bedroom

Made or Unmade?

Not too long ago, I had a discussion with some family members about something pretty controversial, and I'm actually not sure I know where I stand on the issue. Okay, okay, so I'm making it sound way more exciting than it may be, but it's still interesting - I think! The issue at hand is.. Should you make your bed every morning after you get out of it. Or, can you simply leave it unmade?

Made bed.

Unmade bed.

Even as a designer, I must say, I do not make my bed every morning! I suppose it's true, that I do feel better walking into a room that has a freshly made bed vs. one pillow here, one pillow who-knows-where and a duvet hanging on the floor, but the reality in our house is that Logan and I do not have the same schedule every morning - sometimes I am up before him, and sometimes visa versa - so I suppose neither of us have gotten into the habit of making the bed when we are the last to get up!

Unfortunately, I usually just crawl out and leave it for later. Not to mention, I often wake up with an idea or a task (from the ever-present to-do list) on my mind that I must go do/write down/tackle at that very moment, leaving no time to perfectly place the arsenal of shams and toss pillows on the bed. Occasionally, I'll actually make the bed later in the day, but sometimes I climb into it at night just as I left it in the morning.

I'm not convinced there is anything wrong with an unmade bed. When I come to bed at night and my bed is all disheveled from last night's sleep, it serves as a lovely invitation to lay down, get comfy and snuggle right in! That's a feeling that I never feel with a perfectly made bed. In fact, I often feel quite bad for disturbing a well-dressed bed. =)

Made bed.

Unmade Bed.

Oh, and here is the controversy I mentioned at the beginning of the post. My sister-in-law makes her bed every morning, whereas my brother-in-law refuses to do it ever! She says, "It just makes me feel better and it looks nice!" While he says, "Why do it? No one sees it! Besides, you're just gonna get back in it in a few hours anyway." Both of their arguments are true! However, I suppose I'm somewhere in between.

Made bed.

Unmade bed.

So, I'm curious to know what you do. What's your preference? Is your bed made or unmade?

Images found here!

The Difference Between LIGHT and Wrong

Working with a client this afternoon on light fixture selections for the first floor of their home, I got to thinking that this is one area where clients often get lost. Now, I'm not saying that these particular clients are lost; in fact, they have actually been doing their homework on all the many things to consider when choosing, purchasing and installing light fixtures. But, because light fixtures can be such a difficult thing, I thought I'd share some designer insights that might be beneficial. So here they are!

Top 5 Things to Consider with Lighting

  1. Fixture Type/Usage First thing's first, what type of light fixture does your space call for? A ceiling pendant, table lamp, recessed light, wall sconce, floor lamp, or a combination thereof. And, what do you intend to use this space for and, therefore, how will you use the light fixture? For reading, cooking, putting on makeup, mood lighting, overall room lighting, or just for added decoration. With this first consideration, you'll need to answer the above questions and also think about how often you'll use the fixture, at what time of day, etc. This will make the following considerations easier.

Photo showing multiple types of light fixtures.

  1. Light Quantity and Quality Next thing to do is, based on the usage determined first, decide how much light you'll need and what feel you want that light to produce. Do you want lots of bright light? Or, do you want soft diffused lighting? This where you'll consider wattage, number of bulbs, incandescent of fluorescent, desired mood, soft or hard lighting, direct or indirect lighting, etc.

Photo showing low lighting for a mood effect.

  1. Scale and Proportion Once you have decided what kind of fixture and what kind of light you need, it's time to determine the appropriate size of that fixture. The first question to ask regarding scale and proportion is - How big is the intended space? You can only choose a light fixture that will actually fit in your space. However, that isn't the only size consideration you have. There is a real design decision to be made here. What impact do you want this light fixture to have? Is this a statement (or focal) piece? Or, is this a more functional piece that you want to meld into the rest of the design of the room? Playing with scale is a great tool designers use to add interest and drama to a space.

Photo showing scale with light fixtures.

  1. Style After you've tackled all the major requirements, you get to the fun part! What style is the light fixture going to be? Again, you'll have to remember its usage and its scale, and whether it's decorative or functional (or hopefully both); but, ultimately, it could be any style you wish, from a really clean, modern, simple fixture to a very traditional and overly decorative fixture. This will be dictated by your style, of course, and the style of your space! Make it work seamlessly with the rest of the design. Also, when choosing the style, you will also have other choices regarding the look of the fixture like color, finish, shade style, etc.

Photo showing the awesome style of an entry light fixture.

  1. Placement And, before you can call it done, you must think about the final perfect placement of your fixture. This consideration is really taken into account early on as well, but it's key in the installation process. Exactly where should your fixture be hung, mounted or placed? At what angle or position, and at what height or width apart? It's best to think about lines of sight and any specific axis used in the space. You know, consider if it should be centered on a window, in line with another fixture, at the appropriate standing or seated height, etc.

Photo showing placement of light fixtures.

So, next time you are thinking about switching out a light fixture or adding a new one, first think about these Top 5 Things. There are, of course, several other things to consider with any design element, such as budget, timeline, etc. But this list should get you started and hopefully have you selecting the LIGHT choice, and not the wrong choice!

Images from today's post can be found on DecorPad.

Powder Room Plans

We've been focusing a bit more time on our own home when we get a free moment here and there. And most recently we've been working on the design plan for our tiny powder room on our first floor that needs lots of attention! It's a small rectangular cube with only the necessities - a toilet and a small pedestal sink, cause that's about all that fits! So our plan was to add some texture and some visual interest to bring this tiny box to life. We are thinking a cool crisp color palette of grey blues, light dusty browns and oil-rubbed bronze metallics contrasted against a clean fresh white and a pop of a muted yellow ochre. We want this space to feel sophisticated and refined, but, of course, with a little bit of fun and quirk!

Here are a few inspirational images from our pinboards that have hints of the look and feel that we are going for with the design of our powder room.

Color Inspiration

Bath room.

White powder room.

Blue-grey and gold bedroom.

We are really excited about this project because it's small (3' x 5' small, in fact) and easy to tackle one little step at a time and hopefully complete in no time! We've got lots of ideas in store, some of which include: a modern twist on classic paneling, a fun and simple DIY painting project, some low cost spicing up to the existing fixtures, and even a custom art installation to add some character.

So, before we make any progress.. check out a few before photos. Don't blink, you might miss it. Oh and you'll see that it is neutral, plain and sparse. So, forgive us that we have been living with this space untouched for quite some time now.

Toliet side of the powder room.

Sink side of the powder room.

Off to get started! Check back soon.

Inspirational images from today’s post were found here: Pinterest, DecorPad, Design-Seeds.