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
 
Are the pictures shown in this article typical builders’ doors? No.
 
Are they inexpensive? Absolutely not.
 
Are they dramatic and do they reflect the home’s style and the owner’s personality? Definitely yes.
 
When designing your home, you may not give a lot of thought to your front door. After all, there are so many details that require your attention.
 
Yet the front door is the first thing people see before entering your home and their last impression when leaving—not to forget the pleasure you receive.
 
Why not make it special? Why not have your front door be a WOW factor?
 
The entry door can set the stage for your entire home.
 
Take a look at the doors chosen in these photos. Each one is unique and each complements the home’s architecture.
 
What gives drama to this door is its height which appears larger than it really is. The wood provides warmth, the sidelites and transom window allow light to illuminate the foyer.
 
This exquisite door is made of a bonded metal and the handles mimic the circular shape of its design. The dark color contrasts beautifully with the light paint color. Certainly not for every budget, this door costs approximately $21,000 including the hardware—but what a design statement it makes.
 
This custom glass door with its wood vine overlay allows maximum light from the outdoors to pour into the space as well as connect with the landscaping.
 
The door on this Mediterranean styled home is designed to complement the exterior as seen in the next photo. Its curves match the curved windows and the wood matches the beams used above the rectangular windows.
 
Traditional architecture can have a dramatic entrance as shown in this photo. Rather than having the door alone, adding the sidelites and the transom window gives the entrance more importance. It’s carried through with the same color paint used on the iron railings and light fixtures.
 
This very dramatic pivot door was designed to compliment the unusual architecture of the home as seen in the following photo. An ordinary door wouldn’t have worked nearly as well. The red color serves as a punctuation point.
 
These examples show how powerful the design of a front door can be.
 
Not shown but worthy of consideration, are custom designed leaded and beveled glass doors. Check out custom art glass studios for examples.
 
No matter what front door you choose, make sure it compliments the architecture of your home and gives you pleasure.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings fro my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Photos via HOUZZ
How do you define a luxurious home?
 
You likely picture it as large and filled with expensive materials, furniture, art and accessories.
 
In reality, it’s none of these things. A large home can have a cold feel to it and be overwhelming.
 
An ostentatiously-furnished home can feel off-putting and like you can’t touch anything.
 
A truly luxurious home is comprised of elements that anyone can have regardless of size and cost.
 
These elements as described by MOCHACASA.COM are:

Scandinavian design living room

A feeling of spaciousness

This isn’t the same as a having a large house. Rather, it is a home where you feel you have room to breathe and move. An absence of clutter and good storage helps. As does not trying to cram too much furniture into a room. It’s about working with the scale of the room.

white and grey living room

Light

A light filled interior instantly feels good when you walk into it. And this is in part linked to the last point: it gives a room a more spacious appearance. And if you don’t have large windows, substitute with some clever lighting. But balance is the key. It shouldn’t look too bright and stark either.

freestanding bath and stone walls

Contrast

Light and dark. Hard and soft. Rough and smooth. Natural and man-made. Ancient and modern. Contrast adds interest that arouses our senses. Think of the way light plays on a room when it filters in through a window blind. Or rich warm wood set against cool glass and steel. An all white room may feel cold if it is all one shade and similar materials. But add subtle shades, different textured fabrics. And the mood of the room is altogether different.

modern classic white living room

Dining room with colourful rug

Balance

Closely related to contrast is balance. A riot of different colours and patterns in a space can be headache inducing. Over-using metallic home accessories and furnishings can look garish. But place a colourful patterned rug in the centre of a neutral room and it can entirely transform the interior. Introduce some subtle metallic accents, and it adds a touch of luxe.

Dining table with ornate mirror

Dining table with plants and flowers

Nature

Get inspired by nature and bring the outside in. Adding natural elements into your home will bring it to life. Think of how a plant can add vibrancy to an empty corner of a room.

Luxurious bedroom with natural elements

Scent

Our sense of smell has a powerful impact. An aroma can effect or enhance our mood. And evoke memories that take us back to a different time and place. But alternately, they can also be an instant turn-off. Walk into a room with a stale, unpleasant odour and it might cloud your perception of the space. Even if the decor is otherwise lovely.

Enter a luxurious hotel and probably one of the first things you’ll become aware of is a beautiful fragrance in the air. And its easy to replicate the effect in your own home with a scented candle or diffuser. Once again it’s all about balance. You’re aiming for a subtle, rather than overwhelming, fragrance.

And perhaps subtlety is what links all these elements together.  A luxurious home isn’t one that screams “look at me!” – because it doesn’t have to.

You just know.

What do you think makes a home feel luxurious? What would you add to the list?

Mindful Interior Design, Home decor ideas, Luxury
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
Saturated blues have been a trending color choice for a while now.
 
However, if you think of navy blue, you won’t think it’s trending; indeed, it’s a classic and always popular. In fact, the color blue is the most popular color around the world and by all cultures.
 
There are many reasons why you might consider saturated blues as a color choice—particularly if you’ve been in the “light and airy” camp for a long time. Why you ask? Here are some reasons:
  • Saturated blues offer richness, warmth, and depth in a room.
  • They’re serene and peaceful creating a soothing environment.
  • Deep blues offer a feeling of warmth in winter and coolness in the summer.
  • In a small space, they impart a womb-like feeling which is comforting.
  • Saturated blues are tranquil colors and maintain a dark richness of tone without becoming overpowering like black might.
  • They pair beautifully with warm-colored wood and warm metals like gold and brass.
  • They’re an excellent companion to neutrals such as gray, white, and marble.
Take a look at these photos and see how saturated blues have been used in various rooms. Also listed are the paint companies and their color names that have used in each space.
 
BLUE NOTE 2129-30 by BENJAMIN MOORE
Transitional Living Room by Dineen Architecture + Design

What makes this especially fresh-looking is all of the white that’s partnered with the rich shade of blue.

 
COMPASS BLUE M QS-54 by BEHR
Transitional Home Office by Custom Design & Construction

The deep blue is used only as an accent wall. Again, there’s a lot of white present. Plus the mirror and the light fixture reflect light that is bounced around the room.

 
HALE NAVY HC-154 by BENJAMIN MOORE
Beach Style Bedroom by Landing Design

Lots of white again and note the warm,light-colored flooring.

 
HAGUE BLUE NO.30 by FARROW & BALL
Transitional Bedroom by Lindsay Pennington Inc.

You just know you’d enjoy sweet dreams in this bedroom. You’d feel like you’re getting a big hug. Notice that white is used on the bedding, wallpaper and window coverings. Also, the mirrored side tables reflect light.

 
DEVINE MACAW by DEVINE PAINTS
Traditional Kitchen by Meriwether Inc

Devine Macaw is used on the cabinetry and millwork in this kitchen. Along with the white and warm honey wide-planked flooring, you would not quickly tire of this combination.

 
DEEP ROYAL 2061-10 by BENJAMIN MOORE
Beach Style Bedroom by Dianne Davant and Associates

Tell me you wouldn’t love to spend time in this living room. The deep blue walls, along with the crisp white furnishings and rug, only enhance the view of the sea outside the window.

 
OLD NAVY 2063-10 by BENJAMIN MOORE
Contemporary Bedroom by Noz Design

Crisp and clean perfectly define this bedroom. This is a favorite saturated blue because even though  a dark color, it still has a lightness to it which is accentuated by the white bedding and window coverings.

 
IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR 1666 by BENJAMIN MOORE
Transitional Bedroom by Martha O'Hara Interiors

It looks cold outside this bedroom window, but warm and cozy inside. Once again, the white that is used keeps the deep blue walls from feeling too dark.

 
AF MYSTERIOUS by BENJAMIN MOORE
Transitional Bathroom by Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio

If you’re considering trying any of these saturated blues, test it first on a large swath of wall. You need to see it in the space it will be used and in all light, both natural and artificial.

 
As always, it’s only the perfect color if you love it!
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Photos via HOUZZ
Eclectic Living Room by Amber Interiors

It’s not the fabulous furniture you’ve chosen and no, it’s not the perfect color you’ve painted your walls.

 
While important, the real secret to achieving warmth and coziness in your home is texture.
 
It’s the subtle interplay of tactile surfaces that gives a room vitality.
 
Texture is about balancing fuzzy and sleek, patterned and plain, shiny and matte, dark and light in furnishings, textiles and finishes.
 
I challenge you to sit on a sofa that has a sheepskin or faux fur throw draped over it and not run your hands through it. It begs to be touched and it’s comforting when you do it.
 
Textures are the visual “feel” of a room and without them the comfort a space should give you is missing. It’s one dimensional—even if you’re not consciously aware of it.
 
This week’s article shows 9 ways to successfully use texture in your home.
 
LAYERS
Transitional Bedroom by Lisa Burdus Interior Design

Pillows, throws, a coverlet all in different textures makes this bed oh so inviting.

 
EXPOSED WALLS
Beach Style Bathroom by Westcott Construction Ltd

A brick wall in an unexpected place like this bathroom gives depth and interest to the space.

Farmhouse Family Room by SALA Architects

In this living room, reclaimed wood boards turn a blank wall into a textured statement.

 
ADD AN EXTRA RUG
Transitional Living Room by Thomas Towne Reavey, Inc.

In this photo, a second rug has been added on top of a neutral-colored one for more color and texture.

 
Note: If there are small children or elderly in your home, consider carefully as layered rugs pose a tripping hazard. Instead, use it as a wall hanging.
 
USE TEXTURAL OBJECTS AS ART
Midcentury Living Room by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Portuguese eel traps have been hung on this fireplace wall. The dark color of the traps contrasts beautifully against the white brick.

 
Rustic Dining Room by Jute Interior Design

For smaller items like these baskets, hang them as a wall collection. They’re complemented by the hanging, textural light pendant.

 
TEXTURED WALLPAPER
Transitional Bedroom by Alexander Pollock Interiors

Always luxurious whether matte or shiny, wallpaper is an elegant way to bring texture into a room.

 
GO PLUSH WITH VELVET
Transitional Living Room by Nanette Wong

This sofa begs you to curl up on it. The dense softness will have you petting it for sure. With a large piece like this, go more hard-edged with other pieces of furniture in the room for contrast.

 
Note: Velvet might not be the best fabric choice if you have a cat. It can become irresistible for its little claws. Life style is always something to be mindful of as it determines your design choices.
 
TEXTURE FROM NATURE
Contemporary Living Room by Steele Street Studios

In this photo, fireplace logs are displayed as sculpture. You get texture plus something practical.

 
Speaking of nature, plants and indoor trees add texture, color, and are health-giving as well.
 
ADD SHEEPSKIN OR FAUX FUR
Scandinavian Dining Room by Callwey

Looking at this dining room, imagine the plain wood chairs without the sheepskin. The room would have a hard look without their comfort and pillow-soft texture inviting you to take a seat and stay awhile.

 
ADD TEXTURE IN YOUR BACKSPLASH
Midcentury Kitchen by Studio Schicketanz
In a kitchen with its many smooth surfaces, the backsplash can be the perfect way to add a three-dimensional and textured surface. Also think of a basket filled with fruit and plants as additional ways to add texture in a kitchen space.
 
There you have it. Just a few ways to add comfort, warmth and richness to all of your rooms. You’ll love your home even more.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Photos via HOUZZ
Do you suffer from allergies?
 
If so, and millions of us do, you don’t need the calendar to tell you spring has arrived.
 
Runny eyes and nose, headaches, hive-like itchy rashes, even asthma are the painful and annoying symptoms that occur during this most beautiful time of year.
 
Fortunately, we have medications that offer relief. It also helps to know what things you allergically react to so they can be avoided.
 
But sometimes we’re simply surprised. This week’s article highlights 9 plants that can set off an allergic reaction you might not have been aware of.
 
The good news is you don’t have to give up your garden and being surrounded by the beauty and balm to the spirit that flowers give us—surely one of nature’s gifts.
 
Just avoid those plants that are known to be common irritants.
 
Here they are:
 
1)  LOVE LIES BLEEDING
    A beautiful plant that is often seen in flower arrangements. However, their pollen can be a major irritant for hay fever.
 
2)  CASTOR BEAN
Contemporary Patio by Design for Conscious Living®
     Popular in tropical-like gardens, all parts of this plant are toxic.
 
    
3)  CHAMOMILE
Contemporary Landscape by Randy Thueme Design Inc. - Landscape Architecture
     Because chamomile is related to ragweed, the pollen is an allergen and the leaves and flowers can also be irritants.
 
4)  DAISIES
Tropical Landscape by Maria Hickey & Associates Landscapes
     Who knew the simple and beloved daisy could create allergy symptoms? Unfortunately, it, too, is related to ragweed. You could react to the pollen, leaves, flowers, and extracts derived from it.
 
 
5)  JASMINE
Traditional Landscape by Laara Copley-Smith Garden & Landscape Design
     The scent is divine, but beware of a sneezing fit due to its pollen
 
6)  JUNIPER
Contemporary Landscape by Jay Sifford Garden Design
     Often used as ground cover, the pollen can be an irritant, but the plant itself can cause hay fever and skin issues.
 
7)  RAGWEED
by Soils Alive
     Most of us think this is the main cause of allergies and we’d be right. It’s also so hearty that it grows almost everywhere in the U.S. Wouldn’t you know it?
 
8)  SUNFLOWER
Traditional Landscape by Missouri Botanical Garden
     Although this is more of a summer plant, this always cheery and happy-looking flower’s pollen and seeds can cause problems. It’s a cousin of chamomile. Look for pollenless or hypoallergenic sunflowers.
 
9)  WISTERIA
Mediterranean Porch by Arcadia Studio
     Who doesn’t love this beauty that drapes itself over patios or climbing up a trellis? Unfortunately, the pollen can trigger hay fever and even touching it can cause skin reactions.
 
There are so many beautiful and sweet-smelling plants that can serve as substitutes for the offenders just mentioned. Some examples would be: clematis, daylillies, goldenrod, rosemary, sweet peas, phlox, English lavender, woolly thyme, hibiscus, and chenille plant to name but a few.
 
Here’s to a happy spring full of flowers without dreaded allergies!
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Photos via HOUZZ
This week’s article was written by Graeme Wilson, UK contributor. He talks about a surface not usually seen in the kitchen—mirror.
 
Though unusual, mirror has many benefits such as bouncing light around the room which visually enlarges the space and adds a sense of depth. It certainly gives a touch of glamour. It can also hide features such as structural pillars which you may not want to see.
 
Depending on the type of glass used, it works beautifully in both traditional and contemporary designed kitchens.
 
And in spite of what you may fear, mirror is not difficult to keep clean—even behind the cook stove.
 
Take a look at the photos and descriptions. They show imaginative ways that you could add mirror to your own kitchen.
 
Incorporating a carefully chosen mirror into your kitchen injects a touch of glamour and brings other benefits. The reflective surface bounces light back across a room, boosting brightness and adding a sense of depth. It’s also a simple but highly effective way to make your space look bigger. Depending on what type of mirror you go for, it can be a relatively inexpensive way to improve your cooking space. Browse these imaginative ways to add mirrored glass to your kitchen.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping YOU live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Over the years, I’ve helped many moms refresh their homes when the last child leaves the nest to start the next chapter in their lives.
 
After a period of mourning with the realization that an important chapter of their lives is over, they want to re-do the home in some way now that it’s a child-free zone once again.
 
Something wonderful happens with fresh starts. There’s excitement that comes with realizing new possibilities and no where is this more evident than the design of your home.
 
You’ve reached a new stage in your life—a place you’ve not been before. Your home needs to fit where you are now in your life and support your new goals.
 
Here are 9 ways that can help you with this transition and give both you and your home a fresh new start.
 
CLEARING THE CLUTTER
organized closetorganized closet
It’s amazing how much clutter accumulates over the years, especially in areas like closets, drawers, the attic, basement and garage. You’ll have saved many things of the kids that really don’t need to be kept. You’ll probably find things of the children that they no longer will use or need as well. Now’s a good time to go through it all and discard.Be ruthless. You’ll feel giddy with joy and a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you’re through.
 
YOUR CHILD’S ROOM
He/she may be off to college but they;ll have breaks when they want to come home and have their room waiting for them. Change enough so you can use the space for your own needs, but leave enough so your child still feels welcome. Once they’ve graduated, all bets are off and that room becomes a space to do with as you please.
 
TIME TO RETIRE THE SECTIONAL
A useful piece of furniture while the kids were growing up. Now, however, might be the perfect time to replace it with smaller, cozier pieces. Consider a sofa and love seat, 2 smaller sofas, or a sofa and comfortable chairs.
 

HOME PROJECTS

After putting off renovations, now is the time to remodel your bathroom or kitchen. You’ve wanted to for years, but kept postponing it until the children were gone. No better time like the present to have that spa bathroom or a kitchen a chef would love to cook in.
 
SMALL CHANGES
You may not need a remodel. It may be that re-covering your sofa, changing out your bed linens, adding new accessories, or changing your paint colors is all you need for a design/decor face lift.
 
CREATE A GUEST SPACE
Your child’s bedroom can also be used as a guest room when it would otherwise stay vacant. Another idea is to replace the bed with a sleeper sofa and create a home office.
 
CREATE A BRAND NEW SPACE
You’ve wanted your very own personal library forever, or a special room to enjoy your hobbies. A perfect way to miss your child a little less is to give this space new life with a new purpose.
 
ENJOY THE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
You’ve always wanted a light-colored carpet and white furniture. You would never have indulged this desire while the children were growing up, but now you can. You’re free to decorate your home without restraints. Go for it. You’ve surely earned it!
 
If you or someone you know is facing the empty nest syndrome and would like help giving your home a free-at-last renewal, please email me at me@ nancymeadowsdesigns.com. I’d love to help you.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping YOU live your rooms—not the other way around
 
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