Alright, so here’s the nitty-gritty of things: I never follow through on my New Year Resolutions! Don’t get me wrong, I try, but for some reason the motivation and interest dwindles at the speed of melting snow in Spring air. So this year, I have decided to make un-resolutions: instead of vowing to do this or that, I will simply stop doing certain things. It tells the same thing in a different way you say? Yes, maybe, but don’t tell my brain, I am trying to trick it into submission.
So here I go, in no particular order of importance:
Shake things up in the bedroom
My bedroom is beautiful, but it’s safe. Most bedrooms are actually, they often are the last rooms we go about decorating after addressing all the public spaces of the home, and by the time we get to the bedroom we’re exhausted and well… we fall flat, as does our decor.
So this year, I will NOT have a boring bedroom. I don’t yet know how I will bring a little more gusto to my master bedroom, but it is percolating. But there are a few staples without which I cannot live:
1) A great mattress. Invest in the best mattress you can afford. The ones with the pillow top are my favourite as they are stiff underneath, for back support, but plush and soft on top for ultimate comfort.
2) A heavy down duvet. I never skimp on the quality of a duvet and whether you choose it in “faux down” because of allergies or whether you go for the real McCoy, heavy is the way to go for me. I like to feel buried when I slip under the sheets. As for summers… well, a good lightweight modern quilt or a great air conditioning device should do the trick.
3) Killer sheets. Period. I like the mismatched kind and even have been known, from time to time, to sleep “à la French” without a top sheet, but whatever your preference, your sheets are the first line of comfort in the bedroom. Not the great mirror over your dresser or your perfectly vintage wall sconces. So sheets first, then the rest. One more thing, always go for 100% coton or linen, none of the synthetic stuff. Trust me on that one.
Sweat the small stuff
Over the years I have become more and more comfortable in my stretchy leggings, ripped jeans and cozy striped sweaters. Long gone are the days of me wearing high heels to go out for a pint of milk. I could blame it on the kids, but they really aren’t the cause. I just feel more at ease that way. That being said, I always vowed not to become one of these women that let themselves go and are too casual about their appearance. So, since I know that I will probably revert back to my comfortable habits in a flash, I will resolve instead to sweat the small stuff and put a ribbon in my hair or a lacy tank under my black blazers. Hats remain a go to item, to hide away unruly hair, and well, I’ll try to up the ante with some killer heels… some of the time.
Make everyday a party
Hummm, OK I feel I need to explain that one. I don’t mean to scare all of you into thinking that I am having a mid-life crisis and that I want to go back to being a partying twenty-something. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t survive it! Have you tried going to bed at 4 in the morning and then get up at 5:30 with your little one to watch Planes before bringing all of them to school before 9am and then be sharp as a tack at work? Exactly, I rest my case.
What I mean to say instead is that I’ve noticed, over the holiday dinners which we attended, that we were always served the “party” goodies: the crystal glasses and china plates, the linen napkins and gold patterned table runners. Life is so short, why leave all the good stuff just for the special occasions? Yes you might break a glass or two along the process, but at least you’ll have enjoyed them and you’ll be able to go about your day feeling great about the fact that you drink your morning O.J. in a crystal tumbler!