BEDROOM DESIGN

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GUEST BLOG:Bend Bedroom Design "Rules" to Get Better Sleep

 

AUTHOR:Sarah Johnson

Creating a sleepy sanctuary, a retreat from daily stress can help you get the full seven to eight hours of sleep you need to function at your best. Design elements from furniture placement to the texture of accent pieces can affect your ability to fall into a deep, restful sleep. Design rules are meant to give you a starting point. While some are worth following, others should be bent or even broken to create a calming bedroom that will help you reach the deepest levels of sleep.

Bed Placement

The bed should be one of the first pieces of furniture you place. Traditionally, beds are positioned on the opposite wall from the door or the longest wall without windows. While those are both a good starting point, don't be afraid to bend the general rule.

 

A bed should help create balance in the room while leaving adequate space and movement for you and your partner. In some bedrooms, that may mean using a wall of windows as the headboard. In warm climates, having windows above the bed can allow a cool breeze on hot evenings. A large and spacious bedroom may benefit from having the bed placed in the center of the room with equal space on all sides. The key is to find a placement that works with the shape of the room but creates mental balance for better relaxation.

Keep It Comfortable

Your bed plays a vital role in your comfort. The mattress should support your preferred sleep position—back, stomach, side. If your bed has hills and valleys, it’s probably time to change it out for something new. Today, you have many mattress options from natural latex that’s biodegradable to hybrid models that incorporate innerspring and foam for greater comfort.

 

Bedding and decor create layers of comfort. While beading and sequins may give you the glamorous look you want, it might not create the comfortable, cozy atmosphere you need for better sleep. Textiles and even accent furniture should be bought with comfort in mind. Cotton and linen sheets allow for the best breathability and get softer over time, making them an inviting addition to your bed.

 

A bedroom that's overly styled offers a sophisticated look but might not allow your mind and body to relax. Fabrics like velvet and cashmere are luxurious while also being touchably soft and inviting. Save the sparkle for accessories that won’t be touching your skin. Rugs, accent chairs, and benches can also add softness and warmth that will make you want to lay down and stay awhile.

More Nature and Better Air

Nature has a calming effect that brings your heart rate and blood pressure down. Photos of nature, furniture with organic designs, and, of course, houseplants all have the color, texture, and scents of nature to help you relax.

 

Houseplants aren’t traditionally used in the bedroom, but they serve a dual purpose. First, they bring nature inside in the most tangible of ways. Second, they improve the air quality in your bedroom. Improved air quality can actually help you get better rest and improve your mood, thinking skills, and performance. Plants like the spider plant and snake plant both release oxygen at night while removing toxins, chemicals, and microbes from the air.

 

Design should always support the purpose of the room. When it comes to your bedroom, infuse the space your personality while adding the coziness you need for a good night’s rest.

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RUG LAYERING

A RUG ON ANOTHER RUG??

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Why,How or When ???
If you are one of the curios majority who want to justify the rug on a rug trend, read on to learn WHY, WHEN and HOW we designers prefer to use it.

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WHY???
Well, first of all,layering a vibrant rug on an old or boring carpeted flooring will definitely add texture and depth to your space.

Secondly, it will enhance the space it is used in and maybe even define new borders.So, ADD richness to your space by bringing in color or texture with rug layering.


ALSO, using a striking rug on a plain one will clearly draw more attention to the furniture placed on it. Therefore, it is the best way to dramatize the effect of a centerpiece.

If you have a very light colored delicate rug that can be easily stained,you can protect it by layering a hard wearing, patterned dark kilim on top.

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WHEN???

If your existing high quality rug is visibly stained and there is no way to get it off, then go ahead and buy a new cheaper rug smaller in size and place it on top of the valuable one.Thus, you still have your precious aged rug underlying the newcomer.
 

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You want to change colors but you still want to keep an old rug you love! Well then, go shopping for a cheaper and bigger rug with your new color preference and place it underneath your old one to change the ambiance.

You have completed your entire decoration with a simple and plain rug and you feel something is missing! Maybe you were not brave enough to buy that big vibrant rug, or maybe your dream rug was out of your budget.
Keep in mind that you can easily twist a plain decoration with a small colorful and patterned rug and DON'T FORGET:smaller size will be easier on your pocket.

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HOW???

A popular method is to put a cowhide on a jute rug or on a wall to wall carpeted flooring.It has no definite boundaries,so, it will make your space look bigger.Personally,I prefer to use black and white zebra look to create more depth.

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Another great way to spruce up your decoration is by placing a round rug on a bigger rectangular rug. It will certainly create a major focal point.I recommend using this method to draw attention to a center piece of furniture like a coffee table or an ottoman.

Layer them unconventionally , maybe half and half for a wider feeling of space. You will definitely MAKE A STATEMENT with an antique kilim randomly layered on top of a plain natural fiber rug.

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Confession:No matter why,when and how,RUG ON A RUG is a favorite design trend I won’t give up soon.So, I say, dig in to find old rugs in your storage spaces and layer them for a totally fascinating and stylish new look.

BEFORE AND AFTER:BUSE TERIM OFFICE

Before and After Alert: My favorite way to reveal professional tips of the trade. Read on to see how a new design can regenerate an old interior.

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Although 5 whole years have passed over this renovation ,every moment of it stays in my memory quite vividly as it was a very special Project in many ways.

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 First of all, it was a great beginning of a client architect relationship that has come to last till now with a total of 13 projects so far.
Another reason that made this renovation particularly special was the history of the building which dates back to the early 1900s.

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BEFORE

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BEFORE

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With a past of over 100 years, the BRAUNSTEİN apartment had its share of aging. The challange was to design the first office of a very young and famous blogger in such an old space.
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Although the client was the mere reflection of youth and energy, she believed in the aura of the past.That is why, the main idea was to balance the old and new  by mixing significant old structural details with new and easy to use materials.The process began by tearing apart useless layers to bring about the main historic elements.
The cratfsmanship of the brick walls and vaulted ceilings was striking.

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The initial
Goal was to design an eye catching entry with a dynamic character.
The colors and materials were selected together with Buse Terim,the blogger herself.
The focus was to have the energy in the center and have everything radiate from it with bits and surprises in small bundles.

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Peeling the old floorings which have been layered through the years required a great deal of time and energy.Once this challenge was complete,clear epoxy was hand poured on to the bare concrete floor.

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All the original doors and windows were kept and restored with minor handling and paint.Only the kitchen door was replaced with a glass door , dressed with custom designed macaroon stickers.

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The old hexagon window glass was all broken so we decided to have colorful pieces of glass made by a local glasswork studio specializing in antique pieces.Painting the vaulted ceilings all white after tearing down chips and old paint expressed the charming structure and resulted in a higher feeling space.

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---No matter the size, I believe, a renovation job that is true to the characteristic architecture is always intriguing, so it was a job worth all the hard work!!!---

NOTE:Visit www.tesinteriors/press for more photos of the BUSE TERIM Office Project ,published in ELLE DECOR magazine

KITCHEN NOOKS

Are you having BREAKFAST with your family or DINNER with close friends?Either way, the best setting will be a kitchen nook with a built- in bench and a dining table.

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Personally ,I am a big fan of the kitchen nooks, so, I will never miss an extra space to design one in any kitchen project.

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NOOKS will bring character to any kitchen with their individual designs and colors.The size and the shape of a nook generally depends on your spatial availability. Preferably, window sides are great to build nooks .Noone likes to block daylight with top cabinets, so, a nook is always a great solution in a kitchen with spare windows and enough room.And also, who can deny the charm of having a freshly brewed morning coffee in a window nook???

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No matter the size, a kitchen with a nook will always be more charming because, it will be a perfect gathering spot for all members of your family.So, make sure you tuck one and style it up!!!

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Mostly, nooks are designed with a bench and chairs or stools around a dining table. L shaped benches are very common as getting in and out is quite easy.But, I recommend using a U shaped bench if you have enough space to utilize.A spacious nook will always look GRAND.

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A TIP TO KEEP IN MIND:  Try to place a round , oval or a curved cornered table if your space is limited. 

AND DON'T FORGET:Round tables work best with square layouts whereas oval and rectangle shaped tables work best with more linear shaped nook spaces.

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I often design NOOKS with built-in benches as they are always great for storage! You can have drawers or cabinets under your cushions to pile away extras of any kind...

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Although,"Styling A Nook" is another great topic for a future blog, I will confess that my favorite nooks are designed white lacquered wood furniture and vibrant colored cushions ,pillows and accessories.

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