Posts Tagged ‘decorating’

Brother’s Bedroom Upgrades

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Saturday I took a trip to San Francisco to spend the day doing a little dining and shopping and I stopped in to see my two nephews, the newest little guy is six weeks old and he has that baby smell (you mom’s know the one I mean) that only lasts for a few months and is so intoxicating and you wish you could bottle it up and sniff it everyday for the rest of your life. So I was there to get my baby smell fix and also give their bed a mini makeover with new linens.

The one thing any mom of a newborn wants is a good night’s sleep. I was approached by Leesa to see if I was interested in trying out one of their mattresses, but I knew my brother and SIL could use one so I offered it to them. They gladly accepted since their existing pillow top mattress was rather old, we replaced it with a new Leesa luxury foam mattress and upgraded the linens too.

gray linens master bed

Nate and Liz moved away from brown tones to modern monochromatic grays, instead making the bed with textiles I picked out for them in a sophisticated yet subtle palette. The mattress arrived at their home a few days ago and they waited for me to unpack it.

My brother Nate can always make me laugh with his facial expressions and off the cuff quotes. He says to me in his perfect Yoda voice, “How you get so big shipping in a box of this kind, hmmm?”

nate look

It’s pretty shocking to me that they can suck all the air out of the mattress and roll it up so tight inside a box – once it’s released it expands like those magic capsule toys my kids used to love to play with – shaping itself in minutes into a queen sized mattress. (There’s no shortage of drama going on here too…)

nate pulling plastic

We cut open the plastic and within 20 minutes it had expanded into its full shape. The mattress is crafted with three foam layers, including 2” of memory foam and 2” of latex-like foam that’s perforated to keep you cool while you sleep. It set up easily and right on top of their old box spring.

After sleeping on it for one night, my brother provided me with this hilarious review:

“After one night of sleep on our new Leesa mattress, Liz is angry. Perturbed. Agitated. This is not because the mattress is uncomfortable. Quite the contrary. No, Liz is angry because the mattress rendered me unable to fulfill my fatherly duties. Because I was so enveloped in the snug warmth and form fitting comfort of the Leesa mattress, I slept solidly and blissfully through our newborn infant’s cries, and was unable to get up for “my shifts”.

And while I dozed away in a cloudy dreamland, Liz was out in the living room on our stiff sectional couch, tossing and turning on the (non-Leesa) foam, her sparse slumber interrupted every couple of hours to tend to our newborn.

The next morning, I rolled out of bed with a long stretch and a satisfying yawn, and shuffled out into the living room to face the consequences. Thankfully I was rested enough to deal with them. Thank you, Leesa. You have both saved and ruined my life.”

Take a a look at the more serious online reviews – also note this mattress is most certainly nephew approved :)

happy baby

In all seriousness it takes a while to really know whether a mattress is a good fit, so the good news is they can try it risk free for 100 days – this queen size retails for $890 plus free shipping which is so affordable compared to other mattresses on the market.

The one thing that impresses me is that Leesa donates 1 mattress to a shelter for every 10 they sell, and since I know the local shelter I work with is always looking for new mattresses, I applaud Leesa’s philanthropic efforts.

silver and gray bed linens

The coverlet and striped shams are both from West Elm (on clearance in stores), the luxe Ikat pillows are from Z Gallerie, and the silver lumbar is Home Goods, as is the geometric throw at the end of the bed.

I left my brother’s home feeling good that the two of them have a new mattress to sleep on and cuddle with my sweet nephew, and also some new more luxurious linens. I’m missing their happy home already, and my charismatic brother.

gray master bedroom linens

If you’re looking for a new mattress, why not give a Leesa mattress a try? You can for 100 days risk free which certainly gave my brother and SIL peace of mind. The first 50 readers to redeem promo code CENTSATIONAL at checkout to get $75 off your order.

*This post is sponsored by Leesa, all opinions are my own, except my brother’s opinion of course, that is purely his and it is brilliant :)

Styling Traditional Wood Furniture

Monday, May 11th, 2015

I received an email from Sarah with a design dilemma, she like many has inherited a unique piece of furniture, it belonged to her grandmother and recently was restored by her father to its original wood state. Sarah wants to keep the heirloom buffet in her home, it has sentimental value, but her dilemma is how to create a stylish look with this piece that sits in her dining room.

grandmothers buffet

Personally, I love seeing wood pieces like this in a home, they add richness and warmth, and mixing pieces from different periods makes a home feel collected over time. The use of traditional wood furniture like this can be a purposeful placement by antique lovers, or a much treasured heirloom like Sarah’s that a family wants to keep.

In this case my first instinct is to change the wall color to anything other than brown with fresh paint or perhaps a wall treatment, and add a large scale mirror or art gallery  above. I might replace the pulls with something sleeker like these and place a large potted plant or tree to the right.

To style it there is so much she can do with decorative accents to create a layered appealing look. Here are a few examples I found where both bloggers and designers have tackled this same issue and styled traditional wood furniture in a contemporary way.

Below a gilded mirror and trio of classic blue and white chinoiserie accents (two vases, one lamp) introduce shape and color. Books and a smaller work of abstract art balance out the center of the arrangement.

traditional chest modern styling

the pink pagoda

A monochromatic white palette dominates this vignette, from the wall paneling to the shapely accents in an odd numbered arrangement; the purposeful use of white allows the piece to take the spotlight.

antique chest of drawers white objects

traditional home

You can’t go wrong with a pair of sleek lamps, partner them with a few smaller pieces of art in various scales and petite shapely objects, then add a touch of greenery.

traditional chest modern lamps

house seven

Simplicity is another approach, using a large scale mirror anchored by a pair of lamps with modern black shades. Prop another smaller piece of art in front and rotate a bowl of fruit or vase of fresh flowers weekly.

modern mirror lamps on traditional console

mark ashby design

Don’t overlook the opportunity to make a statement on the wall, beautiful grasscloth wallpaper and a glossy bamboo pagoda mirror add panache and a pair of ginger jar lamps introduces a lovely blue and white pattern.

wood buffet jessie miller

jessie d miller

Again a chinoiserie ginger jar always complements the style of the traditional chest, and an orchid in a polished silver champagne bucket adds an elegant touch. Above this chest hangs a mercury leaf mirror flanked by two gold leaf sconces, on top a smaller piece of abstract art and stack of books balances the vignette. 

ashley goforth traditional chest

ashley goforth design

What’s happening with the furniture around the traditional piece can also influence the styling. Below Tobi does an masterful job of layering blue accents in the form of books, artwork, and a lamp on this wood bedside chest, playing off the tones in the fabric on the headboard and wallpaper.

traditional wood bedside chest

tobi fairley

In Jana’s great room she styled her bookcase simply with varied book placement and floating artwork, but also notice the use of contemporary textiles to balance the traditional furniture in the room.

traditional bookcase

jana bek

This antique chest was modernized with lucite knobs then surrounded by a collection of art, and how fresh the space feels with that fabulous pink tufted chair off to the side. The styling on top is eclectic and fun, mixing a whimsical cachepot and fern with a unique sculptural lamp.

traditional chest lucite knobs

house beautiful

Pairing traditional wood furniture with contemporary accents can be done and successfully! How have you included antiques or heirlooms into your home’s design?