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

Modern outdoor grill ideas for small spaces - freshome.com

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

a wall-mounted storage cabinet for bbq tools - freshome.com

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
 
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
 
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