Week 3 and we are half way to reveal time, right? So I was definitely planning on having more done this week than where I am at but this week has not played out in my favour at all. Click to see Week 1 & Week 2.
In case you missed my Instastories, Tuesday was a complete waste of a day as I was stuck on the 401 for 5 hours trying to get from HWY 25 to Guelph Line, which is only 1 exit. So a presentation for an incredibly understanding and super forgiving client was rescheduled for Wednesday which was when I was hoping to finish painting the room. Add on top of that a wallpaper feature wall that couldn’t be completed because I failed to order the correct amount, some lighting that a client has been waiting for since the end of August has been pushed on back order even further for the 3rd time (end of December!) and limited time to correct these issues – you’ve got yourself a recipe for a pretty crummy week. #designbusinessissues #welcometomylife
Anyways, enough about my pitty party. I’m not too far behind though, as Wednesday night I tackled painting all the walls except the one that all our furniture and drapery is on as I need hubby’s help shifting some pieces around to get that wall painted. Overall there hasn’t been any super exciting changes and my progress photos below really aren’t that pretty yet. So in the meantime here’s some beautiful eye candy from Kate Marker Interiors. I just LOVE a good casegood piece: simple but still beautifully detailed.
Now, about the paint colour. It definitely fits more with the vision I have for the space but I’m not entirely sure it’s the exact shade I really want. I think where I am going to notice the biggest difference is on the wall that I haven’t painted yet and I am hoping I will love it a lot more when the night stands are painted too. Keep your fingers crossed for me because I am NOT painting the walls again. I started with painting out the one wall in the room just to see how much of a difference there was in the colour compared to before. It’s definitely noticeable… to me. Hubby still thinks I’m crazy but that’s okay!
Watching paint dry…
Here you can definitely notice the darker grey on the right wall behind the night stand.
See! There’s a difference!!
If you love this custom colour I made then all you have to do is go to your local Sherwin Williams store and ask for the colour “First Star” with 6oz of the base white added to the gallon. Then buy a quart of their un-tinted white paint and add the whole quart to the gallon – you will need a big bucket for this. Mix it all together and VOILA. Easy right? Okay so remember why I really did this was because I had an entire gallon of First Star that was never used when I painted my bedroom the first time, and so I thought I would put it to use by trying to lighten it. We will just have to wait until the reveal to see how it really turns out. Here’s hoping it looks something like this colour with the natural daylight streaming in:
A word of warning if you do use Sherwin Williams paint: as it dries it looks horrible and streaky. Like you just accomplished the worst paint job ever. I was freaking out because I thought maybe I bought the wrong type of roller or that something went wrong with the paint, or that I really just suck; but then I remembered when I painted with SW the first time it did the same thing. The more the paint dries the colour evens out and you can’t see the streaks anymore. I took a picture along the way to show you what it looks like so you too, don’t panic! I’ve personally never experienced this with other paint brands but if there are any painters reading and have some kind of a tip / explanation / comment about SW and why the paint does this I would be curious to know. Maybe it’s just a “thing” it does and there’s not really an explanation? The picture is a bit dark because I took these late at night.
Can you see how it looks like it needs another coat? Once it dries up entirely it’s beautifully consistent and no 2nd coat is needed.
Aside from painting, the moulding has been ordered for the night stands, my duvet cover came in, the bed pillows and fabric have been ordered and I’ve paid for my light fixture and just need to go pick it up. Check, check and check!
Additionally, this is the week I thought I would share some really great tips from our sleep consultant Jamie from Good Night Sleep Site Halton. I worked with Jamie when Sebastian was 5.5 months old because we were literally running on zero sleep. He was waking up every 45-60 minutes throughout the night for 2 weeks before I made the leap to call Jamie and his sleep was not great before then either.
In working with Jamie I learned about the importance of setting up a good sleep environment and creating a bedtime routine that our babies can count on. It seemed fitting to ask her for some tips on adult sleep and setting up our environment for a good night’s rest that so many of us seem to forget about as we get older. Here are her tips to setting yourself and your environment up for a good nights sleep.
Jamie: Let’s be honest for a minute… A lot of us are not getting the sleep that we need and there are so many reasons for it. Some of those reasons you can’t change, but more often than not – we can make some adjustments to get a little more sleep – take my recent habit of binge watching Netflix for example, it is so easy to watch “just one more” when it starts playing automatically. (When I am finished Suits I am not starting another show for a while). Here are some tips to help you get the sleep that you need!
Jamie: Keep it cool. Setting the temperature in your room between 20 to 22 °C is ideal. We all sleep better in a cooler environment. Opt for breathable bedding materials and turn down your thermostat before bed.
Jamie: Make it dark. Darkness cues melatonin, our sleep hormone. There is no such thing as too dark.
Nikki: A great way to do this is with window treatments that have a blackout feature. You can achieve this with a roller shade or drapery panels with blackout lining. My drapes do not have blackout lining on them because I am a heavy sleeper and I could sleep the entire day away if someone would let me. I need the natural light filtering in through my drapes in the morning to get me out of bed (this was before Sebastian of course, now he’s my alarm clock.)
Jamie: Stick to a sleep schedule. We all want to sleep in on the weekend, but try to keep your schedule close to the same each day. You can always go to bed a little earlier if you need to.
Jamie: Limit daytime sleep: I admit, I love naps. For people who do have a hard time sleeping at night then they will be tempted to nap – but that is going to cause the vicious cycle again… poor night – nap – poor night – nap. Cut the nap and save that sleep for the night. Get outside for a walk instead.
Jamie: Get active: Physical activity can promote better sleep. The ideal time to get active would be in the early part of the day “Because exercise raises core body temperature and activates the sympathetic (fight or flight) systems” (Dr Rosenberg)
Jamie: Lighting. Opt for warm yellow light bulbs, when you can. Reading or journaling before bed is a great way to wind down, and can help you sleep better. The warmer light mimics the sunset and helps your body recognize that it is almost time for sleep.
Nikki: This is great. Warm white bulbs are my favourite as well and you can find this option in halogen or LED bulbs. Cool white I find tends to feel too cold and stimulating in any room of your home.
Jamie: Create a docking station outside of your room. We are all tempted to check our phones right before bed, if you wake in the night, and first thing in the morning. Get rid of that temptation!! Just 7 minutes of light exposure can signal your brain to turn off the melatonin. Set up a docking/charge station outside of your room and know that everything will be charged in the morning. Worried about waking up on time? Get an old fashioned alarm clock.
Nikki: I am SO very guilty of taking my phone to bed with me and doing social media checks before I doze off.
Jamie: Turn off electronics at least 60 minutes before bedtime. The blue light emitted from your devices can interfere with the melatonin production.
Jamie: Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and it can take hours for the effects to wear off and alcohol can disrupt your sleep later in the night. In the evening, opt for water, hot lemon with honey or herbal tea.
Jamie: Assess your mattress. Check your mattress every 6 months to 1 year. It is the most used piece of furniture in your house, so protect your body and your sleep and have it replaced when it is time.
Jamie: Dress for sleep success. If you wear pyjamas, opt for breathable materials, like 100% cotton. They will help regulate your body temperature. You wouldn’t wear your pjs to yoga, so don’t wear your yoga pants to bed. Choose a style that lets you move when you sleep.
Jamie: Create a bedtime ritual: We know from our work with children that a consistent bedtime routine sends cues to our brain that sleep is coming next. So try to spend at least 30 minutes winding down and getting ready for bed.
Nikki: Seriously, why do we stop doing this as adults?!
Jamie: Manage your stress: I love the idea of having a notebook next to your bed so that you can jot down your last minute ideas. If your mind is racing, thinking about what you did or didn’t do today or what you need to do tomorrow then you are not going to get a good nights sleep. Write it down so that you can take care of it when you wake up.
Nikki: This is a must for me and I do this routinely but I use my phone! Guess I’ll be keeping a notebook and pen in my night stand from now on.
Follow Jamie on Facebook and Instagram for more information about sleep! She has been one of the greatest investments in restoring a ‘normal’ life for us. Because no one can function on little or no sleep for very long.
That’s all for this week folks. Next week I PROMISE to have the rest of the room painted and *fingers crossed* the night stands completed. Starting to run out of time!
Thanks for following along!