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.