Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal

Welcome to the one room I decorated in our old house. We were only there for ten months, so I wasn't planning on doing much, but we needed all new bedroom furniture after we sold our rather large American furniture before moving to the UK.
The room was a weird shape, because the back wall was angled, and it was pretty small, but it had a lot of natural light and, although I probably wouldn't have picked the wallpaper myself, I liked it. I'd been after a neutral master bedroom for a while, as I mentioned regarding this design board back in 2011.
I wanted a storage bed, because I was going for small space efficiency. The one I picked (from John Lewis) has two deep drawers at the foot of the bed, and another one in each side, which meant we could get away without a dresser. (There wasn't really space for one anyway.) It also has pull-out side tables, which I don't like, so we just keep them tucked away and use real side tables instead.
The bed can be bought with a head board, but it was a bit too "contemporary" for me, so I nixed it in favor of an upholstered one with a soft arch and nail head trim. I love this head board!
The Ikea bedside cabinets came with the house, and they were neutral enough that it made sense to use them until we found something we really liked.
I love the brass lamp bases too. I was planning to keep our old ones and rewire them, but one of them broke in the move (sniff) and they would have been too big here anyway. I'll probably replace the shades eventually but they work for now.
Flanking the bed are two prints from Catalina Island, which is where we honeymooned. They were in our loft bedroom too.
We also kept the bedding we had in the States, which I've raved about before and have no plans to ever change. It's gorgeous and requires no ironing, which suits me perfectly.
One more close up of the swoon worthy headboard. It's much better than I could DIY, so I was quite happy to spend a little on it.
I'm definitely sold on neutral bedrooms now!
Sources:
Lamp bases - Laura Ashley (sold out) // Lamp shades // Bedding - West Elm (sold out) // Pillow // Storage Bed // Head Board // Wallpaper

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Design Board & Plans for Eleanor's Bedroom

I have a plan! Here's what I'm going for in Eleanor's new bedroom...
Desk lamp // Mermaid print // Brass lamp base - vintage // Lamp shade
Rug // Bin - no longer available (similar) // Vase // Bookcase (image source)

I originally had a different design in mind (see my last post), but it was being driven too much by trying to be cheap and keep what we already had, and I wasn't really loving how it was coming together. Then I found this fabric for the curtains, and it became my inspiration for a whole new room design:
It's still got the coral, lilac and aqua in that I was going to use anyway, but now there's citrine in the mix too. I love Chinoiserie and had been wanting to add more of it to our home. Eleanor's little bedroom has a big window, and it will make a big statement in there.

I want to reupholster a basic bed frame in a solid coral fabric, and I've already got the bedding. It's hard to see the detail here, but it's pretty gray stars.
The Kallax and the tallboy dresser (bought on eBay) replaced her old furniture because they fit the room's layout much better. Speaking of which, here it is:
There needed to be space for toys, books and clothes. Because there's no wardrobe/closet, I'm going to hack the Kallax and add a rail for hanging princess dresses (she has a lot). And there are more gold dots, but they're different to the ones she had in her nursery. We put them up a few days ago, and they're like an explosion in the corner over the bed head. Eleanor loves them. I'll share the progress so far if I ever get around to dusting off my camera and taking some photos. Exciting stuff.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Design Board: A Bright Big Girl Bedroom

I drafted a design board for Eleanor's bedroom a few months ago, when we were still living in our temporary rental. I'm going in a different direction now, but the board was fun and cheery so I'm sharing it anyway.
Lilac Lamp Shade // Lamp Base - vintage // Side Table // Bed
Aqua Lamp Shade // Lamp Base // Bins - no longer available // Bookcase

I had plans to DIY both the bed and side table, and hack the dresser. A few bits were recycled from her nursery, and I was sticking with cheap and cheerful for the new bits. But then I fell in love with some totally gorgeous fabric in a different colour way and now everything's changed. I'll share soon - it's already coming together!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Design Board: A Cosy & Feminine Living Room

I'm picturing this cheery space as the compact but cosy living room of a new grad's first apartment; a sweet, girly space to come home to after long hours at your first job. Small but still good for lounging and entertaining.

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 In Review

We spent most of 2014 getting settled in the UK after immigrating from the States in late 2013. I didn't decorate much because we were in a short-term rental for most of the year, so I channeled my need to prettify mostly into design boards. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
{Aqua, Grey & Salmon Office}
{Bright Beachy Living Room}
{Teal & Orange Urban Patio}
{Rustic Modern Living Room}
I also got around to posting about the few remaining rooms from our Chicago loft...
{Eleanor's Nursery}
{Loft Living Room}
{Organising Sebastian's Room}
 And did a fair bit of virtual shopping, like in these posts (among others)...
{Target Picks}
{Etsy Picks}
For my one and only travel post, I recapped our family trip from Chicago to New Orleans on Amtrak.
In October, we moved into our new home in London. I'm still in clutter-control mode but hope to share some of our new spaces with you soon. Happy new year!