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 In. Rejuvenation, 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.
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:
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 Girls, Night 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!
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?
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!