This One Small Change Transformed my Morning Routine

Morning Routine Coffee Nespresso

This post is in partnership with Macy’s.

 

“There’s little in life that’s more satisfying than smelling that coffee scent first thing when you wake up.”

 

Morning Routine Coffee Nespresso

If there’s one thing we could all use a little more of, it’s time. Summer came and went, bringing multiple projects, a lot of traveling, and very little screen time. After all, what’s in sitting in front of a computer and its radiating blue light when you could be soaking up the warm sun rays? While I put certain parts of my life on hiatus this summer—a.k.a this blog—when Labor Day came around, I made a conscious decision to dedicate my time more wisely—less procrastinating, more doing, more living (and yes, hopefully, a little more blogging).

As the cliché goes, we could all use a few more hours in a day. I can count on two hands the waking hours I spend in my apartment every week. Between work, travel, events, friends—I get very little home time. I’m okay with that: I love a fast-paced life. But the one moment when I take the time to slow down a little is in the morning (full disclaimer: I’m never the first one in the office). Because I’m rarely home in the evenings—I’m either at work, catching up with friends or at industry events—mornings are the only time I have to get organized and get some life admin done. On good days, I start by going for a quick run, followed by a speedy shower. I put on a podcast, get a little cleaning done, do some laundry. I catch up on emails, go over my to-do list for the day, and I love taking my time to get ready.

For the longest time, one thing was missing from this morning routine: coffee. I cannot function without caffeine, but I’m also a bit of a coffee snob. You’ll never find me whipping up a cup of instant coffee. Instead, you’ll likely find me chatting away with my local barista—with who I’m on a first name basis with—about recent news or new documentaries to watch. But waiting to get to my local coffee shop in the morning to get that first hit of caffeine meant I was never actually fully awake during my (almost perfect) morning routine. That’s until I finally jumped on the train my parents have been preaching to me for years and got myself a Nespresso Breville Vertuo Plus Coffee & Espresso Maker—it’s the perfect fit for my tiny kitchen counter and, best of all, it’s currently on major sale during Macy’s Fall Home Sale where kitchen electrics are 30%-50% off (with an extra 15% with the code FALL).

There’s little in life that’s more satisfying than smelling that coffee scent first thing when you wake up—something that’s not hard to do here in this 300 sq. ft. studio apartment. It’s changed my morning routine for the better. Sure, I might drink more coffee now (I still cannot give up my daily iced latte on my way to work), but I’m also more awake in the mornings, get more done, and find myself even cooking breakfast on weekday mornings—something which never used to happen. It’s improved my morning routine by 100%.

PHOTO: Gabrielle Savoie

How To Pick a Rug For Any Space

How to Pick a Rug for Any Space

 

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Choosing the right rug for your space can be a daunting task, because it’s a big purchase (both physically and figuratively), and it has the potential to really transform your space.

I’ve made enough mistakes along the way to know what to look for, and what to avoid when buying a rug online: I’ve bought too big, too thick, too thin, you name it. I’ve picked up invaluable along advice along the way to make sure I never make these mistakes again. With the help of World Market, I put together a few tips to follow to find the perfect fit, room by room.

 

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All rugs are currently on sale at World Market during their Rug Caravan sale! Shop my picks below.

 

How to Pick a Rug for Your Living Room

Living Room

Ideally, you want every piece of furniture to fit on your living room rug, but always leave 6-12 inches from the walls. If finding a rug big enough is challenging, aim to have at least the front legs of your sofas and chairs on the rug to keep the space grounded. There’s nothing worse than a tiny postage stamp rug in the middle of the room. Choose a rug that’s soft underfoot and fluffy, especially if you enjoy sitting on the floor (I do).

 

How to Pick a Rug for Your Dining Room

Dining Room

As a general rule, a dining room rug should extend a minimum of 3ft from the edge of a dining table, so that all chairs can sit comfortably on the rug when in use. Choose a rug that’s resistant, as there will be a lot of chairs being pulled in and out. I love using vintage rugs that are already a little worn in the dining room, so that additional wear and tear goes unnoticed.

 

How to Pick a Rug for Your Bedroom

Bedroom

The whole point of a bedroom rug is to be soft underfoot when you get up in the morning, so make sure it extends at least 2-3 feet on each side of the bed. Bedside tables can generally rest on or off the rug, but not halfway in between. If your budget is limited, consider two smaller rugs on each side of the bed.

 

How to Pick a Rug for Your Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathmats are so boring—instead, try a vintage distressed rug, like a Kilim or Oushak to brighten up the space. I love using colorful or overdyed rugs in the bathroom—it’s a great way to add color in a space that’s often monochrome.

 

How to Pick a Rug for Your Kitchen

Kitchen

Pick a rug that’s easy to clean for your kitchen—that’s the most important. Again, I love using vintage rugs in a space with high traffic like the kitchen, so it feels less precious. If you have a narrow galley kitchen, a runner is a great way to elongate the space.

 

How to Pick a Rug for Your Entrance

Entrance

If your hallway is wide enough to have furniture on both sides, center your rug in the middle. If all your furniture is pushed to one side, it’s okay to shift your runner to one side, even if it means it won’t be centered.

 

How to Pick a Rug for Your Home Office

Home Office

One important thing to consider when placing a rug in your home office, is to choose something that stays in place easily, as you’ll have a rolling desk chair on top of it. I love using rugs that are heavy so they stay put, but that are also very flat and thin. It makes rolling around easier.

 

Photos: Lesley Unruh, François Halard, Alicia Lund, Ryan Street & Associates, Sarah Dorio, Brittany AmbridgeJane BeilesStudio McGee.

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Two Ways to Style Nesting Tables

 

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Nesting tables are the best for styling and decorating spaces. They effortlessly create a naturally layered look that works in virtually any room of the house. When World Market challenged me to style a piece of furniture in two different ways, this set of Pastel Priya Nesting Tables were an obvious choice.

Using the guest rooms at Coqui Coqui Mérida (above) as a jumping point for color inspiration, I set out to create two different spaces—one living room and one bedroom—both using the Pastel Priya nesting tables as an accent table. I love the blend of the dark plum tones with the muddy greys and brass accents.  Do you have a favorite space? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

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Gab Loves: The Life Observed

Gab Loves: The Life Observed • on @SavvyHome

 

Surfing culture is always something that has fascinated me. About 8 years ago, I gave surfing a try… My first experience was on a quiet beach in New Hampshire. The waves were smalls and my winters spent on a snowboard made me pick it up rather quickly… I got the surfing bug. I bought a wetsuit, a board and some wax, and started driving down to the beach as often as I could. When winter came, I bought a plane ticket to Australia to experience some real waves. I was getting pretty good, riding the waves of Byron Bay point. Then, one day at Tea Tree Cove in Noosa, I understood the full meaning of the power of the ocean—8ft waves and strong currents pushing me onto sharp rocks is not something I was prepared for.

So I’ll leave the hardcore surfing to the pros… And maybe venture out once in a while on a calm day. But I’ll never tire of watching surfers who have a passion for the ocean… Sandy salty hair, sun-kissed skin and nerves of steel. The Life Observed’s collection of surf prints takes me back to those days of carefree summer adventure.

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Animal Hamper | Sun Bleached Turtle Shells | Adesso Peggy Desk Lamp | Made by Dawn Misty Blue Rib Petal Swimsuit |  The Life Observed Wave Rider Print | Hinge Felt Panama Hat | Tibi Ruffled Printed Silk Blend Camisole | J.Crew Crystal Studded Bracelet | Antique Rug Chair | Mint Correspondent Stowaway Case | Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Loafers | Susana Kilim Blue/White Rug

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