Short of a complete design re-do, the easiest way to freshen your most personal space (your bedroom,) is to invest in new bedding that works with your existing decor.

Freshome.com offers 4 trends we’re currently seeing. However, I don’t consider them necessarily trends, but classic design, especially if you love them. They will always endure if they’re right for you.

Besides fabulous bedding, one other important comfort factor is to have a soft, cushy rug under your feet as you leave your bed in the morning and drop into at night. So much better than barefeet on a hard, cold floor. Choose one you love and it will serve you for a long time.

Take a look and see what you think:

Choose all-white fabrics.

Choose all-white fabrics for a clean look. Image: Sean Litchfield Photography

All white as a 2017 bedding trend

There’s something so inviting about a white room. Whether that’s because of comparisons to crisp, hotel linens or thanks to subconscious associations with cleanliness is up for debate. Either way, one’s thing’s for sure: this neutral hue is not going anywhere.

Sometimes, white bedding is just one element of an all white design. If that look is your goal, the key to success is remembering that not all whites are created equal. Be sure to mix in a variety of patterns, textures, materials and shades to help keep the space visually interesting.

Other times, white linens are used to provide contrast from the rest of the room. If that’s what you’re going for, aim to make your bedding pop as dramatically as possible. Use a monochromatic color palette to achieve a classic aesthetic or try setting your white textiles against a variety of natural materials for a more modern take.

Make your bedroom into an oasis. Image: LeBlanc Design

Serene retreats

It’s no secret that, for many, the bedroom serves as an oasis. Particularly with the advent of lavish en-suite bath setups and private decks, our sleeping quarters have transformed from strictly utilitarian spaces into retreats that serve as an escape from our busy lives. There’s no reason why your bedding can’t serve the same purpose.

One way to make sure your textiles drive home a relaxed feel is by taking a closer look at color psychology. Blue — particularly in lighter shades like sky and steel — has been shown to evoke feelings of safety and serenity. Consider adding these hues through accent pillows and accessories such as blankets and bed skirts.

You could also take this look a step further by decking out the room in a full-on coastal style. Here, in addition to contrasting fresh whites and pale blues, focus on including patterns that harken back to afternoons spent on the sand. For example, you may want to look for bedspreads that showcase a seashell or anchor theme. If you can, round out the whole look by using furniture and décor items made from fibers such as wicker.

Mix and match patterns.

Mix and match bedding patterns to create a modern ’70s feel. Image: Southland Building & Remodel

Mix and match patterns

Interior design and fashion trends often have a ton of overlap — especially where textiles are concerned. One look at the prints dominating this year’s fashion scene was enough to verify that mix-and-match bedding wasn’t far behind in 2017 bedding trends.

As for how to pull this trend off without having the look feel overwhelming, there are a few tricks to keep in mind. Even when you’re only considering duvets, shams and throw pillows, stick to a maximum of three patterns and follow the 60/30/10 rule. Choose one pattern to be the main visual element and use it throughout 60% of the space, the second pattern to accent 30% of the space, and a third, bolder option to be used in the final 10%. For each one, be sure to vary the type and scale of pattern you’re using, so they don’t seem too repetitive.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that you need to ground these spaces with a few unifying elements. If possible, try setting your patterns against neutral paint colors and flooring. Incorporating a consistent color palette through your fabrics will also help tie the design together.

Create clean lines.

Focus on carrying clean lines through your bedding. Image: Dwelling Home

Clean contemporary lines

Mixed patterns aren’t the only ’70s throwback to make their way into this year’s bedding and fashion trends. In both the sleek silhouettes of A-line dresses and modern takes on duvet covers and sheets, you can clearly see a return to contemporary style.

Though it may seem like a total departure from the mix-and-match aesthetic above, that’s not necessarily true. Geometric patterns were a huge component of contemporary design its first time around. The major difference between these two trends are the visual lines that each one creates.

Contemporary style is all about maintaining sharp edges and harsh contrasts. To do this, make sure your bedding features either a solid color or a print with rigidly defined shapes. It’s also helpful to echo these lines throughout the room, so this trend may work best for those whose furniture already has similar angles to it.

 

Pick and choose the trends you follow.
 

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

We’re in the midst of the travel season and one destination just may include a stay at your home.

Many of you have visitors coming and going all summer long and it’s with a certain pride and genuine caring that you want them to feel they’ve checked into a five-star hotel.

Freshome.com created a guide listing what’s needed to have a guest bedroom that your guests won’t want to leave.

Provide some blankets.

Leave some extra blankets in case someone gets cold. Image: Weiss Architecture Inc.

The ultimate guest room needs temperature options

Everybody has their own sleeping preferences. Some people need their bedroom to be ice cold and others would rather burrow under a mountain of blankets. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get an adequate night’s rest when we’re unable to create those conditions.

Most guests would rather spend their night tossing and turning than disturb their hosts by asking to adjust the temperature. That’s why it’s so important for guests to be able to make their room hotter or colder at will.

To do this, focus on the type of bedding you provide. Choose sheets and blankets that create light, breathable layers. Then, keep a couple heavier covers on hand so guests can access them. Aside from textiles, be sure to include a fan for those who like the room to stay cool.

Leave some fresh towels.

Leave a basket of fresh towels for your guests to use during their stay. Image: Dreamy Whites

Include fresh towels

At some point in the visit, your guests will need to freshen up. Rather than make visitors ask for clean towels or carefully raid your linen closet, purchase a separate set of towels and leave them in the room when guests arrive.

There are ways to make your linens work double duty. In addition to their intended purpose, you can incorporate them as part of your overall design. Be sure to choose a set of towels similar in color or pattern to the other accents in the room.

Include some entertainment.

Provide entertainment in case your guests wake up early. Image: Bee’s Knees Design LLC

Provide some entertainment

This is one of those features that will set your guest room apart from others. It’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep in unfamiliar territory. Most of us are prone to either lying awake at night or waking up at the crack of dawn. Rather than having your friends twiddle their thumbs while they wait for an acceptable time to get out of bed, the ultimate guest room will provide guests with entertainment.

Instead of automatically adding a TV, consider choosing forms of entertainment that can add to the décor. For example, something like the coffee table books in the picture above. Magazines are another good option.

Review our tips for a great guest room.

Use these tips to create a guest room your visitors will love. Image: Blue Ocean Design

Putting together a guest room comes with a little extra pressure, doesn’t it? In addition to wanting your guests to feel welcome, there’s something satisfying about knowing you’ve created an impressive setup. If you’re looking for ways to wow your friends and family, check out our guide to creating the ultimate guest room. Follow our suggestions and we’re sure that extra bedroom will be so nice your visitors won’t want to leave.

Which features do you think are important in a guest room? What tips do you have for making guests feel at home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

 

Make sure there’s plenty of lighting on the bedside table. Image: Accouter Group

Add bedside lighting

We’ve all experienced a moment where we’ve tripped over friends’ furniture in the dark. Instead of making your guests navigate unfamiliar surroundings after turning the light out, include bedside lighting in your guest room.

As for how to pick the right fixture, consider both style and size. Obviously, you want to choose an option that matches your desired aesthetic, but it’s also important to make sure that the lighting is proportionate to the area. Abbe Fenimore, the designer at Studio Ten 25, says this interior design mistake is all too common. She recommends taking measurements of the area where your lamps will be before heading to the store.

If you have a little extra money to spare, you could also consider purchasing lighting that comes with extra features. Think about choosing dimmable lamps so guests can choose their own lighting level. Lamps with outlets in their base are also a good choice because they allow guests to easily charge their electronics.

Until next week…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

You find yourself in the paint store, looking at thousands of paint chips and feel overwhelmed. You wonder how on earth you’ll ever find the right one.

Interior designers work with paint colors on a regular basis, and with experience come to rely on hues that work. We call those go-to-colors—colors that are tried and true.

Here are 12 designer picks that could be just what you’re looking for on your walls. I’ve personally used #’s 3, 5, 6, 9, and 12 and they were perfect choices for the spaces where they were used. Most importantly, my clients loved them.

 

What do you think? Did any of these paint colors spark an interest?

As always, buy a sample and try the color on a large swath of wall to be sure it’s a hue you love. Check it during the day and after dark before painting an entire room. What you thought was the perfect greige could end up looking pink!

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you design spaces that foster happiness and well-being

 

Images courtesy of Good Housekeeping

How do you approach remodeling projects?

Are you calm throughout the sometimes frustrating process or uptight and anxious?

Perhaps you’ve never remodeled but are thinking about it. Do you know how you would be in real life?

Take the Houzz quiz and see. It’s fun and takes just a few minutes. It’s not science, but we all have certain personality traits that are definitely going to display themselves during a home remodel—maybe especially then!

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE

How’d you do? Were your results a surprise?

If you have an idea ahead of time of how you might emotionally handle a remodel, perhaps it will make the whole process easier.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

It may not be something you usually think about, but maintaining the correct amount of humidity in your home can affect all who live there—particularly sensitive individuals who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Both too much or too little humidity can lead to unhealthy airborn particulates.

The EPA recommends keeping healthy humidity inside your home between 30% and 50%. You can easily check the levels with a digital humidity meter, or hygrometer found at any hardware or big box store.

This week’s article from Freshhome explains how too much humidity can affect your health and the condition of your home. And just as important, how to take care of the problem.

Maintaining good air quality in your home is important for the health of your entire family. Either too much or too little humidity can lead to the rise of unhealthy airborne particulates. The EPA recommends keeping relative humidity inside between 30% and 50%. You can check the levels in your home with a digital humidity meter, or hygrometer, which you can find at most hardware stores.

Use exhaust fans in the kitchen when cooking. Image: Decozilla

What happens if you have too much indoor humidity?

You can tell if your indoor air is too humid if you notice:

  • Condensation on windows
  • Water stains on your fabrics or hardwood floors
  • Stale or musty smells in the furniture or carpet
  • Mold in the bathrooms, basement or under the sink

Molds produce allergens, irritants and sometimes potentially toxic substances. Mildew and dust also thrive in humidity.

Open windows whenever you’re cooking or running the dishwasher to alleviate high levels of humidity. Exhaust fans in your kitchen or bathroom can also help. The easiest way to combat high humidity levels is to turn on your central air conditioner. If that’s still not enough, you might need to invest in a dehumidifier to dry the air.

Don’t let your laundry room house extra moisture. Image: DecorPad

Explore the types of dehumidifiers

A dehumidifier’s drying capacity is measured by how many pints of water it can remove from the air within 24 hours. You may only need a small dehumidifier to control the moisture in one room or a small apartment. These are relatively inexpensive.

Most portable, single-room dehumidifiers are self-draining and come with a drain-hose connection. You’ll need to place it in an area where the hose can empty water, such as a laundry room sink. Dehumidifiers with large tubs or drip pans can hold more and will need to be emptied less often. Some dehumidifiers use evaporation technology, so a drain hose isn’t required.

Another option is installing a whole-home dehumidifier. These connect to your existing ductwork and must be professionally installed.

Moisture from the shower can linger in your bathroom. Image: DecorPad

Design tips to reduce humidity in your home

Investing in a dehumidifier is one option, but there are also simple design tricks you can use to help reduce your home’s humidity levels. If you’re in the process of redesigning or redecorating your bathroom, consider using mildew-resistant paint and primer. Even if you only use this paint for the lower parts of the walls, it can cover old mildew stains and prevent new spots from developing. You can also swap bathroom rugs for tile floors to prevent mold and mildew from building up.

Plants help decrease the humidity in the home. Image: Rahult

Add indoor plants to decrease indoor humidity and make your home feel inviting. A peace lily can absorb humidity and toxins through its leaves. Peace lilies only need indirect sunlight to grow, making them ideal house plants. If you’re looking for a plant that can be hung, the English ivy might be the perfect fit. When they’re hung up high, they absorb the humidity rising in the air, and you don’t have to worry about knocking them over.

Keep plants out of reach so they don’t get knocked over by kids or pets. Image: StyleCurator

A few simple updates can make a big difference when it comes to the quality of your indoor air. Which tips will work best in your home?

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

We wait all winter long for summer and the bliss that comes from being outside enjoying fresh air, sunshine and nature.

However, as we’re now entering the “dog days” of this season, many of us retreat back in-doors because it’s too darn hot!

A better way is creating shade. Fortunately, there are so many shading options available today, that you’re sure to find one that works for you.

Following are 9 ideas from HOUZZ that will allow you to stay cool on even the hottest days.

1. THE OUTDOOR ROOM

Contemporary Pool by Leanne Bertram: Photographer

With or without a pool, this solid structure offers a great outdoor entertaining area even if it rains. The mini living room contains comfy seating, lighting, and even a fan for extra cooling.

2. OPEN ROOF

Contemporary Patio by Nathan Burkett Design

This outdoor area actually has an opening roof system which can be installed with push-button control or wall-mounted switches. When open, the ceiling slats provide a beautiful and diffused soft light.

3. RETRACTABLE AWNING

Contemporary Deck by Annabelle Chapman Architect Pty Ltd

Can be opened automatically or with a hand held crank. An awning also offers excellent sun protection. The outdoor fabric is available in many colors and patterns like this vibrant stripe that co-ordinates with the furniture coverings. They also could have chosen another color in the stripe for the pillows for additional design contrast.

4. BATTEN SAIL AWNING

Contemporary Deck by Outrigger Awnings and Sails, Sydney

This type of awning also offers sun and rain protection. If placed near the house, it also cools the inside of the home.

5. DUAL SAIL AWNINGS

Contemporary Pool swimming pool shade sails by Tenshon, LLC

These shades look like outdoor sculpture. They cover a large area creating a lot of cooling shade. Each point of the awning must be fastened to keep them taut and secured.

6. CANTILEVER UMBRELLA

Contemporary Pool by C.O.S Design

These are superior to traditional patio umbrellas because they can be turned 360 degrees allowing you to follow the sun. Make sure the fabric is UV resistant and water repellent. They also can be folded and stored once the season ends.

7. CANE REED SHADING

Contemporary Deck by Sam Crawford Architects

This natural fiber adds textural interest along with shade. It’s held in place by stainless steel wire.

9. COVERED LOUNGE

Contemporary Pool by Touzet Studio

You’ll feel like you’re in a cocoon in this oversized outside chair. You only need a good book and a cool beverage to spend the afternoon. Seems like a great place for a nap, too.

10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST—A SHADY TREE

Contemporary Deck by Dean Herald-Rolling Stone Landscapes

Nature comes to the rescue with a large, leafy tree. And you don’t have to buy or do anything! Believe it or not, a tree can lower the temperature 10 degrees. Yes, I am a tree hugger and maybe you are, too.

I hope this gives you some great ideas for keeping cool during the hottest time of summer. FYI: Don’t forget to wear sunblock 30 or higher—even if you stay in the shade. You may not burn staying out of the sun, but all UV light is damaging to skin and you don’t want to look old before your time!

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

There’s just something so fabulous about dining al fresco; enjoying the warm air, scents and sounds of nature.

And we’re finally at that time of year when many of our meals can be enjoyed out-of-doors.

Ideally, you want your outdoors kitchen to function as well as your indoor one.It doesn’t matter if you have a smaller patio/balcony or a larger entertaining area.

It just needs to be carefully planned so your whole grilling process is easier and more enjoyable this summer.

Following are ideas shared by Freshome.com that will help you accomplish this.

1. The grill

Outdoor grills and bbq accessories - freshome.com

A Wolf barbecue grill was mounted on this built-in storage cabinet wall. Image: Lischkoff Design

What’s your favorite grill? Are you old school and a charcoal purist? Or do you love a modern, state-of-the-art grill like the Wolf barbecue above? Depending on space and budget, there’s a variety of grill options out there.

2. Outdoor grill ideas that add counter space

outdoor grill ideas that add counter space - freshome.com

Additional countertop area can be added to even the smallest patio using rolling carts or a small butcher block table. Image: Ikea

Nothing makes your barbecue area more functional than extra counter space. If you can’t add a built-in cabinet and countertop, consider adding a rolling cart, butcher block or stainless steel restaurant prep table next to your grill.

3. Grill lighting

Ways to trick your outdoor grill with grill accessories - freshome.com

A wall sconce installed next to the grill lights the barbecue at night while party string lights add a warm, festive feel to this outdoor kitchen. Image: Envision Landscape Studio

Why stop the grilling party just because it’s getting dark? Add some task lighting near the grill to help light the area. If there’s no electric connection, consider using a battery-powered LED light.

4. Storage

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Adding storage to your grilling area creates an outdoor kitchen look. Image: Inspired Garden Design

Any grill master will tell you that the BBQ accessories and grilling gadgets take up space. Add some storage to your grill area by making a spot for an outdoor cabinet, cart or shelving.

5. Essential grill tools

The best grill tools and bbq accessories - freshome.com

The ultimate tricked out grill area featuring a Kamado grill and a pizza oven. Image: Woon Theater

For a tricked out grill setup, you’ll need some key accessories and grilling tools to make the job easier. These include:

  • A long set of tongs
  • A long-handled spatula
  • A digital thermometer
  • A heat-proof basting brush

6. Grill-side dining

small outdoor kitchen ideas - freshome.com

A table for six is the perfect place for eating and socializing while grilling. Image: Cornerstone Architects

7. Cool grill accessories

Cool bbq gadgets - freshome.com

A Kalamazoo pizza oven is the ultimate grilling accessory and can be placed on any counter. Image: Williams Sonoma

Grill accessories are optional but add a personalized touch to your barbecue. A pizza oven would be the ultimate, but smaller accessories like a custom branding iron with your initials or a hot plate for warming food would be a great addition.

8. Safety items

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A low-profile, wall-mounted storage cabinet can store barbecue tools, glasses and servingware. Image: Home Depot

Safety is always a priority, especially when working with fire. Mitts are essential for keeping your hands safe when handling hot surfaces. A fire extinguisher mounted nearby is also a good idea.

9. Serving items

Grill accessories and bbq serving utensils - freshome.com

Storage cabinets with baskets in this outdoor grill area hold serving dishes, glasses and grill utensils. Image: Circle Creek Home

Having serving platters and trays handy make serving your grilled foods stylish and easy. Trays make it easier to carry several items at once, saving you time when you need to go in and out of the house.

10. Garbage and cleanup

Outdoor barbecue setups - freshome.com

A wall was painted in a bold black and shelves mounted to serve as counterspace in this small outdoor kitchen. Image: Ikea

Make cleanup quick and easy by keeping the right items nearby. A good trashcan for trash, a grill brush for scrubbing the grill while it’s still warm and a roll of paper towels are a good start.

I hope this post gives you ideas that will make your outdoor entertaining even more enjoyable—that special time with family and friends.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

Summer…

The season that begs us to be outdoors and enjoy nature’s bounty that we only have this time of year.

Yet we don’t want to just sit on a blanket. We want to create a beautiful living area just like we have in our indoor living room.

We want a beautiful and comfortable outdoor space where we can easily entertain or simply enjoy alone with a refreshing drink and the latest summer blockbuster book.

Here are 4 ways shared by FRESHOME that will help you design your perfect outdoor living room—your new favorite place to be.

COMFY SEATING IS A MUST IN AN OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM

Expand your living space with an outdoor living room

An outdoor living room is a great way to expand your living space. Image: Contract Furnishings Mart

 

ADD A HEAT SOURCE

Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.

Use an outdoor fireplace as your focal point. Image: Concrete Works

Keep in mind that most seating areas are arranged around a particular focal point, or a design element that draws the eye. Where outdoor living rooms are concerned, a heat source like a small firepit or larger built-in fireplace is a particularly good choice.

Not only will this feature lend a sense of drama to the space, but it’s also incredibly utilitarian. Adding a heat source to your outdoor area will increase the amount of time you can spend enjoying it. It will allow you to weather chilly nights and seasonal changes that would otherwise render the area unusable.

That said, live flames aren’t the right fit for everyone. Families with young children or those who simply don’t want to take the risk should look into purchasing a heat lamp. They typically run off of propane and, in the past few years, have become increasingly easy to find in home improvement stores like Lowes.

 

CONSIDER A COVERING

A covering will expand the space's use.

Consider adding a covering to expand the outdoor living room’s use in varying weather. Image: Marylou Sobel Interior Design

When shopping for coverings, there are plenty of options to choose from. Recently, pergolas like the one shown in the picture above have seen a spike in popularity. However, umbrellas, awnings, lanais or even indoor-outdoor sunrooms are on the list of potential options.

Since coverings often require building an additional structure, your best bet is to hire a qualified contractor. Be honest with them about how you’d ideally like to use the space, as well as your budget. They’ll be able to recommend the type of covering the best suits your needs.

 

MIX PATTERNS, COLORS, AND TEXTURE

Mix and match different patterns and textures.

Mix pattern and texture to create visual interest. Image: Sage Outdoor Designs

Once you have all of your desired features in place, your next task is to turn an eye to interior design. For the most part, the same rules apply to any space, regardless of whether it’s within walls or not. However, outdoor living rooms do have a few unique considerations you’ll want to be aware of as you’re bringing your vision to life.

The biggest thing to keep in mind is that, since outdoor seating is often sold as a unit, it can look monotonous if left alone. You’ll need to add in other design elements with a variety of patterns, colors and textures to create visual interest.

Adding in textiles like accent pillows or an outdoor rug is a great choice because they can bring in lots of visual interest, but can be easily switched out as trends change. Incorporating different types of greenery is another natural choice since you are in nature. Even structural elements like pathways, decks and patios can play a role in your design, if you choose complementary materials and finishes.

I hope this helps as you create your outdoor living room.

One other suggestion for very hot days would be adding an outdoor/patio mister. You stay cool in spite of rising temperatures.

Happy summer!

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

 

Do you have trouble sleeping?
 
Maybe you’ve already painted your bedroom in restful colors.
 
You have blackout shades  as part of your window coverings.
 
Electronics are removed from your bedroom while sleeping.
 
You couldn’t have a better mattress, pillows, or bed coverings.
 
You keep the room temperature cooler at night.
 
All of these things help give you a better night’s sleep. 
 
And yet, after all this, you still have trouble sleeping. It could be difficulty falling asleep or waking up during the night tossing and turning, unable to fall back asleep.
 
Either way, lack of sleep affects our quality of life. We have less energy and difficulty thinking clearly which affects productivity.
 
As if that’s not enough, we tend to eat more of the wrong things in an attempt to feel more energetic which can result in weight gain—oh yay!
 
Before reaching for OTC or prescription drugs, why not let nature lend a hand. Here are 5 plants (with science to back up the claims) that can help you sleep better. The info was shared by THEUNBOUNDEDSPIRIT.COM
 

1. Aloe vera plant

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Another natural healer that is great for soothing inflammation, scars and burned skin, Aloe vera can also detoxify the body. Plus, Aloe can help eradicate polluting chemicals found in cleaning agents, thus purifying your air in the bedroom and the rest of your house.

There is another interesting thing in relation to this plant. Namely, when harmful chemicals are at a high level in your home, the plant will develop brown spots, keeping you well aware of the “situation.”

Listed as one of NASA’s top air-improving plants, the fantastic Aloe vera works much like the snake plant – it emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful slumber. It is also one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain – it tolerates ‘neglect’ well and so doesn’t require frequent watering.

Dubbed the ‘plant of immortality’ by the Egyptians, it reproduces easily so if you buy one you will soon have an Aloe plant for all the rooms in your house. You can even pass on the gift of happy sleep to your family and friends! Keep it on your bedroom windowsill as it does need a lot of direct sunlight.

You can also use the gel from the Aloe vera leaves as a topical treatment for insect bites, dry skin, minor cuts and burns, and a lot more! It is simply a ‘must-have’ plant in every home.

2. Lavender plant

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Who doesn’t love the scent of lavender? It is probably the most well-known of all plants when it comes to inducing sleep and reducing anxiety levels.

Research backs up these claims, with lavender scents shown to slow down heart rate, lower blood pressure and levels of stress.

In one study, the smell of lavender reduced crying in babies, sending them into a deeper sleep while simultaneously reducing stress in both mother and child – something all new mothers will be happy to hear!

In females, lavender has been shown to increase light sleep, and decrease rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to wake after the first falling asleep, with opposite effects in men.

While there are a host of lavender-scented products in the market to help you get a full night’s rest (from lavender-scented sleep masks to lavender mattresses) why not go for the most natural and cost effective option – a beautiful lavender plant placed on your nightstand!

The lavender plant is mainly used as a fragrance for soaps, scented clothes and shampoos. It is also a great cleaning agent, but its powers do not stop there as lavender plant can actually help treat insomnia and anxiety. Researchers recognize that inhaling its scent can unleash soothing, sedating effects when we breathe in the fragrance from lavender plants.

3. Jasmine plant

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This exotic plant has a gentle, soothing effect on the body and mind. It has been shown in one study to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.

Not only that, but this research suggests that the positive effects of such a high quality sleep bring about increased alertness and productivity during the day!

The Wheeling Jesuit University conducted a study that has proven the efficacy of jasmine as a natural sleeping aid.

Positive effects include the quality of sleep, decreased anxiety and improved mood upon wakening. Jasmine plant can also bolster the features of your bedroom, with its sweeping vines and collectives of tiny trumpet-shaped flowers. With such beautiful pink or ivory blossoms, there seem to be no downsides to adding a jasmine bloom to your boudoir!

4. English Ivy plant

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A study carried out by NASA included English Ivy as the number one best air-purifying plant. This is due to it being the most efficient plant when absorbing formaldehyde.

English Ivy is easy to grow and it survives in moderate temperatures and medium sun light exposure. English Ivy appears to be the best bedroom plant to help you sleep in terms of efficiency and ease.

Other studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma – which all sufferers know can seriously impact both the quantity and quality of sleep. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that, in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours! As mold can affect our breathing, it is definitely a plant to have at hand for a great night’s sleep!

This evergreen vine looks great in an indoor hanging basket, or placed on a ledge where the leaves can trail down. It is toxic to kids and pets though, so make sure to keep it out of their reach!

5. Snake plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)

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It is one of the most recommended plants for improving indoor air quality. The snake plant is a hardy and easy to care-for plant. Snake plant is actually recommended as a great “filter” to improve oxygen purity in your home.

It is perfect for the bedroom with low maintenance and cost. What is great about this plant is that it emits oxygen at night whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing out.

All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep. The snake plant also removes some nasty but common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.

Alternatively, you can also include a gardenia, a spider plant, a valerian plant, a peace lily plant, a bamboo plant, gerbera daisies or a golden pothos plant in your household decorations to finally get that restful and energizing good night’s sleep you’ve been longing for! Trust us on this one because you have nothing to lose but your restless and sleepless nights.

TO RECAP: Apart from being decorative, house plants also prove to be highly beneficial when it comes to your health and sleep patterns. For one thing, they filter the air and oxygenate your home. Thus, choosing the right plants for your bedroom can be a great way to get rid of your sleeping disorder as well.

 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
What do you do when life gets you down?
 
We all know that during times of stress exercise, nutritious food and enough sleep are the order of the day to help us over the rough patches which we all experience from time to time.
 
But did you know that some of nature’s bounties can provide relief as well?
 
Think of them as natural antidepressants.
 
Take a look at the following 11 greenery and blooms that are stress reducing and promise to make you smile. Descriptions written by BRIE DYAS.
 

 
What do you think?
 
When I read this list, everyone of them made me feel happy just by looking at the photos and now I know why!
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Photos via  House Beautiful
 

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