Decorating

Navy + Coral Bedroom

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Greetings all, welcome back from the long holiday!  We had a blast down in So Cal soaking up the sunshine and I spent an afternoon helping my oldest move into a new room in a house she is renting with roommates.  The bedroom is small measuring 10 x 12 feet, but we were able to fill it with a few essentials, mainly a cozy bed, a combination desk plus vanity, and an accent chair for a place to sit. 

My stepdaughter is twenty and just moved into her first off campus house so I offered to help her decorate her room when we came down for a family visit to San Diego.  She wanted a youthful sophisticated space filled with navy and coral accents with a Moroccan vibe.  Thankfully the walls were already a nice pale shade of gray so that worked with her color palette.  Here’s a peek at the space we pulled together on Saturday. 

The bed is IKEA and the linens are from several sources (see below).  I kept the sheets and duvet white but added those coral and navy accents she loves with a combination of large and small scale pattern.

gray walls trellis linens cg

 

coral and navy accents cg

 

The side table I found online and we primed and then painted it a gloss navy blue.  We had a lot of fun out in her backyard painting together, she now knows the power of a can of spray paint, ha! 

navy blue pedestal table cg

 

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Rugs in the Casa

Friday, August 31st, 2012

I’ve had a lot of questions lately about the rugs in our house so today I thought I’d share a little more about them and some of my favorite sources for rugs.   We have hardwood floors downstairs so I have rugs in all of the spaces, and a couple upstairs on the carpets too, just to add color and pattern.   I don’t want to spend a fortune on a rug because I don’t want to freak if something spills on it like wine or chocolate or kid crud, so I’m always looking for affordable options.  Maybe someday I’ll have a Madeline Weinrib or a Thomas Paul, but for now, I try to keep rug purchases under $400, preferably less. 

Area rugs always ground a space so I like to use them to set the style or palette for the room or sitting area.  I prefer when the style of the rug coordinates with the style of the room, so that’s where I begin when searching for a rug but you’re always free to mix it up!  For the living room, I went with a traditional style, it’s a rug I bought on clearance at World Market two years ago, it used to sit in the family room but it has now made itself at home in the living room.  

winter living room cg

I get a ton of emails about this rug, but unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere, even on eBay, but here are some comparables!

comparable rugs

Caspian Blue + Coliseum + Blue Medallion

 

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Transitioning to Fall

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Hey everyone, are you getting excited for the long weekend?  We’ve got plans to make a quick trip to a special location to celebrate the last official weekend of summer, but I can *almost* feel fall in the air!  

I’ve invited Shannon of AKA Design back to share with you a list of five natural elements that make it easy and inexpensive to transition your home for fall.  Welcome back Shannon!

“Hi everybody!  Some say spring is a time for new beginnings and perhaps that’s true.  But to me, fall has always been the season to begin exciting new adventures.  Maybe it’s because I fondly remember school starting each fall, with new classes, friends and teachers (truthfully it was the pristine new binders and perfectly sharpened pencil crayons that got me!).  Or that the cooler weather is so crisp and refreshing after the summer heat. Or maybe it’s that Christmas (and all the joy that comes with it) is right around the corner once autumn arrives.  Who knows.  But, I do know that fall is one of my absolute favourite seasons for decorating!

Decorating in autumn is made fabulous by its sheer simplicity – all you need to do is bring the outdoors in using various elements from nature and you instantly cozy up a space!  Here are a five natural elements that make transitioning to fall easy. 

1.  Pumpkins & Gourds  In the fall, there are so many readily available pumpkins and gourds in various shapes, sizes and colours.  There are real and faux versions, as well as painted, glittered, and blinged out squash varieties. They can be stacked up, lined up or used to create any manner of vignette. 

autumn display

Pottery Barn

 

white fall pumpkins

My Home Ideas

 

pumpkin decor

Country Living

 

Vermont Halloween Party

Better Homes & Gardens

 

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