Small spaces can be a challenge to design and this is especially true with bedrooms.
How do you fit everything in that’s needed to function well and still look cohesive and beautiful?
The sq. footage is always going to be what it is unless you’re able to expand the walls.
So better to embrace it for what it is—a small and cozy cocoon.
By using some design tricks and techniques, this small room can become a space that you or guests will love to be in and enjoy.
Plus, an added bonus is a small space is easier to clean!
Take a look:

Use a limited color selection. In this photo, pale blue was chosen for the walls and ceiling. More color was added with pillows, a throw and the carpet. Also, keep window coverings simple and allow as much natural light to flood the room as possible. Blackout shades can be used for sleeping.

For maximum storage that doesn’t take up a lot of sq. footage, built-in shelves surround the bed. The wall lamps provide light without the need of side tables.

Scandinavian Bedroom by MODEL Projects Ltd
In this small loft space, the bed is placed directly in front of the window. Space is saved while still allowing plenty of natural light. Custom vertical blinds are used to block light for sleeping.
A designer’s and your best trick for visually enlarging a space is, of course, a mirror. In this case, the antiqued surface is used only on the upper half of the wall, but it still adds depth to the room. A shuttered window treatment maintains a clean and uncluttered look.

Sometimes a custom made piece is the best solution which the bed in this photo is. It’s worth the investment and you can get extra built-in storage as well.

Don’t be afraid to add personality into a small space as the wallpaper in this photo shows. It creates a feature wall and along with the complementary colors of the comforter makes for a beautiful cohesive look.

This all white small bedroom uses different textures for visual interest and minimal wall decor to create a very serene space. If all white is too clinical looking for you, any other soft neutral color will work as well.
There you have it. If you have a small bedroom that isn’t working that well for you, I hope these tips and techniques will serve as inspiration.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Photos via HOUZZ
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The holiday season is just around the corner and it’s possible you’ll need and want to provide gracious overnight accommodations for friends and family.
You may not live in a home that is large enough to have several bedrooms ready at a moment’s notice for guests to lay their heads.
Yet, you want your guests to feel welcome and comfortable during their stay without having them sleep on a blow-up floor mattress. Although children love this!
You really don’t want to give up your master bedroom. Guests also feel guilty if you do this.
Here are 7 ideas that just might solve the challenge and you, too, can have a “bedroom” ready anytime it’s needed.

SLEEPER SOFAS

No longer like the 1 inch mattress of long past, today’s sleeper sofas are very comfortable and provide an excellent night’s sleep. If you can, place it in your den or home office so guests have a door to close.

 

SMALL SLEEPER SOFA

This works well if you have a guest bedroom and need extra space for a child to sleep.

CHAISE SECTIONAL

An elegant solution that can replace a sofa in a home office. It provides sleeping for 2 and serves as seating during the day.

CURTAINED BUNK BEDS

Great for children if space is limited. Each bed can be curtained off for privacy. Doesn’t it remind you of old-fashioned train sleeper cars?

BUNK BEDS INSTEAD OF A CLOSET

The space in this nook was formerly a clothes closet that was transformed into a sleeping area. The curtains allow for privacy and the beds don’t take up a lot of space.

TWIN MURPHY BEDS

Instead of the traditional one, these bunk beds fold up in exactly the same way, yet allow for separate beds. Works well in a home office where space is limited.
DAYBED WITH TRUNDLE
Another idea for a home office that can turn into a sleeping area at night.
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
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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
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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
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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
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Most new homes being built today include larger master bedrooms and the same is true with re-models. Why? Because it’s the assumption that it is what everyone wants.
But what if you don’t need or want a large sleeping area? Or, maybe you do. How do you determine what’s right for you?
Mindful Interior Design, by its very description, always includes, before doing anything  answering 3 questions:
  • How do you need your space to function?
  • How do you want it to esthetically look?
  • Does it satisfy your psychological requirements? In other words, does the room positively affect  your emotions and sense of well-being.
When you honestly answer these questions, you have a clear direction, a blueprint, on how to design a home that’s perfect for you in every way.
The master bedroom is a special room. It’s a very private space where you want to be able to take a deep breath and feel calm and relaxed. The size itself isn’t always the main factor.
For instance, you may want to reduce the size of your bedroom in order to have a larger closet.
Or, you may want a larger room in order to enjoy many different activities.
Take a look at these photos (HOUZZ) and see how different homeowners decided the right size bedroom for them. They may have you looking at your master bedroom in a different way.
A large master bedroom designed with space in mind for someone who spends a lot of time in their bedroom and want a private retreat.
The opposite of the 1st photo. This small cozy bedroom is designed for mostly sleeping. A lot of space isn’t required.

A loft space which essentially becomes 2 separate living and sleeping areas. It doesn’t require much square footage, instead building up instead of out.

Another smaller space designed for sleeping and easy reading in bed. Built- in shelves for storage, and attached reading lamps which eliminate the need for bedside tables.

Not large, but by utilizing access to the outdoors, it seems bigger than its footprint suggests. Who couldn’t enjoy lovely dreams in this beautiful bedroom!

This larger master bedroom has a lot of open floor space because the owner uses it for yoga and meditation.

Again, the size of your bedroom is not as important as what your unique needs require. You may need a larger space because it fulfills many different purposes for you.
Or, you may wish to have a smaller bedroom in order to have more square footage in another area of your home.
Let me know in the comments section  what your perfect bedroom would be like or maybe already is.
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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I vividly remember my Grandmother’s bedroom wallpaper. It was pink Cabbage Roses and they were huge! As a child they made me feel happy. Now I think back with an adult’s eye and that wallpaper was really rather garish. You might have similar memories as well.
Due to technology, today’s wallpaper, however, can be a wonderful way to beautifully design your spaces.
Quality wallpaper is not inexpensive, so unless you’re experienced, I highly recommend using an expert to apply your wallpaper. It’s absolutely worth the cost.
Here are a few examples with suggestions you may not have thought of that can add beauty and interest to your decor.

Choose A Paper With Plenty of White Space

Tour Jeanine Lobell and Anthony Edwards‘s entire Manhattan home

Choose a wallpaper with shimmer to bring a glow to any room

Tour Barnaba Fornasetti‘s entire home

Use wallpaper to bring a touch of nature to an otherwise sleek room

Tour Jackie Astier‘s entire Manhattan home

Use wallpaper to bring a touch of nature to an otherwise sleek room

Tour Jackie Astier‘s entire Manhattan home

Use wallpaper to cover closet doors

Match wallpaper to the curtains and headboard for an enveloping feel

Tour Lorenzo Castillos‘s entire home

Don’t be afraid to hang art Salon-style on a wallpapered wall

Create dramatic tension by choosing wallpaper in an opposing pattern to the rug

                                                                                 Photos via Elle Decor
Let me know in the comment section if you’ve used wallpaper in your rooms and send some pics. I’d love to see them.
Until next time…
Blessings,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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We spend a lot of time in our bedroom and not just for sleeping. Whether it’s shared with a partner or not, it’s the one space that just screams for order and calm.
 
Besides an excellent mattress that allows for a good night’s sleep, and having soft, soothing colors that appeal to you, there are other factors that can add to having the perfect bedroom
 
Take a look at the following photos for a few examples:
 
RUGS
 
Unless you have wall-to-wall carpeting, there’s nothing nicer than getting out of bed and placing your feet onto a soft, warm, cozy surface. In the photo, the bed sits on the carpet and serves as a border. Or you could have rugs on either side of the bed. Just make sure they’re proportionate to the bed size.
 
A PLACE TO SIT
 
A comfortable chair for sitting in to read, put your shoes on or off, or laying your clothes on before dressing.
 
Or, another option is seating at the foot of the bed. Just make sure whatever you choose stops just short of the bed’s width. If ottomans are your choice, you have the bonus of extra storage as well.
 
MIRRORS
 
Mirrors can be used in place of artwork above the bed with the added advantage of reflecting light. If you don’t like clear mirror, smoked mirrors are another choice. In either case, make sure you like what you see in the reflection. To see the toilet might not be your image of choice!
 
Contemporary Bedroom by Peg Berens Interior Design LLC
 
THROW PILLOWS
 
For looks, comfort, and ease of reading in bed, throw pillows are a must. Just don’t pile on too many. This is one area where less is more.
 

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BEDSIDE TABLES
 
If at all possible, choose bedside tables with at least one drawer. Keep the top of the tables as free of “stuff” as you can. You’ll sleep better with less visible clutter. Not always easy for sure, but a drawer or two really helps.
 

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BED SIDE LAMPS
 
Bedside lamps serve a functional as well as esthetic purpose. Generally, the size of lamp is dictated by the bed size. You also want the size of shade to be in proportion to the lamp size. When reading in bed, you don’t want to see the bulb. As always, have your lights on a dimmer switch so you can adjust the light intensity for task work like reading or softer for mood lighting.
 
Transitional Bedroom by Martha O'Hara Interiors
 
SENSUAL APPEAL
 
This is a beautiful example of a sensual bedroom. The soft, muted colors, the lighting, tufted headboard and bench, it’s clean lines  make this bedroom one in which I can think of more fun things to do than just sleeping!
 
(Carissa, omit “More: Bedroom Color… at bottom of last photo. Also, Don’t include Photos and #’s. I include them so you could keep track. Just list the categories, i.e., RUGS, A PLACE TO SIT etc.
 
                                                                              Photos via Houzz
 
Share your ideas for the perfect bedroom in the comments section. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other away around
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Where do you most like to read?

My favorite place is curled up in my bed with plenty of pillows for good neck and back support, and a proper reading light.

I consider the bedroom my sanctuary. The one place where I feel most relaxed and “at home.” The perfect environment for traveling anywhere my book is taking me.

I also love holding a book, turning the pages, and even the scent of the paper.

Yes, I know this is the Kindle era and while I can appreciate what it offers, it just doesn’t give me the pleasure reading a real book does. Also, I have no need for a power source—just my hands.

I love being surrounded by books as well. I consider them my friends so I don’t mind dusting them. And like people friends, I like to visit them from time to time.

So, if you’re like me and your favorite place is your bedroom and you love reading real books, why not let them live in this special place.

This week’s design idea is all about including books in your bedroom design.

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
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When I was a little girl, I loved the story about “The Princess And The Pea.”

I always imagined her sleeping in a canopied, four-poster bed—safe and protected. In my imagination, the bed fabrics were lush and elegant and fit for, well, a princess. I wished for a bed like hers so I could become a princess, too. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I was able to have my own version of the “princess” bed and it made me feel special indeed.

This week’s article is written by KAREN EGLY-THOMPSON, Houzz Contributor, and the photos are via HOUZZ.

Take a look and you may decide to claim a bit of “princess” in your bedroom. Without the pea, of course!

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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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