A Night In

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A few months ago, Julia asked me to change the way we think about photographing our homes. Let me explain – have you ever noticed that bloggers are always (always!) chasing that daylight? But what if we started pulling out the camera in the evening, after the sun has gone down? By mid-afternoon, I’m already counting down the minutes until Scott comes home. I know that when he does, we’ll take the dogs for long walk, we’ll cook dinner or call in from our rotating favorites, and aside from a few loose DIY odds-and-ends, we’ll do our best to sink into a relaxing nighttime routine. I always get a little rush of excitement when I know he’s on his way home, because the evenings are my favorite time of day, with my favorite people (because our pets are my people, too)!

With this in mind, Scott and I joined forces with Chris and Julia, and we asked some of our biggest blog inspirations – Dana, Nicole, Gwen, Brittany and Melissa! – if they’d also like to share a favorite nook in their home for A Night InRejuvenation, a brand we love that has supported our home renovations for years, came aboard to help us shed new light (ha!) on the homes you’ve come to know so well during the day.

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It’s taken us a while to get to this point, but after countless months of hardcore renovation in our living, dining and nook rooms, two wall colors and our third rug swap among countless other things, this mostly open space feels really, really good. The gap between our couch and the dining room table has always felt a little large (on the opposite side is the pretty Pelle gooseneck), but we’ve since added Rejuvenation’s Cylinder floor lamp, and as it turned out, it was the missing link all along.

Looking around our first floor, we noticed that all of our lights have glass shades! Above, you’ll see the Hood light over our dining table and the Eastmoreland pendant in our kitchen, both glass. The Cylinder lamp is quite tall – taller than me! – but we chose it for the large fabric shade and that black trim. The warm brass accents have my heart (always), and we were happily surprised to find that it has two sockets for just the right amount of mood lighting:

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While it’s the obvious choice, our velvet sofa (or let’s be real, on the floor with my ‘people’) is my top seating pick for a low-key evening in, while Scott chooses records in our music nook. If it were up to me, I would exhaust the same three albums over and over and over again (Some GirlsNight In the Ruts [arguably the most underrated, most blues-y Aerosmith album of all time] or anything Roy Orbison), so it’s better to leave it to Scott. Our turntable gets a healthy workout more often than not, and nothing pairs better with a glass of wine than Miles Davis. Or The Clash!

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Thank you for sharing A Night In with us! How do you cozy up in your favorite nook? Any favorite nighttime routines? And now we need to know, what are your album go-tos?

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Check in with the entire crew of A Night In: Chris Loves Julia • House Tweaking • Making It Lovely • The Fauxmartha • The Makerista • Brittany Makes

 

The first installment of this blog series is a collaboration with Rejuvenation, a brand we use and love. High fives to Rejuvenation for graciously providing the lighting, and thank you for sharing in our nighttime rituals!

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  • Stacy @ Blake Hill House - August 17, 2016 - 5:30 AM

    The evening is the second shift around here. My people are coming and going. I often run in the evening or go to the gym. (I’m an avid long distance runner.) It takes every ounce of my willpower to do so after a full day. I drop into bed at around ten. One of my favorite feelings is being in my bed wrapped in a down comforter. My bed is my nook. In addition to my favorite comforter, I make sure the bed has clean sheets and lots of pillows.

    On the turntable: Fleetwood Mac or The Who. My taste in music varies wildly, but for some reason, our turntable only plays classic rock and roll. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 17, 2016 - 8:13 PM

      Aw… sounds so NICE! I’d agree with you – nothing beats being wrapped in our cozy comforter, and we’re both out by 10, too!

      Also, excellent turntable selections. Rumors makes an almost weekly appearance around here!ReplyCancel

  • abby - August 17, 2016 - 9:31 AM

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE these nighttime photos! YES, while those blown-out, bright, all-white shots look great, it is so refreshing to see another “feel” to a photo. This looks COZY, and I want to be hanging out in that room right now. I love how CLJ does nighttime shots occasionally, so I am fully on this train and would love to see you occasionally post some more (even in the kitchen–I always love how our kitchen looks at night with soft lighting!).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 17, 2016 - 7:37 PM

      Thanks, Abby! We love our kitchen at night too – we’ll have to shoot that room!ReplyCancel

  • Misty - August 17, 2016 - 5:36 PM

    I feel like the pups are aware that this whole photographing at night things is different… the look on both of their faces! lol
    love it though, so cozy and warm and adds a little something something that wasn’t there before. More intimate perhaps?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 17, 2016 - 7:38 PM

      Right?! They’re like, this is not the usual time mom takes our glamour shots…ReplyCancel

  • Gwen, The Makerista - August 18, 2016 - 10:24 AM

    I love the contrast in shape with your globe lights and it’s fun to see this space in a different light!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - August 18, 2016 - 10:41 AM

    That gif wins! I love your home at night. Chicago, we’re coming for you!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - August 18, 2016 - 11:10 AM

    I love this series. For many of us who work away from home all day, evening and night light are all we get (except for weekends). I do get “light and bright” house envy so this helps pull me back down to earth — you and the Marcums and Dana have evenings, too ;)ReplyCancel

  • Akiyo - August 18, 2016 - 12:39 PM

    Yay, another relevant post for us! :D We recently bought new light bulbs (went on the cheap side so they’re incandescent) with “white” light to replace a set of vanity lights in the bathroom. But they emit soooo much heat! We’re sweating as we brush our teeth. Haha! Do you have preferred lightbulbs you like using? I love how your lightbulbs aren’t yellowing the room.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 18, 2016 - 12:50 PM

      Even though LED bulbs are slightly more expensive than incandescents, they are 100% worth it! No heat, and the ‘soft white’ temperature of 2700 is so pretty. Old bulbs at that same color temperature used to be SO yellow. Bulbs have come a really long way! We’ve purchased from a few different brands of LEDs with great luck – Feit, Cree and Phillips. The only brand we haven’t loved is ‘EcoSmart,’ because they produce so much flickering if they’re set to dimmers and you want low light.ReplyCancel

      • Akiyo - August 19, 2016 - 11:14 AM

        Ooo, that makes total sense! We bought EcoSmart bulbs for one of our dimmer lights and it flickers like crazy. Thought it was all LEDs. Thank you so much for the reccs!!ReplyCancel

  • Life on Hill Street - January 19, 2017 - 3:33 PM

    Kim – Thanks for pointing me to this! It’s really such a great idea – I love seeing everyone’s home at night! And Rejuvenation will forever have a piece of my heart. Thanks again – I can’t wait for the next installment!ReplyCancel

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