We were in Los Angeles yesterday and are going to be here for a little bit today installing 2 Loft Models. It’s such a breath of fresh air to walk around the quaint streets of of LA. Here are a few inspirational photos I took along the way! Happy Thursday!
Archives for September 2013
After listening to a story on NPR (KPBS – San Diego) discussing the importance of sleep, I started to consider the relationship between the design of your bedroom and your sleeping habits. Because sleep is so important for a lot of health-related reasons (I won’t list them…just google it), I wanted to give you all some tips on how to create a more serene and peaceful environment so you can truly get the hours of sleep you need.
She looks tired… I bet her bedroom is not so great. Ha! I am trying to be funny… I must be sleepy too.
Anyway, let’s take a peek at some awesome bedrooms. Shall we? I mean, this is an ideal space to sleep:
There is texture, comfort, cozy pillows, a fluffy rug to put your feet on in the morning, no clutter, white, simplicity. Just be sure to add a black out (or close) shade to prevent too much light during the morning.
Which leads me to…
Lighting. In my opinion, this is one of the most important elements to good design in most rooms. For the bedroom, it is best to have different levels of lighting. Task lighting – which would probably be located on your nightstands as table lamps or sconces flanking your bed for reading light. You want natural light during the day and then ambient lighting (preferably with a dimmer) for the evening/morning after you have woken up.
There should be no trace of “work” in your bedroom. The idea of the bedroom is a place for you to completely free your mind of anything that could result in stress. Stress makes your mind wander which leads to sleepless nights. And no sleep means bad health. Okay?! So let’s leave the iphone off or on silent and away from your arm’s reach…although I am guilty of looking at pinterest on my ipad at night and then trying to fall asleep… but we have to stop. We can do this.
– Do not put anything under your bed. Not only is it bad feng shui, but do you really remember everything you put under there? I am answering this too.. no I don’t…. so I need to take my linen boxes full of junk out from under my bed as we speak. And on subject… clutter in general in the bedroom is a no no – even if you don’t think you care about all of the clothes covering your floor, it’s psychologically in the back of your mind.
Both sides of your bed should be easily approachable. This helps with the simplicity of making your bed in the morning – if you have to tuck in between the wall and your bed.. it’s too much of a struggle every single day and I am sure you are already feeling rushed in the morning if you are not getting enough sleep. Plus it’s best if your spouse/companion/dog has a nightstand as well if you share your bed with someone else. Nightstands are great for displaying some of your favorite things, for instance: a book (this is a book to read for fun though, right?…right.), fresh flowers, a candle, design magazines, etc. You get the idea.
Color. Let’s not get too crazy with color in the bedroom guys… I get it…. you want a bright orange on every wall. But, let’s choose calming more cool colors (like a light blue or grey) so your mind can learn to be at peace when you enter the bedroom.
and last but not least…
Bring in nature. REAL nature not silk plants.. please. Nature brings peace and positivity. And who doesn’t want that. Perhaps it’s just some fresh flowers next to the bed or a beautiful fiddle leaf next to your dresser.
Photo sources for each tip:
And here is a little round-up of some of my favorite decor + bedside pieces right now:
I have been working on a nursery design project in preparation for a little boy that is about to make his grand appearance in the world. Just in case you are new to the blog, my freelance interior design company is With Love, Design… and I like to post updates on my current projects and give a lot of before and afters. This one is just a little before + after sneak peek but I cannot tell you how excited I am to share the final photos! My client is already so design-savvy so she had a few great furniture pieces/decor to work off of. I wanted to do something bold and exciting to give this room a little face lift… so I thought what better than to paint stripes on the ceiling?! I knew with all of the white accents and crisp stripes, we would need to give the room some warmth. So, we used Stikwood to add some texture and a more “outdoorsy feel”…and it completely transformed the space! The best part about the wood feature wall and the stripes is the little boy will not grow out of this room for a little while. At least I hope!!
Oh and the guy above?? Oh you know, my cheap labor handyman and fiancee! 😉 He is THE BEST!
Looking forward to sharing more photos soon!
So…I got inspired tonight by the lovely photo you see on the right of one of my good friends in San Diego, Conni, of Art in the Find. She is a talented stylist, all things ranging from fashion to interiors, this fantastic gal is one-of-a-kind. I love how she styled her outfit… it’s casual but sophisticated and yet so simple (the good kind). Similar to the room I paired it with… the simplistic furniture and styling of the space make the art work such a focal point. This brings me to Conni’s amazing BAG… I mean, really?! I might need to go raid her closet for that guy. And of course I am sure you noticed there is a cactus in each photo…just coincidence really. 😉
Hope you all have a wonderful evening! I am headed to Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego to meet up with this gal! You must check her out and take advantage of her amazing talent.
San Diego is the home to many talented artisans and craftsmen. I am lucky enough to know a lot of them and enjoy being apart of their artistic journey. I wanted to share a few of my favorites.
Enjoy! Happy Sunday!