Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bedroom Transformation

The bedroom has gone through quite an evolution since my last post about it. I tried very hard to love the blue bird and branch curtains but they just weren't clicking for me. I kept wishing they were more muted in color or just... different. So I ordered some West Elm Woodland Cotton Canvas curtains a couple months back and it was like a sigh of relief to put them up. I was (still am) totally in love with them. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to get where you want, I guess.

The other big change in the room is that I got a new bed frame with a proper headboard, also from West Elm. I've mentioned wanting to live in a West Elm catalog more than a few times. It's becoming less of a joke and more of my reality lately. Not a bad thing. Not one bit.

ANYWAY! Onto the pictures.

I ended up getting the Mid-Century Bed in Acorn. I'd been searching high and low for a reasonably priced wood bed with a headboard and this had been my favorite find. When West Elm had a site wide sale going about 3.5 weeks ago, I pounced on it. It was just delivered and set-up yesterday.

It's a really lovely color and I love the clean simple lines, especially against all the organic painterly print going on in the curtains. It just happens to blend nicely with the color of my wood Anthropologie lamps too, as I was hoping it would.

The chair got recovered awhile back too, but what can I say? I'm a lazy blogger. The owl is actually a speaker that travels around the house with me from time to time to boost my phone's sound. The deer is a paper mache project I did ages ago. The books (TJ Maxx) and plant (Ikea) are both fake. The mirror is from Ikea. The teal finial is from Target. The Clibbon cat is Matt's from I-don't-know-where.

This guy kind of disappears in the pulled back shots, so I thought it deserved a bit of spotlighted attention. My mom bought that for me while I was still in high school, and it's survived my many moves since then.

Just for kicks, lets do a quick look at how this room has evolved since August 2012...

Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3: Now!

Yeah, I'm definitely a trial and error kind of decorator. But the room is finally coming along! Still on my to-do list for this room:
  • Sand and stain the dresser (it's very stained up and needs some love)
  • Possibly update the hardware on the dresser
  • Paint or find art for over the dresser (it's literally just a blank canvas right now)
  • More pillows on the bed
  • Chunky navy blue throw on the chair to add some texture

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The World: Tuscany

I dreamt I was in Tuscany last night staying in a beautiful house with amazing views of rolling hills and red roofs. It's been a long time desire of mine to travel Europe (with UK, France, and Italy being my top three choice destinations). I woke up feeling ready to pack my bags, but for now I'll have to live my dream virtually via pictures.

Val d'Orcia
San Gimignano
Cinque de Terre

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Currently Coveting: Pale Grey Sofas

If you ask me my favorite color, I'll say green. But one look in my closet, work office, and pinboards will tell you it's grey. Really, it's probably a toss up between the two.

I've always been drawn to charcoal sofas/upholstery, but lately the paler greys have been whispering to me that they also are deserving of love...

The last one is my faaaaavorite. I could absolutely live in that room (though I would probably change the rug). The baby topiary in the striped pot just kills me. So cute.

I find I am frequently at odds with myself over whether I love neutral palettes or brightly colored palettes more. I compromise by having both in my house - my bedroom is very neutral (especially since my latest curtain update that I have not posted about yet) and my home office is super bright and happy. I keep going back and forth on the direction I want to go in my living room though. So indecisive.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Currently Coveting: Topiary

I've been completely enamored with topiary lately.

Here's hoping whatever house I end up buying in the future has a yard that's conducive to this look. There's something so very pleasing about a fastidiously groomed yard. I like the touch of elegance and artistry it brings. The round ones are my favorite.

Don't get me wrong - I love a good naturalized yard as well, but topiary and striped lawns make my heart sing. So lovely!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Union Jack Lumbar Pillow

Thought I'd share a couple pics of the project I did for myself over the Holiday season for those tired of seeing pictures of my bedroom. I've been vaguely obsessed with the Union Jack flag design (and all things British, to be honest) for just about ever and it just so happens that my Tullsta chair was in need of a better lumbar pillow. (Yes, I am aware these not exactly the traditional colors, but I love it.)


I decided to take the hand stitched approach, despite being reasonably adept with my sewing machine and serger. It took me the better part of a day and several Christmas movies, but it was well worth the effort. The interior seams I did on my machine for the sake of speed, but I like the charming quality of the hand stitching on the outer part of the pillow.


If you'd like to see more pictures, hop on over to Rambunctious Rosettes. Since Mika ended up in almost all the pictures, I felt the bulk of this post belonged over there.

In case you're wondering, the curtains are from Ikea, the blanket from TJ Maxx, and the cat one of a kind.

Design ADD and Headboard Dreams

I've had design ADD like crazy and feeling extra dissatisfied with the house lately. Since I don't have endless money, I decided to make a switch with what I have on hand for some immediate gratification. I booted the yellow dresser out of the bedroom and it is now living in the kitchen. I brought back the old desperately-needs-re-stained dresser (will have to wait for spring/summer) into the bedroom and rearranged the furniture. It's feeling a bit calmer in there now.

The blank canvas is one I've had for ages. I tossed it up there in hopes I'll be inspired to fill it with something and because even an empty canvas is better than an empty wall. I do still need/desire a headboard. Not just to break up the vast amount of curtain in the room, but also for practicality - things like having somewhere to lean when reading and keeping the pillows from attempting to slide off the bed. Also a good excused to buy Euro pillows.

I suppose I never mentioned that I traded out my cheap brassy lamps for these Anthropologie lamps that I'd been admiring for ages. They were on sale for an excellent price, so I snatched them up. I'm glad I did, because it looks like they are no longer available. The chair next to the mirror is an upgrade from the old one - it's an $8 thrift store find. It needs recovered, but it's lovely and easily worth more than I paid for it.

Spent some of this evening messing around in Photoshop trying to figure out what kind of headboard might work in the room...

Basic DIY "pallet" style? 

DIY "pallet" style with a carved top?

This lovely Claudette Headboard from Ballard Designs?

I'm not really sure. Feel free to leave suggestions, Internet. Meanwhile, I'll keep surfing around and might duck into a few local furniture shops to see if anything begs me to take it home without breaking the bank. And imagine a couple lovely plush Euro pillows as opposed to one sad little feather print pillow propped up against them.

As an aside: I'm not sure why these curtains photograph so obnoxiously blue sometimes. They're much less aggressive in person. Ah well.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Art? Headboard? Empty Void?

Figured I should finally get around to posting those curtains I mentioned back in, oh, September? I'm what you might call a sporadic blogger. I might get to posting my Christmas project before spring. Maybe.


I've been having really mixed mixed feelings about them, which is annoying because they took so long to make and the fabric wasn't exactly cheap (it was at least on sale). I love the pattern but I'm not sold on the color. I think I kind of wish they were more like this:


But it doesn't look like that particular Dwell Studios fabric is available in navy blue anymore, though it must have been once upon a time based on the proof in this Etsy pillow that used it. I haven't seen anything else I like as much as his pattern as of yet either. I thought I had nailed it with the azure, but you never can tell until something's actually in a space, can you? Maybe I'll keep digging. It would mean quite a lot of money down the drain for the current ones though. Maybe I could sell them? They are fully lined....

Anyways! My bigger conundrum is what to do with THIS wall:


It's a big, empty, rather sad looking void and I haven't figured out how to fill it yet. I'm pretty sure I want a nice big (I mean huge) piece of art there.


Though the right headboard could be good too.


So far I've stumbled across neither and I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for. (Actually I'd love an upholstered and tufted headboard but Matt has severe dust mite allergies, so fabric headboards aren't a realistic option, unfortunately.)