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….

My Foreign Lover

Oh Asia….. Me Love You Long Time!!

I have to admit something.  I am addicted to Chinese furnishings. It is my absolute favorite design genre.  The foo dogs, golden screens, delicate textiles and papers, and dynasty tables send chills down my spine.  I don’t exactly know what draws me to this style but I feel it brings such a warm spirit that contemporary pieces can’t always achieve.  The older and slightly distressed the better.  As I always say, every room needs a natural or cultural presence with a hint of history.  However, an overdose of Asian influence leans heavily on poor sanitation grade Chinese takeout more than it does chic.  So just mix this in with your regular style and you will have gotten it just right.

The best places to uncover these finds are not always the shiny storefronts but more often the back alley second-hand palaces.  Although more authentic and unique items can fetch values higher than your Sallie Mae student loan, anyone can find their own piece of the orient after a fun search.

Dynasty Art: Paul Feiton Design

Peep the chairs: La Dolce Vita

Foo dogs & malachite: Shelter Interior Design

Blossoming paper: Marcus Design

Pagoda detail: Splendid Sass

Lacquered Chest: House Beautiful

I die for Blue & White ceramics: Grant Gibson

Everybody loves Chinese Garden Stools: Pinterest

Moody Chinoiserrie paper: Elle Decor

Moody Chinoiserie paper: Elle Decor

My Favorites: Aphro Chic

Since we are chatting about art this week, I had to make a plug for one of my favorite design blogs Aphro Chic: modern. soulful. style.  It is the brainchild of the intelligencia team of Mr. Bryan (a Ph.D. student) and Mrs. Jeanine (an attorney).  This interior design blog and its creators has been featured in numerous mainstream media behemoths such as Elle Decor, The New York Times and even America’s favorite: HGTV.  As if their resume wasn’t impressive enough, this married couple has a well-honed eye for style with vibrant ethnic and global influences.  In addition, they frequently put their readers up on game by exposing us to some amazing up-and-coming artists.  If you didn’t already know, now you know so log-in for the Nubian inspiration.  Here are some of my favorite art pieces featured on the blog: