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.


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….


Oddities: Frightful Accessories

It’s hallow’s eve and the dead, undead and everything else in between are roaming the Earth in search of their next fright.  What if those creatures of mayhem and the creepy crawlies you despise were permanent fixtures in your living space.  It may be hard to imagine but there is a valid place in design for what some consider disturbing.  When you enter a store such as Creel and Gow in New York, emotions of overwhelming dismay may arrest you at the sight of the collection of international curiosities.  Look below to see if you have the stomach.

$10k deconstructed Lobster: Creel & Gow

$3k Peacock: Creel & Gow

Now I am not promoting gathering your shotgun and going furniture and accessories shopping in the forest behind your house.  However, adding a stuffed dead animal here, an empty terrapin shell there and you have a well dressed place.  It’s not for everybody but here are some concrete examples that may take your mind off the dreadfulness.

Peep the bird pirched on the Asian cabinet: Traditional Home

Mary McDonald: Pinterest

Kelly Wearstler’s horn table is insane: musings et cetera

Can you count all the fine-feathered friends? Sawyer Berson

Antlers galore: Simplified

Slightly overkill but still chic: Pinterest

Not sure what mastadon this came from but its intriguing? Just kidding, its a tree: The Style Saloniste

Oddities: Furries

I find some design elements quite odd.  Their unconventional nature makes them ideal for daring designers that get the “big picture”.  When spotted on their own, they may be shockers.  But when properly paired they add creative interest and become team players for the home team scheme.

One of those oddities are what I call furries.  This includes flokati and other hairy rugs, fuzzie throws and even the occasional beastly chair.

Check out the beautiful spaces below and notice how the furries help coif up the style.

Peep the chair: The Decorista

Check out those legs: Vintage Lux

Now that’s some man fur: Sadie + Stella