The bedding is a collection that I’ve gathered over the years from TJ. Maxx, Ikea, and Pottery Barn. My mother and I often joke about our obsession with bedding, we both have extensive collections, and are fanatics about the quality of the textiles. Sleeping is serious business in my family. I highly recommend playing like the Europeans and purchasing a duvet with a duvet cover in lou of a top sheet and quilt.I sewed together the pillowcases and with the help of my father constructed the burlap headboard using a piece of plywood, burlap, batting, a staple gun, and heavy- duty wire. The headboard is hung securely to the wall like a picture.
The leather bench and sisel rug are hand-me-downs from my grandmother.
*Side note: I find excellent deals for Pottery Barn bedding on Ebay, you can shop for unused sheets and duvet covers there.
In our old apartment we had an all blue bedroom, not my favorite, not my choice. So when we moved into the new place I wanted a bedroom that was colorful and vibrant, I almost painted the wall coral but balked at the last minute and went for a shade called Smoked Oyster. I think that my fiancé was relieved by the new selection.Mixing patterns can be a little intimidating but really it is simple; 1) select a color story to work from it can be as many colors as you want. 2) Mix together large and small-scale prints. 3) Toss in a piece that seems unexpected and quirky, I chose the seashell print black and white pillowcases & the burlap headboard for texture.
Tell us about these paintings and frames!These paintings are the work of my Grandmother, I am lucky enough to have a small collection of 8, which depending on my mood I pair together in different ways. The frames are her selection for her work.
When grouping art, I lean towards pairing particular techniques or mediums together, rather than themes or colors. In either fashion of interior design I think it is better to mix than to match. Matching tends to look overworked and devoid of personality.
Truth, I got those lamps for a steal of a deal at the old Macy’s Flea Market. The lamps are by Nicolette Brunklaus , they are part of her Hidden Royalty series and retail for close to $300 each, I got them for $50 a piece! SCORE!! The rugs are from IKEA, and the woven twig basket with all the magazines is a hand-me-down from my grandmother.
My fiancé is not a fan of the chair and lamp, this is a perfect example of where are differing tastes collide. The chair is Hollywood Regency in style and is another Craigslist find. My tip on accent chairs is avoid the traps of mass market chains and search instead for a used chair with good bones. Don’t be concerned with the fabric as you can always attempt to reupholster it later. You’ll end up saving a ton of cash and adding personality to your space.Spot, the dog, has been in my Grandparents house for decades and my Grandmother recently gifted it to me. When I was a little girl my family raced sled dogs so when I would visit my Grandparents in the city Spot would be my dog away from home. I use to kiss him in his black nose and pat his head!
My fiancé found the table on Craigslist, he has a thing for Midcentury, specifically Danish teak design. While I like and appreciate Midcentury my taste is a little more eclectic – you might say that I am a junker. So when he brought home the table I was not in love. I couldn’t decide if it was a gem or just a table. I worried that it read bargain basement rather than vintage find. He loved the table and part of being with someone is compromise so we kept it. I decided that the table needed some “styling” and opted to embrace the modern lines and theme of it with acrylic white chairs from Target. Guess what? I LOVE the table and chairs it is one of my favorite pieces in our space.
And now I’m busy hating you for having this view. I know you used to live in a smaller place in Uptown. Why’d you move here?
Thanks so much for showing us around, Laura! Any questions for her, you guys?