When Does Minimalism Become Unhealthy?

Minimalism is a lifestyle that has brought me so many benefits, I tell everyone I know about it. Though it is a helpful and healthy lifestyle for me, it can become an unhealthy obsession for some. So, when does minimalism become unhealthy? Obsession Over Getting Rid of
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Cozy Guest Bedroom Design Ideas

Cozy Guest Bedroom Design Ideas

Having company over can make anyone feel overwhelmed, but with our easy and approachable guest bedroom ideas, we’ll take the hassle and worry out of prepping, planning and preparing for their arrival.

Set up a guest bedroom that is suited for royalty


Give your guests the treatment they would expect from a 5-star hotel. Just don’t blame us if they never want to leave.

Choose the right size bed

Start with the basics, those must-haves in guest bedroom decor. First you’ll need a comfortable bed – and depending on your space and your budget, it’s an easy fix. If space is not an issue, go ahead and use a queen bed with a memory foam topper to create an ultra-plush sleep experience. If you want something more versatile on a smaller scale, then a futon, daybed with trundle or sofa bed might fit the bill. And if size isn’t an issue for you, go all out with our affordable king beds. Try an upholstered version which is right on trend and sure to please any guest. Regardless of the scale of your guest room, it’s all about the experience you create for your guests. Play with dark curtains, throw pillows, bedding and more to make them feel like they are at a top resort.

light gray blue sofa sleeper opened up with plaid comforter on top.

Top it off with stylish bedding & throws

Once the bed’s in place, be sure to dress up your guest bedroom furniture with luxury linens and thick, fluffy throw pillows. This is no place to skimp on quality. When it comes to bedding, whatever you choose, make sure it feels right to you before putting it on your bed. If possible, before you purchase, take it out of the packaging and run your hands over it to ensure you’re purchasing bedding that reflects your taste and style. Your guests will appreciate it and you’ll be filled with the satisfaction of having given them the best.

Neutral bedding in a room full of natural light


Provide your guests with proper storage

Next, provide a place for your guests to unpack and settle in. Be it a closet with shelving, a chest of drawers, bedroom bench or even a luggage rack (if space is really an issue), give them somewhere to organize their belongings—no one wants to bend over to dig items out of their suitcase. Be creative, hooks on the wall are a charming and useful addition to the setting, and can be made from almost anything: vintage glass door knobs, cabinet door pulls, even antique faucet handles. Think outside the box and you’ll find inspiration all around you.

Create a cozy seating area

Once the essentials are handled, you’ll want to create that comfortable seating area for your guests to use as a reading nook, a resting pad or just a place to sit and put on their shoes. The addition of a comfy chair with a small table and a floor lamp can make all the difference to your guest room. Getting the seating just right is a matter of determining your available space and choosing accordingly.  If a deeply tufted chaise lounge or settee just isn’t an option, then dress up a small upholstered chair with a fluffy throw pillow and blanket to set the stage. A bedroom bench or small sofa at the foot of the bed can invite a restful moment or an intimate conversation without taking up too much space. Include a wonderful book or magazine and voila, your reading nook is complete!


Complete the room with warm & inviting home decor

The finer details are so important when it comes to guest bedroom decor. Candles and fresh flowers in a vase are small, yet appreciated luxuries everyone will love. The little finishing touches are usually what your guests remember and what will make them feel like you took the time to really make them welcome.

gray jug vases and metal sculptures on brown TV stand


Here are a few resort touches that you can incorporate into your guest room to delight even the most finicky lodger:

~Equip the guest bath with a basket of travel sized toiletries

~Leave a small dish of individually wrapped chocolates on the bedside table

~Include a small stash of their favorite snacks and drinks

~Have a spa robe and slippers in the closet (no one ever travels with these)

~Keep extra blankets in the closet

~Bring in a chilled bottled water before they retire

~Put an alarm clock/digital charger next to their bed

~Add an easily accessible power strip or docking station

~Keep a table lamp on the bedside table for reading

~Use dark curtains so your guests can sleep in


We’ve included a few of our guest bedroom decorating ideas below. Remember, it’s all about working with what you have and improving on your space where you can. We’re here with simple tricks and tips to do just that:

Color your world

With bedding from bold and bright, to light and calm.


Play with Patterns

Mix & match your bed with prints


Glow for it

Put a spotlight on your unique style.

Natural rope inspired pendant lights resembling a beachy and bohemian style.

Go wall out

Show off your artsy side.

gold and black finished metal wall sculpture

See and be seen

No room (or outfit) is complete without a great mirror.

Black Finished Metal Framed Accent Mirror with Leather Strap. Metal Post for Hanging.

Roll out the red carpet

Provide your guests a soft place to land their feet.

striped gray and white shag rug

Theme the room

From the farm to the beach, the guest room is where you can really have fun.


Shop by style

Glam, modern, rustic… the options are endless.


Small space? No problem

Mini rooms can still have some major personality.


Sleep a crowd

Who says bunk beds are just for kids?

Twin and full contemporary bunk beds for boys bedroom

There you have it, our very best ideas to create the perfect getaway retreat for your out-of-town guests. And where it all came from will be our little secret – shhhh…

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Pending Sale: Sting and Trudie Styler’s $56M NYC Penthouse

Rockstar Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, have been living large in their New York City pad at 15 Central Park West. Measuring 396 square feet, the terrace off their living room is bigger than some New Yorkers’ entire apartments. The penthouse interior spans an additional 5,417 square feet.

The famous couple seems ready to move on after nearly a decade of ownership. Given the home’s iconic address and spacious quarters, it’s not surprising to see a pending sale after just 8 months on the market – even with an original ask of $56 million.

The 4-bed, 5.5-bath residence is spread over two floors and connected by a spiral staircase. Views of the city and Central Park can be found from almost every room.

Photos by Andrew Kiracofe

Even for a luxury home, the penthouse offers some spectacular touches. Instead of a standard set of appliances in the kitchen, the buyer will receive two full-size refrigerators, an oversized Wolf range, four ovens and three Miele dishwashers. In the master suite, two dressing rooms and a lavish, spa-like bathroom are accompanied by a separate steam room with a rain shower.

If the posh residence and its high-end touches aren’t enough, residents of the white-glove condo building are privy a host of amenities. Between the 14,000-square-foot gym, sky-lit lap pool, wine cellars and game room, there’s something for everyone.

Deborah Kern of Corcoran holds the listing.

Photos by Andrew Kiracofe.


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Kenmore Plus Amazon and Everyone Wins

We moved a week ago and are finally starting to see our way out of the piles of boxes. Long days moving and cleaning, have left mounds of stinky clothes, towels, and sheets, in our new laundry room. But, we finally tackled this problem with the help of Amazon and their new partnership with Kenmore. 

We’ve admired the Kenmore brand for years, and found their appliances to be innovative and useful, and once we heard they would be available on Amazon we jumped at the chance to check them out. As a busy family with a 6 year old, we have found Amazon to be indispensable for keeping our household running smoothly. From reordering water filters to buying tools for around the house, we shop for nearly everything on Amazon, including a washer and dryer.

Kenmore has previously only been available through Sears sales channels, but now you can shop for Kenmore on Amazon. Yay! Because we’ve invested years of purchasing through Amazon, we’re familiar with their store and appreciate their return policy. When it comes to Kenmore appliances, Amazon not only makes the buying process easy, they also offer white-glove delivery and installation. Our installers arrived on time and took about two hours to remove the old units and setup and install a new Kenmore washer and dryer.

The Amazon/Kenmore relationship goes beyond the retailer/manufacturer partnership. The latest Kenmore Smart appliances are also Amazon Alexa enabled, which means users can control their appliances using voice activated technology. We’re living in the future!

We were in dire need of new appliances after moving in, and by ordering on Amazon we had a new Kenmore washer and dryer in our house two days later.

Kenmore Elite Washer and Dryer

The previous owner of our home left their 20 year old top loading washer and dryer. They were barely functional and used a lot of water and energy, compared to the energy-efficient models of today. It was time to upgrade.

We went with the latest Kenmore Smart 41982 5.2 cu.ft. Front Load Washer and Kenmore Smart 81982 9.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer. We also added a pedestal for the dryer and the pedestal washer. Both of these units offer the latest in Accela wash and drying technology from Kenmore. In the washer the AccelaWash Technology cleans a full size load in just 29 minutes and the steam treat option virtually eliminates the need to pre-treat stains. In the dryer, the Accela Steam technology enhances steam cycle performance and helps reduce wrinkles, odors and cling, while Wrinkle Guard further prevents wrinkles by tumbling intermittently for up to 150 minutes after the dry cycle. All of this technology adds up to a more efficient clothes washing experience and saves time and money.

We’re just learning how to maximize the functionality of our new washer and dryers as their are a number of preset modes that have been built-in to streamline washing and drying based on the garments to be cleaned. We’re digging on the kids wear and comforter mode in the washer.

The pedestals have been a revelation. We’ve used front loading units before and stooping over to load and unload can get tiring after a days worth of laundry. The pedestal puts the dryer at a more ergonomic angle and makes it much easier to reach in comparison to a top loading or traditional front loading unit. Kenmore has made use of the the pedestal space by providing handy drawers for under the dryer, and a mini pedestal washer for under the main washing machine. Essentially we can wash delicates and small items at the same time we wash towels and sheets. Which again saves more time!

Our house might be in shambles but we’ve got no excuse for not having clean clothes and sheets. We can’t wait to makeover our laundry room to match the beautiful design of the Kenmore appliances. With the washer and dryer serving as the centerpiece of our laundry room makeover, there is no doubt we’ll have a space to be proud of.

Note: Kenmore washers and dryers are only available for installation and delivery in select cities. We will update this article as availability spreads.

Kenmore provided the appliances for this review, but all opinions are 100% those of Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson.

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