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Life has been a bit rushed these past few months. It's the kind of busy that causes me to turn completely inward in search of a little comfort and solitude.


Recharging the proverbial batteries is a way of life, as we will spend almost 30 percent of a lifetime in a state of rest. So I have some thoughts on how to make it both stylish and comfortable.


It goes without saying that essential to good relaxation are the foundational blocks of a supportive mattress and soft pillows, and I personally like the coziness of a down comforter. However, beyond these essentials lie the critical elements that truly make the feathered nest.


I recently completed a bedroom upgrade for my 8-year-old daughter. We focused on a room that is serene and neutral, where tone is light on the walls but pattern and color abound in her oversized Dash & Albert rug and antique turquoise iron bed. She has a simple duvet over her down comforter (which assists in quick bed-making) and a pile of pillows where she can bury herself and escape in her books.


Making the palate simple also allows her artwork to shine and creates some visual harmony in what would otherwise be an explosion of 64 colors.


Of course, some of the best rest isn't bedside, but from the cozy confines of your favorite room or space where a nap can be an indulgent experience. Don't overlook cushy furniture that can hug your body. With all the options offered today, you won't have to sacrifice comfort for style or style for comfort. We just splurged on a leather sofa that will last a lifetime.


My favorite place to unplug just happens to be the great outdoors, as it can be the optimal place for some rest and relaxation. Nothing beats an evening in a screened-in patio, listening to the sounds of summer.


Porch swings and platform swings suspended from tree branches are also great outdoor havens. I have spotted a trend in outdoor encampments that ranges from pop-up cabanas to outdoor living room arrangements, complete with rugs, lighting and artwork.


Chances are you may be overlooking the perfect spot in your own home that can become the mini-escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sweet dreams!




It goes


without saying that essential to good relaxation are the foundational blocks of a supportive mattress and soft pillows, and I personally like the coziness


of a down


comforter.



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