This room has been at the top of my *must blog about* list for the last few months. I was first charmed by the wallpapered ceiling, but the more I looked at it the more I realized how much I love everything that's happening here.
So, why does it work?
#1 The Daybed
I'm constantly pushing daybeds on my clients. They are such a fantastic option for kids rooms and playrooms. Unlike other twin size beds which can feel childish as kids grow up, daybeds continue to hold their own. When kids are young they're a great place to cozy up and read books, or even just a place for adults to sit comfortably and watch kids play. As kids get older, they turn their bedrooms into hangout spaces acting more like a sofa than a bed. If you opt for a trundle you can also get two beds without feeling like you've lost your bedroom to a bunkbed. If you're looking for something custom Liven Up Design does a great job.
#2 A Whimsical Ceiling
I love how people are getting bolder with wallpaper...especially in children's rooms! Check out my Instagram for evidence. So, why not take it a step further and wallpaper the ceiling?? It's such a whimsical look. As a kid, don't you remember just lying in bed at night looking up at your ceiling at night? Mine was pretty plain (until glow in the dark stars came along) but I know I would have loved looking up at something special. I've always loved the ceiling Bailey McCarthy did in her son's room....such a perfect paper for this purpose.
#3 Grasscloth Walls
Grasscloth walls are a great way to warm up a room. It's a step up from paint but not a quite as intimidating as wallpaper. A word to the wise, it can be a bit delicate so you'll have to train your children young to be *extra* careful....let's just say it wouldn't take well to an impromptu marker session.
#4 Custom Swing Arm Sconces
As you know, I'm having a real moment with fabric lampshades. These are no exception and the pretty trim takes it up a notch.
As a card carrying member of pillow hoarders anonymous, I love nothing more than an excuse to buy more pillows. If you do a daybed without a back, you can stock it up with as many as you can find. It's also a great way to change the look of the room as kids get older. Or, if you have a daybed in your office or other room, you can change them with the season. Swap out linen and cotton in summer, for tartans and velvets in winter. It's amazing how just a few accessories can change the entire feeling of the room.
It's about 80 degrees here in New York so let's talk about fireplaces shall we? Seems fitting.
One of the things about the Zetter Townhouse that really stole my heart was the fireplace bench they had in the bar (see below).
I admit that due to the weather this week, a roaring fire might not sound that appealing, but the cold weather will be here any minute and a fireplace bench seems like the perfect place to cozy up with a cocktail and a good conversation.
Also a pretty practical place to dry things out after a day outside.
They're a great space for extra people to perch during parties or, if you're like me and always 100% frozen, the best seat in the house.
Most of these images are from pretty traditional interiors, but these would look just as great in a more modern space. The first image is a great example of that...and I nicely put it up top so now I guess you'll just have to scroll back up. My apologies.
As you could probably tell from last week's post, I'm having an "English decorating" moment. After years of watching mid-century modern trends take over, it feels fresh to see more traditional interiors and that's exactly what English decorating offers.
So, as I've tumbled down the design rabbit hole, I've been stalking some of the best English decorators out there; Rita Konig (of course), Ben Pentreath and Luke Edward Hall. As I've flipped through their portfolios I've been taking notes on ways to incorporate their style into my own work.
My current obsession? The the printed lampshade. For many of you, that might bring back nightmares of your grandmother's house where pleated fabric lampshades also functioned as dust collectors. However, I promise these are nothing of the sort and I think you'll agree that the use of printed lampshades here is anything but old.
Ben Pentreath (above)
So you've in love? Ok me too.
Here's the deal though, printed lampshades aren't always the easiest thing to find. Of course you can always have them custom made, but not everyone is up for that. The good news is, there are a few places where you can buy gorgeous ready-made shades including Furbish Studio and Anthropologie. I've also recently ordered printed shades from this Etsy seller for a few clients. If you're interested, Rita Konig also sells some adorable squiggle lampshades in her shop and she has a great column on lampshades in House & Garden magazine that you can check out here.
Well hello there! Last week I was lucky enough to take a quick trip to London with my mom. We went to Rita Konig's workshop and then spent two days visiting the best of London's antique and flea markets.
It was a productive and fun weekend (and if you know anything about my mom you know that only productive fun is allowed). It was also the shot of creative inspiration that I needed. I always tell people my job is 10% creativity, and 90% project management and follow through. The 10% still makes it worth it, but sometimes that 90% can slowly chip away at your creative juices. I don't think I even realized it before we left, but I was feeling drained. While we were gone I suddenly felt happier and more inspired. Without getting to sappy, just talking to fellow design lovers (I openly worship Rita) and taking in London's gorgeous architecture and gardens made me feel like a new person. Sometimes it takes leaving your whole "life" behind for a few days to really feel refreshed. I didn't hurt that my mom is one of my best friends and the quality time together was definitely good for the soul.
We stayed at the cutest hotel The Zetter Townhouse. It came highly recommended by one of my British friends and from the minute we walked in I felt like I was in magical British heaven.
When you walk in, you're greeted by the hotel's adorable bar (and breakfast spot), Seymour's Parlour. The walls are a deep, inviting red and the seating (and wall decor) and abundant.
I'm not sure if it's the onset of fall (or just my general disposition) but I'm having a more-is-more moment. I just want to cozy up in a jewel colored room and read shelter magazines by the fire, and while we didn't even sit down for a drink (sacrilegious I know) Seymour's parlour gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings that you get in fall. From the gorgeous leather fireplace bench (see the first image), to the cozy banquette, to the delightfully collected walls....the whole room feels as if it's been there forever, despite the fact that this location is only a year old.
We stayed at the Marylebone location which, if you haven't been to London before, I highly recommend. It's just a few blocks from Kensington Park and Oxford Street. It has a neighborhood vibe, but is only a few blocks away from the action. Somewhat like staying on 63rd and Madison in Manhattan...neighborhoody but centrally located.
The rooms are equally cozy with beautiful wood beds, heavy wool blankets and tasteful baths.
Some of the rooms do hit you over the head with the whole British thing, but I found it charming.
I especially love the deep blue walls this room.
We stayed in the room below which was adorable. It was downstairs so the only downside was that it was close to the bar bathrooms. If you sleep like I do (comatose from the time you lay down) then it's fine, but if you're a lighter sleeper (or adjusting to the time change) I recommend requesting a different floor.