them a hand… The veiled message of the film is extremely important and very current: the ability to appreciate life as it comes, with its natural coincidences, not trying to make things go in a forced way, because destiny always takes its course and you have to have faith in the fact that if something is meant to happen it will happen.

BADU pouf
Bontempi Casa Badu Pouf, the comfortable and trendy pouf for you and your guests. Very soft and with an essential shape that elegantly furnishes any environment. A must to enjoy a movie in total relaxation.