Don’t you just love summer?
Long, light filled, sunny days and warm nights with a soft breeze wafting through windows.
Flowers wearing their full summer blooms; tall shade trees like sentinels protecting us from heat; and the sweet sounds of birdsong
This is how I always think of summer, although I realize this is not universally true. Climate in many areas of the country and world is just plain hot.
However, whatever your climate, it’s nice to have a bedroom that evokes summer and allows you to feel cool and comfortable; everything light feeling and nothing that appears heavy.
Here are some photos with  simple ideas that you can easily do to summerize your bedroom.
PUT AWAY THE HEAVY DUVET. Replace with lighter weight sheets and a coverlet. If you love florals, bring them into your design with pillows and add a light colored throw. While fresh flowers work anytime of the year, they’re especially welcoming in the summer.

THE BEAUTY OF NATURAL LIGHT. Make the most of what you have. The light colors and sheer window coverings in this beautiful bedroom will make you feel like it’s 10 degrees cooler. It’s especially nice if the view opens onto a patio or any green outdoor space.

BLACKOUT SHADES. Unless you want to wake up to sunlight at 5 A.M., blackout blinds are a necessity. The light-colored ones in this photo still keep everything looking light and airy.

FLOWERS INSTEAD OF FIRE. My favorite way to decorate the black hole of a fireplace, is to add flowers or a green plant. Instant summer.

PUT AWAY THE WINTER RUG. Unless you have wall-to-wall carpet, either replace a darker area rug with a lighter colored or natural fiber one. Or, you could have nothing at all. Bare floorboards feel wonderfully cool on bare feet. Photos via HOUZZ

Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
What is the Wabi-Sabi Principle of design?
“You don’t need the latest high brow designer couch, and you don’t need to revamp your entire home with the trendiest colors. Instead, the treasures already in your home that symbolize your life, emotions, and personal history are perfect. In fact, the only elements in your home should be ones that you absolutely love, undoubtedly need, or ideally both.”   – Poetichome.com
Another translation is Wabi-Sabi, which has its roots in Japan, loves imperfection. In fact, imperfections are perfection in a sense because life is imperfect.
We spend so much time striving to have the “perfect” home, that we never take the time to look around and relish what is absolutely great.
We tend to concentrate on what we perceive as the negatives instead of embracing all of the positive aspects of our home.
What a concept to actually celebrate imperfection. Doesn’t that give you a feeling of freedom and a different perspective of how you live in your home?
Maybe it’s time to toss many of those to-do lists, enjoy what we have, and realize our home is good enough just as it is.
Here are some suggestions that can help you live a Wabi-Sabi lifestyle:

HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOME THAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. It’s your home and not someone else’s, so you get to choose.

ORGANIZE and remove anything that isn’t used or loved. It’s just taking up space.
TAKE A PHOTO of anything and everything in your home that makes you smile.You may very well be surprised at what you see. It could be the smallest things that grab you
USE YOUR KITCHEN MORE. It’s the one place in your home that illustrates how much your home supports you.

KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL. You’ll quickly see how many things there are about your home that you love—just as it is.

GET RID OF anything in your home that no longer serves you. You’ll immediately feel lighter.

RE-ARRANGE YOUR ROOMS. It’s amazing how you’ll create a whole new space by changing furniture around. Or, you may decide to change the function of a room like a guest bedroom that is rarely used into a study.

TAKE TIME TO UNPLUG. We’re constantly being barraged with all things electronic. 24 hour news cycles, social media, constant emails can affect our soul. There has to be in our day, time when we can take a deep breath and just be without these kinds of distractions. You’ll enjoy your home and your life so much more if you do. Photos via HOUZZ
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Your bedroom is the one room in your home that should be a sanctuary. The place where you rest and restore mind, body, and soul.
Too often, this is not the case. It becomes the room where you keep your exercise bike or it gathers excess “stuff” from other areas of your home. Before you know it, this space looses all the benefits you should be enjoying from this very special space—namely, restful sleep; a place to read; daydream; to just be and gather your thoughts; and where you share intimate moments with your significant other.
Here are 8 design mistakes that avoided can give you the bedroom of your dreams:
1)  MATCHING FURNITURE PIECES
    You don’t want your bedroom to look like it was lifted from a furniture store showroom. Using
    different but complementary pieces is not only more interesting to the eye, but you’ll tire of
    it far less easily.
2)  BED PILLOW OVERLOAD
     Bed pillows add interest, texture, and/or color to the bedroom. However, too many and you
     loose the impact that a few carefully chosen ones can give you. Plus, removing and placing a
     gazillion pillows every morning and evening is a major pain in the-you-know-what.
3)  THE WRONG LIGHTING
     In a bedroom, you want adequate task lighting for reading or writing and also soft mood-
     lighting that soothes and relaxes you. The best way is to have non-task lighting on dimmers
     to control the light.
4)  A TOP QUALITY MATTRESS
     We all want a pretty bedroom but one area you don’t want to skimp on is the mattress. Buy
     the best you can afford.. It absolutely directly affects the quality of your sleep which affects
     your health. Be sure to try it out out before purchasing. Lay on the mattress in all of
     the various sleeping positions and for more than just a few seconds. For most people, a
     firmer mattress offers the best body support which gives you a better night’s sleep.
5)  BRIGHTLY COLORED WALLS
     Orange or fuchsia may be your favorite colors, but might not work well in the bedroom. Colors
     affect us psychologically and soft, soothing hues generally create the mood we want in this
     most intimate of spaces.
6)  BEHIND THE BED WALL
     Avoid a tiny art piece. Better to have a large (solidly attached) piece. Or, other alternatives
     are wallpaper, a tall headboard, or hanging fabric. Then you don;t need anything else.
7)  TOO MUCH DAYLIGHT
     You need a dark room in order to sleep well as any light affects brain chemicals. Either have
     blackout lining attacked to your window coverings or even blackout roller shades when you’re
     ready to sleep.
8)  NO DISTRACTIONS
     This is a hard one, but this isn’t the room for electronics. T.V.’s, computers, and cell phones
     should not be in this space. They really do affect the quality of your sleep. I said it was hard
     and I fall victim to this as well, but try, if you can, to at least limit the use of what has
     become such a large part of our modern, daily living in this room.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Your style of design is soft, soothing, and sophisticated. It’s not trendy. It lasts;you don’t tire of it.
But every once in a while do you look around a space and wonder if it could use some zing? Something that might amp up the energy?
Not every room in your home, but maybe just one space.
One way to do this is choosing a bold rug that is anything but “quiet.” Bold colors or geometric designs can be the perfect solution.
They work with any design style from country to contemporary and they don’t reduce the impact from the rest of your more subtle design elements.
Take a look at these photos for some examples. You’ll see everything from herringbone, diamond, Aztec, chevron, Greek key, honeycomb, and fret patterns. You may very well decide it could be your solution to giving a room a whole new feel and upping your energy quotient at the same time.
(Photos via HOUZZ)
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Have you ever looked at a blank wall and wondered how you’re going to fill it?
Or, you’ve thought how can I leave it unadorned; shouldn’t something go there?
The answer is that maybe it would be better to leave it as it is—place nothing and leave it blank.
A few reasons why:
  • The eyes need a place to rest. Too much visual noise can be distracting.
  • You are able to focus on other design elements in the space.
  • Unadorned spaces allow a room to breathe and give you a place to focus on your own thoughts and dreams.
Take a look at the photos and the explanations given by interior designer, YANIC SIMARD. You’ll see how this can successfully work and and it’s a freeing feeling that its o.k. to have blank spaces. It can be Mindful Interior Design at its best.
Images courtesy HOUZZ
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
What words come to mind when you think of or see white bedding?
How about simple; beautiful; crisp; clean; and refreshing.
There’s something about white bedding that makes you want to nestle under the sheets for the best sleep ever—like resting on a bed of fluffy, white clouds. ow delicious!
  • There are many reasons why white bedding is always a good choice. ere are a few:
  • It’s an easy update wen you want to make a change in your bedroom. Sort of like changing   the paint color.
  • White works with any other colors you use in the room. Neutrals will even stand out more.
  • Its easy to accessorize. White doesn’t compete so your choices are only limited by your imagination.
  • White is not limited to the bedroom. It can be used equally well on window seats and day beds.
  • White works with any design style. It’s never trendy and always feels current.
  • It can balance both the feminine and masculine.
Take a look at these photos for some examples of how beautifully white bedding can be used. You just may want to dive into white bedding in your own bedroom.
TIP: One concern of choosing the color white is how to keep it white and fresh-looking and not dingy or yellow.Check out a link to a video that will give you a way, using products you already have in your cupboard. https://youtube.com/watch?v=R-eMmpQeoQ
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Instead of hanging many small and medium- size portraits, have you considered using just one super- size piece?
You not only need less art, but the result is dramatic and powerful for sure. It can also be unique to you, especially when the photos are family members and pets.
Take a look at these photos for some examples. You just may want to try it yourself.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Remember celebrating Mother’s Day when you were a child?
My siblings and I made handmade cards in school to proudly present to Mom on her special day.
We took special pains to clean up our rooms especially for her.
Best of all was making a special breakfast and serving her this special meal in bed on a tray with wild flowers—never mind the mess we made in the kitchen. All that was important was the love we wanted her to feel.
You probably did these activities and more because there’s no one quite like Mom and the immense role they play in our lives, for all of our lives.
Houzz did a survey of 750 women and asked what they would most want on Mother’s Day. It’s not surprising the answers all revolved around home and family.
Here are the questions and the top response given in each category:
Your ideal activity at home?
A special meal   49.2%
Who would you like to join your ideal activity?
My partner and children   58.6%
Eclectic  by Jeff Jones Snap It Photography
Your ideal gift this Mother’s Day?
Something for my home or garden   27.2%
Your ideal gift for the home to receive this Mother’ Day?
A tree   35.2%
Traditional Landscape by The American Gardener, LLC
Where in your home do you most enjoy spending time with your family?
Living/family room   43.1%
When you need time to yourself, where in your home do you most often escape to?
Bedroom   38.3%

If you could win an all-expenses-paid upgrade to your home for Mother’s Day, which would you choose?

Remodel my home   35.8%
Which space would you remodel?
Kitchen   48%
I didn’t find any of these answers surprising. Our home is a sacred space meant to comfort, support, and love all who share our home. Who knows this better than a Mom? For eons they’ve been the keepers of the flame—day in, day out with no time off for good behavior.
So Happy Mother’s Day this May 10th to all of you Moms. I pray you are surrounded with all of the joy you so richly deserve.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
A few days ago, I took a road trip out into the country and was blown away by all of the gorgeous shades of spring green that were everywhere. At one point, I had to get out of the car, take a deep breathe, and revel in the freshness of it all.
It’s that particular shade of soft green only seen in nature at this time of year as the new leaves burst forth. It’s kind of a declaration that winter is truly over and the earth has come alive once again.
Spring green is one of nature’s most soothing hues and perhaps that’s why it can work so well in our homes. It also complements and blends harmoniously with many other colors.
Take a look at these photos for some ideas on bringing the outdoors inside. It doesn’t need to be an entire room of green either. It could be just one wall or ceiling; a piece of furniture; cabinets; tile in a bathroom; using wallpaper instead of paint or picking up the color in your accessories. The choices are many and entirely up to you.
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Photos via HOUZZ442

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

Flowers are one of nature’s greatest gifts. Just to look at their unique designs and colors and smell the essence of the blossoms is a feast for the senses. It’s no surprise they give us an emotional lift.
Quite simply, flowers make us smile and feel glad to be alive.
Vases house the flowers giving them structure while showcasing their beauty. Beautiful vases are sculptural, adding to but never taking attention away from the flowers themselves. They go together like salt and pepper or Jack and Jill; each enhancing the other.
Here are some examples of vases you may wish to add a few of to your collection.
Photos via ELLE Decor
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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