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….

1st Christmas

I “moved on up to the west side” this summer into my new “deluxe apartment in the sky-y-yyyy”!  Well more like my 1980s shagadelic second floor condo.

The layout was perfect when my realtor and I walked through for the first time… moldings and casings… formal rooms that flow… spacious bedrooms… and most importantly a dishwasher (you try living without one).  Only issue was the space was rough with wallpaper that hung on for dear life, dusty light fixtures and an 80s mirrored dining room.  And that was just the living and dining rooms.  Check out the Ghost of Condo’s Past below:

I have been working on the place and pulling it together and am ready to share with you this holiday; my first Christmas in the new spot.  The living room is still a work-in-progress but it has come together well.

LIVING ROOM

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Every year I purchase new coordinating wrapping papers which make the chore of wrapping more exciting.  Don’t spend too much because they are just going to get ripped to smithereens anyway.  Check out places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Oh and try colors outside the red and green norms, have fun.Dec 18_2015 028 USEDec 18_2015 021

Some old’school garland, ornaments and an oversized star pumped up the festiveness of this antique candelabra from Idlewild House.Dec 18_2015 029 USE

I didn’t need the TV stand anymore but it works as an occasional table between these lovely curtain panels I spotted on sale at JCP.  Believe it or not, that wide seat chair is hella comfortable (similar at World Market).Dec 18_2015 035 USE

Love the tribal feel of the beaded tangerine pillow from West Elm.  It pulls out the colors of the artwork around the room .Dec 18_2015 037 USE

My favorite spot to kick back and chill out under the light of the bamboo textured lamp.  And every room needs an animal guardian… my preference is a horse, of course.Dec 18_2015 042 USE

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DINING ROOM

The dining room had its own challenges, as you probably saw above.  There were about 50 mirrored panels glued to the wall over heavy duty wallpaper.  Taking it down destroyed the walls and called for a professional wall coating guy.  Painted the walls a Mindful Gray on top and Witch Hazel below the rail.  The space gets plenty traffic as it is the pass-through from the foyer to the living room and kitchen.  Kept the space simple with just the table and plenty of space to move around.  Check it out:

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Love these horns I picked up from Drexel Heritage.  They add height and keep the table sharp… pun intended.Dec 18_2015 015 USE

The Home Depot fixture provides ample light while still setting the mood with traditional shades.  The Andy Warhol always adds a bit of whimsy.Dec 18_2015 014 USE

 

Stay tuned for more pics from this adventure called renovation and decoration.

Living Room for Living

Living rooms are made for LIVING!  Many are either too formal to wrinkle or too comfy to accept guests.  You should be able to lounge but also have pride in your space.  That is a mantra everyone should follow and have fun doing so.

For Lady E’s new home comfort was key but also creating a place to invite guests was just as important.  We had some inherited furniture pieces from her old apartment that were in good condition and didn’t warrant blowing the budget to replace.

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Normally I am not crazy about sectionals but her existing one fit the space and provided ample seating.  We added pillows and a lively Safavieh rug that set the color palette for the rest of the space and contrasted with the neutral grey fabric and cocoa walls.

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The only issue was that the sectional shut off a portion of the room.  To alleviate wasting space, we placed her keyboard on the front wall, set a reading chair in the corner and squeezed a cool metal accent table and lamp behind the sofa.

The mustard yellow leather chair, from At Home, adds an element of surprise and creates an amazing color story under the African art prints we scored at Art.com  and the awesome elephant head that fit perfectly between the two.

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The abstract artwork from Havertys keeps things modern but the West Elm coffee table and accessories ensure that the space isn’t too modern or cold.

 

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An entertainment cabinet was found at the local HomeGoods and provides ample storage.  The weathered wood finish contrasts other woods but adds to the natural feel, while the openness doesn’t weigh down the room visually.  Plus the open concept forces you to stay neat and tidy.

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Lastly some African artifacts found on travels and at local antique stores fit perfectly into the niche over the fireplace.  The Henry Matisse print adds color and ups the eclectic nature of the space.

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