Before you go to bed Saturday, stare into a familiar face and study the hands of a bit of life you take for granted too often.
We spend a lot of time glancing at it, but not nearly enough time appreciating the nuances of the mighty clock. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, so most of the country will be setting that clock ahead (spring forward) before going to bed on Saturday.
And, whether it's an analog or a digital clock you're resetting, if your clock isn't making your heart go tick, tock -- it may be time to shop.
"If there's a clock with a history to it, make it a focal point of the room," says Deb Bokamper, a St. Louis-based interior designer, and a chapter president of the American Society of Interior Designers. "If there's more than one clock, donate a space for a grouping."
Aimee Beatty, in-house stylist with Pier 1 Imports, says daylight saving time offers the perfect excuse to get in sync and have some fun decorating with clocks.
"Keep things playful by choosing an unexpected or offbeat choice," she says, pointing to the store's Tabletop Owl Clock as an example. "Play with scale by choosing an oversized clock that looks great on an empty wall or over a mantle."
Because so many of us have stopped wearing watches, relying instead on cellphones and electronics to tell time, Melody Davidson says clocks are more important than ever. If a gadget isn't close by, it's easy to glance up at a wall.
"I think of clocks as another way to express your personality when accessorizing your home," says Davidson, owner of Interiors by Melody in Prairie Village, Kan.
"I consider clocks a cherished accent -- they aren't just time pieces," she says. "Many are works of art."
If you're looking for inspiration, we offer a few timely suggestions:
-- Stones Antique Patio Clock, ($49.95, Pier1.com). While it would fit in on any patio, this gem also would brighten up a sunroom.
-- Room Essentials Raised Numbers Clock, ($14.99, Target.com). Sometimes, what you need is a classic clock, like this inexpensive, easy-to-read number.
-- Grandiose Wall Clock. ($199.95, Pier1.com). The practical person will note that you can tell time without squinting too long at this clock. We love that it looks as if it was plucked from a Parisian shop.
-- Threshold Starburst Bamboo Wood Wall Clock ($29.99, Target.com). This artful clock, which resembles the sun, is a modern masterpiece, sure to add interest to any room
-- Tabletop Owl Clock ($29.95, Pier1.com). If you love owls, let this wise bird tell you the time.
-- Seven-Piece Spare Parts Wall Clock Set ($449.99, Kohls.com). Sure, it would look great in a workshop. But if your decor taste tilts toward modern, this durable piece creates urban appeal.
-- Damask Wall Clock ($119, Pier1.com). This classic piece would look in home in a home filled with antiques.
-- Safavieh Jerry 25-inch Round Wall Clock, ($199.99, Kohls.com). The distressed details and intricate frame on this metal-and-wood clock, available in tan and antique rust, ensures it will bring classic style to any room.