Archive

Archive for the ‘bedrooms’ Category

[room of the week] pure style bedroom

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

I love this bedroom by Lauren Liess.  What is so great about this Room of the Week? White on white, just enough brass accents, chic chandelier, sisal carpet, casual bedding, perfect body/accent pillow, cute dog, and she keeps it real with Ikea side tables and a West Elm duvet. Whole room decorated for under $1000.

You should see the ‘Before’ picture of this bedroom – total ’70s, paneling, and very uninspiring. In fact, you should take a peek at all the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ pictures of her amazing home.  This girl has serious talent.

(image: design by Lauren Liess, photograph by Helen Norman)


RELATED POSTS:

1. [room of the week] refined elegance

2. [room of the week] fresh design for spring

3.  [room of the week] Spanish bohemian guest room(s)

clean up that bedside table!

April 7, 2011 1 comment

This past week I was seriously inspired by two blog posts.  The first was the brilliant entryway by Emma over at the Marion House Book.  Both the console table and oculus (which she then turned into a mirror) were found at an architectural salvage store here in Toronto (!). Totally laid back but with loads of personality and style.

Isn’t it lovely? So welcoming.  I also really liked how she styled her console table.  It’s too easy to junk up your console with all those things you walk into the house with and drop on the first horizontal surface.

Then I read this post over on Decor by Christine, where she gave a rundown on how to create a beautiful tablescape or vignette.  So that got me thinking about all the junk that gets piled up on our entryway console and on our bedside tables. Especially on our bedside tables.

Exhibit A:

I would like to point out this isn’t my side of the bed.  That said, I will take full blame for leaving that frame picture-less.  As you know, our bedroom is a work in progress but that is no excuse to ignore the piles of junk as they grow and grow.  Please tell me this isn’t just us – you have junk on your bedside table too, right?

Anyway, as I said I was inspired to clean things up and now I’m proud to say, this is my side of the bed-

Exhibit B:

Honestly, I am almost certain I’m going to be able to keep my bedside table this nice and tidy.  The key is this lovely tray I picked up at West Elm – because what you can’t see is a bunch of little items sitting inside the tray (necklace, rings, chapstick, nail file, some change, etc.)  Not only does the tray corral those books and mags I’m so inclined to keep on hand, but it also nicely hides all those random items you toss off at the end of the day.

Ok – time to go tidy up your bedside table and try your hand at an attractive vignette.

(images: 1-the marion house book, 2-me, 3-me)

decorating a small rental bedroom

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Decorating a rental space can be a real challenge for many reasons. Among other annoyances, not being able to change any physical features like flooring, carpeting, built-in storage, counter-tops, and large fixtures are among my top peeves.  That said, if you are able to paint, know how to change a light fixture, can maximize or create storage, and have a wee bit of a vision, there is hope.

We recently moved into a rental condo with the plan of staying here 18 months.  Tops. We are very lucky because the building is brand new and we are the first tenants.  Additionally, the flooring (albeit laminate) is a nice dark wood and the kitchen and bathrooms have fantastic cupboards and counter tops.  But then there are the things we cannot change: the lack of storage space and the horrible vertical blinds in every room. Eeek.

So what do you do when you are faced with similar rental dilemmas?   Number one priority, is find out from your landlord if there is anything you can change, such as painting the walls.  A little colour can go a long way.  Next, look at your furnishings and accessories: is there anything I can add/change/remove to improve the space?.  Obviously the amount of money you want to invest is dependent on a few things, such as: How long will I live in the space?  What do I need to change/add to make it feel ‘mine’? What do I own already? How much do I care?

In previous apartments I would say that I didn’t really care,  knowing that we would be moving in a few years anyway.  7 years later I have started to care. Even though we plan on being here for only 18 months, I am tired of living in transition so I’ve decided to make a little more of an effort in this time around. Luckily, we were able to paint and my man knows how to change a light fixture. Just those two elements made a drastic change in our bedroom.  As for the other stuff, here is what I am working with:

1-Duvet and shams from  West Elm

2- Moroccan lantern from Home Sense (mine is silver)

3- Photograph of Paris by Peter Turnley from Belle Epoque

4- MALM dressers from IKEA (stay tuned for an Ikea Hack project!)

5- Knitted pouf from CB2

My plan is to purchase a few key additional pieces to pull together a complete look (as opposed to the mismatched furniture and accessories we’ve been toting along since our University days):

1- Newbury Halo Task Lamps from Pottery Barn

2- Dandypod hand-woven wall hanging by Angela Adams

3- LOVE pillowcases from Lush Designs (I’ve mentioned these before –here– and luckily my Mom is heading to London next month so I’ve placed an order for pick-up!)

4- An iconic Hudson’s Bay Company wool blanket

5- Modern Windsor chair from West Elm

6- Parsons Desk from West Elm

Combing what I have and what I want, here is what I’m going for:

Add in a few personal photographs, some plants, a small area rug (mostly for the dog), and a simple window treatment (I’m thinking something neutral with a bit of texture) and we’ll have ourselves a fine room…

Do you need help decorating your rental or small space? I can help! Click here for more information.

[room of the week] Spanish bohemian guest room(s)

March 11, 2011 3 comments

Yesterday was a happy day – my April issue of Canadian House & Home arrived. I’ve only had a chance to do a quick flip through but this one image caught my eye:

What a charming nook!  Piled high with cushy colourful pillows, this alcove is the perfect spot to curl up and read a book in this home office-turned-guest room. I love the combination of the rustic desk and the modern rolling chair. And the layered colour on pattern on colour creates a casual bohemian vibe.  I thought this was the perfect room of the week.

But then I saw a second guest room in the same house:

Hello! Similar to the first guest room, this one ooozes vibrancy with a bold combination a fuchsias, greens, and pops of yellow. These gorgeous fabrics come from Kathryn Ireland‘s newest textile collection and really help the designer achieve that perfect Spanish Mexican-meets-Moroccan vibe. And look at those side table. And the art.  Love.

(image: design by Kathryn M Ireland, photography by Victoria Pearson)

 

RELATED POSTS:

[room of the week] a Victorian in Melbourne

[room of the week] by Joe Schmelzer

[room of the week] floral nursery

 

[room of the week] norwegian greys

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Today I am debuting a new weekly post, a featured ‘Room of the Week’. I realize I just posted a bedroom yesterday, but I just had to share this one with you. This image was found on the blog of  interior photographer Franciskas Vakre Verden.  Though I can’t read Norwegian, I gather this is a bedroom at the Norefjell Spa & Resort in Norway.  Perhaps I have been influenced by the cool temperatures and greyness outside, but I think this bedroom exudes a perfect mix of brooding tones and bright creamy whites. I love how understated the headboard appears beneath the amazing tree print.  Book me a night in this room!

via Franciskas Vakre Verden

blue monday

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

So apparently today has been named the most depressing day of the year.  It’s cold and dreary. Your bills from Christmas are arriving in your mailbox. You realize you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolutions.  I say to heck with it and stay in bed.  Especially if your bed looks like this….

via The Design Files

inspiration for the new year

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

And so 2011 begins!  To start the year on the right note, I am sharing some enviable work by the talented mother/daughter duo of Caldwell Blake Interior Design.  I love their style which combines just the right amounts of classic and contemporary furniture, clean lines, warm hues, metal, woods, and some pops of colour.  Overall, the rooms give an air of sophistication but without any stuffiness.  In the designers’ own words, they “beautifully set the stage for the daily acts of life to unfold“.  How lovely!

(images: all Caldwell Flake Interior Design, via interior design musings)