Project Design and How to make a Beautiful Bed.

First ... Happy Friday!  It has been a hectically wonderful week.  You know Feast or Famine as my Mother used to say.  This week ... a Feast.  Projects coming to a head and things are happening NOW.

But ... back to today.  Cindy and MaryAnn brought some fantastic bloggers together to share their thoughts on ...

"How to Make a Beautiful Bed."  

I am thrilled to be apart of this group as I have shared with you that in the Winter I truly like to cocoon.  It gets dark at 4:30 pm in New England in December.  Yes, that means I want to break out the wine a little earlier than I should, and I hate to drive to and from school activities in the dark.  But what keeps me focused is creating a warm and cozy atmosphere in our home.

The Bedroom is big for me because I find that it is more fun to cozy up in bed to watch a movie in the winter time and the dogs and kids are all welcome!

Back in the Spring Don and I made the commitment to finish our bedroom.  I have to tell you that I believe the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house.  

Yes, it is normal to want your guests to see the pretty stuff and not worry about what is behind closed doors.  HOWEVER ... at night, it is important IMHO that you have a place to relax and feel special.  No laundry piles, no work (well ... maybe a laptop every now and then) and no clutter.  This is where you are truly supposed to feel pampered!

Here's my simple formula for making a beautiful bed ... 

1. Layering.... and the best place to start is a simple white Matouk duvet cover.  Without a down insert in the summer ... with one in the winter.  I lean toward a monogram!

2. Complementary Coverlet/Blanket at the foot of your bed.  It looks pretty, and then gives you a little weight when you need it.  I like weight.  

3.  Pillows - For a king bed I like 3 European Shams with an accent lumbar. For a Queen I like 2 Standard shams with a lumbar.  Pretty ... and great for propping up!

4.  Headboards - Fabric headboards come in so many shapes, sizes and price points.  I chose Thibaut for mine.

Take a look at these from Oomph! And notice the simple white linens ... but with a contrast stripe for punch!

Or Paint.  If you don't want to go the Fabric Headboard route, consider painting a wood bed that might need an update, like I did for a client here ...

And my blogger friend Pam, did here on this four poster bed for a client of hers  ... isn't it fantastic!

5.  And while it doesn't sound like much, I mentioned this on Wednesday ... try some lavender detergent on your sheets.  You'll sink in and relax on command!  Let the Beauty touch your Smell, Touch and Sight senses!

6.  Pattern and texture.  High and Low.  All in the mix ... I did this bed for a client with a headboard from Arhaus furniture, Custom accent pillows, and bedding from Pottery Barn.

I hope as you begin to cocoon this fall and set up your bedroom that you will think about layering and taking care of what touches your senses as you slumber away.

Thanks for the Bed Party Mary Ann and Cindy!  

Now Go check out these ladies and see what they have to say!

 Happy Cocooning!

After Orange County

Classic Casual Home

Maison Décor

Powell Brower At Home

Rough Luxe Lifestyle

Shine Your Light

Vintage Contessa

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


Family Room Details.

One of the reasons I love decorating, for myself and others, is to make the special things in your life shine.  My Mother always taught me that it is all MATERIAL.  None of it really matters in the great scheme of things ... if it disappears tomorrow, that is okay ... but while I have these THINGS in my life, I will enjoy and take comfort in the memories that they bring me or my clients.

My Family Room is Literal Photo Album of My Life.

1.  Jim Thompson's TigerTiger for my pillows.  I cannot resist a Tiger. War Eagle!

2. Daniel Maltzman's Red Bull is energy on a canvas.  I am a sucker for Art.  Big Art. And Red.

3.  This copper tray table was picked up from a gentleman in Kentucky when my Dad traveled.  And hauled back to my home in the late 60's in the trunk of his Pontiac.  My Mother, Daddy and myself ate dinner around this table every Sunday night watching "The Wonderful World of Disney,"

4.  My Grandmother's Bank from her childhood, her name engraved and marked 1904. 

5.  Brass Deer, a flea market find.  The little chest was a gift from an Aunt when I was 8.

6.  One of my favorite ways to decorate.  High/Low.  Target Stools with Schumacher Fabric.

7.  Layering Rugs.  I am very tactile and layering makes me happy!

8.  Vintage Junk Boats painted on Silk.  Found at an Estate Sale. Still in the original frames.

9.  A collection of a few of Don's wine decanters along with a Simon Pierce Christmas Tree that my Mother-in-Law gave me, one of Don's and my first Christmas' together.  It is too beautiful to only bring out during the Holidays.

10. This Demilune chest is one of the first pieces of furniture Don and I bought together.

11.  I believe in Angels.  They are everywhere in my life.

12.  Fresh Flowers. $9.99 of happiness found at the grocery store on a weekly basis!

13.  A print from my Mother's stash.  She believed that every room should have something "oriental".

14.  Jane Feigenson Art ... Don and I love her and her work!

15.  My latest addition to the Photo Album ... 2 little Polish Auditorium Chairs found on Craigslist.

16.  Hunted down a Secretary for about a year.  This one spoke to me, found it in Atlanta in a warehouse! Yes, I am tempted to paint it every now and then.  But just cannot do it.  Lined the back with Grasscloth that is about it!

17.  Blue and White ... a sweet gift from my friend Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda.

18.  Pastel drawing of a Parisian street scene.  Found while antiquing in Wells, Maine.

19.  4 Volumes of the "History of the South" from the 1800's ... from Brimfield.

20.  Just love green moss balls.  Okay?

21.  Tall wooden candelabras from Arhaus.  Love their scale.

22.  Birdhouse from Brimfield.  I have had that for about 10 years and it never really seemed to "fit in" anywhere.  It has finally found a home in the fireplace.  No birds will ever live there!

I hope I didn't bore you with the details ... but instead inspired you to keep the things you love whether you think they are "in" or not.  

Keeping a space personal to you makes a Home.  So take a minute to look through your own living "photo album" and make certain it tells YOUR story!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


Creating a Room ... Rug (s) Part Two.

If you've been reading this blog it comes as no surprise that I like to Layer.

Rugs provide the perfect Layering opportunity and I am going big.  Last week I chatted about the size of area rugs for your room.  Big is Better.  In a rug situation, minimalism just doesn't work!

I chose a rug to be the backdrop of our Orange Leather Chair.  And it was too small.  In comes the way to fix it ... and one of my favorite things.

Layering ... with a cut and bound rug.  

While you can order a standard square or rectangle jute or sisal rug to anchor another rug ... if you are working around a fireplace or built-ins ... do yourself a favor and go ahead and have it cut and bound on premises.  It makes Custom ... Custom. 

There is a rule of thumb to go with a 10" - 12" edge of the hardwood flooring around the edge of the room.  Truthfully, this is a "feel" part for me.  If we had gone 12" there would have been a very small difference around the fireplace hearth. We chose 8" so that there was a definite difference.

And the distance from the hearth is much smaller ... as you can see ... we let the wood floor trim be our guide.

A view from the edge.  Another layer.

Here is a little sneak peek of the color and layering coming to life ... 

Chairs ... Navy Love ... Done.

Rug ... Layered ... Done.

Avacado Green ... Making a Statement ... Done.

The room feels larger, warmer and completely and happily layered!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.