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5 Master Bedroom Essentials To Create Your Ultimate Retreat

June 10th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Your master bedroom is the most private room in your home and creating that intimate retreat requires you to identify the essentials.  The master bedroom is your refuge and should be limited to the number of activities that take place here.  It’s a space dedicated to peace and romance – a refuge where we need to relax, restore and rejuvenate our body, mind and soul from the daily stresses of everyday life.

Yet it seems that more and more of us are bringing our work and laptops into our bedrooms to catch up on those unanswered emails of the day or finish that report that’s due tomorrow.  So if you truly want to create that luxurious environment of rest, relaxation and de-compression then leave those piles of files, and computes out of the bedroom!

Here are 5 bedroom essentials to help you create your utopia with comfort style and function.

1.  The Bed.

  • If space allows buy a high quality king-sized bed.  It provides plenty of space for intimacy and a restful night of sleep.
  • Create a focal point within the space and incorporate a custom upholstered or wooden headboard to add elegance and sophistication to your room.
  • Invest in luxurious bed linens.  There’s nothing better than sinking into your sumptuous bed – dressed in finest Belgian linens or Egyptian cottons (from 300-1000 thread count) and cozying into your delectable duvet and perfectly plump pillows. AHHH!

2.    Seating.

  • The master bedroom doubling as a luxurious hotel suite is becoming increasingly popular these days.
  • A comfortable seating area could include anything from a designated sitting room complete with a fireplace, sofas, chairs and tables – a charming window seat or a cozy nook simply adorned with a classic chair, ottoman and side table.
  • Delineate a space for watching television or reading.

3.  Storage.

  • Maintain a calm and serene bedroom by eliminating clutter of any kind.
  • If at all possible conceal your plasma television behind a remote controlled motorized piece of art – it slides horizontally or vertically over the television itself when not in use.
  • Nightstands should provide you with ample surface area for fresh flowers, magazines and the book you’re currently reading.  Use side tables with drawers to organize and store any loose paperwork – keeping clutter out of site.
  • If you have built-in bookshelves in your bedroom keep the books uniformed and consider including doors on the lower portion of the unit keeping the visual clutter free.
  • If access to your closet is within the bedroom room itself, invest in a professional closet company to maximize and organize your storage.

4.  Lighting.

  • Create a warm and relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom by overlapping several sources of light.
  • For overall ambient lighting include some recessed halogen fixtures overhead, suspended reading lamps over each bedside table (to free up surface area), or table lamps and wall sconces for a reading light.
  • Install individual light switches on each person’s bedside.
  • Ensure that all lighting sources are on dimmers, which will provide you with a romantic ambiance – and the greatest flexibility.
  • Don’t forget candlelight!

5.  Color.

  • Sets the tone of your bedroom space.
  • To achieve that calm and peaceful environment avoid using highly stimulating or overpowering colors.
  • Colors like violets and lavenders bring a sense of calm to a space.  Blues, whites, greys creams and taupes can also contribute to the overall serenity of the bedroom, and work beautifully with rich wood furniture.

Remember, the right combination of all these bedroom essentials contribute to the overall success of your space.

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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Your Retreat, Your Sanctuary, Your Home (Part2)

April 14th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Since we only have one chance to make a good first impression, it’s very important that the front entrance of your home be welcoming, open and exude positive energy – all in an effort to provide you with balance and harmony the minute you enter your home, Welcome to your sanctuary.

This isn’t meant to be a lesson in Feng Shui, however incorporating some basic Feng Shui principles into the design of your entry, will direct the flow of good energy into your home and set the stage for what’s to come.  This 3000-year old Chinese discipline believes that all elements within the home – when appointed in a certain way –will create a well-balanced, healthy and prosperous life.

So, welcome the good energy in and re-new your spirit by introducing some of these inviting elements into your main entry foyer.  It’s makes good design sense and supports a positive energy flow.

A Clear Path. Clearly define a path to your door, which leads into your home.  Line the path with beautiful natural elements that will draw the energy in.

The Front Door. The front door sets a tone for what lies inside.  Make sure it compliments your home’s architecture and if at all possible introduce some glass to allow in natural light.  Consider painting out your front entry door black or red.  A red door will naturally draw the positive energy into your home, and a black door will draw in wealth.

Focal Point. Create a landing station or focal point somewhere in your foyer.  A console table with your favorite piece of art above will evoke a positive feeling every time you walk through the door.  Add some fresh flowers for that special touch.

Storage. To maintain a calm atmosphere, remove any clutter and provide a closet to store coats, jackets, backpacks and anything else to keep your entry clean and well organized.

Lighting. Beautiful wall sconces and garden lights lining the pathway will create a warm welcoming atmosphere leading into your home.  For interior lighting either recessed lighting on dimmers or a central fixture will provide flexibility in ambience.  Add a sophisticated table lamp on your entry console table to highlight that favorite piece of art.

Sound and Reflection. The water element is not only soothing to hear, but attracts positive energy into your space.  Tabletop fountains with the sound of water trickling over the stones, soothes the soul and energizes the spirit.  A large mirror positioned on a wall perpendicular to the front door, will expand your space and reflect a neighboring room.  (Never place a mirror directly in front of entry door – as the good energy will be repelled back out).

The main foyer not only welcomes you and your guests into your home, it also sends them off – back out to the world, so it’s important to provide a smooth transition from the exterior to the interior and vice versa.  Consider extending similar flooring material from the entry porch into the home, so why not paint the interior of the main entry door the same color as the exterior color. (Even if it’s not the same color as all the other doors). Setting your entry door apart from all others lets everyone know the direction they’re headed.

I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Your Retreat, Your Sanctuary, Your Home (Part 1.)

March 31st, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

When I design a home, it’s my desired goal to create a personal experience, inspired atmosphere and enhance my client’s quality of life. Developing a plan that integrates the interior with the exterior and invigorates a daily renewal of mind, body and spirit is more important now than ever.  Not only should your home reflect your personality, it should envelop you, calm you and make you say “Ahhh” the moment you walk through the door.

Does your home do that for you?

If you have a crazy busy schedule like I do, you undoubtedly yearn for a sense of calm, order and serenity at the end of your day – a place that neutralizes the daily chaos of life and allows you to unplug from the external stresses.

Like any design project transforming your home into a retreat and sanctuary requires some homework on your part. In order to create a home that is more comfortable, more satisfying and more balanced, you need to take good look at how you currently live, and then visualize the way you want to live.

The more thought and consideration you give to your home now, the more pleased and satisfied you’ll be with the end result.

So ask yourself these questions.

  • Is your home welcoming and inviting?
  • Does it make you happy and bring you joy?
  • Is your home comfortable?
  • Is it uncluttered, organized and visually restful?
  • Does your home feel balanced and congruent with who you really are?
  • Have you incorporated natural elements such as wood, stone, water and plants throughout your home?
  • Do you hear soothing sounds to relax you?
  • Are you welcomed by a familiar scent as you open your door?

Tactfully combining the five natural (feng shui) elements of earth, fire, water, wood and metal along with the five senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell will ultimately create a soothing and tranquil home environment. Creating this unparalleled home experience will re-energize your spirit and repair your sense of well-being.

I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.