Southwest Fall Cure: Focus and Relaxation

Southwest Fall Cure: Focus and Relaxation

Abby Stone
Nov 17, 2008

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Spedie1 is facing this burgundy tile, a deteriorating grout job, and a slow acting drain and making the best of it with white accents which give the room a clean fresh feeling. Keep it going with white towels and a fluffy white bath rug.

With two weeks to go, it's time to slow down. This week, we're moving into the touches that add coziness and luxury to your home. We're taking a look at our lighting and working on our bathrooms. We're eating at home more, using our homes more and taking better care of ourselves by shutting out the distractions of the outside world (Some of us are even considering a media fast and a morning bath.) Our home is becoming a haven. This week, we'll consider other ways of pampering ourselves: better bath products, scents for the home, improved lighting...

Koko Studios uses this great window as room divider and further delineates different areas of her loft's living room with rugs
In the deep treatment, we're focusing on our bathrooms. This is the time to take a good look at a room where a little investment can have a lot of payoff for your well-being. Most of us don't have the deep tubs and steam showers we'd like but we can focus on accessories, cleanliness and decluttering to make this room a respite: great fluffy towels, a great body wash, a fine soap. In cleaning out this room, here are some thoughts:
  • Clean out the medicine chest: This should only be filled with things you use daily. We put our aspirin, medications we only take occasionally, band aids, etc. in a pretty box in the closet.
  • Men: treat yourself to a new razor and shaving supplies.
  • Women: go through your make-up and toss anything you haven't used in a year; mascara should be replaced every three months, especially if you wear contact lenses.
  • Consider replacing your shower head with a filter or a rain shower head and moving bottles off the floor into a wire caddy that hangs from the shower head.
  • A candle in here is a small touch that feels very luxurious.
  • We've switched to generously sized bath sheets to dry off after a shower and hand towels for everyday and for our hair.
  • Take a moment to spritz down the shower with a shower spray after use, use a toilet brush to give a quick scrub to your bowl daily and wipe down your sink when you're done and this room will stay a lot cleaner and smell a lot better.
A light, a simple table and chairs and a framed print and this small nook in bluetoes's kitchen becomes an inviting spot to hang out.
Check your lighting: Do you have adequate lighting for all of the tasks in your rooms? A mixture of overhead and task lights allows you to change the mood in each room, from romantic to practical. Consider dimmers for bright lamps and uplights for dramatic architectural elements.
MyLittleApartment laid down rubber matting in the bathroom. Rubber, Flor or other durable (and water-resistant) wall-to-wall carpeting is an excellent choice for bathrooms where the floor cannot be salvaged (especially if you're in a rental). It can be laid down without glue or tacking and pulled up for cleaning.

Deep Treatment


  • Clean bathrooms and related closets
  • Declutter cabinets and closets.
  • Arrange your bathroom efficiently.
  • Upgrade your razor and shaving supplies
  • Purchase bath salts and a nice soap
  • Place a candle in your bathroom
  • Consider scents for your home
  • Plan for the week ahead on Sunday
  • Wake early and take a bath before work
  • Optional: consider a media fast for the next week
  • Optional: straighten your desk at work.

One Room Remedy


  • Finalize your lighting arrangement
  • Get painting

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