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20 April 2018
By portermathewsblog


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Sleep is important. Like, really important. It contributes to your physical and mental health, happiness and all-round well-being. Step one of getting it right, is creating a space that relaxes and lulls you to sleep, rather than triggering or reminding you of all your to-dos and stresses.

Before you figure out what should be in your snooze palace (yep, that’s what we’re calling it now), it’s good to know what should definitely not be making an appearance behind the palace doors. So we asked interior designers, a lighting scientist and a sleep brand founder (who knows a thing of two about getting a good night’s sleep) to lend their expertise. Heed their advice and nights of perfect rest are all yours. And yes, you will totally feel like a princess. Princess Snooze.

1. Pets

Research shows that 30 percent of pet owners who share their beds report waking up at least once a night because of their furry loved ones. If you want a night of wondrous, uninterrupted sleep, the pooch has to sleep in his own room.

2. Food

“Avoid eating in your bedroom as it sends the wrong signals to your brain,” says Shea Morrison, co-founder of The Goodnight Co.

3. Any work

“Leave your work out of the bedroom, lying in bed processing your work will more likely make you nervous or agitated, or fill your mind with things you’ll need to do in the morning rather than letting you wind down,” says Shea, and interior designer Melita Mayvn of Mayvn Interiors agrees. “Don’t have your office in your bedroom,” she says, “Your bedroom is your sanctuary, not a working space.”

4. Phones and all other electronic devices

After significant research, we now know that staring at the blue and white light emitted from digital screens prevents your brain from releasing the melatonin, which is exactly what you need to for your body to feel sleepy. Without it it’s hard to fall, and stay, asleep. Plus, receiving notifications can be disruptive (especially if you don’t keep your phone on silent).

5. Blue and white light

Other than the sleep-zapping blue and white light that comes from our screens, eliminate all cool white and blue light. “Shades of white light have different impacts on our circadian rhythms,” says Dr Luc Schlangen, scientist and Philips lighting research expert. “Exposure to cool, blue white light suppresses melatonin, and hence makes us feel more alert and awake. That’s why offices, gyms and operating theatres use this shade of white light, whereas exposure to warm yellowish white light increases melatonin levels, and is used in places of relaxation like our living rooms and bedrooms, and also bars, restaurants, and hotels.” Ensure the light bulbs in your bedroom are warm, soft and ideally, adjustable. Try out a Smart Bulb like Philips Hue, $29.88.

6. Bold feature walls

Interior designers Sonia Warner and Jacinta Woods of Woods & Warner say the single painted feature wall is a thing of the past (that they hope never comes back). “Be brave and paint or wallpaper the whole room . . . it will feel more connected and sophisticated.” Not to mention more relaxing, which is exactly why Melita says to steer clear of red, orange or hot pink in the bedroom, “Your bedroom should be soothing and relaxing rather than vibrant and busy.”

7. Oversized furniture

Over crowding your sleep space is a sure way to make yourself restless. Melita warns against furniture that’s too big for your space, “This will make your bedroom feel smaller and cramped.” While Sarah Cichy, director of Piccolo PR says over accessorising or mixing too many patterns will also make things feel cramped. “It’s hard to relax with too much clutter, so keep things open. Select a signature piece and then use a mix of quieter neutrals for the remaining furniture so that the space feels light and open.”

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04 January 2018
By portermathewsblog


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If lavish roof gardens and expansive backyards are only a reality on your Pinterest boards, that doesn’t mean your chance at outdoor living is crushed. If you have a balcony, a front porch, or a little patch of grass to call your own (if only on a “renting” basis), then you’ve got potential.

We’ve rounded up outdoor decor ideas for tiny spaces. From the dual purpose, to the fold-up, to the mini, there’s even something for those balconies that have a one-person-at-a-time limit.

Wheel it out, and wheel it back in. VINDALSÖ Trolley ($149)

Wheel it out, and wheel it back in.
Wheel it out, and wheel it back in. VINDALSÖ Trolley ($149)
VINDALSÖ Trolley

$149
from IKEA.COM
Yes, it's instantly an Summer party when you're drinking from a cherry-printed cup. Party Drinkware Set ($39.95)

Yes, it’s instantly an Summer party when you’re drinking from a cherry-printed cup.

Party Drinkware Set ($39.95)

Yes, it's instantly an Summer party when you're drinking from a cherry-printed cup. Party Drinkware Set ($39.95)

Party Drinkware Set
$39.95
Stools that are as much seats as tables and completely stackable. VÄSTERÖN Stool ($14.99)

Stools that are as much seats as tables and completely stackable.

VÄSTERÖN Stool ($14.99)
Stools that are as much seats as tables and completely stackable. VÄSTERÖN Stool ($14.99)
VÄSTERÖN Stool

$14.99
from IKEA.COM
Fold up the legs and keep it with your ironing board. Ikea PS 2014 Bench ($75)

Fold up the legs and keep it with your ironing board.

Ikea PS 2014 Bench ($75)

Fold up the legs and keep it with your ironing board. Ikea PS 2014 Bench ($75)

Ikea PS 2014 Bench
$75
from ikea.com
Load it up with everything you need for dinner under the stars, and then take it all back to the kitchen in one go. Box also charade as a planter, lift, tray and storage unit. KNAGGLIG Box ($9.99)

Load it up with everything you need for dinner under the stars, and then take it all back to the kitchen in one go. Box also charade as a planter, lift, tray and storage unit.

KNAGGLIG Box ($9.99)

Load it up with everything you need for dinner under the stars, and then take it all back to the kitchen in one go. Box also charade as a planter, lift, tray and storage unit. KNAGGLIG Box ($9.99)

KNAGGLIG Box
$9.99
from IKEA.COM
Pull it out for max relaxing, then fold it up and hang it on the wall when you need to make space for the washing. MYSINGSÖ Beach Chair ($39.99)

Pull it out for max relaxing, then fold it up and hang it on the wall when you need to make space for the washing.

MYSINGSÖ Beach Chair ($39.99)

Pull it out for max relaxing, then fold it up and hang it on the wall when you need to make space for the washing. MYSINGSÖ Beach Chair ($39.99)

MYSINGSÖ Beach Chair
$39.99
from IKEA.COM
For small areas that need a little more shade. Tortuga Stripe Premium Beach Umbrella ($39)

For small areas that need a little more shade.

Tortuga Stripe Premium Beach Umbrella ($39)

For small areas that need a little more shade. Tortuga Stripe Premium Beach Umbrella ($39)

Tortuga Stripe Premium Beach Umbrella
$39
from fave.co
The answer to wall gardens for renters, this apparatus is a bench and storage box, and it allows you to keep plants vertically, leaving more floor space. ÄPPLARÖ Bench Wall Panel and Shelf ($159)

The answer to wall gardens for renters, this apparatus is a bench and storage box, and it allows you to keep plants vertically, leaving more floor space.

ÄPPLARÖ Bench Wall Panel and Shelf ($159)

The answer to wall gardens for renters, this apparatus is a bench and storage box, and it allows you to keep plants vertically, leaving more floor space. ÄPPLARÖ Bench Wall Panel and Shelf ($159)

ÄPPLARÖ Bench Wall Panel and Shelf
$159
from ikea.com
Opt for lighting that hangs, and requires no power (other than the sun). Smokey Bulb String Lights ($10)

Opt for lighting that hangs, and requires no power (other than the sun).

Smokey Bulb String Lights ($10)

Opt for lighting that hangs, and requires no power (other than the sun). Smokey Bulb String Lights ($10)

Smokey Bulb String Lights

$10
More cordless (solar) lighting options. Solar Ceramic Lantern ($12)

More cordless (solar) lighting options.

Solar Ceramic Lantern ($12)

More cordless (solar) lighting options. Solar Ceramic Lantern ($12)
Solar Ceramic Lantern
$12
The top of this table is a a removable tray. So smart. Metal Tray Table ($15)

The top of this table is a a removable tray. So smart.

Metal Tray Table ($15)

The top of this table is a a removable tray. So smart. Metal Tray Table ($15)

Metal Tray Table
$15
If you've only got space for one seat, make it a swoon-worthy (and comfortable) one. Torres Outdoor Lounge Chair ($360)

If you’ve only got space for one seat, make it a swoon-worthy (and comfortable) one.

Torres Outdoor Lounge Chair ($360)

If you've only got space for one seat, make it a swoon-worthy (and comfortable) one. Torres Outdoor Lounge Chair ($360)
Torres Outdoor Lounge Chair
$360
And a cheaper option. Woven Lounger Chair ($49)
And a cheaper option.Woven Lounger Chair ($49)

And a cheaper option. Woven Lounger Chair ($49)

Woven Lounger Chair
$49
from FAVE.CO
This bench could be the only piece of furniture you need for lounging, reading with a cup of tea, playing cards with a friend or painting your toe nails. Woven Bench ($39)

This bench could be the only piece of furniture you need for lounging, reading with a cup of tea, playing cards with a friend or painting your toe nails.

Woven Bench ($39)

This bench could be the only piece of furniture you need for lounging, reading with a cup of tea, playing cards with a friend or painting your toe nails. Woven Bench ($39)

Woven Bench
$39
All that bulky BBQ equipment in one multi tool. BBQ Multi Tool ($49.95)

All that bulky BBQ equipment in one multi tool.

BBQ Multi Tool ($49.95)

BBQ Multi Tool

$49.95
Yard lighting that's as much about the look as the glow. Garden Solar Powered Flamingo Lights ($39.95)

Yard lighting that’s as much about the look as the glow.

Garden Solar Powered Flamingo Lights ($39.95)

Yard lighting that's as much about the look as the glow. Garden Solar Powered Flamingo Lights ($39.95)

Garden Solar Powered Flamingo Lights
$39.95

 

 

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09 November 2017
By portermathewsblog


If you’re still using budget furniture and a duvet from your university days, despite the fact you’ve been working for years, it may be time for a bedroom upgrade. Even if you only have a limited budget, quick upgrades to your bedroom can make all the difference. Paint the walls a fresh new hue; invest in new bed linen, throws, and cushions; or go the whole hog with a statement bed frame or dressing table for an instant revamp. These inspirational bedrooms from Instagram show you just how many options there are for a bedroom overhaul, whether you prefer minimalist Scandinavian design or all-out bohemian excess. Scroll on through these chic sleeping spaces, then start planning the next steps for your room.

1. Blush and Grey
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2. Statement Bed Frame
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3. Golden Wonder
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4. Buttercup and Grey
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5. Jungle Hues

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6. Golden Accents
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7. Feature Wall

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8. Chunky Knit on White

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9. Peacock Bedspread
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10. Shades of Beige
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11. Muted Layers

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12. Into the Blue
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13. Pink Brickwork
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14. Bohemian Swirls
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15. Greyscale Glamour
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16. Pinwheel Boho
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17. Green and Navy
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18. Cubes and Cushions
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19. Dark Wood
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20.Curvy Symmetry
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21. Purple Reign
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22. Midcentury Modern

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23. Teal Touches
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