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Faux Sho-House: Master Bedroom Edition!

The act of sleeping is very curious to me.  What really happens in the world while we are off in dream land?  And what could be more fascinating than dreams and their meanings?  I wanted to ignite and fuel this spark of curiosity with my Faux Sho-Master Bedroom.  In my opinion, bedrooms should be comfortable, well worn, and dimly lit.  They should be relaxed, not fussy and just a bit….curious…

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Let’s start with the reason why we are here: to sleep.  I selected this  19th C. Keyhole Metal Arch Bed from Restoration Hardware because it has a timeless look and is extremely durable.  Unlike a wooden bed, it won’t scratch or show wear on the finish.  And unlike an upholstered bed, it will not become dingy or need reupholstering when the fabric becomes out of date.  It’s a good, sturdy, back drop to the bedding.  For the bedding, we’ve got graphic Euro Shams, available through BHD, and  organic cotton bedding from ABC Carpet & Home.  I never miss an opportunity to display art, so why not on kidney pillows?  This water colored landscape pillow was from Crate and Barrel and it reminds me of a far-off dream-scape.

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To set the mood of the room, I have selected Benjamin Moore’s Sea Pine for the walls.  It’s a perfect unsaturated blue-grey that creates a cave-like feeling without being too dark or too dramatic.  For treatments at the windows, I’m thinking long simple panels of Marimekko’s cotton Mehilaipsesa fabric.  Mehilaipsesa is Finnish for beehive;  I find nothing more curious than a beehive!

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Bedrooms should have versatility in storage.  Yes there are closets for clothes, but what about extra blankets, pillows, and books?  I love the mystery that comes with any antique piece.  Who had it, and for how long?  How many different hands have touched it and how many different items did it store?  I found a great old armoire with a beautifully worn patina and paired it with Blu Dot’s Shale Dresser.  I love mixing old with new, drawers with doors and  complementing wood tones.

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Lighting is key to any space and the bedroom is no exception.  When the sun goes down, I want small areas of warm light to give the room a subtle glow.  A small lamp on the dresser, available through BHD, with Julian Chichester’s Soho Lamp flanking each side of the bed is perfect!  I love that these lamps are wall mounted, and swing.  There is no loss of surface on the bedside tables and they can be adjusted as need for reading.

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Cannot forget about art!  The bedroom is one of the best places to put art because you get the most opportunity to enjoy it.  I chose an original painting by April Street because it evokes a dreamy feeling in me.  It's inspiring and calm all at the same time.   April’s work is available through The Art’s Company.

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Also, on the floor, I selected Kyle Bunting’s Layla cowhide rug.  Each one of his designs are meticulously executed and each deserve to be considered a work of art!

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And because sometimes lounging doesn’t feel like being in the bed, I selected Ralph Pucci’s day bed.  I love how it is sculptural and it has adjustable arms! How perfect are those for a head pillow as well!  I can definitely picture myself lounging on this with a great book in hand.

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I hope our Faux Sho-House has been fun so far.  And is possibly sparking up some interest for you?!  Are you curious to see what we will dream up next? Stay tuned!!

By |August 23rd, 2013|Antiques, Beds, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Fabrics, Faux-Sho House, Inspiration, Jennefer, Lighting, Recharge|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Master Bedroom Edition!|

Faux Sho-House: Laundry Room Edition!

Too often a great laundry room is overlooked in a home. I was excited to get to design this space for our Faux Sho-House! Having 2 kids, 1 dog, 2 cats, and a husband, laundry is a never ending battle. For our family, the ideal laundry room would have plenty of storage, a work space, and would be multi-functional. I would love a space that not only served the purpose of washing and folding clothes, but hanging them up as well. This could be to dry or a place to put the hangers and dry- clothes on hangers until they go to their respective rooms. I would also love to use this space to  wrap and store wrapping supplies, store swimming gear and toys (we do not have a garage…in typical Nashville style our garage is a recording studio) and store other household goods that don’t always have a home!

I wanted this space to be easily cleaned with a fresh, modern feel. In each of the tall built-in cabinets there is a pull-out hamper for each member of my family. There are multiple pull-out drawers, plenty of shelving and hanging rods.

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The ease of these Forest chairs and Onda table makes me happy. They are light weight, easy to clean, and portable.

This simple chandelier adds just the right pop of color to brighten your day and is available through BHD.

Lolita Powder Coated Chandelier

Lolita Powder Coated Chandelier

Again, I have selected easily cleaned finishes that require little to no fuss!

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Floor tile: Oyster Strands available through BHD

Countertop: Snow White EcoTop Surface

Cabinet finish: Custom Poggen Pohl Cabinets

Backsplash:  Ann Sacks Blossom Tile

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With so much laundry to do I needed something that works fast to fit into our busy schedules. This washer and dryer from Electrolux seemed to be the perfect fit!

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My whole family can go on and get dirty with this set up, grass stains, wine stains, and all.  A Laundry Room as an (almost) meditative space.  Hope to see you in the next room of our Faux- Sho House!

By |August 20th, 2013|Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Faux-Sho House, Hannah, Inspiration, Laundry Rooms|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Laundry Room Edition!|

Faux Sho-House: Media Room Edition!

Come check out the BHD Faux Sho-house media room!
For our faux sho-house media room, I wanted to stay as far away as possible from it being a dark technology cave. I started with a beautiful textile that brings the outdoors in with a lovely scrolling Queen Anne’s lace. In order to create interest I added a pair of vintage gold sconces that are in a tight, contrasting  juxtaposition to the casual, nature-inspired feel of the drapes. I feel that a mix of styles makes for a beautiful room that has a lot of depth and interest. This room is a fun combination of patterns and colors that create a great environment for entertaining. Blackout drapery panels, down filled upholstery, and soft, glowy accent lighting are the perfect ingredients for a cozy media room!

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This beautiful print of Queen Anne’s lace, designed by Lauren Liess, provides the perfect backdrop for our faux-sho media room. Blackout lined draperies that can be pulled to block out all sunlight  are perfect for movie night. The fresh whimsical print keeps this technology-filled room from feeling too serious or sterile.

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A neutral wall covering in a travertine inspired pattern from Osborne & Little adds texture and interest without competing for attention.

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FURNITURE SELECTIONS:

A streamline media console from Crate & Barrel provides ample storage for equipment, games and dvds.

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Down filled upholstery pieces offer the perfect spots to curl up for a fun night of entertainment. Luxurious black velvet on the sofa from Winsdor Smith Home and a more casual neutral linen on a pair of chairs (available through BHD) are an interesting contrast that will be both durable and beautiful over time.

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Unique tables provide sculpture to the media room as well as provide a surface to set drinks or popcorn!

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PILLOW FABRICS:

Bringing in pattern and color with your accent pillows is always a great way to liven up a room! In this room a combination of scales and colors combines to create a funky vibe that feels fresh!

For the kidney pillows on the chairs, a fun graphic print in an indoor/outdoor fabric repeats the orange from the sconce shades which gives the room balance.

Two 18”x18” down pillows, covered in a black and white fabric with a jute chevron accent tape, are the finishing touch for the sofa.

A small repeat fabric, used on a pair of 22” x 22” pillows for the sofa, is the link that  pulls this media room’s color palette together.

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This black and white spotted rug softens the look of the room and feels great under foot. It is a fun pattern that adds a little spunk and personality to the space without feeling juvenile.

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A petrified wood sculpture is a beautiful decorative piece that mimics the look of the travertine wall paper. (available through BHD)

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For ambiance, a pair of vintage gold sconces add a  touch of glamor. The persimmon shades are a bold selection that really make a statement.

In contrast to the sparkle of the wall sconces, a rustic driftwood table lamp brings a warmth and earthiness that makes the room feel cozy and livable.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of the media room and that you were inspired to  mix styles and patterns to create a fresh new look in your own home!  I hope to see you in our next Faux-Show room!

Most selections are available through BHD

By |August 15th, 2013|Decorating, Faux-Sho House, Inspiration, Rebecca, Room Designs|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Media Room Edition!|