Making the morning enjoyable is the best way to guarantee a good day to come. Even when I’m busy with the bustle of the weekday dawn, I insist on a few rituals that make it brighter—music, a hot cup of tea, and a nourishing, if not quick, bite to eat. When it comes to the weekends though, I like to embellish the routine.
Sound advice on sleeping soundly? Unlike other pillars of good health such as eating well and exercising, we tend to downplay the important role sleep plays in our lives. We loosely understand that sleep helps our bodies and minds function properly and yet few of us pay adequate attention to the amount or quality of sleep we get when our head hits the pillow each night.
Unfortunately, our overall ignorance of the subject of sleep can have some negative effects beyond feeling tired and cranky during our waking hours.
Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, husband and wife principals at the New York City–based design firm Carrier and Company, might spend their days creating designs and executing installations for clients around Manhattan, but in the evening the two retreat to their bedroom, an atmosphere intentionally absent of computers, televisions, or other electronics. “Lately, with two small children, [we’ve realized] our bedroom is no longer a private retreat,” says Miller. “But it is the one place in our home and lives that is technology- and-mirror-free, [with] as little stimulation as possible.”
Interior designer Phoebe Howard tucked away an image of the of the gorgeous guest house that she and her husband, Jim, stayed in while on vacation in France several years ago. Their bedroom was outfitted with two large iron beds and freshly pressed white linens; the room was simple, relaxing, and above all, luxurious. “It made an impression on me,” says Howard. “And I never forgot it.” Years later, the Jacksonville, Florida-based interior designer—whose eponymous design business and home decor stores, Mrs. Howard and Max & Company, in Jacksonville, Charlotte, and Atlanta, have garnered her a following