Navy and orange and monograms, oh my!
(Not to mention the fact that until a year ago, we shared the same last name).
But seriously, it's not about me. Let's take a moment and discuss how ridiculously talented Sam is.Read More
Wallpaper is back and it's not your grandmas (or even your mom's) style. It's being reinvented in bright, modern prints by a slew of companies. One of my favorites? Hygge and West. Pronounced hoo-ga, the company was founded by two real life best friends who wanted to create a simpler, more joyful life. Their happy prints do just that. Want proof? Check out their adorable Instagram feed (@hyggeandwest). It's obvious that their clients love their wallpaper and Hygge and West does a great job of reposting the cutest pictures.
I'm obsessed with the gold and black paper in the picture to the right. It's coming back in January and I'm itching to use it with a client.
It can be hard to picture what wallpaper will look like in your room. By sharing photos of it in many different places and spaces, Hygge and West gives you a glimpse and how their paper can transform your space. Here it lines a bookcase and accents a bar.
Another great thing about Hygge and West, is that their offer wallpaper in traditional rolls AND in removable tiles. So, if you're in a rental or don't want traditional paper, you can use these cool tiles instead.
Oh, and it doesn't hurt that they give you back 10% for sharing the love.
This year we decided not to decorate our apartment for Christmas. I know, I know, it's horrible! I'm actually kind of bummed about it but hear me out. We don't spend Christmas here. In fact, we don't even spend the weeks around Christmas here. Add that to the fact that I begged Mike for a real Christmas tree a few years ago (I grew up with fake trees) only to discover that not only was it hard to decorate, but it was also messy, needed water and I worried about it while we were on vacation! It was like a temporary pet that shed pine needles everywhere. Now, if we were spending any amount of time here (or even hosting a holiday party) I could get past all of that. However, we're not. So, we are the Grinches of Christmas decorating this year...
…well not totally. I am going to splurge on a nice wreath (really going nuts right?). I really wanted one made out of magnolia leaves but when I told my mom, whose dad was a florist, she did a lot of eye rolling. Apparently magnolia leaves aren't in season and therefore are outrageously expensive. However, they are gorgeous. Here are a few images I saved for inspiration. These are mostly from weddings but I had translated them into holiday garland in my mind.
I haven't totally lost hope (I'm going to price the one from the top photo out), but I did find another good backup, a myrtle wreath. It's a bit more modern than a traditional evergreen and has some of the same gorgeous texture as the magnolia leaves. L.L. Bean and Mark and Graham both have pretty ones.
I'm going to let you in on a really good designer secret. Are you ready? The Ballard Designs custom upholstery service or COM. What is COM you ask? It stands for customer's own material and it means that their furniture can be covered in any fabric of your choosing. One of the things that makes interior designer's work look so special, is that many of the pieces they use are one-of-a-kind.
Ballard allows you to get that same look without spending a fortune.
When we were starting to decorate our bedroom, we knew we wanted to do a custom headboard. We toyed with the idea of doing one out of raw wood but ultimately had a flaky carpenter and decided to go in another direction. One afternoon, I was scrolling through ebay when I found this fabric byJohn Robshaw.
I had admired it before and was thrilled to find it at an amazing price. I ordered ten yards (the amount Ballard needed to upholster the headboard) without getting a sample. This is SUPER risky and not something I recommend doing. When it came it was a bit creamier than I had remembered, but I now had ten yards so it was time to commit. (I eventually realized that it's good thing it's a bit off-white because it won't show dirt as easily).
Ballard requires that the fabric come on a bolt (and thankfully I bought enough that the ebay seller was willing to oblige) and the people at FedEx nicely re-packed it for me in a ski bag. I sent it off and along with my order for the Kate headboard.
The Kate is a go-big or go-home shape and it's not for everyone. I have had clients in the past who have passed on it for fear that it was overpowering. However, as I've mentioned, we have fairly high ceilings so I knew our room could handle it. Plus, unless you have a really low bed, a box spring, mattress and pillows quickly add up and suddenly the Kate's height (68") doesn't seem like a big deal. There's no point in getting a custom headboard that's any smaller because people would never even see it.
Here are some inspirational images that I had in mind…
Now for the bedding. It's not fully zhushed yet, but we ordered this coverlet from Furbish (pom poms of course) and I'm delighted to say that it looks amazing. I'm still figuring out what to do with sheets and the duvet. I could go for just a quilt, but Mike can't live without a duvet (and I'm sure he's really glad I shared that with you). I'm excited to see what Biscuit has next season (this photo looks promising) and I will keep you updated on our progress!