Slumber in the Jungle

The Grand Reveal of my little habitat continues.  After the holidays it was back to work to complete this project, which is almost at the finale.  Last time I shared my living and dining spaces with you.  Now over to where all the magic happens… all the rumbling slumber happening of my master bedroom.  The bedroom was a simple palette with 2 decent size windows overlooking the lush tree canopy, a comfortable-sized closet and fresh carpet.  Unfortunately the walls were a little yellowish and in need of warmth.  Check out the blank slate below:

It all started with a lovely light gray color with warm brown undertones, Modern Gray from Sherwin Williams.  Then I brought in pieces recycled from various rooms in my old place.  I may have mentioned it earlier, but my goal in this new place was use what I already owned and not go crazy with new purchases.  Besides for a few accessories and bedding, what you see was already in the storehouse.IMG_5373IMG_5377

Some of the regulars that remained includes the “shabby” but not so chic bedroom furniture I inherited.  Maybe to update it I will switch out the handles for some fun new hardware.  Luckily, the medium wood color contrasts well with the newer modern dark wood nightstands from Idlewild House.  I appreciate the mix of finishes, new and modern pieces and antiques.  I placed a large abstract painting next to a Peruvian wood relief I picked up at a consignment shop.  An array of metallic finishes (gold, chrome and bronze) all play well together.  The faux-fur pillow was added to the West Elm (similar) and DKNY (similar) bedding and World Market velvet pillows to add texture.  These mixtures stimulate the eye while making for a comfortable resting ground.

The beaded chocolate pillow and pewter curtains echoed the glam, shimmery feel of the bedding and were a steal on sale at JCP (similar).  I transferred the armchair (similar) from my living room which adds super soft texture and pattern, while mirroring the dark furniture on the other side of the room.  I always think its good to alternate wood textures in a room so it doesn’t seem too matchy but keeps the space balanced.  Peep the Nate Berkus tortoise shell from Target.  Its quirky and resin but I had to have it.

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So not to further date the furniture I removed the dresser mirror which I never liked anyway.  This created a place for the telly and an art wall.  The ebony faces were my grandmother’s from an African safari trip, I found the framed printed cloth artwork at a rummage sale and then I threw in a few pieces I picked up from old faithful, HomeGoods.IMG_5393Since I tossed the dresser mirror I needed somewhere to check myself out.  I always wanted a full-body mirror and so this one’s textured bronze frame was a bonus.  It also anchors the right side of the bed wall.IMG_5394It is amazing to think of how far this room has come and especially utilizing what I already owned.  As I always tell people, you would be surprised how chic you are already living.  You might just need to mix it up a bit to see the full potential.

 

See the new bathroom in the next post….

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Wallpaper Lives

Every night on HGTV House Hunters there is a couple searching for their perfect home with overzealous expectations and far-reaching budgets complaining about brass bathroom fixtures or ugly carpet.  Even more than that, they are always protesting wallpaper like “who still uses wallpaper?”  Why does everyone have such disdain for this decorating staple nowadays?  I guess because most unassuming citizens have not looked past their grandmom’s inundation of florals and vines, seashells and country-kitchen rooster patterned wallpapers.  The world of wallpaper has come a long way….thank God…. and you should be her for this moment!

My client, Lady E, was also a little concerned when I suggested wallpaper for her small cornhusk green powder room.  I suggested that a medium-sized print with a small repeat (the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical again) would liven up the small space but not overwhelm it.  We found the perfect chose at a local design hot spot, Dero’s Interiors.  The paper has a slight metallic sheen to it which catches light and creates interest for the eye.

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The rich chocolate color allowed the white and chrome fixtures to pop, as well as the baby blue colored accessories we found at HomeGoods.Dec 14 2014 016 USEDec 14 2014 020 USE

Every room of the house needs a little bit of nature so we added a faux succulent plant and a canvas of the beach, one of the client’s favorite retreats.Dec 14 2014 021 USE

Everyone loves a pedestal sink until they remember the downfall…. no storage.  So we found a handy cabinet at Home Depot that added space for towels, toilet paper and decorative accessories like candles which she loved.Dec 14 2014 022 USE

So take a chance with wallpaper.  If you are still uneasy, start off with a small or lightly used space like a bathroom or dining room.  These are the rooms you can always kick it up a notch and experiment.  Take home a few samples and see what a difference wallpaper can make.

#WhatIsaw at High Point Market

I just marked off one of my longest running bucket list items…. attending High Point Furniture Market.  In brief conversation with a good family friend/ designer extraordinaire that was planning to attend the fall market, I blurted out “OMG I have always wanted to go!”  To my surprise she invited me to tag along as a design enthusiest/ maven-in-training.

I have been to High Point many times on random shopping trips and it always had a kinda sleepy drabness to the place, but it surely livens up for market.  The streets buzzed with cars and buses, while busy buyers, dealers and designers scurried the sidewalks and showroom corridors in search of the next big thing.  We walked for miles visiting showrooms where I witnessed the most amazing colors, fabrics, designs and trends that you know I couldn’t wait to share.

Killer Lighting & Dramatic Groupings

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Archaic yet new

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Chicly drink bubbly under these droplets

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Sexy Shagreen Finishes

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Peep the metal and shagreen console

Bold Accessories

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Everybody wave at the Malachite

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You know I love gold and bronze, it weighs on me

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Animated Woods

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Perfect stacked wood for the library stacks

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This is just a taste of the many things I saw, loved, hated and was dazed by.  It was a great introduction and experience I look forward to returning to explore some more.  I guess the old adage really does hold some weight “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”  And it paid off big time.