Thursday, May 6, 2010

AT Spring Cure - Weeks 6-8

Okay the AT Spring Cure was a MASSIVE FAILURE for me.  I have done almost nothing because at home I can't stick to a schedule to save my life.  But for all of you who have been following along, I'll post what I haven't done for weeks 6 - 8.  I'm not beating myself up too bad because I have accomplished some things, just not in the manner or timeframe that I would have liked.

Week 6: Light Therapy
With week 6 you're rounding third base and heading for home. This is the week to dig deep, catch up and then plan to bring everything in for a landing in the two weeks after. If you've taken on too much, this is your chance to recalibrate and down shift a little bit. If your momentum is good and you're right on track, this is your chance to push hard and deepen your Cure.

Great lighting showcases all of your hard work and transforms a drab space to a real thing of beauty. It can be difficult to break out of the typical lighting mold of a single harsh overhead light with a sidekick lamp near by. This set up rarely works out.

*I did get a new lamp for the living room, YAY! 

Week 7: Sacred Space
What is sexy in the bedroom? This is the perfect question for this week, and one I thought I'd dive into, diverging from my regular path, because this is my favorite chapter and my favorite room. In recommending colors for the bedroom, I usually recommend cooler colors because they promote rest. But I always get the question, what about sex? Shouldn't the bedroom promote sex as well?

*TMI Alert:

How To Make Your Bedroom Sexy

Clean It Up - Before we get to color, let me get some obvious things out of the way. Sexy bedrooms are:
1. clean
2. free of clutter
3. free of home offices or anything that's reminiscent of a chore

You already know that this is what the Cure is all about, so you've got that covered.

Light It Softly - In addition, sexy bedrooms are well lit. We talked about this in the previous week, and what you need is at least three points of light for regular use. They should definitely be table lamps, floor lamps or sconces that throw indirect light into the room, so that the light is SOFT and not harsh.

In the bedroom, shadows are good.

Good, too, are dimmers and - definitely - a candle at bedside for when really low light is desired (a scented candle? I say it's not necessary and can turn some guests off, but if you do it, go natural and keep it mild).

Yes Mirror! - I don't care what people say, it may be bad for feng shui, but it's definitely good for sex.

Better Bedding - Nice bedding, meaning comfortable bedding that expresses the fact that you are CONSCIOUS of your body and like to take care of it is GOOD. Does this mean bedding that costs more? Generally speaking, yes. Sheets and pillows are the most tactile experience you have in bed (beside bodies) and the very smallest touch of a nice fabric speaks volumes and can create an unexpectedly strong feeling of comfort. Whether you like shiny sateen or raw linen doesn't matter. That's your style. Just make sure that it's real - not synthetic - and better than your guest might expect.

Sexy Colors are Not Necessarily All Red - While warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows) are undeniably stimulating and, for this very reason, red has been closely linked with sex for eons, they are NOT great for sleeping or for making you feel relaxed. If the only goal of your bedroom is to stimulate folks, by all means employ lots of these colors, but if your goal is to be relaxing and ALSO to feel sexy, then I recommend a cooler approach.

I think the art of attracting another person is all about expressing one's comfort with oneself and having style in doing it. A comfortable, cozy lair is a sexy retreat, whereas a bedroom that is too awake and too colorful can be a turn-off.

It's working too hard.

For this reason, I recommend creating a bedroom that you really want to come home to (alone for starters), that employs restful colors on the cooler side of the spectrum (greens, blues, lavenders, greys, browns, neutrals - white is also cool) and then spicing it up with a few hot pillows or artwork for effect.

A bedroom should be a very personal, private space, and it should stand in contrast to the brighter, warmer other rooms in your home. It's a retreat from the rest of the home, and that's sexy.

What does yours look like?

Week 8: Throwing a Party -

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