We’d all love to come home to a spa after a long day.

Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to make your bath feel like a retreat.

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 The Vanity

1.      Keep daily use items accessible and looking lovely by placing them in different small glasses or vases and arranging them on your vanity.

2.      Use a small tray to organize all of your items and keep them looking neat.

3.      Use a napkin ring to keep your hand towel styled.

4.      Use a jar lid or a tea strainer as a soap dish for an eclectic look.

5.      Add a decorative hook on the wall next to the sink instead of a towel bar for hand and face towels.

6.      Use remnants from your last wallpaper project by lining your vanity drawers with them. 

7.      Flowers! Treat yourself with a small floral arrangement on the vanity mixed in with your everyday items.

The Shower

8.      For much less than the cost of a shower remodel, you can add a rain shower head to replace your regular shower head and feel like your shower is a spa.

9.      Shower pressure – Check your shower pressure valve to ensure you are getting the experience you want. Often times it is set low to save water.

10.   Use soap or lotion dispensers or jars with a pump added on the lid for your toiletries.

The Bathtub

11.    Candles add an element of luxury to any bath.

12.    Keep bath salts in a decorative bowl with a spoon by the bath. You can also use an oil/vinegar cruet for bath salts or bubbles.

13.    Add a waterfall faucet to your tub a luxurious touch.

The Toilet

14.    Keep spare rolls of toilet paper handy, organized and out of sight by keeping them in a tall hurricane vase.

15.    Fold the end of the toilet paper after each use. It sounds crazy, but a little fold will make you feel like you are using a 5 star hotel bathroom each time.

Want some help? Post a photo of your bathroom design dilemma to my Instagram or Facebook page @nuinteriors and I would love to give you some advice.



Demystifying the Perfectly Decorated Bookshelf

I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me the trick to decorating their bookshelves. I’ve heard, “I don’t have enough books to make it look right.” “I have too many books to display.” “I don’t know what to place and where.” Ever see those magazine or catalog photos of an amazingly decorated bookshelf and think, “How do I get my shelves to look like that?!”

Well I am here to help you take the mystery out of that decorating process with a few easy to follow rules:

1)      Color coding is key – Remember ROY G BIV? It’s your friend when decorating a bookshelf. Organizing books, frames, art and knick knacks by color story is a fast and easy way to make any bookshelf look decorated. 

2)      Size Matters – Now that your items are broken down by color, organize by size. Scale is very important when placing your color groupings together. Taller books go on the bottom of a horizontal stack and then smaller from there. Taller books start your groupings from one bookend to the next. With objects, use a similar principle to group multiple objects together to create a variation in heights. 

3)      Being Odd Helps – When creating groups of objects or stacks of horizontal books, try to use odd numbers. For example, 5 books stacked horizontally from largest to smallest, bottom to top. Then to top off the stack only 1 frame that is in a vertical orientation to give the total stack height. 

4)      Less is more – Don’t feel like you have to jam every one of your belongings onto that shelf. Peeling the groupings down to what you truly love not only helps the overall feel of the space, but could also help you declutter some items that you have been holding on to for too long. (We all have them, even me.)

These easy rules will help take the fuss and stress out of decorating your bookshelves. Want some help? Post a photo of your design dilemma to my Facebook page @nuinteriors and I would love to give you some advice.