The Spring Cure: Sacred Space

Week 7 - Weekend Prep


So many of the bedroom photos I'm drawn to have one of these vintage arc lamps on the side table! I'm taking note. Via Design*Sponge
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• Cure Clock: 2 weeks to go!
• Assignment: Read Week Seven: Sacred Space

We have now arrived at my favorite week. Week Seven is all about the bedroom and creating a sanctuary for yourself, a place to retreat and rest at the end of a day. It should also be sexy, which Maxwell covered quite thoroughly in his Intro post this week. I'll be talking about making your bedroom a sacred place. The bedroom should be the most unique room in your home, and by that I mean it should be the most private, beautiful, peaceful, and clean room in your home — completely designed to promote rest and relaxation.

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Another arc lamp! We have table lamps on our end tables right now, but they're not very good for reading. Via SFGirlByBay

Your day begins and ends in your bedroom, so investing time and energy into removing the stimulants, clutter, and dust will make all the difference into how well you rest and function throughout the day. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary. Respect your bedroom, and don't hide your clutter there. Give your bedroom light and air and space. Let it be the retreat you need. You'll thank yourself for it later on.

How can you make your bedroom an inviting, relaxing retreat? Here are a few tips:

1. Declutter and Clean Thoroughly: It happens to us all: we have a natural inclination to fill up empty space with something rather than leaving it be. If you're lucky enough to have an empty wall or an unused corner in your bedroom, before you know it you're stacking storage boxes you didn't know where else to put, you've moved the small TV from your kitchen and onto your dresser, and that table has migrated from the living room to right next to your bed... where it holds your old desktop. STOP. Remove the TV. Get rid of that pile of magazines and books. Put everything away. Don't stack things on the floor.

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Don't be afraid of some color! A soothing space doesn't mean you have to stick to pale blues and greens. Via Design*Sponge
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Bright and sunny. Via AT:Boston

2. Buy an Air Filter: We have a Honeywell HEPA air purifier in our bedroom that I bought off Craigslist for a great price. Using an air purifier is especially important if you live in an urban area. City area is incredibly dirty. (If you've ever run your finger along your window ledge after leaving your window open for a few hours, you'll know what I mean.) But it also goes the other way: our inside air can get very stale and dusty, particularly during the winter when we typically don't have the windows open.

3. Buy the best sheets you can afford and outfit your bed with allergen protectors: Why is this important? Well, dust mites in pillows and mattresses can really exacerbate allergies and leave you feeling stuffy and exhausted in the morning. We also recommend buying organic sheets, as conventional cotton production uses 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop. Apartment Therapy editors and readers alike have their own recommendations on what sheets to buy. Here are a few of their thoughts:

Overall Suggestions:

West Elm
Restoration Hardware
The Company Store
DwellStudio
Garnet Hill
Overstock
Pure Rest
Amenity

Check out these posts for more product reviews and bedroom inspiration:

Best Product: Target's Organic Cotton Sheets
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Review: Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Collection
Best Product: Pure Beech Modal Sheets
Best Modern Bedding 2010
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Striped Sheets Roundup
Laundry Habits: What's Normal for Towels and Sheets?
Roundup: Extra Deep Sheets
Interpreting Thread Count with Julian Tomchin
Matteo: The Most Luxurious Bedding We've Found
How To Make Your Own Linen Spray
A Zen Inspired Bedroom
Soothing Paint Colors For A Relaxing Bedroom

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Beautiful, soft lighting. Via AT:NY

4. Make sure your bedroom inspires you: Check out this excellent roundup for more bedroom inspiration, including ways to get the look youw want and to create a warm, sexy ambiance. Here are a few more tips:

  • Put your bedside lights on a dimmer.
  • Buy a new set of beautiful sheets and a comforter.
  • Place a bottle of water, a glass, and small vase of flowers by your bed.
  • Pace a small votive or beeswax candle by your bed.
  • Purchase a small, attractive alarm clock.
  • Consider installing a headboard.
  • Purchase a luxurious robe.

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