Serene & Cool | The Bedroom

Was your long weekend both fun & exhausting? I hope it was. I know, I know, back to the grind.
 

Today, I’m sharing with you a client‘s dilemma of wanting a serene bedroom but also contemporary and cool. I was trying so hard to draw him out more or to give me inspiration pictures but my communication skills {which I thought were pretty good, we did have seminars & a consulting firm help us with this at the clinic — LOL, another story} we’re not doing the job at all. Tsk! Tsk!

 
Anyway, this is what I came up with for initial thoughts & inspiration.

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1. Walls and whole color scheme: Spa Green-like. Restoration Hardware has a paint color that is called “silver sage.” The rug and valance would be in a burnt orange hue. Other accessories would mostly be in yellow.
2. Rug: Flor {http://www.flor.com} has a wide array of designs and we can make it as big or small as possible. I particularly like Sophistikat for the room in the color we choose {we’ll get as close to brown|orange as possible} but Corrugated Rib will work as well or we can do a color block {stay at their homepage & look at the flash images} where we can mix and match different color tiles. The rug should create an impact but subtle enough that it won’t disturb the calmness of the room.
3. Lamps: I think the hue and shape of the lamp in the board complements well or we can get a plain & simple wood base & pair them with shades that have patterns.
4. Furniture: The side tables will stay {I had to put some tables that look almost the same in the board}.
a. We can either get a wooden bed with a higher headboard or an upholstered one like this http://www.zgallerie.com/p-6110-leslie-bed.aspx. It needs to be in chocolate brown or one that closely resembles your dark wood side tables right now.
b. An ottoman or the like will be placed against the wall. This will be a good area to place belongings after work or when you have a guest or while taking your shoes off. Appropriate artwork will be hanged above.
c. Current desk chair will be replaced with something more vibrant and functional again in the same hues as the color palette.
5. Bedding : should be classic, I chose Italian Hotel from Restoration Hardware {see here: http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/category/collections.jsp?categoryId=cat90071} but additional throw pillows & shams in different but coordinating patterns will be added. You are absolutely right! Layering and adding bold patterns & colors will make sure that the space is not boring.
6. Accessories and Artwork: will be the last one to be added in the mix but is definitely important! Colors will be like the ones in the bottom of the screen
7. Window treatment: An upholstered valance will be perfect as it will give the room some warmth. Smith & Noble have various materials, linens & patterns. See here & click on “select materials.”

http://www.smithandnoble.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&categoryId=10064&storeId=10101&productId=10033&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=10064&top_category=10502#

Here are two boards:

But secretly, I was wishing they like Elvis!

 

Thoughts?
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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

The space looks lived in.
via | The Urban Cottage Files
A quote for a creative weekend:
                           A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

                                          — Frank Capra

 

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Red, White & Blue Cottage

In a few days, it will be the July 4th weekend. We’re not planning anything big at all. There’s a burn ban {so, no fireworks} in most Texas States & understandably so. The drought is just getting worse & worse and we’re in the 100’s pretty much everyday. Please help us pray for rain y’all!Anyway, me & the hubs is planning just a day trip to a brewery in the Texas Wine Country and just relax. I would love to spend time in a red,blue or white cottage anytime though. A plus if it’s overlooking the beach and has a nearby antique alley.

 aaahh, the patriotic colors are just perfect for these cottages
plus points if the interior is like this
Have fun planning the weekend!

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Upcoming Wall Stenciling Project

I stenciled my rest room cabinets in my old cottage home a while back and I tell you, it was a disaster! I find out soon enough that stenciling takes precision & patience. You can’t take the stencil off and see what you’ve got too soon nor skimp on stencil adhesive or tape. Every little cut out matters so much. Even if you don’t feel like a mural artist because you’re using a stencil, I think stenciling is both an art & a skill.So, while I’m scoping out a $9000 area rug for one client, I was dreaming of using a stencil for another client’s entryway. We were initially thinking of wallpapering the space and anchor the flow from the entryway to the living room with the color scheme she chose. But stenciling is the most cost-effective and creative way we can add some ooomph to that area {well aside from the other accessories we’re getting together}.

I came across this Etsy shop and ooh-la-la! All the wall stencil goodness!

Gorgeousness right? So, I’m putting my patience and precision skills to the test soon. And I’m pretty sure, it will be all worth it. Have you stenciled a wall lately? Any tips? Do tell…

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DemiJohn|John

Hey boys & girls! I’m back…to Austin that is! Home sweet home. I hope all of you had a great weekend.
Sometimes blogging to me just involves an image I just adore. Featured are demijohns also known as carboys. An installation made by Go Home. I think it’s totally ingenious. So, I’m thinking, aside from collecting vintage cameras, hobnail milkglasses, cobbler shoeforms, vintage coffee grinders…I’m putting demijohns on my list. What do you think?

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Antlered: The Office Desk

l always complain about being out of town but really, I think I’m nomadic at heart. So, I’ve been out of town for a combined 2 weeks this month and terribly miss my home office desk. It’s small in a small corner desk but it has lots of my favorite finds. Case in point, this pair of antler horns is probably not the most functional to place on my desk. It does get move around a lot, but on my down time {or recharging time} as I call it, I just look and hold it for a minute or so… instant de-stressor! Call me weird but it really works!

home office deskantlers
Happy weekend everyone! I’m on my way back home tomorrow…woohoo!

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Birdcages Galore

When you have no more space to create a vignette on a side table, a space, a wall, then there’s always the ceiling and the air up there. I find myself loving suspending things as decoration, whether it’s lanterns, bubbles, terrariums, vintage lamp shades and of course, birdcages. I’m thinking of doing this for a client. I hope they’ll like the idea! I’m quite happy with a vintage birdcage I got at Roundtop recently. Anyway, here’s more choices from the shop…

Any other ideas of something cool to suspend and use as decor?

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The Fig Leaf Tree: A Giant Staple

Leaves, without it, we won’t have fresh air. I say, the bigger the leaves, the better. More breath of life into your space. After stalking tons of decor mags and online sites dedicated to design and decor, there is one giant staple that’s making such a presence into well decorated rooms & spaces, the Fig Leaf tree.

Click here to check out how to take care of this tree as an indoor plant. So, when out on a hunt to fill that void in your space. Look no further than the Fig Leaf Tree.


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DWYL and LWYD

It’s been extremely busy on my end so the post for today is short and sweet. Yes, do what you love and love what you do, it couldn’t get any simpler than that right? But sometimes, it’s so difficult to do! I wish all of you a Happy Monday, a Happy week and always keeping this quote in mind. Gotta go!


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Naturale Fantastico

I must admit, little adorable things with so much detail and sophistication makes my heart skip a beat. A little lame, too frivolous, depthless even? Not sure. Hey, maybe that’s why I love design and decor so much. And all of us have our own little things we’re so enthused about {yes, I’m talking about Farmville aficionados}. So, the following collection is by Lladro. Of course, right? Baroque details, white porcelain, the luster of gold, what’s not to love?

It’s from their collection, Naturofantastic, an imaginary universe where the organic meets fantasy, an evocative journey to the dreamlike side of nature. Ahhh, their artists are just amazing. Do you have an everyday object that you just like|love so much?


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