Saturday, January 31, 2015

Trend Alert - Gold Accents

Gold Kitchen Faucet and Blue Kitchen Cabinets Choose Gold Accents for Blue Kitchen Cabinet Designs
Home Architecture Trends

Gold is making a comeback and I am not talking about jewelry. Gold is everywhere these days in home decor. From lighting to furniture and home accessories, it is cropping up all over the place. Today's gold however, is not the brassy gold of the 80's rather, it is more sophisticated finish. Either antiqued or brushed it is an elegant addition to any space. It works well in many different design styles including modern, transitional and traditional. It can be mixed with other metal finishes and pairs well with many color palettes including, blues, taupes, grays, white, black and pastels.

Interested in gold? I wouldn't mind trying some of these gold accents in my home.

Hinkley Lanza Bronze 16 1/2" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Lamps Plus

Z Gallerie

Urban Outfitters

Modern Salt + Pepper Shaker, Gold
West Elm
Move over oil rubbed bronze, brushed nickel and chrome, gold is here to stay. Afraid to try this new trend? Add it in small doses. Who knows, it could become your new favorite. It is definitely growing on me.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Outdoor Oasis

When I was a child, a neighbor of mine had an awesome treehouse his dad had built. It was up in an old tree with white clapboard siding and real windows. I just loved that treehouse. It was fun to have a play space that was relaxing, had a great view and protected you from the elements. 

As I sit here writing this blog, I am looking out at my back yard. Although we have several beautiful birch trees in our yard, none are large enough to support a treehouse. We do, however, have a garden shed. This got me to thinking about how amazing it would be to convert it into a quiet retreat. A place to write and noodle around design ideas. Somewhere that I could get away and just be. Since I live in the Midwest I clearly could not use the shed year round but, it would be great for when the weather was warm. 

Take a look at these amazing sheds that have been converted by some clever homeowners.

outdoor bedroom bhg
Better Homes & Gardens

Tree Hugger

I love this adorable outdoor shed retreat. Great place to write, ponder, have tea, etc. And the printed curtains are the best!
The Devine Life

Wouldn't you just love to sit a spell in one of these? I can't think of a better way to spend a morning or afternoon. Do you have a shed in your yard? If you could, what would you convert it to? A guest room, office or outdoor living space?

Dream big.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dreamy Bedrooms

Now that my desk is in my bedroom I see everything I want to change about it. In fact, other than the wall color, I want to change everything about it. While sitting here writing this blog, I am day dreaming about what I would do to this space if I could start all over. In a perfect world, I would break through the wall that is our closet and expand our room into the space over the garage. I would add a large bathroom and walk in closet. Alas, that is not to be. So, I will focus instead on updating my current space.

This, as I have posted about in the past, has lead me to thinking about what style I would like. Traditionally, our master bedroom has lacked any sort of style. It is always the room that gets the least attention. Although it is  "decorated" it is not necessarily what I would choose if I were my own client.

Should I go rustic, feminine, glamorous? The possibilities are endless. These are some bedrooms that give me inspiration on what direction I may want to go.

I love everything about this space. The wallpaper, lamp, bed, furniture and bedding. The mixture of color and pattern is bold but restful at the same time. The navy, green, tan and white are an unexpected but classic color palette.

Luxe Addition

Gray and gold are a unique pairing but they look amazing in this space. Paired with linen and wood it makes for a refined space.

Dear Lillie

In this room, I like the natural wood and paired with the soft blue wall and white bedding. The texture of the baskets and green side table give it warmth. The pop of red from the rug keeps it from being washed out.

Pops of coral come alive against the neutral paint color, bed and bedding. The dark wood chest, fresh flowers gold clock add balance. The patterned lamp echoes the pattern in the accent pillows.

best of the nest link party ~ november
Simple Details

White clapboard walls, canopy bed and the farmhouse style are what I love about this space. The modern reading lights and simple artwork add to the appeal.
Glamorous is not usually my style but I could be persuaded with a room like this. Beautiful gray walls, gold accents and an elegant dresser make for one beautiful space.

have always liked coastal style. The calm colors of the sea and mix of natural materials make for a calming and restful space.

I adore the warmth and pattern of reclaimed wood. It works well with simple bedding and pops of bold orange.

Wall of wood An accent wall of reclaimed floor boards softens this modern room and gives it cabin style. The rug, wall color, pillows, and bedding go perfectly with the color of the wood and keep the room feeling crisp and clean.
Living the Country Life

There are so many great design options to choose from I am not sure where to start. Whatever option I ultimately choose will be vastly different from what I have now. When, and if, I ever redo my space you will be the first to know.

Happy decorating.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Affordable Window Treatments

Here is a no fail neutral combination: cream upholstery with exposed wood legs, woven shades, and patterned window panels. The set up is timeless and all you need to do to add a pop of color is change out the accent pillows with the seasons, add fresh flowers or a throw blanket, it works every time!
Better Homes & Gardens

Window treatments are a must for most households. They filter light, give privacy and help keep out heat and cold. Purchasing them however, can take a major bite out of your wallet. But, they don't have to. There are many affordable options available to take the sting out of purchasing them.

Whether you need blinds, curtains or a combination of both, there are plenty of choices that don't have to break the bank or take weeks before they arrive. Before purchasing anything, decide on your needs. Do you need to control the light or block it completely? How much privacy do you need? Do you need to keep out heat or cold? Once you know the answers to these questions you will be ready to shop.

1. Wood look blinds. Custom wood blinds can be extremely expensive. A more affordable option is "cut to fit" blinds like these from your local hardware store. Decide whether you want them mounted inside or outside. Take appropriate measurements and have them cut to fit your space. You can take them home immediately. They generally come in white or a wood finish. They are easy to install and will filter light when closed and allow light in when open. You can pair them with a valance or curtain panels to soften the look.


2. Roller Shades. Another "cut to fit" option are roller shades. Generally, these are made from vinyl or a grasscloth material. They roll up completely when you wish or can be pulled down to shade all or part of the window. These also can be mounted inside or out and cut to fit and taken home immediately. These too can be layered with curtain panels or a valance for a softer look.

Home Depot

3. Bamboo. These shades are also available as a "cut to fit" option. They come in several different styles and colors and mount the same way as the wood slat shades. These look great alone or paired with curtain panels.


4. Pleated or honeycomb shades. Generally made of polyester, these fabric style shades generally come in white or cream as a ready made option. They also can be cut to fit while you shop and have a similar installation to the wood slat blinds. They also work well alone or paired with a valance or curtain panels. As an added bonus, this one is even cordless.

Home Depot

5. Solar Shades. Perfect for sunrooms or rooms that get an enormous amount of light. They cut down glare and still preserve the view. Color options are usually white or chocolate. These mount the same way as roller shades and can be rolled up and out of view when not in use. These are also cut to fit while you wait and look great alone or paired with curtain panels.


6. Ready made curtain panels. Most home stores and discount stores carry a wide variety of affordable window treatments. Unless you have unusually high ceilings, ready made panels are an easy way to dress your windows for less. Grommet topped curtains are popular as they are easy to slide back and forth. Ring top curtains and rod pocket are also standard options. Rod pocket curtains can be hung either with rings or through the sewn in pocket. If you intend to close the curtains, make sure you buy enough panels so you can close them easily without gaps.

Dressing your windows does not have to break the bank or take weeks to complete. These ready made options work well in most spaces and are custom fit to your window. Achieving a designer look on a budget just got a whole lot easier with options like these.

Happy decorating.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bed Frames for Every Style

I am on a kick to want to redecorate my entire house. While this is not going to happen any time soon, I would like to redecorate my master bedroom in within the next year. We have the same furniture we bought twenty years ago when we got married. Interestingly enough, it has a rustic style which is on trend right now (all styles come back around some time). However, I am aching to redecorate our space. Especially now that it also serves as my office. 

This got me to thinking about what style I would like and what furniture I would buy. For starters, I will not be buying a matching bedroom set. Rather, I intend to buy items that, in their own right, add something to the space. Not only does it avoid the "furniture store showroom look" but it also will reflect our personalities. The first place to begin is the bed. It will be the largest piece in the room and should dictate the style for the rest of the space. There are many great styles to choose from whether upholstered, metal or wood.  Here are some I am looking to for inspiration.

The upholstered back and nail head trim are what I am drawn to. I am not sure about the blue however, it would be unique. If not blue, then possibly grey.

Colette Velvet Bed
Crate & Barrel

If I want a more industrial chic style, this is a great option. I like the metal frame and wood combination. Although a bit masculine it could be softened with the right bed linens.

This bed is definitely more on the feminine side. I love the shape of the headboard and the resting bird. It is a great blend of traditional and shabby chic.

Claudette Bed
Ballard Designs

I have always dreamed of a canopy bed ever since I was a little girl. This one has clean lines and a beautiful wood frame.

Strugess Canopy Bed, Natural
One Kings Lane

This metal framed bed has gorgeous lines. It is a great blend of masculine and feminine style and mix of traditional and transitional.

St Lucia Queen Iron Bed In Rust | Arhaus Furniture

This has been one of my favorite bed frames for a long time. I love the turned posts and interesting shaped back. Although traditional it has a modern edge. The color is great too.

Quincy Bed, Cotton or Antique Black
Ethan Allen

Whatever style I choose I am sure to find a bed frame to match. In the end, you can be sure that my completed room will have a mix of styles and colors to keep things interesting.

What is your favorite? I would love to hear from you.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Industrial Chic


Industrial Chic is a design style that has been around for a few years now. It is characterized by a mix of reclaimed wood and metal, edison bulbs, gears and any other item you may find in a factory. Although it tends to err on the side of modern, its salvaged look can blend into transitional and farmhouse style. 

If shopping flea markets and antique stores is your cup of tea then the industrial chic trend may be for you. Home stores are stocking more items that have the look and feel of being salvaged from a factory or old storefront. Take the mirror above, its aged finish and misshapen sides are hallmarks of industrial chic style.

If you like this style but are not one to scour thrift stores and flea markets try one of these items.

Reclaimed Timber Bookcase
West Elm

Sputnik Filament Table Lamp - Aged Steel
Restoration Hardware

High-Backed Scholar Barstool
Dot & Bo

Studio Craft Wall Shelf
Home Decrators
A factory cart used as a coffee table
The Old Painted Cottage

If you are a fan of reclaimed wood and rustic style, industrial chic may be for you. The warm wood blended with metal finishes adds interest and a warmth to a space. If some of these designs are too modern for you, there are plenty of options that still have the industrial vibe but are simpler in design; like the console table from Walmart. Adding new styles to your existing space keeps things fresh and new. So don't be afraid to try something different. Just one or two new elements can make your tired room look new again.

Happy decorating.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Give Your Design Some Age

antique dining set bhg

When I am designing a room I like to mix old and new things together. One, to give the room some personality and two, to prevent it from looking like everything just came rolling out of the back of a truck. Wiping the slate clean and starting over can yield amazing results however, giving your room some "history" makes it more beautiful and less "designed." 

What do you do however, when you don't have any items that fit the space and give it that lived in look? Simple, buy items that already have that look.

Here are some of my favorite items that give a room a "lived in" vibe.

Bosworth Printed Rug - Gray
Pottery Barn

Vintage Umbrella Holder

Distressed Ivory Ceramic Pitcher Vase | Kirklands


One of my favorite discoveries at Small Stone Buddha Head
World Market

Alsace Studio Coffee Table
Restoration Hardware

Crown Chandelier | Arhaus Furniture

Look around your space to see where you can add some vintage flair. Whether you use items you already have or buy ones that give off a "lived in" air you will be sure to add some personality and style.