Idyllic Moments : September 2020

Idyllic Moments : September 2020 - roomfortuesday.comI really enjoying shooting and sharing these idyllic moment posts. Idyllic means happy, peaceful, or picturesque, and there are many moments in our home that bring me those feelings. I wanted to share this month’s vignettes in a way that you typically don’t see- in the evening hours. There is something magical about a warm & cozy house (especially during the cooler fall months) when it is lit up and glowing once the sun goes down. I love the lighting in our house at all hours of the day… even when it’s time to switch on the lamps. I know you all are used to seeing it drenched with natural light, but I was hoping to show you a different side. Click through for the September edition of Idyllic Moments and to see some after dark vignettes that made me stop to acknowledge and enjoy the little details.

Idyllic Moments : September 2020 - roomfortuesday.comUsually in the evenings on weekdays, we hangout in the formal living room and kitchen. The dogs eat their dinner, we’re making our dinner, and we’re running between those two spaces and the patio (to let the dogs in and out).

Idyllic Moments : September 2020 - roomfortuesday.comWe eat dinner late, because we’re often working late. We usually sit down to eat around 8:30 or 9:00 before heading to the basement to lounge. Do you stay up late? I used to go to bed early and wake up really early… I was the epitome of a morning person. The past few years have been the exact opposite- I find myself up late and hitting the snooze button too often in the mornings. Ha! Emmett & I keep saying we need to get into a better routine.

Idyllic Moments : September 2020 - roomfortuesday.comCooking dinner is the highlight of our weeknights. We hangout in the kitchen together and it’s such a happy place in the evening hours! I love turning on the lights, turning up the music, and catching up while we cook together. Did you notice The Perfect Kitchen book styled below? I figured after my interior book roundup and our design eye chat, it deserved a spot in the kitchen! I actually made coffee over the weekend and thumbed through it. Our kitchen has multiple light sources: recessed can lights, three sconces, under cabinetry lighting, and the range hood has a light… plus our countertop lamp. It can get pretty bright and cozy!

Idyllic Moments : September 2020 - roomfortuesday.comOur chandelier in the entry is on a dimmer, so I typically keep it on low in the evening. It illuminates the hallways on the main level, which gives our house a nice glow without looking too harsh.

Idyllic Moments : September 2020 - roomfortuesday.comMy home office doesn’t have any overhead lighting, so the chandelier also helps illuminate that space. I also have a floor lamp and of course my plaster table lamp that helps keep my office lit while I wrap up work. The sun is usually down before I call it quits on my computer. Someday when we renovate that space, I’ll definitely need to add additional lighting. It’s not super functional in the evening, but it works for now.

Idyllic Moments : September 2020 - roomfortuesday.comIf I have extra time at night, or I feel like reading- I’ll usually retreat to the guest bathroom. It’s the best place for a soak! We have house guests arriving later this week, so I’ll clean and leave this room for them to enjoy. I’m also looking forward to renovating our main bath, off of our bedroom someday. It’s kind of funny that the guest bath is the “nice bathroom” in our house that I always want to use. It’s very pretty at night!

Idyllic Moments : September 2020 - roomfortuesday.comThere you have it… a little Idyllic Moments “after dark” tour. What do you think? Do you love your home lit up in the evening hours? The sun is setting earlier as we head into fall and I’m trying to embrace lamps, sconces, candles, and all the cozy light! Happy Tuesday, friends.

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  1. What a touching post – a glimpse at why “home” is so important for many of us. I’m still (always have been) an early morning person – 4am wake-up today even though my alarm is set for 5am. Last night I made for dinner Japanese Curry, which is one of our favorites for cooler months and always a Sunday eve dinner (re: takes time, not suitable for the hustle and bustle of a school/work day). But yesterday I was home by 1:30 after the girls’ tutor was finished (distance learning “school”), worked on more school work/reading with my girls, and then they jumped on FaceTime with a friend to play Minecraft together (video game). After dinner, as night fell, the girls went swimming – first time we’ve used the pool light since it was renovated in June! It was fun to see them dipping in and out of the pool as the dark water changed from blue to green to yellow, cafe string lights lit over the patio. The end of summer is upon us. I’m really appreciating the changing of the season – it’s nudging me back to myself, with craft/sewing projects and being in the kitchen cooking/baking.

    Japanese Curry Recipe:
    S&B Japanese Curry (1 box) + water called for on box directions
    Tons of veggies, sauteed (eggplant, zuch, corn, broccoli, mushroom, carrot, potato, etc)
    Sautee veggies with oil in pan until soft-ish, then add curry paste/water; let simmer down until sauce thickens
    After curry is simmering, make chicken:
    Chicken breasts cut thin, flour/egg/panko dredge, pan-fry to crispy goodness
    Brown or White Rice

    Bowl bottom to top: rice, curry/veg mix, panko chicken breast, Sriracha

    SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (fun to make as a team too: usually I’m the curry person, and my husband’s the chicken fryer)

    1. Thank you, Karen! I need to transition into becoming a morning person again. Ha! I like your idea of setting a super early alarm- way to go! THANK YOU for your amazing curry recipe- I cannot wait to try it. Emmett & I will definitely be making it… it sounds delicious. I’m also familiar with Minecraft (we have nieces and nephews who love it). I hope distance learning is going well for your girls! I always enjoyed night swimming and soaking up those late summer evenings. What a fun memory for you and your family! I’m also getting back to my roots and am trying to appreciate the little things and enjoy the season as it happens. I think this year is teaching us a lot :) Hope you’re having a good week. xo

  2. I love nighttime shots! They feel more voyeuristic and intimate. The shadows can really add drama, and colors change. That shot of your guest bath is aces. Since I photograph with my phone in the most amateur way, night shots are impossible. Also, my illumination situation is not nearly as spectacular as yours. An after-dark photoshoot could certainly reveal holes in a lighting plan.🤣 Your evening routine sounds lovely and relaxing…and so late! I’m a naturally early riser, and I often marvel at night owls. Whether it’s the darkness of morning or night, a warmly lit room feels comforting and peaceful.
    Happy autumnal equinox!

    1. Thanks Peggi! I like them too :) I’m not the greatest at low light photography, but it’s fun to try to capture the house at night. I wish you could see it in person someday. I want to be a morning person again! I have no idea how we evolved into late nighters… ugh. Ha! Teach me your ways. Happy autumnal equinox! Cheers to fall!! xo

  3. Wasn’t your office the first room to be done in this house.🤭

    1. Right?! Remind me that again soon, please. Haha! :)

  4. I really like these nighttime shots! I also love the coziness of low lighting in the evenings. I was also really curious about how those bookshelf lights would look at night, so it’s nice to be able to see that!

    1. Thank you, Lori! I do love our bookshelf lit up at night… in person it’s so beautiful and soft. Hope you’re having a good week :) xo

  5. Oh nighttime…it’s my absolute favorite time of day! I’m naturally a night owl, and thrive on burning the midnight oil, but I’ve realized that doesn’t work well with kids, ha! I’ve had to force myself into an unnatural routine: waking up at 5:30 to have coffee in peace and ease my way into the day, and then heading to bed between 10-11…not my preference at all, and is very difficult for me to fall asleep. However, it makes for a more relaxed mama dealing with kiddos, so such is life. Lol. It speaks to my soul that you eat dinner late. I hate eating dinner early. 7:30 is the jam for me, but it’s usually too late for most people, so I have to adjust my preferences there too. 🤨 I love the way your house looks at night! I wish we had the same pleasing lighting. The lower level of our house is nothing but can lights, and way too many in each room. They are all on dimmers which is great for my eyes (I’m hypersensitive to light), but doesn’t make for a wonderful ambiance. One day the lighting plan in the lower level will be redesigned, but for now, I finally found led bulbs I can tolerate so they are simply serving their function. Your house has that gorgeous postcard type of night lighting that is just cozy and perfect!! #jealous😂🤣😂 Love the idyllic moments posts!! Have a happy Tuesday!

    1. Really?! That’s what we run into (minus the kids part)… it feels SO difficult to fall asleep at 10. I just lay there. I want to be a morning person again. Ha! You are a great mom, Lauren! I’m glad we’re not the only ones eating dinner late. Everything thinks we’re crazy! It just works with our schedule. Dimmers are definitely the best invention- especially for light sensitivity. Along with those, I’m also a big fan of putting lamps in every single room. I hardly ever switch on the overheads (except in the kitchen). I’m so glad you liked this one :) Hope you’re having a wonderful week! xo

      1. Lol, yes, I love having my family over for holidays, but most of them want dinner served between 2-3 and I’m like, that’s lunchtime!! 😅 I SO hope my kids become more nighttime people as they get older! Glad to know I’m in good company! 🤪😁

        1. HAH! We eat lunch at 2 or 3 too… time just gets away from us. My in-laws are arriving tomorrow and it should be interesting in regards to meal times. lol!

  6. I’m convinced that your house will look beautiful no matter how you shoot it… but these after dark photos have a fabulous moody vibe! The living room makes me want to grab a comfy blanket and snuggle up on the couch, and the kitchen is gorgeous as always. Just curious, does it ever feel too dark in there without the natural light coming in? I can definitely see that the home office lighting isn’t conducive to working late… but maybe that’s a good thing? It kinda forces you to not work all night.

    The morning person/night owl discussion always amuses me. My work schedule has me constantly flipping between days and nights, so I never really get to have a set schedule. My husband definitely used to be a morning person, but over the past year has turned into more of a night owl too. I definitely feel you on the late dinner thing… we’re usually eating around 8:00 and everybody seems to think we’re crazy for that!

    1. Aw thank you, Melissa! I love our house at all hours of the day. The kitchen has never felt dark, even despite the dark colored cabinetry. It probably has the best lighting plan out of all of the rooms in our home. Great point on the office lighting! Although, I’m guilty for working too late- I usually try to sign off around 8 or 9pm for the day, which makes it feel very cave like after the sun goes down. I need to do better! I find it so interesting how people either consider themself a morning person or night owl… and why some people randomly switch. I don’t think you’re crazy at all for the late dinner… we’re in the same boat! :) Hope you’re having a great week! xo