One of my dear sisters-in-law is plotting a master bedroom makeover. She and her hubby deserve it: they just survived a Never Ending Bathroom Reno! We chatted about inspiration and I started up a Pinterest board where I could “pin” ideas for her. We are thinking about navy, with some brass/gold accents. Here is one inspiration board drawn from the ideas I’ve gathered so far on Pinterest.
What’s inspiring you this weekend?
1. Nailhead trim headboard, boho-chic duvet set
3. Trellis patterned rug
4. Slipper chair
5. Whimsical side table
I am dreaming of a dining room “refresh” to update our current dining space.
I’m thinking of something along these lines.
Tolix chairs… Mmmmmm.
Turquoise? Don’t mind if I do!
(With apologies to the sources of the above images– I forgot to record them. If you know whose these are, please let me know so I can give credit for the beautiful work.)
Okay, I admit to being a bit obsessed with the whole Ikat look. Can’t help it– I just love it.
Ikat is the new chevron! 😉
Here is one last idea for bringing a little design tension to a room using a bright Ikat-inspired print. Once again, the sofa itself is a good starting point, blending traditional styling with a contemporary print.
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The pendant is a custom piece from Eclectic Revival, right here in the Junction. If you live in the Toronto area, definitely check out the shop– there are some seriously swoon-worthy lighting options for the person who likes a bit of whimsy with her industrial.
Today, I thought I’d show you a couple more ways to mix and match in order to create design tension, using this groovy upholstered bench in two different colours. The bench itself is a good starting point, as it combines traditional lines with a very contemporary fabric.
In the pink-based palette, the faux-bamboo side table in an unexpected shade, plus the industrial take on a traditional table lamp combine with the au courant Ikat print bench and the antique rug to create an upbeat, harmonious look with just the right amount of tension.
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In the cool palette, the modern, geometric weave of the rug and the industrial-insipired wall sconce work with the curves and rustic vibe of the side table and the Ikat print on the bench.
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I am a big fan of a little tension in décor; I think the best rooms have a bit of the unexpected in them.
I also think it is this element of surprise that keeps a room from looking dated.
I like the idea of suspending a pretty-yet-industrial pendant over a feminine, traditional chaise in a floral print to create a spot for putting your feet up and enjoying a good book. Play with scale– the large pendant will keep things from getting overly cutesy– as well with a mix of styles. Layer a bright, modern flat-weave rug under the chaise and add a chunky brass table (for your cup of tea or glass of wine!) and you have a perfect, girly nook that looks crisp and contemporary, rather than frilly .
(Rug, cube & chaise from here.)
Tip: this look works because the woven metal of the pendant shade echoes the shape of the trellis print in the dhurrie rug and the lime of the rug ties in with the same colour in the floral. Easy, right?
These days, while I still love my signature greys and whites and blacks, I am also feeling drawn to bright, juicy colours.
Here are a few little items that have me feeling covetous…
(I am all about getting new, colourful Tolix chairs for our dining room!)
Here is the Duchess, in a mock-up of her soon-to-be new surroundings.
I found the Ikat rug online and fell for it– hard. Then I had to decide which of the amazing wallpaper from Timorous Beasties I would choose. This brilliant little company in Glasgow, Scotland, does not make products for the faint of heart. But I find their gorgeous, edgy, hand-painted and/or digital prints completely irresistible.
Ever since I saw the red/pink version of Thistle on the walls of a pub in Edinburgh, I have lusted for it and wanted to use it in my home. In fact, in the mock-ups, I still like it best.
The trouble is, the paper is darker in real life and really sucks up the light;
I am concerned it will make the room look too dark.
Luckily, I am also all swoony over the (more expensive, of course!) Fresco, which also looks good with the Duchess and with the rug. Because it is lighter (it isalso quite a bit more silver-y in person), I have decided to order it, even though one person who saw my wall o’ samples took one look at ALL the Timorous Beasties paper samples, made a moue of disgust and said, “Ew! NO!” I disagree– I love it and, though I’m a bit sad about not being able to use my beloved Thistle, I am sure I will find a use for the latter in some future project. (I already have one in mind….)
While I was at The Door Store, I found myself torn between two pairs of brass beauties.
Naturally, I bought both sets.
These ones are candle sconces on swing-arms (!), and not nearly as old as the French brackets from last post,
but I couldn’t resist them. Did I mention that they are swing-arms? 😉
I know I will find a use for them somewhere.
Wait until you see what I have planned for these babies!
They are antique French curtain-rod brackets, brought back from les puces.
Not, alas, by me.
I found them here, one of my favourite shops.
If you have never been, next time you are in town, drop by.
It might not be the Paris flea, but I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I discovered the work of The 5 Stooges when I was at IDS 2013 and I fell head over heels in love.
I love the cheeky attitude, the layers of texture and colour, the juxtaposition of graffiti-style text with traditional imagery.
What I really fell for was a re-working of The Duchess of Windsor‘s official portrait. I have been fascinated by Wallis Simpson since I was in grade 6 and did a project on Queen Elizabeth II. My mum told me the story of “The King and Mrs. Simpson,” and I always wondered what she must have been like; she seemed so powerful and mysterious and romantic and tragic. She was a complicated person– elegant and witty, charismatic and intelligent, reviled by the press (who even accused her of being a Nazi sympathizer), she is credited with having said, “You have no idea how hard it is to live out the greatest romance of the century.” Now that I am older and know more about her, I think that, despite the sad end to her life, she’d like these irreverent, slightly dark alterations to her portrait. Wallis used her wit and her cheeky comments like armour, so it’s only fitting that her official portrait be altered to reflect her fighting spirit.
I think she’d approve.
So, when I saw this painting, it stole my heart. I could not stop thinking about it. And so, after much deliberation, I bought it. It arrives in two weeks! I liked the blue version above (with a nod to “Wallis Blue“), but the neon pink graffiti sealed the deal.
If I were a rich girl, I’d have gone with the triptych with excerpts from Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess” on it.
How perfect for me!