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A Bathroom You’ll Enjoy Bathing In

It’s on every blog, every beauty website, and even in the newest issue of House Beautiful where Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful says: With sleep, self-care, meditation and mindfulness headlining the news, the time is right to slow down and reinvent even the most mundane facets of your life. Think small…” I think she’s referring to the bath. It’s a ritual so many have gone back to in an effort to quiet the mind. How many messages do we get in a single day? TV and radio, Facebook, magazines. It’s like my mind is lit up, and sometimes it’s really hard to tune out and sleep. Could a bath time ritual help me tune it all out?

Many of today’s trend setters are blogging about the health reasons for a calming bath before bed. Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog Goop suggests a quiet, soothing bath before bed signals the mind to rest. It made sense to me. So, I decided it’s time to really take a look at my bathroom and make it a place I want to spend time. Yikes! A good scrubbing and a new coat of paint were in order. But then I took a good look at my lighting. Minimal. That’s the word. It was minimal and dark and not in a pleasant way.

I ramped up my style and added a pretty light fixture over the vanity. Then I decided a beautiful pendant light in the bathroom was what I really wanted. On a dimmer. Why not have brighter light in the morning when I am getting ready for work, and, softer light in the evening when I’m trying to wind down? This epiphany should have been easier: why save dimmer switches for the dining room? Let’s use them everywhere! I digress. With a jewel-like pendant in my bathroom I keep the accessories simple, and the clutter on my vanity to a minimum. Thick towels are rolled and waiting in a basket. It feels like a little spa and it’s so pretty. It’s nice to draw a bath and quiet my mind. And I think I’m going to like tuning out, if only for 15 minutes each day.

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