Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bedroom Redesign

OK so now that I have lived in my apartment for almost 2 years it is finally time to really focus my attention on the space and make it fabulous! So here begins the bedroom... Inspiration board above will start the journey.

I am inspired by the colors and softness of the cherry blossoms, again the softness of romantic guitar music, using the lines and tones of the guitar and all with a little art nouveau twist.

OK now that there is a clear cut concept and direction for this space. This concept will be used to guide all the choices made in this space. Choices include: furniture selection, color/fabric choices, lighting solutions, and overall layout of the space. 

The key Design Elements in this space will be Line, Color and Texture.

The importance of the first step of clearly spelling out a concept and direction for your space is a crucial step. It ensures that your space will be unified and all your choices throughout the journey of creating your space will be cohesive and make sense for the space. Rather then just picking pieces that you "like" - though this is important, you also need the pieces to work with your concept. They need to keep with the elements - Are the lines similar? Do the colors go together? Is there enough texture in the space? 

AND I can say the above and prove my point with the below images of what happens when you have intentions of creating an interesting space -and then you lose focus (go to school full-time, while running a business) and stray from your the elements of your concept. Oh yeh and when you have no money!

SO as you can see a re-design is sorely needed. As well as my undivided attention to create a cohesive space that will make me happy each time I enter the space. Also storage will be key to avoid all the loose items scattered about. With all these things in mind I begin the journey and hope you will join me along the way and I welcome any comments/suggestions! Here is the starting point - a blank canvas!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Peacock Touch

From Dwell Studio, $58 each

The Peacock - one of natures most eye-pleasing creatures, and one of the great inspirations of design dating back to the 1800's. The Aesthetic Movement of design from 1860-1890 produced the illustrious Peacock Room designed by Thomas Jeckyll for a wealthy London business man Fredrick Leyland and featured the work of James Whistler.

Ok for today it might sound like your grandmothers tapestry or some ornate wall covering you might find in a museum or even a palace but why not bring a little luxe into your home? The rich colors of the peacock and the flowing forms of the feathers can continue to inspire us today just as it did in the 1800's.  It can be modern, it can be stylish, it can be fabulous! A little sprinkle of peacock will brighten any space - take a look at the pillows I have found guaranteed to add some exotic whimsy to your room.

Does anyone have a little peacock in their home? Please share!! (Good or bad =)
This one is a steal from Overstock at $24.99 each.

Gorgeous Silk pillows from for $69.99 each.

Hand stamped on white linen this one-of-a-kind piece can be found on Etsy for $40 each.

Ultra modern splurge in a Peacock pillow from for $75 each.

This one brings in a little funk and attitude! $29.99 from Amazon

Beautiful Silk Dupioni pillow covers with a little bedazzled peacock sparkle! From Etsy's HomeCentric for $29.20 each.

Now if you really want to go wild with the Peacock check out this amazing bedding from Dwell.