A Most Fetching Friday: A Tranquil Bedroom

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines a nightlight on the importance of a tranquil bedroom where mind, body and eye benefit from quality downtime and restful style.  I’ve discovered the antidote to the energy draining, oppressive and tedious days of summer- retreating to a tranquil bedroom  where I check stress, devices, and the general noise of the day that grinds the gears at the door.

fetching-definiton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

master-suite-details

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

What design elements constitute a tranquil bedroom for one may not for another.  In design and in the pursuit of tranquility, personal preference makes the world go round.  Count me among those that unwind by watching television before bed.  Dave the Builder yammers wonders aloud how I can include watching television in my downtime is the right time viewing routine.

To quote a line from Sex and the City (a late night viewing favorite), “I love it, it’s my thing.  Let it go.”

master-bedroom-color-palette

When designing and decorating the master bedroom with tranquility in mind, a serene and calming color palette is conducive to a relaxing atmosphere.

tranquil bedroom

Windham Cream  ||   Blue Bonnet  ||  Palladian Blue  ||   Healing Aloe

bedroom-stacy-gauthier-design

Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

Dave and I often play the what would you buy if you won the lottery game.  When I do win the lottery (the power of positive thinking) fresh flowers will grace the accent, dining, vanity, and bedside tabletops throughout Casa de Places In The Home.  In the meantime, the markdown sections of grocery store floral departments beautifully and affordably allow me to indulge my penchant for keeping an arrangement of fresh flowers on the bedside table.

orange-roses

Small touches such as fresh flowers instill a curated quality to your bedroom oasis and give a weary eye a colorful place to land.

Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates

Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates

Be still my Southern traditional heart!

guest bedroom new orleans

Decorator Brannan Geary

The tranquil bedroom decorated by Brannan Geary is a Southern charmer. The classic Colefax and Fowler fabric Bowood, stunning window treatments, and fresh flowers beautifully demonstrate how the use of classic patterns, soft color palettes, and antique furnishings frame a tranquil bedroom.

gal-meets-glam-bedroom

Gal Meets Glam

Boxwood-fabric

 Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

New+Salem+3+Drawer+Accent+ChestNew Salem 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Porphyrion Console 2 Door Accent CabinetPorphyrion Console 2 Door Accent Cabinet

wallpaper-Atlanta-Homes-Lifestyles

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Colefax Fowler Bowood

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I do love a tranquil bedroom that is calm, cool and collected.

rose-lamp

This lamp is one of a pair that belonged to my grandmother.  The pair of vintage porcelain lamps in the Brannan Geary decorated bedroom inspired me to head to the Hopefully Classic storage closet to retrieve these vintage porcelain lamps with the express purpose of reintroducing into a calm, cool, and collected bedroom.

vintage-table-lamp-1

Tory-Burch-bedroom

Architectural Digest

master-bedrooms-cottage

Southern Living

master-bedrooms-lake

Southern Living

I hope you have a most fetching Friday and a lovely weekend- one that  presents an opportunity at the end of the day for you to retreat to and rest and relax in a tranquil bedroom.

love your style

Making A Comfortable Bed

Did you make your bed?  Let’s see an imaginary show of hands of the ones who have heard this question, oh, I don’t know, say 5475 times in your life?  I came to that particular number by assuming by the age of five the simple chore of making the bed was on the allowance radar of most parents.  With the the median age of first leaving home for males and females being at 20.35 years of age, that’s roughly fifteen years of making the bed.  If my math is correct, that ladies and gentlemen is a whole lot of bed making.

15 X 365 = 5475

why-do-I-have-to-make-my-bedWhy Do I Have to Make My Bed?  ~ Wade Bradford

Why should you make your bed?  A relaxing and good night’s sleep is essential to our overall well-being, and promoting said good night’s sleep begins with making a comfortable bed. Plus, it looks pretty. Question asked and answered.

daybedMinnie Peters ~ The White Book

Routine, by definition, is an action or actions performed as part of a regular procedure. Decorating is rooted in the routine of interior beautification. Our bedroom serves as a peaceful and serene sanctuary, and making a comfortable bed promotes this relaxation technique.  The basic ritual of making the bed each day is a most effective way to give the space an overall polished and finished look.

made-up-bedEthan Allen

A public opinion poll commissioned by the National Sleep Foundation of 1,500 randomly-selected Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 explores how respondents think about elements of their bedrooms and to determine the effect of the bedroom environment on sleep. Findings show 85% of those polled rate the comfortable feel of sheets and bedding as an essential factor in a restful sleep.  Another interesting result finds 73% of respondents get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent.

Bedding Hanging To DryMother Earth Living ~ Photo By Corbis

I love the glamour associated with the classic color combination of pink and green with its summer afternoon spent lounging poolside at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows chic appeal.

Beverly-Hills-HotelThe Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows

Forget counting sheep, I’d rather drift off to lala land dreaming of warm LA or Miami breezes and tropical island vacations.

green-pink-sheets

Coastal-nautical-life’s a beach designed linens fall into the Goldilocks and the Three Bears category of bedding- not too masculine and not too feminine.  This design is just right.

linens-coastal-bedding

Let’s don’t forget how utterly comfortable, cozy and stylish a down comforter, chenille throw or set of flannel sheets can be on those chilly fall and baby, it’s cold outside winter nights.

winter-sheets

Not all bedroom decor styles are created equal or gravitate strictly toward the sole taste of one part of the shared sleeping experience equation. Shopping semi-annual white sales with my mother has become a retail ritual with us, a bed and bath steals deals and famished shoppers who lunch meals sort of day.  We both agree on the importance of thread count, deep pockets and texture, but my goodness do we ever have differing opinions when it comes to pattern and color choices.  The Goldilocks and the Three Bears rule fits this scenario as well.

Ralph-Lauren-beddingRalph Lauren Palmer Bedding

I try to select sheets and bedding accents that are not only visually striking, but strike a nice balance between not too masculine nor too feminine.  I am super comfort zoned in on the look and comfort performance of sheets, pillow cases and shams in the art of making a comfortable bed.  A stylish neutral color, classic pattern and low frill factor choice of sheet is the way to go.  Short sheeted on sheet storage? Store folded sheet sets inside one of the pillow cases from the set.

linens-beige

A good night’s rest revives, restores and regenerates the mind, body and spirit. The Places In The Home turndown service relies on a comfortable sleep temperature, a generous spritzing of linen spray and our pillows cased in my favorite set of pillowcases.

making a comfortable bedSleeping Beauties

Texture, pattern, color, feel, thread count and making a comfortable bed play a significant role in the production of a beautiful slumber.

Love your style!