The Fall Cure: Sacred Space

Week 7 - Tips &amp Tricks

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I couldn't resist resurrecting renngrrl's lovely bedroom from back in the Spring Cure.
A sanctuary, indeed! Love the dresser as bedside table.
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Last weekend, a full year after an allergist recommended it, my husband and I finally got around to covering our mattress and box spring with dust-mite-proof sleeves. While we were at it, we turned our mattress, vacuumed under and behind the bed, and washed our comforter and pillows. This full bed "cleanse" was long overdue.

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Our bed. I'm thinking it might be time for a change to a darker color soon.

Our bedroom still needs some work. It’s the largest room in the house, and the most private, and so we’ve been hesitant about spending the money to furnish it. My husband has no bedside table (I get up earlier, so the table with the clock is on my side), we don’t have great light for reading (there are recessed lights on either side of the bed, but they’re a bit harsh), and we haven’t been able to decide on a headboard.

Still, the little improvements we made last weekend have made a world of difference. I’ve been able to reduce the dose of my allergy medicine. We no longer feel like we’re listing into the middle of the bed. And even though the room has a lot of empty space, it feels more like breathing room now that we’ve straightened things up.

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The bedroom is the final frontier for the Cure, and with good reason. It’s important to be able to concentrate on it fully, with most of your other tasks behind you. In the book, Maxwell makes the point that the bedroom is where you’ll spend the majority of your time at home. Of course the irony is that most of that time is spent sleeping, and so it may seem as if you actually spend very little time in the bedroom at all. But the bedroom’s main purposes (sleep, sex, relaxation, and so on) are such crucial elements of a healthy life that the space bears a little extra (and possibly more frequent) attention.

Here's some food for thought as you're working on your bedroom:

Do you really need all those pillows? For those of us who love pillows (ahem - see the abundance of them on my bed above), it's easy to get carried away with them when designing the look of a bed. But the fact is that very few pillows are needed to make an attractive bed, and a preponderance of pillows discourages actual use of the bed when it's not time for sleep.

Do you really need all those books? Here's another one I personally struggle with. Reading in bed feels to me like the ultimate luxury, but sometimes the stack of books next to my bed gets seriously out of hand. And the fact is, I'm usually only reading one (okay, maybe two or three) at a time! Shelve your books somewhere else and keep your "now playing" books on your bedstand. Also, if you have space elsewhere, consider keeping bookshelves out of the bedroom altogether, as they are bigtime perpetrators of dust.

Do you really need that TV? Watching TV in bed also feels luxurious, but maybe it's a luxury that can be saved for vacations? Having a TV in the bedroom distracts hugely from the room's primary functions. Eliminating it will ensure a more restful, peaceful space.

Do you really need that computer? If you're lucky enough to have space for a little office somewhere else in your home, take advantage. Bringing a computer into the bedroom means bringing all the worries and stresses that accompany your work (and bills, etc) into your sleeping and resting space. If possible, consider instituting a no-laptop-in-bed rule.

I'm aware that some of these positions are controversial... and I'm curious to hear your opinions! A lot of my friends love having lots of books by the bed, for example, and still others can't part with their late-night TV. What do you think?

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luftskibet scored this large-scale poster from a friend who was moving.
I like the way it kind of mimics a headboard.

For many of you, Week Seven may also entail hanging new artwork or editing your existing “galleries.” Hanging art can seem frustrating, but if you follow some basic ground rules, it won’t be as hard as it seems. Use the guidelines on pages 220-221 of the Cure book to keep your sanity.

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nest decorating displays artwork in the living room in so many creative ways:
on the windowsills, on a miniature easel, hanging in lovely groups.

It’s important to hang only pieces you really love; consider the fact that these images will be processed in your brain on a daily basis… they will be part of your everyday sensory experience, and so you don’t want to settle for filler. On the other hand, artwork can be expensive, and blank walls have a tendency to feel oppressive. So what are some ways to cover the wall space with images you love without breaking the bank?

Photo enlargements. Choose one of your very favorite photographs from your archives and have it enlarged on a canvas. A photograph on canvas can look quite elegant and spare, and the service isn’t terribly pricey. If you have a friend who’s a good photographer, ask him or her to share some favorite images too so you have more to choose from. Check out this post for more info.

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ishtar olivera framed a favorite fabric for this little dresser-top vignette.

Framed textiles. Find a fabric you love and buy enough yardage to stretch over a frame in the size you need. It’s a great way to fill a large wall. This post offers some DIY ideas.

Gallery of family photos. Gather your beloved family photos into identical frames and hang them as a group. A cluster of identical frames hung close together has the effect of a larger piece of artwork.

Hang children's artwork in a stylish way. Your kids' favorite artwork can blend seamlessly with the rest of your decor if you hang it in an interesting way. This post offers some lovely ideas.

Consider a wall-mounted object. Hanging objects like shelving, sculpture, and even natural objects (pretty tree branches, or flowers in a wall-mounted vase) are an interesting way to give your room depth and soften up the "four walls" feel.

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All About Eve is ready to go for next week's party
with this gorgeous concoction, don't you think?

This is truly the home stretch, people, and you are all doing an amazing job. I’ve really enjoyed being along for the ride. Good luck with your bedrooms and your party planning. You deserve a cocktail! (Click here for the recipe for the above martini.) And please keep sending in those photos as our Cure winds to a close next week! Happy Thanksgiving!

TODAY'S COMMENT QUESTION

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POST INDEX

Week 7 - Intro with Maxwell
Week 6 - Show & Tell with Abby
Week 6 - Tips & Tricks with Susie
Week 6 - Intro with Maxwell
Week 5 - Show & Tell with Abby
Week 5 - Tips & Tricks with Susie
Week 5 - Intro with Maxwell
Week 4 - Show & Tell with Laure
Week 4 - Tips & Tricks with Susie
Week 4 - Intro with Maxwell
Week 3 - Show & Tell with Abby
Week 3 - Tips & Tricks with Sarah Rae
Week 3 - Intro with Maxwell
Week 2 - Show & Tell with Abby
Week 2 - Tips & Tricks with Susie
Week 2 - Intro with Maxwell
Week 1 - Show & Tell with Laure
Week 1 - Tips & Tricks with Sarah Rae
Week 1 - Intro with Maxwell

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