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Years ago, I was introduced to the concept of being intentional about bedding. Sure, I had coordinating shams and comforter, but how intentional is a bed-in-a-bag? I mean, does that really provide a quality nights sleep, or a place that you look forward to falling into night after night, or give you that “I don’t want to leave this” feeling? Splurging on high quality sheeting was so frivolous…so expensive…so unnecessary.
Then, I became aware. You know—one of those “Ah Ha!” moments. I slipped into a bed that was like a cloud. The soft featherbed wrapped around me with silky-soft Egyptian cotton sheeting and my eyes were opened, even as they were quickly shutting to get the best sleep in a long, long time. In short order, we made some changes in how we dressed our bed and it is now affectionately known as “The Cotton Ball.”
Later, coincidentally, I worked in a luxury linens boutique for several years and learned even more about the elements to the perfect bed. The quality and composition of the foundations, the linens, and even the accessories all add to the overall sleep experience.
It is indeed an experience…it’s tactile… it’s emotional…it’s completely sensory. We spend 1/3 of our lifetimes sleeping. Lack of, or even unsatisfying, sleep has been known to cause a multitude of illnesses, mental issues, and relational problems. Why not pay closer attention to the environment of sleep—specifically what we choose to sleep in and on?
The next few articles will break down the essential elements of a luxurious, well-dressed bed. Like most things, there is quite a range in quality and price of each of the elements. You could spend $50 for a king-sized Egyptian cotton sheet set from a big-box store, or you could spend $500 for a similar set from a luxury linens manufacturer. Yes, there are differences—it’s not just a label game. The whole bed (not including the mattresses) can cost around $300 for low-end products to over $5,000 (easily!) for the true, luxury bedding ensemble.
Take the information and make it yours and in your budget. Start with sheeting. Buy the best you can afford or even slightly above. They will last longer, feel better and you are worth it…but more on that later.
THE GUIDE TO THE WELL-DRESSED BED—DAY ONE:
THE GUIDE TO THE WELL-DRESSED BED—DAY TWO:
THE GUIDE TO THE WELL-DRESSED BED—DAY THREE:
THE GUIDE TO THE WELL-DRESSED BED—DAY FOUR:
Bedding design: From simple to elegant, the décor of the boudoir
It’s only two weeks until Memorial Day and the weather is already welcoming us into summer. Like many people, we’ll be enjoying our vacation weekend by the lake and the easy-going atmosphere it provides.
Living close to some amazing Ozarks lakes with their picturesque hills, we are able to watch the surge to life that this time of year experiences. Folks are opening up and cleaning out lake-front condos or vacation homes, taking their stored boats out to stretch their legs, and itching for a chance to make both their home-away-from-home.
Like all things, even these holiday retreats can use updating. How can you minimize the effort to pull together a well-thought-out space that matches your family’s personality, all while staying on a budget and without scheduling long distance visits with a designer? eDECORATING is the perfect option! Simply send us photos of the space, measurements and space needs, and fill out the online design questionnaire and we’ll take it from there. We’ll plan a space-conscious and beautiful room with a detailed shopping list and send it back to you within a couple of weeks to fulfill on your own, casual, laid-back time frame.
Need something specific for the room, like water resistant fabrics, durable multi-use furniture or custom bedding & window treatments? We can do it! Our workroom and huge list of custom and designer-only manufacturers can meet your space needs in all styles.
Plus, if you have recently capitalized on the great prices of lake front homes for sale and need more involved design assistance, we’d be happy to help you. Contact us today if you’re in the Southwest Missouri or Mid-Missouri region to schedule an on-site consultation.
Enjoy your summer! Let us take care of making your vacation home gorgeous, and you take care of getting much needed R&R!
When we were putting together our office remodel, we knew that we wanted an oversized piece of art over the sectional and we really wanted it to be from a favorite artist that we’ve seen on local art walks. However, it looked to be only a dream when we started pricing those large canvases. Funny how you can overlook such a thing when you’re simply an art observer.
Luckily, we have a great relationship with the store manager where these works are displayed and he suggested that we talk to the artist and have a custom piece commissioned at a price that we could work with. Why had I not even thought of that? A few years ago, I had talked with another artist about commissioning work for a client, but that had faded back into the recesses of my memory.
The experience was great and the finished product is perfect. Giving examples from my own experience with the fantastic abstract artist, Gavyn Sky, and additional perspectives from an amazing portrait artist and friend, Nancy Rose, you can see how the process works and how this can also be an option for all who desire a custom art piece and have either specific parameters (such as size or budget) or style preferences.
The first stage of this process is meeting the artist. Chances are that you have either seen their work and liked it, or were referred to them. In our case, we met with Gavyn at the gallery and walked through, pointing out colors we liked, how we liked the movement in one versus another, and sizing desires. We showed him pictures of our space and the colors we have in the room already and what our (OK, really “my”) vision was for the art. During this time, I would imagine that he was not only listening to what I was saying, but reading deeper into our style, attitudes, “fun factor”…whatever he calls it… to determine a mood to resource from.
For portraits, Nancy meets with a client and assesses what their preformed ideas are about their portrait, including size, where it will hang, the formality/informality of the piece, and who will be included. By meeting with a person at their home, she identifies colors that express their personality.
Budget is often a factor, and both artists are able to work within their clients needs without sacrificing the overall goal. Of course large, life-sized portraits or over-scale abstracts command more “wow” factor, but through their use of medium and scale, they are able to keep the cost within limits.
Abstract artists may choose to use nature as inspiration or let their thoughts flow through stroke and color, influencing the shape and tone of the artwork. For Gavyn, understanding the client and the space helps with harnessing his creativity’s direction. Nancy states that although working from a photo is good for subjects who have time constraints or for pets or small children, working with live models evokes emotion and energy that can only come from a live, breathing being. “With life, all the color information is right there and true, and there is the experience–the interaction between artist and sitter, that is enriching. It is life,” says Nancy.
How do they capture the essence of their commissioner? Gavyn says, “ There is always that mystery with my work in particular. My years of waiting tables paid off in the sense that I was able to get a feel of who I was speaking with and even give them what they wanted before they had to ask for it. ” For Nancy, “Maybe it is magic. It is like magic in the way that some things cannot be explained. The way people live, move, talk, what they surround themselves with, all becomes a feeling I walk away with. When I sit to paint, I take this feeling and cloak myself with it. The personality comes through with expression, the gesture in the pose, with colors, with the direction of the eyes. The cloak helps me find those.”
It definitely is a mystery and maybe it is magic, because when you see the finished piece and it is everything and more than you had in mind, it’s unfathomable that another person could capture all that excitement, energy, life, and emotion on canvas. The depth of color and level of motion all interact directly with the heart, and that makes it more than just art. It’s an extension of you, as it should be.
Looking for a way to give your room that “WOW!” factor?
Contact me to schedule a consultation and we’ll see if commissioning a piece of art just for you is the answer!