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THEÂ ANATOMY OF A MASTER BEDROOM BACKYARD, PORCH AND SUNROOM LIVING
CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR
From the Editor
HELLO DEAR READER! Regina Correa - Designer/Editor
Welcome to the second issue of The Mag! I hope this will find you and your loved ones healthy and in good spirits. Summertime is upon us. What are your plans? I know this pandemic has limited us, but we can't let it stop us. I foresee a lot of backyard, porch and sunroom living, since going to the beach or any long distance traveling might not be ideal for many. We must continue being creative and adaptive. In this issue you will find ideas, inspirations, and simple recipes for a great time with family and loved ones right on your porch or backyard. Personally, I'm interested in doing a bit of glamping (glamorous camping) at a remote, nature filled,Â area. Any recommendations? Somewhere not too far from New Orleans will be great! And if that happens, I'll share images in the issues to come.
Editor's Picks Picnicking in place ?
Woven Picnic Basket
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy what's inside. Till next issue,
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Weekend Wine Bag
The Anatomy of a Master Bedroom Essential elements for a room that will support you
Backyard, Porch, and Sunroom Living Ideas to Inspire a joyful summer with family and friends.
Color Musing Light Green - Inspiring selections for you. It's perfect for summer and it goes with just about anything!
08 To Travel is a Gift SnapshotsÂ of Recife, located in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil.
Conversations in Color Some topics that what will be in our friend Erin Sandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book. We all perceive color differently. It's a fact.
The Anatomy of a Master Bedroom
master bedroom and bathroom are truly, the most important rooms in your home. No, it’s not the kitchen or the living room, the Master Bedroom! These are the rooms that will bid you “Good Morning” and “Good Night.” This alone is the perfect reason for you to ensure these rooms will provide you with convenience, relaxation and comfort. We will focus on the master bedroom as it is the most important of the two. We will talk about the master bath at a later time. Sleeping well lowers stress and will improve memory and health; a better sleep will foster a happier and healthier you. Let’s begin with your bed, which is where you rest and recover your energy for the next day. The two key elements of a bed are your mattress and pillows; if you wake up with back or neck pain either of these could be the culprit. Make sure these two are perfect for you. Don't be afraid to splurge on the mattress. Your linens should keep you cozy and comfortable during the night; find linens that are soft to the touch. As for bedding, I am a fan of a nice cotton blanket and bedspread, it makes it much easier to make the bed. Yes, I'm one of those who make the bed every single morning! If you prefer a down comforter, it’ll work just as well. I tend to use things that are practical or easily replaced when it is time for a seasonal change. Your bed is the focal point of the room and it should have a headboard - especially if you like to linger in bed with a book. It will enhance the bed and also elevate the room. 3 | Riche Home and Lifestyle
The Anatomy of a Master Bedroom As for the best bed size, keep in mind the size of the room. I find that notions of proportion and scale are a major mistake people make. Consider this, a king sized bed will not make sense in a small bedroom. You should have enough room to walk around and not bump into things. We have all had the experience of visiting a house where you had to turn sideways to “pass” through an opening where the furniture was too big for the space. The nightstands should be proportional to the bed. Select ones that are the height of the mattress or perhaps slightly shorter/taller but not by much and approximately 28-36 inches wide. It is practical to have multiple drawers on them for storage purposes. Lighting is very important. If you tend to read in bed then you’d want a lamp with an adjustable arm and adequate brightness. Otherwise a regular lamp, for ambient lighting with lower wattage bulbs will do. If you need a bit of both, choose one with a dimmer. A rug is very important as it defines and anchors the bed and adds to the softer, comfortable feel all while embellishing the room. Not to mention the soft, luxurious feeling on your feet when walking on it. For a sizing guide see page 9 of this issue. Window treatments also aid in embellishing the appearance of as well as creating a softer feel, providing insulation and light filtering for your most important room. If you don’t like being waken up by the sun, make sure the window coverings are blackout or double lined. Those who work odd hours, will appreciate it. A room can be very cozy and dark at 2pm. If space isn't an issue, an ottoman, a comfortable chair or chaise will provide extra seating for reading or lounging. Add a small table for a book, an extra lamp, a glass of water or a cocktail. These are the key components necessary to create a master bedroom that will be a place of relaxation and comfort. Use these to begin creating a bedroom that is inviting, supportive and engaging. Next month’s issue will cover how to decorate your Boudoir!
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Ideas to Inspire Backyard , Porch and Sunroom Living These images are to inspire you to have a great time gathering with family and friends. Use them as inspiration for other ways you can enjoy home, this time, outside. And before it gets unbearably hot! If you don't have any outdoor furnishings, bring some from inside. Just remember to bring them back in as most likely they are not weather proof. My wish is for you to create great memories, be creative, try something new, a dish, a cocktail, play a game and most importantly laugh. A lot. For it is moments like these that stay engraved in us.
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Ideas to Inspire
Backyard , Porch and Sunroom Eating I absolutely love salads! They are this delicious hearty meal in one single dish and the perfect meal for the summer. When I create my own I always add fruit to it, because why not? The ones selected below are just a few of a long list of salads that will delight you. Be adventurous and give them a try! You will find more salads here. If you get to try any of them, please let us know how you liked them! Click on the image or description below it for the recipes. Enjoy!
Lemony Herb Salad
Tomato Watermelon Salad w/Turmeric Oil
Steak Salad w/ Shallot Vinaigrette
Caipirinha - a
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Light green is an ideal color for any gender and perfect for the summer. It also pairs well with just about any other color!
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CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR
by Erin Sanders, MS
aving taught color theory for the past 17 years, and through almost two decades of study, I have learned that color is a highly complex topic that can trigger extreme emotions. I hope to explore this in-depth in a book titled by the same name. This article is a preview of the concepts I hope to explore. I have five main points that I hope will allow you to have civil and productive conversations about color.
1. No, they can't see that's two different shades of white! Before you talk color selections and choices with anyone, you should know no two people see color the same way. Color is a product of light and frequency, and is interpreted by our brain and is filtered through our social morays. So, from all this, I want you to know that color discernment is a highly individualized concept; we perceive it through a very personalized lens. Before you ask someone about a color, you should know that age, gender, eye injuries, and psychological disorders affect our ability to see distinct shades and values. So, a 22-year-old and a 65-year-old may not see the same color red. 2. We should not use color as a barometer of taste, sophistication, or intellectual capacity! Color is mercurial and has different meanings based on what part of the world you are from, and in some cases, what part of America. Red, for example, is a polarizing color that's wroth with hidden metaphors. You should know and accept that red is just red, and someone liking or disliking red should not be used to discern their value as a human being. Red in some eastern cultures has extreme positive connotations and is a symbol of good fortune, conversely in some western cultures, it symbolizes hedonism. So a person's social framework informs their color associations. 3. Stop arguing with people about color! When we show someone a color we like and they don't like it, our latent survival instincts are triggered. You should not be offended or threatened; if someone doesn't share your love or dislike of a color. You can't argue them into seeing something they don't see. Take a cue from Frozen, "let it go." 4. Let go of your color insecurities! If you like a color, that means it triggers a positive response from you. So if you like it, go with it. Remember, if someone else doesn't like it, they simply may not see what you see and or have a social framework that causes negative associations with that color. You are two individuals, and it is not a feasible expectation that you will share every like or dislike. 5. It's OK if you're neutral. For all the reasons I've stated throughout this article, we should know that age, sex, geography, and culture may influence our response to color. Thus some people find the rainbow hues to be distracting and irritating. If that is the case, then you should not feel judged and forced to adopt color because it makes someone else happy. If color annoys you, live in the neutral. The pursuit of happiness is a struggle, and you should not be stigmatized as lacking personality or be labeled inhibited. We should all be able to live in a space that we find peaceful and comfortable, and not be judged for it. With these five points, I hope you can take our discussion and accept that people are complex individuals. The world is far more interesting because of the varying taste, cultures, and philosophies that we are exposed to. We should not feel insecure or threatened by someone else's difference, and we should not be judged or ostracized for our own. Understanding how people see the world through different lenses hopefully will lead to greater acceptance by everyone. 8 | Riche Home and Lifestyle
Design Tidbits Rug Size Guide by Room Sizes shown are industry standards, however rugs are actually a few inches smaller or bigger than industry standards.
5' x 8'
6' x 9"
8' x 10'
8' x 10'
9' x 12'
10' x 14'
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10' x 14'
12' x 15'
Riche Art Gallery These are original acrylics painted by Regina Correa. The paint on the larger artwork wraps around its sides, while the ones on the wood boards does not. Local delivery only. Prices do not include shipping. Click on the image for purchasing.
"Swooshes" Acrylic on Wood Board $115 10" x 10" x 2"
"Parade Day" Acrylic on Wood Board 10" x 10" x 2" $115
"Sunset Seascape" Acrylic on Wood Board 10" x 10" x 2" $115
"Green Horizon" Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 18" x 1.75" The upper part of this artwork is a brighter/lighter green than displayed here.
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"Passing Through" Acrylic on Wood Board 10" x 10" x 2" $115
Mindful Thoughts by @soulsayers
Creativity People watching is a glimpse into personal creative expression. The way we dress, wear our hair - the way we decorate ourselves with jewelry, tattoos, colors. We are speaking to the world, telling our story, who we are or want to be. You don't have to be an artist, songwriter, singer, or actor to be considered creative. Each of us has a unique way to tap into our creative energy. But the real beauty in creativity is you being able to express your joy and delight. Your curiosity and musings. You can share positivity and goodness. The essence of you resides in this place, enabling you to convey what's inside your heart, your thoughts, your desires, and dreams. Creativity is healing and nourishing. And whether you think you are creative or not, the gift is there. Individual and unique only to you. So in whatever way you express yourself, don't be afraid to let it be seen. Don't be scared to try new ways to say what's inside. Write it, wear it, take photos, sing it, sew it, paint it! Just try everything! It's the outlet you need and guess what? Other people need to see and hear what you're saying too. You are going to help someone. They are going to feel better, you will help them get through a tough time. Your message will spark something in someone else that will be the catalyst for them to creatively express themselves, and this incredible cycle can continue. Don't ever say you're not creative. You can create anything, and what comes out of you has purpose and meaning to us.
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To Travel is a Gift
A glimpse of Recife, Pernambuco - Brazil
The Colonial Baroque Style is very prominent in the Brazilian architecture of the 16th-18th centuries. As you may already know I have a thing for churches.
RECIFE Located in the north east corner of South America, Recife is the fourth largest urban area in Brazil. Founded in 1537, Recife was the first slave port in the Americas, was colonized by the Portuguese and became known for its large scale production of sugarcane. Its name is an allusion to the stone reefs that are present in the city shores. The city is located near to the Equator with warm weather and it stands out as a major tourist attraction for its beaches and historic sites dating back to its colonization.
Boa Viagem, is its most famous beach
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We visited the Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand. This Museum/ Atelier was fascinating.
My mon and I at a farmer's market. They are held in different neighborhoods throughout the week
*About the Designer/Editor: Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Regina Correa came to visit New Orleans in 1999 and never left. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Art History, loves red wine, traveling the world, architecture, museums, music and walking around our beloved City Park.
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