Is Your Bedroom a Sanctuary?

When designing a new space, I ask several questions such as “What is the purpose of the Room?”, “How do you want to feel in the space?” “What is not working?” I am redesigning a client’s master bedroom right now, and she told me she wants her bedroom to be a sanctuary (and perhaps a place to hide from the kids every now and then!) What does sanctuary mean to you? Is it a place inspired by the beach? A comfy chair for reading and coffee? You spend over 1/3 of your life in bed, so I believe your bedroom should be a place of retreat where you can wind down after a long day.

Is your bedroom your sanctuary or a place for miniature chairs, goldfish crumbs, and children watching Dora?! Ha!

Here are a few tips to help get you on the right track:

1. Get rid of clutter. I try to get everything off the floor, and I always feel much more productive in other areas of my life when the house is clean and piles of paper are out of site.

2. Incorporate baskets if you need extra space to store those random items or boxes with lids to hide the things that aren’t beautiful. (think remotes, notebooks & books you aren’t currently reading)

3. Minimize accessories. Lots of small accessories can cause mental clutter without you realizing it, plus, it’s much easier when dusting if you don’t have to work around several small items.

I asked myself the same questions that I would ask a client, and my ideal sanctuary would be: A bedroom with white walls, no clutter & a touch of glam!

Hop on over to my friends’ blogs for more creative Mom’s Spaces…a place for you to dream, create, or simply relax!

Lesley of http://chaoticallycreative.com

Kate of http://dabbleinchic.blogspot.com

Marilyn of http://design-magnifique.com/blog-news/

Julie of http://gosimplysavvy.com/blog/

Colette of http://www.frugal-finds.net/

Joanne of http://homestyling101.blogspot.ca/

Antoinette of http://pushinteriors.blogspot.ca/

Katrina of http://seasideinteriors.ca/

Selma of http://blog.selmahammer.com/

Michelle of http://www.fashionhouseinteriors.net/blog/

Jennifer of http://jenniferreynoldsinteriors.com/blog/

Olivia of http://swaygrl.blogspot.com

 

If it’s time to treat yourself to a beautiful bedroom or other sanctuary, email me at stacynaquin@cox.net or visit Olioboard to create your own space!

 

Ann Gish Luxury Bedding

During my Blogfest trip to New York, I was able to meet the lovely Ann Gish. She is known for her exquisite detailing and construction, along with the use of luxurious and innovative fabrics and designs. Among the lines of beautiful silk bedding, you’ll also find decorative pillows, silk loungewear & table linens.

Cotton sheets with silk banding.

I’m totally in love and I want these sheets! There’s just one little problem: my husband is like an alligator in his sleep. He grabs the blanket and does an ‘alligator roll’ (or two) as I like to call it, which leaves me with no covers! Do you know what these beauties would look like after one night???

Charmeuse Pillows with French Knots

Geometric Applique Pillows

 

 

Joss & Main Sale

If you’re not familiar with Joss & Main, it’s a members-only site with discounted products for the home. Featured designers curate products and a “Lookbook” based on their design aesthetic.

Check out my friend Traci Zeller‘s sale. She has selected some fabulous looks with chic and stylish products!

 

Happy 4th of July!

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8 Tips For Organizing Your Home Office

…and making it stylish too!

Whether you work from home or in a commercial space, organization is key to productivity! Sometimes spending a few bucks on boxes and organizational items can make all the difference, and if you’ve missed the Spring cleaning, now is your chance. I’ve teamed up with Olioboard and 16 other bloggers to create tips on organizing…I can’t wait to see what they come up with & the rooms they decide to feature!

1. Piles of paper can make your desk look messy, but adding a tray, like this Embossed Leather Ostrich Tray from StudioTen25 can be a holding place until you find time to sort or pay bills.

2. Thank you notes are a must, and what better way to neatly display them than placing them in a Glass Document Box.

3. If you collect magazines or other literature, translucent magazine files from The Container Store are a great way to keep subscriptions together. (Don’t forget your label maker!)

4. Open bookshelves and boxes are necessary so important things can be seen and easily accessed, but closed shelving and storage are also a must. Not everything can be neat all the time, and these stylish Fret Boxes with nailhead details are the perfect way to keep things, especially smaller items, out of sight.

5. Add a little glam to your office by placing gold binder clips in glass canisters from Crate & Barrel.

6. Who says file cabinets have to look industrial? Convert Wayfair‘s Jonathan Adler dresser into chic filing storage. (The bottom two drawers can become one, making it deep enough for hanging files!)

7. Sufficient lighting is vital in any workspace, but swanky fixtures can enhance the workspace aesthetics. This Brass Starburst Chandelier is definitely on my wish list!

8. Don’t forget about your office when incorporating beautiful artwork. If you spend a lot of time there, the space can be just as important as your foyer or living room. If your budget doesn’t allow for an original piece, opt for a giclee, but never compromise on size.

Hop on over to my friends’ blogs for more tips on organization:

 

If you need help organizing or creating a beautiful office space, email me at: stacynaquin@cox.net.

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