As the cold begins to subside here in Wisconsin and Spring takes over, we see Mother Nature offering inspiration for organic choices in interior design. Watch the slide show for each nature pic to see some fun selections I found google-ing around! (Click 'Play' on the larger pictures and give it a few seconds.)
Happy Spring days ahead to everyone!
Just a quick post today brought to you by the color Red!
Roy G Biv - The colors of a rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet). I feel like exploring the color red today. Red can invoke anger, but I think the furnishings shown in this post evoke a feeling of warmth and love, not anger. My apologies if this color is only anger for you, as I'm aware it can be for some. (If that's you, please check back to see my future posts as I intend to explore all of Roy G Biv over time!)
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Most of us are going through life transitions for many different (and for some the same) reasons. COVID, of course, continues to be a wild card in all our lives. For others, you may be contemplating retirement, or forced into it! Relationship changes, be it spousal, friends, or other family members are inevitable as we age and move through life phases (leaving home, coming back, needing more space, needing less, adding to your household as parents age or even as you bring in a new pet as a loyal, friendly companion. The clock ticks and changes happen. Are you losing sleep over the changes in your life? Let's chat about some ways to help you sleep better.
Your environment for sleeping MUST be conducive to getting a good night rest. How do you make that happen? Don't underestimate the details: great bedding, clean air, bedtime rituals, your health - in no order of importance! It may take a bit of change in all these areas to help you sleep more soundly. Everyone needs differing amounts of sleep to ensure they have energy and a positive attitude to tackle their day. If you are under the age of 14, you need a lot! The rest of us need about 8. This is according to the National Sleep Foundation.
How do you help yourself get the required amount of sleep you need? Let's start with bedding material. This is a chart with an overview of the quality of various materials used in bedding by Prudentreviews.com. Click on it to see all the pros and cons to help you choose the right bedding for you.
What do you do an hour or two before you go to bed? It can make a big difference to the quality of sleep and the quickness with which you get there. Helpguide.org has some insights and a list of several actions you can take to improve your chances of a good night sleep.
Finally, your health plays a big role in how much sleep you get and its quality. You know this, of course. All the above ideas can help, but if you are not healthy it could be an uphill battle. When you can do things that are in your control, don't hesitate. This is definitely not an exhaustive list of things to consider:
I wish you a healthy sleep tonight and every night!
Add a comment if you have a sure-fire way to help you get to sleep.
This transitional style library nook is tucked in what may have been a formal dining room that was neglected since the homeowner had preferred another area for more casual dining. The need to get away and have a quiet place to read or an additional TV viewing area was met by installing custom bookshelves and adding in very comfy seating, good lighting, and a place to put up your feet. (Note this is a rendering using a zoom backdrop curated by Clive Christian Furniture and Hatchards.)
For this post, I wanted you to be able to pull together a look that is all your own. I have suggested pieces in the affiliate links below that if clicked and/or purchased, I may receive a commission on with no additional cost to you. Have fun putting together a look that makes you want to dive into that new book or movie you've been waiting to tackle. At the bottom of this post, I'll show you my choices from these items that I would put together for a specific look.
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Oh, so many choices! Depending on your style, any combination of these items (and the great wide internet!) will get you your dream library lounge. If you want to go custom on furnishings and upholstery, there are even more choices. Given the limitations of the items above, here are two styles put together with choices from those items.
I believe the trend for 2021 is toward a lifestyle that is hopeful, peaceful, and healthful. Our home decor will include soft textures, natural colors, unique lighting and sustainable materials. If you like the items shown in my first mood board for 2021, you can shop for them by clicking on the pictures below. Happy New Year!
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I hate to admit it, but I'm a bit late on holiday decorating this year, so I put together some ideas to quickly add a splash of cheer. They are homemade, but don't take a lot of time or resources.
Metallic Spray Paint is your friend!
Do you have some old knick-knacks hiding away in a closet, some inexpensive wood or plastic toy trains (ask your kids for permission, please!), a tree or shrub with interesting small branches you can cut and bring inside, unused perfume bottles, or any other interestingly shaped objects? No? Your nearest thrift store may have the perfect ugly duckling to turn into a swan. Try to collect a few items that make up a theme - animals, vases, transportation, etc. Get some gold spray paint or gold glitter paint (or both) and start spraying those objects...some with gold, some with glitter. Turn a few objects into a collection and display them together on your mantle, table, or bookshelf. A few small items sitting in the middle of some greenery (wreath or garland), will give you an unexpected pop of sparkle.
Not liking the idea of spraying non-holiday shapes? A hobby or craft store has options like cardboard or wooden letters. Spell out HOPE, LOVE, PEACE, whatever message you prefer and spray paint those. Or grab up some small wreaths. These can be made of fake greenery, twigs, or other non-porous material. Spray, spray, spray and hang a few with some red velvet ribbon. Imagine these wreaths sprayed gold!
Bandana/Napkin Mantle Scarf
Less messy and labor intensive ideas - we like those!
To my family and friends -
I, Brenda Szarek, am the founder of Autumn Light Interiors. I have immersed myself in home design and problem solving for years and have creative solutions for all kinds of interior design dilemmas. I hope you enjoy my tips, tricks, trends, and inspiration to help you find your way to a well-designed, comfortable, and functional home you can be excited to live in and welcome others within.