Dance- Back in the Groove!

Dance rooms are a place to cut loose, let out energy, gather with your friends, practice, and just dance. I was a dancer for sixteen years of my life and a special spot to dance in my house would have been heaven. I can imagine all the fun. Do you have an extra room in your house that just holds clutter or items that you aren’t using? If so consider making it into a place where you can dance, let loose and get back in the groove.

In my dream dance room, I would want an awesome accent wall, lots of mirrors, seating for friends, and of course a disco ball. Here's my shiny dream dance room!!

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This wallcovering is fascinating  and gorgeous. It's elegant for a ballerina but at the same time fun enough to make you want to groove to the music.

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Everyone watches themselves dance in the mirror every once in a while and why not do it in style with this antiqued mirror screen.

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This chandelier balances finesse and texture in an otherwise shiny room.

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When selecting flooring, one has to think about all the activities that happen in a dance room. Vinyl flooring for a dance room is ideal. Yes, vinyl flooring! This vinyl plank is made with a high recyclable content. It also has great slip resistance, you can dance the night away without a worry in the world.

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This chair, from Stray Dog Designs, is so much fun! It is the perfect touch of quirkiness.

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I think, the stand out piece in a dance room should be the chandelier. If my choice of chandelier didn’t fit your style maybe one of these will.

Put a little dazzle in your dance room- add shine and spunk!

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Here are other dance rooms. If you don't find inspiration from my mock dance room maybe these will inspire you!

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This long fringe would allow for lots of personality and could also be fun to dance with.

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A long rectangle room is the perfect shape dance room! Color blockingwith fabric panels on the walls adds splashes of color and also helps with noise from the loud music!

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Using a large pattern flooring material is a fun way to put some charisma into your dance room!

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Adding a bar and some mirrors is a fantastic way to achieve a dance spot if there isn't an extra room for dancing!

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Doesn't the vibe of this dance studio feel so zen! Connecting the outdoors with the indoors can be so liberating. I can imagine lots of Yoga or Pilates happening here.

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I hope these dance rooms inspire you to get back in the groove. Especially the dance groove!

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By |September 24th, 2013|Decorating, Design Musings, Jacqueline|Comments Off on Dance- Back in the Groove!|

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!|