Do you ever look around your home and feel some freshening up is in order?

You don’t want or even need to replace everything and you might not even want to change the paint color. You just want a new look. A mini facelift, if you will.

This week’s article is all about that and it’s happening in your master bedroom.

It does require a padded headboard. I would recommend having this custom-made by an upholsterer, a handyman/woman, or even yourself if you enjoy DIY projects.

Having a custom headboard allows you to choose the width and height. The photos shown here are two panels, but you might prefer one. If so, instead of two panels of fabric, you would have one and the size would be approximately 2/3 the width of the headboard. You can use Velcro for easy attachment and removal.

What makes this fun is you can change the look and feel of your bedroom seasonally or merely on a whim. Tie the fabric of your headboard together with bed pillows and throws. I would also suggest a solid white or creme headboard and linens to allow your fabrics to really pop.

It always amazes me how small changes in design can make such a difference in how a room looks and feels. For the most impact, don’t forget to engage your senses. Think fresh flowers, fragrance diffusers, and rich textures. When you do, you’ll be emotionally lifted each and every time you enter your space—your heart and home.

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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5 Tips for Choosing Bedding

January 31st, 2014

If it’s true that we spend a third of our lives sleeping (more or less), then it’s important to treat ourselves to fine bedding.

Don’t you think?

Quality bedding lasts for years and really can make you feel like the Queen you are!

Here are 5 tips to do just that:

1)  BUY THE BEST YOU CAN AFFORD. Besides lasting for many years, think of how delicious you feel to go to sleep and wake up nestled in fine linens. Also a spray of lavender onto the sheets and pillow cases insures sweet dreams.

2)  CHECK THE THREAD COUNT. You really don’t need a 1,000 thread count. 300 to 400 is perfect and feels wonderfully soft. I would also choose Egyptian cotton as the feel is fabulous.

3)  CONSIDER TEXTURE. If you prefer white-colored linens, details like ruching and pintucks provide visual interest.

4)  MIX PATTERNS AND STYLES. Again mixing provides visual interest but also offers more chic. You can easily change the “look” using different pillows and throws.

5)  DUVET COVERS. A helpful tip is to look for a duvet cover that has interior ribbons in each corner. They hold the comforter in place and makes for easier bed-making in the morning.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep and happy dreams!

Until next time…

Blessings from my house to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around

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Summer, especially in the Northwest, is the time of year friends and family come to visit and stay a few days in our home.

We (usually) love it, too. It’s fun to have a space that offers welcoming comfort, beauty, and our own special sense of design.

We want our guests to feel honored and for the few days they visit, feel like they’re staying in the most charming Bed and Breakfast.

Scroll through these photos and I’ll bet you find some inspiring ideas to maybe add to your guest space.

Take note: There’s always the danger that they may not want to leave because you’ve made them feel so special and so at home. But we’ll take that chance!

1. Add a splash of color with patterned bedding.

2. Paint it a bright, sunny welcoming color.

3. Use a daybed that easily transforms from seating to sleeping.

4. Two twin beds are great for kids or adults alike.

 

5. Light colors and flowers keep it fresh and airy.

6. Finish off an attic space as a guest suite.

7. Add some texture so your guests feel like they’re on a tropical retreat.

8. Save space with bunk beds.

9. Fill it with unique finds.

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

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An intriguing title wouldn’t you say?

This week I want to share a post written by Mitchell Parker, a HOUZZ editorial staff writer.

This is a fun read and the British poll that was taken was not a scientific study. However, the bedrooms shown are beautiful and may give you some color ideas of your own.

As always, color represents just one part of Mindful Interior Design.  Whatever hues you choose in your own home are chosen because YOU love them. YOU emotionally connect with them; they make YOU feel good.

And when you feel good, you’ll certainly sleep better. And the sex?  I’ll let you decide but I suspect it can!

Of course, you don’t see much color with your eyes closed and the lights off, but the color of your walls and decor affects how you sleep before you close your eyes, the survey found.

On average, the survey respondents sleeping in a blue bedroom get seven hours and 52 minutes of sleep, the most in the survey, which was conducted by Travelodge, a budget-friendly hotel chain in the U.K. Builders, teachers and civil servants tend to choose blue most often for their bedrooms, according to the survey.

The study surmises that since blue has long been associated with feelings of calmness — water, blue sky etc. — the color helps us chill out before sleep.
In fact, blue also is said to help reduce blood pressure and heart rate, for more sound sleep.

“This is an amazing result, as there are specialized receptors called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, which are most sensitive to the color blue,” says Chris Idzikowski, a sleep expert at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, in a press release about the study. “These receptors feed information into an area deep in our brain that controls 24-hour rhythms, and affects how we perform and feel during the day. That interaction between light, sleep and wakefulness is supremely important.”

An amazing 58 percent of Brits in the survey who sleep in blue rooms say they regularly wake up feeling happy. Cheerio!
Certain shades of yellow come in second in promoting the best night’s sleep: seven hours and 40 minutes on average per night.

Warm yellow relaxes the body by stimulating the nervous system and calming the nerves.

Green also creates a calm and soothing vibe, which is why it appears to be the third best color for getting sleep. People with green rooms get an average of seven hours and 30 minutes of sleep per night, and 22 percent of those surveyed say they wake up “feeling upbeat and positive.”
The survey suggests that a soothing silver bedroom mimics moonlight, which cues the brain to know that it’s nighttime and time for sleep.

People with silver bedrooms get an average of seven hours and 33 minutes of sleep, while 21 percent surveyed say they are more motivated to exercise in their bedroom.

Orange, surprisingly, is close behind, with people getting an average of seven hours and 28 minutes of sleep. The warm color also creates a “stable and reassuring atmosphere and can even help digestion too — especially if you have eaten a large or late-evening meal,” according to the survey.
The color has also been found to relax muscles, so you fall asleep more quickly.
Bankers and estate agents tend to choose gold decor, the study found.
Though similar to silver, gray, an incredibly popular house paint color, didn’t perform well in the study; people in gray rooms get an average of only six hours and 12 minutes of sleep per night.

It’s thought that brown and gray can be “dreary and depressing, especially in the bedroom, and make occupants feel emotionally isolated and uncomfortable — resulting in a restless sleep,” the study says.

What’s more, the survey found that Brits with gray rooms spend the most time shopping online in bed.

Those with a brown, cream or white bedroom are most likely workaholics who take their work to bed with them at least three times per week. Shop workers are most likely to have these colors in their bedrooms.
Purple bedrooms performed the worst for sleep. On average, people in purple bedrooms get five hours and 56 minutes per night.
While elegant and artistic, the color is thought to be overly mentally stimulating. Coupled with a busy day, purple walls can make it difficult to turn off a racing mind and switch into sleep mode. (I’m guessing the color has a different affect on chipper dinosaurs named Barney.)
Most interesting, to me anyway, is that the study found that couples in bedrooms with a caramel decor scheme have sex, on average, three times per week.
Unfortunately, the study doesn’t offer any possible reasons. Is the color tricking people into thinking about Milky Way candy bars and chocolate, making them more excited? Or is that just the case in my house?
Not much magic apparently happens in red bedrooms, where couples make love once a week on average. Maybe Roxanne should have put on a caramel-colored light?

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

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Lighting Your Way

October 26th, 2012

We’re used to seeing pendant lighting over dining tables and kitchen islands, but have you considered using them in your bedroom over bedside tables?

One big advantage is that you have more space on top of tables which seem to always collect clutter (at least mine do). Also, there are no visible cords on the floor so it gives a very clean look.

Another great thing, is that pendant lights are a beautiful design feature and they can punctuate your unique design style.

Check out the photos from HOUZZ. You’ll see many different styles from Asian-influenced, modern, glamorous, to minimalist. Finishes vary as well. They can be a focal point in your bedroom, or seemingly disappear. It’s your choice for whatever look and feel you desire.

You can find this style of lighting in all price points. From big box stores to custom-designed fixtures.

TIPS:

  • Dimmers, as with all home lighting, are a must. In the bedroom, you need enough light to easily read and soft enough for romantic mood lighting.
  • For a contemporary design, place the fixtures about 24 inches from the top of the tables and about 48 inches if your style is more traditional.

The correct lighting for any space in a home, is of utmost importance in interior design.

You may not know the whys and wherefores of good or not so good lighting, but you sure do know how it makes you feel, either way. And my goal is to make sure you feel fabulous in your home—every day in every way.

contemporary bedroom by Michael Fullen Design Group

contemporary bedroom by Kelly Hoppen Interiors

modern bedroom by Rachel Reider Interiors

tropical bedroom by Rockefeller Partners Architects

modern bedroom by Amy Lau Design

contemporary bedroom by DKOR Interiors Inc.- Interior Designers Miami, FL

contemporary bedroom by GDC Construction

contemporary bedroom by Mikel Irastorza

contemporary bedroom by Lori Gentile Interior Design

contemporary bedroom by Kathy Bloodworth Interior Design

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

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These photos from INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS are examples of over-the-top traditional bedrooms. Beyond traditional actually. They look like they could belong to Cinderella AFTER she married the prince.

Even if you prefer simpler designs, these examples can’t help but foster the romance in your soul.

While these examples would be financially out-of-reach for most, each photo has ideas that are completely doable. See if you could incorporate any in your own bedroom.

The wallpaper behind the bed makes a great feature wall emphasizing the bed. While this particular metallic paper is perfect for this bedroom, yours could be any design that fits your own style.

Notice the mirrors behind each of the bedside tables. This design trick not only expands the space and allows for light reflection, but in can be used in almost any design style.

If you have a traditionally designed space, molding can become your best friend. It adds architectural interest to a room. In this photo, the designer has placed the light sconces inside of each of them. Molding can be purchased at any big box store or lumber yard. They will cut them to your dimensions and they’re not expensive. It’s a wonderful way to make a room feel and look special.

Even if your design taste is traditional, don’t be afraid to use a contemporary piece such as this headboard. Just introducing it gives a great counter point to the space making it more visually interesting.

I love the chandeliers. Again it’s using traditional crystals that we expect but then adds totally contemporary drum shades which are unexpected. The result? More visually interesting.

Molding placed behind the bed with wallpaper inserts give this bedroom an extra feminine touch.

Another example of molding with a wallpaper insert. You wouldn’t need any other molding in the room. Just having the molding behind the bed, serves as a beautiful headboard.

If you’re having challenges with your bedroom, email me a photo and we’ll figure it out with a free 30 minute consult.

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

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Looking at these photos from HOME DECOR ARCADE can’t you just feel your blood pressure dropping and a feeling of calm overtake you?

There’s a reason why the color blue is a favorite that crosses cultures and gender. It’s a hue that is associated with peace, safety, and tranquility.

Of all the colors, it’s the one that is most likely to produce the lowest pulse rate, blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, and eye blink frequency.

While blue can be depressing if overused, I don’t find that in these photos. Combining blue with gray, gives a very sophisticated look.  You’ll also see it used with other shades and tints of blue, as well as brighter pops of color like yellow and, of course, white.

Take note, too, the use of black here and there. I always add touches of black in my designs as black grounds a space.

Finally, notice the different textures. Especially the mirrored bedside table and touches of silver. Perfect when coloring your bedroom in blues and grays.  It also adds old Hollywood glamour.

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So, if you’re thinking of changing the paint color in your bedroom, this might be the perfect choice. Remember to always test colors on your walls before deciding on your favorite choice. The lighting is going to be very different from what you see on the paint chips in the paint store.

Sweet dreams!!

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

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Because we spend so much time in our bedroom, why not make it a personal haven? This is the one space where you need please only yourself and/or a partner.

How do you want your “dream” room to look and feel?

Last week, I showed bedroom photos from HOME-DESIGNING.COM and with each photo explained
why they work.

This week, there are more photos and ideas for you to look at. I hope they get your creative juices flowing.

And remember, any bedroom can feel serene, sexy, and scintillating no matter your budget.

You know when you see it because you can feel that little extra heartbeat and hear yourself say “I love this bedroom!”

This long headboard offers storage and display areas in a very attractive, practical and dramatic way. It also keeps the side tables uncluttered. Colors are kept soft and neutral and the artwork placed horizontally, visually extend the width of the wall.

Note also that the wood tones are different. Big design tip? Don’t have a matchy-matchy room…any room as it’s boring and uninteresting to the eye.

I love this room! You couldn’t help but feel like a star in this bedroom. The senuous, sexy curves are a delight to see. Having the bed raised on a platform certainly elevates (pun intended) its importance.

This wouldn’t be an inexpensive space to design, but it does show how many possibilities there are to having an exciting and beautiful bedroom that spells WOW.

Note, too, how the LED lighting along the base of the platform enhances the drama of this room.

This light and airy bedroom is certainly calming to look at. The storage unit alleviates bedside clutter giving the room a clean and restful look.

Don’t be afraid of placing your bed in front of a window. The headboard is not so high that it blocks too much light. It also serves as a beautiful backdrop.

Note also, that even though this is a modern style bedroom, the light fixture over the bed offers a nice bit of bling to an otherwise quiet-looking space. As always, light fixtures should have dimmers.

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

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It’s your “dream” space. The room where you share intimacy; the private place where you quietly (hopefully) contemplate, meditate, and be alone with your thoughts.

In order for these wonderful things to happen, it must address your unique fantasies and fulfill what your bedroom looks and feels like.

Here are some photos from HOME-DESIGNING.COM that show examples of beautiful contempory bedrooms.

I’ve remarked with each one, the design ideas that make them work so well. Hopefully they will spark interest for making some improvements in your own bedroom. It’s not always a re-do; sometimes it just requires a little tweaking to have the bedroom of your dreams.

I always think that the bedroom has to be a place I could be sick in.  As weird as that sounds, if the room can make me feel better by just being in it when I feel well, then I know it can’t help but make me healthier faster when I don’t feel so great. I did say it sounds weird!

Next week in Part 2, I’ll share with you some more bedroom ideas.

The casual low-slung silhouette of a sleek modern platform bed sets a great basis for a modern bedroom scheme, and can be combined with bedside shelves for a slick and seamless look.
Above 2 via Happy IrenaWood clad walls, as seen on smart new build exteriors, work over expanses of interior walls too; an ideal application is a bedroom feature wall, where the warm material will create an impressive extension of your headboard.

These photos show a classic contemporary platform bed. Note the bedside tables are connected to the bed giving a clean and seamless look. Also note that the artwork is placed at the side of the bed, not directly above the headboard as is usually the case. The hanging light fixture and the tall floral arrangement balance the other side.

The wall mounted light fixtures provide task lighting and the light below the artwork helps ground the art as well as giving off a soft and romantic glow.

Finally, notice how the area rug is placed. Like the placement of the artwork, the asymmetry allows the room to be less predictable looking and more visually interesting.

Via Rusu RuslanStorage cubbies can also make a great headboard feature wall when mounted in an interesting arrangement; these can form neat display shelves for treasured items too.

Here the headboard is a set of cubes that offers not only storage space, but a place for books and favorite decorating pieces.

Via 3DDD

I love this headboard design. Wood has used in this photo but you could get the same effect using paint. It also gives a modern feel of a canopy bed. Too cool!

A ceiling treatment can be another effective extension of your bed, with grouped lighting or ceiling mounted panel to compliment and reflect the dimensions of the bed beneath.

Another “canopy” idea. This one gives storage space and excellent lighting. Doesn’t having the head of the bed semi-enclosed give you a feeling of a safe and protected nest in which to dream?

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

 

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Paragon Properties / Westwood VillageYes, I know, you’re wondering what on earth is this about. It seems that there is a definite connection.

A study was conducted at the Mindlab International Laboratory at Great Britin’s Sussex University. It was sponsered by the European paint company Dulex.

It wasn’t a large research project. There were only 19 participants, 12 of them women. The results, however, were very interesting.

The 19 individuals were shown a series of pleasurable scenarios including shopping with friends, eating chocolate, driving a fast car, watching a favorite football team win, riding a roller coaster, making love, and decorating.

For the 12 women, researches found that interior decorating was on par with love making, and both were found to be more pleasurable than shopping and eating chocolate—good news for husbands/significant others, and our hips respectively.

I’m not a psychologist, able to give all of the reasons for why having sex and decorating equally stimulate the pleasure center in our brain. However, I do think that there’s something primal about decorating our nest. Indeed, our earliest ancestors “decorated” their caves and painted their stories on cave walls. If I had to guess, I think our home protects us and our families from the elements to be sure. Our home keeps us feeling safe. But more than that, we’re compelled to
decorate. It’s how we express our creativity. It’s how we tell our unique story that gives our own world meaning and a reason for being.

Perhaps Dr. David Lewis, one of the researchers in this study said it best:

It may surprise some people that a newly re-decorated room can have such an impact on emotions. However, our enviornment plays a big role in our mood. Think of how you feel on a warm sunny day in comparison to a grey winter morning. Our homes are the same—a beautifully decorated room can significantly enhance your mood.

So ladies, with that in mind, how about the best of both worlds? We decide a little re-decorating, perhaps the bedroom, along with some “celebrating” with our partner afterwards.

And to top it off, may I recommend enjoying a chunk of chocolate instead of the proverbial cigarette afterwards.  To heck with our hips!

P.S. Perhaps because of the study results, Dulex named two of there colors “Luscious Lime” and “Purple Pout.”

I’d love, love, love to get some comments on this post. Send them to my Facebook page.

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

Image Courtesy of Paragon
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