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….

Bye-Bye Baby

The force of the 1960s was strong in my parents’ guest bathroom.  Baby blue square tiles on every wall and matching laminate countertops, retro lighting and coordinating wallpaper.  This wash room was way washed out over the years and past due for a redo.

The perks of the bathroom was that it was broken up into two rooms: a room with 2 sinks and ample cabinetry; and a separate lavatory with toilet and shower.  The perfect arrangement for multiple guests or kids.  Plenty space and privacy.

We knew the layout was staying the same but we needed to create a modern update but still keep the room consistent with the traditional nature of the rest of the home.  Since this is the bathroom my dad mainly uses, we let him be the main design influence.  He really pushed for a sleek design, which we provided in just the right amounts.  Key things he wanted:

  • Long, rectangular floor tile
  • Granite or quartz countertops
  • Taller counter height for ease on the back
  • Gray, yet warm colors
  • Better use of storage

Check out some Construction pics of the new sub-floor, backer board and drywall that were installed.

Then the lovely Marsh cabinets were installed along with the Lowe’s silver tile for the floor, laid in a contemporary brick patter.  The shower surround was a combo of glass/marble mosaic and faux marble which brought the cool gray hues and warmer earth tones together.

To find out how the space turned out, wait for the next post.  The force of change really made a difference in this bathroom.

 

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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