The transition from Summer to Fall is probably my favourite- I just love how crisp the air gets and the changing colours of the leaves. It also presents my favourite time to swap out decor- when the furs, knits and cozy textiles come out. If you're craving a bit more cozy in your life, here are my favourite ways to create the coziest bedroom ever.
1. Start with a dark paint
It is no secret how much I love a dark hue in the bedroom. I think it's just so inviting and dramatic and can assist with creating an atmosphere for great sleep. So in this space (belonging to the son of Toronto Star writer Vicky Sanderson), we went with Black Sable by Delux. For added drama, go matte with the paint finish for a really chalky, rich, deep hue. When you go dark on the walls don't forget about the ceiling. Think about a textured or patterned wallpaper, or a ceiling paint tinted with at least 20% of the wall colour so the contrast isn't too harsh.
2. Add textured wood
We worked with Artemano as a partner on this makeover and selected this incredible bed and pair of nightstands. The natural textures in the wood just scream cozy to me- and the handmade, artisanal quality of their products are just lovely and authentic. I am typically not a fan of buying a matching bed and nightstands, but in this case I wanted the species of wood to match. The natural colouring and texture of the wood provides ample variety in the pieces and since it's a fairly small room, the visual continuity of the wood bodes well in creating continuous sight lines.
3. Create intimate display nooks
We carried the natural wood texture in this little study nook for Vicky's son. Made with inexpensive stained lumber, her son is able to display his favourite artifacts, memorabilia and photos on floating shelves over this sleek lacquered desk. For me, the accessories in a room tell a story and reveal so much about who lives there- so I always try to incorporate little vignettes in spaces I design. These little vignettes bring life and character to a room- and that to me screams cozy.
4. Add a mix of textiles
Coziness to me is all about textiles- and it is amazing how much impact changing out your textiles can make, in relatively little time. Add woolen blankets, a faux fur throw, heavy felt fabric pillows and knits for a really cozy mix on the bed. On the floor, a sheepskin rug or gorgeous wool patterned rug make all the difference- and again are relatively easy to swap out as the seasons change.
How are you changing out your decor this season? Love to know in the comments below.
It is hard to believe the summer has come to an end. For my family, it was summer of being stretched- I stretched my design muscles by redoing our backyard, we were stretched to trust in God when our third child was in hospital for 5 days with a stomach virus that just wouldn't leave his tiny system, we took another month long epic road trip and enjoyed lots of aimless time with each other.
It's the aimless time together that was my favourite. Towards the end of the summer Ford Canada gave us a Flex to enjoy some #familyflextime (check out that hashtag on my Instagram to see where we ventured). We were very spontaneous and took trips downtown where we were tourists in our own city.
With my three youngest kids in tow, we parked in the Yorkville neighbourhood with zero idea of where we were going to go! We walked on Bloor Street where we stumbled upon the cutest little flower pop up shop. We grabbed coffee, popcorn and cookies at Starbucks, and we climbed the big rock in the Yorkville parkette (where the pigeons were pretty darn interested in our snack spread! We even managed to do a little clothing shopping for mommy where I scored a gorgeous coat I had been eyeing! It was some pretty awesome, aimless, quality family time.
I must admit, it has been several years since I have looked into car features (we drive a minivan with basic features that seats 7 that we are about to outgrow when baby #6 comes!) so it was pretty fun to drive a car with so much technology in it (like active park assist that essentially parallel parks the car for you!). And let me tell you this pregnant mama appreciated the seats were air conditioned. Yup, the seats!
Speaking of flexibility, that is what this summer has taught me the most. That with a family of my size and work at the same time, flexibility is essential. If I tried to control everything, it just simply wouldn't work. I am trying to remember that today on the first day of school, with my three oldest off- the third one for the very first time. Despite my best efforts to be organized- clothes laid out, lunches packed, even shoes at the front door- it wasn't a seamless morning. And I am ok with that.
This morning I wanted to start a new habit of my own- and if you visit my Instagram story today you'll see the hack I used to get myself up out of bed at 5am so I could have some time to myself- I used to be really good at this habit, and then when my fifth child came I naturally fell off the wagon and kinda never consistently got back on. Today- I did it! Stay tuned for updates if the habit sticks : )
Wishing everyone an amazing start to September! Special thanks to Ford for partnering with me on this post.