January 10, 2012



I’m very excited to have my friend, ultimate lifestyle and design guru from Rachel Ray and many other TV shows, LIBBY LANGDON share her beautiful bedroom with us today!! You probably have heard of her, and caught some of her encyclopedia of knowledge and clever ideas somewhere.  And don’t miss to check out her new name sake furniture line, (sneak peek at end of article). Seeing her fresh and serene bedroom with amazing views and cozy and clever creature comforts it’s hard not to want to move right in!

Welcome Libby!!

10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY BEDROOM

I LOVE our bedroom in Sag Harbor, it’s light, bright and airy.   We have and “upside down” house, meaning that the main living spaces (living room, dining room, kitchen and master suite) are all up on the 3rd floor and since it’s one of the highest spots in Long Island we are up above the treetops.  The walls of the bedroom are Benjamin Moore’s “White Satin” #2067-70 and it’s a very pale, icy blue that makes the room feel so peaceful and serene!

1) I love that our bedroom is so peaceful and quiet.

We are at the end of a dead end street and there’s a nature preserve behind us so it’s the most restful place for us.  Living part of the week in New York City (which is NEVER quiet) makes us appreciate the utter silence of our bedroom in Sag Harbor!

2)  I really love the seating area in the bedroom.

We have a wonderful view of the Sag Harbor Bay and it truly is the perfect place to sit and have coffee and tea in the morning and read the paper.  The wing chairs are my favorite periwinkle blue color, and they are super comfortable, it’s a perfect morning time perch with a birds eye view!

3) My custom night stands

I had these custom bedroom nightstands made, I wanted them to be at the exact same height as the top of the mattress because I don’t like reaching up or down to adjust an alarm clock.   I also had pieces of glass cut to fit on the top because I always have a glass or water or cup of tea in the bedroom and I like the ease of just being able to wipe down a piece of glass instead of worrying about water rings on stained wood!

4) Plug-in lamps dimmers!

A requirement for all my bedrooms and all bedrooms I design for clients is a plug-in lamp dimmer!   I buy them at Home Depot (you can get them at most home improvement stores or a good hardware store)  You simply plug it into your wall socket and then plug the lamp into the lamp dimmer and voila’, you can make your lamplight as soft or as bright as you like!   It’s so great if you want soft romantic light at night or you want to ease into bright light on those dark winter mornings.  Also by having the lamp dimmer on your nightstand it keeps you from having to physically reach up to turn a lamp off or on, it’s right there at your fingertips and so easy!

5) The sunrises!

I adore the sunrises from our bedroom, I am usually up before the sun is and when I get to see the beautiful sky and all the incredible colors it helps me to stop and be thankful for where we live!  I find it inspiring to see the sun come up and it makes me want to go out and make it a great day!!!

6) I love the remote control gas fireplace!

I know that real firewood smells so good but the convenience of the gas fireplace in the bedroom is so fantastic!   If we want to have the fire on  for a little while before we go to sleep it’s great, when we want to turn it off just pick up the remote control and turn it off (no getting up and out of bed), no worrying about stray coals or ashes burning when you are asleep.   It is also wonderful on cool mornings to flick on before getting out of bed and if we are leaving for the day we know we can just turn it off where if we had a wood burning fireplace we wouldn’t light any logs because we wouldn’t want wood or coals burning while we were gone.   It’s so easy and I think we enjoy fires in the bedroom fireplace so much more than if we had a wood burning fireplace in there!

Fire place remote.

7) The bedroom rug

It’s actually broadloom carpeting by Shaw that’s meant to be wall to wall carpeting but I had it cut into an area rug. It gives color and lightness to the room but the pattern could feel overwhelming if it were wall to wall. This is a great trick for any room in the house, dining room, living room or bedrooms. You can look for a remnant at a big carpet store/warehouse and then cut it and bound to fit the size of your room, small rugs make rooms look and seem smaller.  If you are wondering how bug the rug should be I think a good rule of thumb is to measure your room and then make the bound rug 16″ smaller all the way around then the overall size of the room. Also, just know that all your furniture doesn’t have to be completely on or completely off the rug, furniture can be half on and half of an area rug.


8) 8) I really love the monogrammed coverlet and shams that my Mom gave me as a present a few years ago.

They are from Peacock Alley and are a simple, clean mattelesse and the embroidery is in pale blue thread.   It keeps the bed from feeling too overstuffed and fussy and I ADORE anything with a monogram, it feels so personal!

9) In the bedroom, I love having privacy shades instead of blackout shades.

The privacy shades have a little light filter but it’s not completely keeping your room in total darkness.   I like to wake up with the sun and find it hard to wake up if the room is as dark as a cave.   Online you can find all sorts of inexpensive roller shade ideas and it allows you to have some fun with window treatments that you never have to close, a roller shade is the easiest to operate on a daily basis!

10)  I love the picture that I got from my Mother-in-law of my husband when he was a little boy.

It’s on my bedside table and it makes me feel so happy every time I look at it.  I have tons of pictures throughout our house and I believe this is a way to stay close with family even when we don’t get to see them on a regular basis.   It’s also extra special to mix new pictures with old pictures!

THANK YOU FOR SHARING LIBBY!!

Here’s a peek from Libby’s pretty furniture line!!

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12 Comments

  • Comment by Erica — January 10, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    What a wonderful bedroom! I think that checklist is the way to go and a couple of them were easy fixes anyone can do on any budget. :) Liking it!

  • Comment by Ann — January 10, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    So pretty and peaceful! And the dimmers are a great idea!

  • Comment by cassie {hi sugarplum — January 10, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    I'd love a remote control fireplace in my bedroom too! :) Love this series, Jill!
    And I love the 'Think Outside the Box" too…you pop in my head a lot when I'm working on my rooms. I think of some bright color I'd love to paint something, then second guess it, then think, "Jill would, and it'd look amazing!" :)

    thanks for always inspiring!

  • Comment by Stacey — January 10, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    It oozes serenity and calm. I love all the details and who doesn't love a emote controlled fireplace?:-)

  • Comment by Stacey — January 10, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    that should be remote:-)

  • Comment by Splendid Willow — January 10, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Oh My! What a retreat! And Libby did what so few people do – let the key bedroom shine! I love her attention to details. I now also want plug-in dimmers, remote control fireplaces and bedside tables exact same height as the top of the mattress! Very inspirational & educational!

    Hugs to you both.

    Mon

  • Comment by Arianna Belle — January 10, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful bedroom! I dream of having a fireplace in my bedroom someday just like hers!

  • Comment by Julia @Flyer Online — January 11, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    The only word that I can say for that bedroom is — perfection!

  • Comment by Alena — January 11, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    A remote control fireplace?!? Count me in!

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    Can I sleep here for 1 night? lol! This is really gorgeous! I wish I own this room.

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