Category: Design

Room Translation: Beachy Living Room

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Room Translation, so I thought that it might be a fun change of pace for today.  I love beachy spaces.  I especially love them when the designer leaves the kitsch out of the decorating and simply adorns the room with natural elements, cozy (slip-covered!) furniture, and a few water references throughout.  Nope, no anchors or sails for me — I want subtle suggestions of the beach and the occasional shell or two.  That, to me, is what dreamy beachy spaces are made of.

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I love this interior.  The chaise lounge is begging to be sat in, don’t you think?  I love the warmth from the brick fireplace that is paired beautifully with that rustic taupe console table.  Casual water colors are dropped in here and there in the perfect way that makes this space say, “I am a house made for days by the water and nights by the fire.”  I also love the beadboard accent wall, which adds a bit more texture to the space.  However, this room is surely not lacking in the texture department.  Look around and notice all of the elements of this room that you can feel without even having to touch them!  Anyway, here’s my translation:

Beachy Living Room

Chaise  —  Console Table  —  Lamp  —  Mirror  —  Pillow  —  Vase  —  Artwork

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Three-Dimensional Design

Hey, there!  I thought that today I could open up a discussion about Three-Dimensional Design.  This is a great way to decorate with intention and really draw upon a little bit of whimsy and sweetness in a space.  Three-Dimensional Design is…

…Taking something from two-dimensional to three-dimensional…

Simple enough, right?  Let me show you what exactly I mean.

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Do you see the artwork in the background with the red and white design?  Well, those colors have intentionally been brought into the three-dimensional realm with the addition of the wingback chair and pillow (although, I find that pillow sort of disappointing, don’t you?).

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The same story goes for this interior — the colors from the artwork have been stepped forward in the collaged chair seat and floofy pillow.

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This example is a little bit harder to see — you’ll just have to look closely!  The mural on the back wall of all of the plants is stepped forward with a real plant, which is off to the right side.  See it?  This is one of the most classic ways in which to use three-dimensional design — and one of the easiest!

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A rhythmic spotted piece of artwork from the back of this room is brought forward with similarly punctuated ottomans at the foot of the bed.

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Floral artwork from behind the bed is repeated on the bedding itself.  I love this!  Those pink pillows look like velvet to me, too.  Melt-worthy!

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Floral wallpaper is stepped forward with a floral fabric covering the seat of this fun side chair.  I love this color combination, don’t you?

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This is just a simple example of how three-dimensional design can be achieved.  Floral wallpaper or draperies?  Just add a vase of flowers in front and you have mastered this design trick!

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A floral wallpaper is mimicked with a different floral-patterned tabletop.  Brilliant!  The fact that one of these prints has “chosen” to be black and white makes this work.

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And finally, one of my most favorite examples — framed seashell artwork decorates this bathroom with little jars of seashells intermixed.  Whoever designed this bathroom did that on purpose!

Where are some areas in your home where you have used three-dimensional design.  I’ll bet it’s one of those things that you’ve been doing without even realizing you’re doing it!  ;-)

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All images from Lonny.

What Reflects in the Mirror Counts

 

It’s a simple thing to talk about, but we all know the importance of placing a mirror at an angle or in a space that is going to reflect favorably for the room.  Ideally, you don’t want to see your ceiling fan in a mirror’s reflection, or an unflattering corner, or anything that doesn’t scream beauty.  This can be easier said than done, as most all of us probably know, but I thought it might be fun to look at some pretty inspiration pictures of interiors where the beauty is only enhanced by what is reflected back at us.

 

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What Reflects in the Mirror Counts  {Inspiration Affirmation}

What Reflects in the Mirror Counts  {Inspiration Affirmation}

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What Reflects in the Mirror Counts  {Inspiration Affirmation}

Do you try to make what reflects in your mirrors count?  Have you found a fool-proof way to do this yet?!  ;-)

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The Rule of Threes

Let’s talk about the Rule of Threes.  This is a “rule of thumb” that I have learned while in school and I have found it very beneficial while in the process of designing spaces for (at this point) hypothetical clients.  You can use this rule for your own home, while critiquing what you like and dislike about interiors you find on Pinterest, or if you are designing a space for someone else to enjoy.  The Rule of Threes means…

Repeating a dominant color or pattern on a vertical plane, a seating plane, and a floor plane…

It really is that simple.  Let’s take a look at some pretty examples.

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This is a great representation of what I’m talking about.  Do you see how the magenta color of the draperies is repeated in the sofa and then thrown into the lines between the purple geometric pattern on the area rug?  This application allows your eyes to move around the space and is generally more pleasing to look at than a space where colors and patterns are randomly dispersed.

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Here we are again.  The grey-ish purple draperies are repeated in the color of the armchairs and then in the floral patterned area rug.

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Can you find the Rule of Threes in this photograph?  I bet you can! Isn’t this just really pleasant to look at?  I wouldn’t say that it’s “expected,” — it’s still a really interesting and unique space.  But it just makes us feel better to be grounded in an interior.  The Rule of Threes helps us to accomplish that overall goal.

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This example has more to do with repeating colors within different patterns.  Look at the window treatment to the left, then the two striped pillows on the bed, and then the sweater for the floor.  See the similarities?  It doesn’t have to be boring!

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The Rule of Threes {Inspiration Affirmation}
With this example, I’m going to refer to rhythm.  Rhythm in the wallpaper, the houndstooth pillows, and the plaid ottoman.  Consistent rhythm that makes for a punctuated space on all three planes of vision.

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See the repeat (in different values) of the dijon color?

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know you see it here!  ;-)

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In this example, we have black lacquered walls, black lacquered furniture, and the black is continued down to the area rug.

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What do you think of the Rule of Threes?  Do you use it in your own home or when designing for other people?  Are you more drawn to interiors that use the Rule of Threes?

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All photos from Lonny.

Moving + Nesting

It’s been quite a while since I’ve logged on to this little blog, but my husband and I are finally feeling settled in our new place, so I have a bit of time.  :-)  Yep, we moved — very close to our old place but still a new home to decorate, unpack in, and enjoy.  It’s been quite the ride.  Along with that, school has been keeping me incredibly busy.  I’m looking forward to my Spring break in a couple of weeks — I’m hoping I can get some projects completed the week that I am off!  There hasn’t been a ton of time for decorating, except for on the weekends when I can usually get an hour or two of craftiness in — it keeps me sane.  ;-)

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This is simple enough, right?  My mother-in-law decorates with eggs, moss, and nests underneath domes each spring and this is the first time that I have actually tried it myself.  Super easy — it literally took me less than five minutes to create this cuteness.  The dome is from HomeGoods (where else?) and the moss, nest, and egg is from Hobby Lobby.

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I piled some of my favorite decorating books and placed my way-too-awesome nose bookend on its side on top.  Quatrefoil coasters are from Pier One ages ago, and the lucite tray is one of my favorite pieces of decor, from Crate and Barrel.

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Just another view.  :-)

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I used the rest of the eggs and moss that I bought from Hobby Lobby and gently placed them in my vintage Waterford crystal bowl.  The bowl is sitting on top of a cigar box that my husband really loves.

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I’m going to be painting this piece of furniture that the eggs and other decor is resting upon.  Any color ideas for me?  :-)

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Here’s where we’re at with our living room right now.  It’s sort of a hodge-podge but I do love how it is slowly coming together.

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That hardware on the side table needs to change — I’m going to tackle that really quickly this weekend!  :-)  Just watch me!

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Layers of Gray

 

 

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A couple of weeks ago, in a blog post that I wrote about pendant lighting, a reader (who happens to be my mother-in-law) pointed out that I had used a gray + white color scheme for most all of the photos in that post!  I laughed when I realized that I totally had done just that — and not on purpose.  After consulting my Pinterest boards, I saw that my love of gray follows me everywhere in terms of my love for interiors, photography, table settings, you name it.  And let’s not even start talking about my closet.  ;-)  The more that I looked at my love for the color gray, I saw that I especially love the look of layers of gray, coming together to create a beautiful palette that is so relaxing to me.

 

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Layers of Gray  {Inspiration Affirmation}
I would consider myself especially partial to a gray kitchen — I cannot escape my love and affection for white marble countertops and gray cabinetry with stainless steel finishes.  However, I wouldn’t mind having a gray bedroom, either.  You’d have to twist my arm, though…  ;-)

 

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Layers of Gray  {Inspiration Affirmation}
To me, layering grays with a few pops of color or subdued neutrals equals a rich, yet serene color palette that I find to be so luxurious.  I love that you can modern this color palette up, or make it just as traditional depending on your furniture and accessories.  It’s more difficult to do that with other color palettes, I find.

 

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Layers of Gray  {Inspiration Affirmation}
What do you think of color palettes including layer upon layer of gray?  I really enjoy the dimension that it offers in design and I really find that a predominantly gray room has just as much to ‘say’ as a supremely colorful and flamboyant room!

 

Image Sources:  {House Beautiful}  {Hottenroth + Joseph Architects}  {Nesting Place}  {Houzz}  {Houzz}  {House to Home}  {Plain English Design}  {Houzz}  {An Urban Cottage}

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Bar Lights in the B-Room

 

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Bar Lights in the B-Room  {Inspiration Affirmation}
Bar lights in the bathroom aren’t necessarily my favorite.  And I’m guessing that they’re not really yours, either.  Wall sconces usually add a touch more personality than your average bar lights do, so these days I see a lot of bathrooms in magazines, on Pinterest, etc. with wall sconces by the sink area.  As much as I would love to diagnose every single bathroom with a pair or two of wall sconces, I just can’t.  The truth is, if I was working with a client on a bathroom re-do or just a bathroom up-do — or even a total bathroom design — I would suggest bar lights.  In the end, the bar lights will give you much better light than wall sconces will when it comes to performing the tasks that you do at the sink area of your bathroom.  Let’s face it, the lighting in your bathroom is truly, first and foremost, there to help you perform different tasks.  You should really be willing to light it accordingly.

 

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Here’s the thing — I can definitely, in good conscience, suggest wall sconces for a powder room, or even in a vanity area in your bathroom that you want to look super luxe.  The good news?  There is quite a large selection of great-looking bar lights these days in all different styles — so you really have options when it comes to finding something that works with your pre-existing or wanna-be design aesthetic.  We’re not limited to those globe-y celebrity bar lights anymore, people!

 

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Bar Lights in the B-Room  {Inspiration Affirmation}

What are you thinking right now?  Are you going to ignore my advice about this whole bar lights business?  If so, no worries, lol!  This is my professional opinion and what I have been taught/seen work best in real life.  Sconces in pictures are gorgeous, I just don’t personally think they are all that effective!

 

Image Sources: {Anne Hepfer}  {Houzz}  {Houzz}  {Lonny}  {BHG}  {Apartment Therapy}

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