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June 27th, 2012

Bedroom Curtains for Boys

Zeldabelle Chain Link Curtains

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Three years ago I bought oodles of cream coloured linen fabric to make curtains for both my boys rooms and, well, I had the best intentions ever to make them, and sadly never did. I second guessed myself with the fabric, choosing the cream over the white fabric I really wanted. I have many ideas for bedroom curtains for boys, but these are my favourites!

Kirtam Designs Embroidered Trellis Curtains

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My plan was to make a basic curtain with a wide three or four inch hem, which I was going to rubber stamp with leaf patterns for the green room and stars for the blue room. In my defense, I was 8 months pregnant when the house was bought and nine months by the time moving day rolled around! And so, the fabric has a nice cozy home in my closet and now I want pattern. Lots of pattern. Bold pattern.

Castle Creek Designs Navy Chevron Curtains

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One bedroom is green and the other is a robin’s egg blue. I was think of using navy and white for the green room and either green and white for the blue room or the turquoise and white. Really, I think any of these patterns will look smashing in either room.

Castle Creek Designs Square Lattice Curtains

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The boys ended up with plain blackout blinds and it is time to change that! Summer nights stay bright quite late here in Edmonton, we are talking sunset at 10pm, so I need curtains that will keep the boys’ rooms dark. I might end up layering two different curtains, an effect which I just love and learned from Nine by Design the show based on Cortney and Robert Novogratz, more on layering curtains later!

Green Trellis Curtains by SeamsSewBeautiful

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And here I am three years later facing the curtain dilemma. The boys are older, three and almost five and I want something they (or I) will not tire of. While printy patterns with robots, animals and cars are kind of appealing I am heavily leaning towards graphic prints in classic patterns. My top picks are shown here.

Pine Cone Hill Links Fabric

Now the question is should I buy panels or take on a sewing project with fabric like this Pine Cone Hill Links pattern? Hey, my track record for curtains may not be excellent, but I bet if I asked my step-mom Doreen really nice, she would help and she is an amaaaazing sewer!!

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June 22nd, 2012

Blissful Bedroom Designs

Gray and White Bedroom

Via Anne Walpole

A soft, serene bedroom is essential for dreaming up really good dreams! The best bedroom designs have a mixture of soft hues and textures you can sink into slumber with and wake to without being bombarded by a blast of crazy colour, unless of course that is what you are into. Blissful bedroom designs are put together with careful consideration of all the bases.

 

  • Drapes
  • Bedding
  • Textiles
  • Pillows
  • Wall coverings
  • Lighting
  • Seating

 

The rooms pictured here all have a neutral base with the addition of light colours, not pastels per se, but white with oatmeal, lavender, blue, gray, silver, taupe and a hint of chocolate here and there. Pattern is slight and often tone on tone in blissful bedrooms. The idea is for the detail to speak to you in a many layered tongue complete with inflections and lilts that might catch your eye as you squint in morning light, or surrender to nighttime glints of light, as you scatter back to dream world when your book drops from your hand and you can resist no more.

Sarah Richardson Design Bedroom

Sarah Richardson Design via Decor Pad

Flowing drapes in a sheer or shimmery fabric allow light to pass and offer the room a sense of motion, especially on summer days when a breeze wafts in.

 

Bedding when mixed and layered, allows you to inject personality into the room. Check out this post on layered bedding for some ideas on how to create something to suit your own style.

House Beautiful Bedroom

House Beautiful via Decor Pad

Textiles like throw blankets, bed skirts and carpets are another opportunity to add texture and soften the space. Look for fluffy shag carpets, fuzzy wool throws and linen bed skirts to add dimension to your textiles. For colour, choose varying tones in one colour palette and mix them with white.

 

Pillows can be switched in and out and combined in different ways and in different placements in the bedroom. Places you can expect to use pillows include the bed, the bench at the end of the bed and one on the seat of a chair. Pillows are the perfect place to play with patterns.

Ferreira Design Bedroom

Ferreira Design via Decor Pad

The wall coverings you choose are more of a fixed element, so choose wisely. Whether you choose to wallpaper, paint or devise a combination of the two, many options are available. If your headboard has a flashy sense of detail, opt for plain walls and vice versa.

 

For lighting, a chandelier is a wonderful option for blissful bedroom designs. Look for something unique to your space. A vintage piece can be painted and rewired or you can look for something new with dangling crystals to capture flecks of light and reflect them back into your space.

Elle Decor White Bedroom

Via Elle Decor

Seating is important in a bedroom. After you put all this vision into your space, you will want a place to reflect and ponder how perfectly you pulled off your vision. A place to unwind, a place to read, a place to meditate. All it takes is one chair, but you can add a chair to each side of the bed or place a bench at the end of the bed to create another seating area.

 

Once you have addressed each of these elements you will have created a blissful bedroom design of your own. Bonne nuit et fais de beaux reves. Good night and have sweet dreams! XOXO

 

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June 7th, 2012

Asparagus Green Decor

Green Wallpapered Room

Photo via Michael Graydon

Well, given that it is June, my favourite month and this blog’s namesake, I thought it was time to share a bit about June. For those of you that haven’t read the intro, June was my grandmother, my dad’s mom, she lived in Ontario her whole life. Let us celebrate this little story with some asparagus green decor? After all Dreaming of June is a decor blog. Why asparagus you say? Read on, dear friends!

Lime Ceiling

Photo via The Sugar Monster

June was mother to six boys, yes, you read that right, six boys! On my most chaotic days with my two boys I can’t imagine what parenting six boys in the 1950’s and 1960’s would have been like. Yikes! The laundry situation alone would have done me in, nevermind the cooking and general house-wrecking associated with rambunctious boy play!! Then again, the world was a different place and judging from the stories my dad tells, much of the mischief making was sent outdoors. I guess so!

Green Living Room

Photo via The Sugar Monster

My favourite story about June is a love story. Actually, its how June met her second husband, Ken. June worked hard between husbands and took a variety of jobs to pay the bills. Fatefully, she replied to an ad posted in a grocery store. The ad called for pickers to harvest asparagus.

Green Bathroom

Photo via The Sugar Monster

On what I can only imagine to be a bright sunny morning, June was with at least two of her boys in an asparagus field, picking away, when my uncle wandered off and either in a befriending or pestering way (who really knows which) approached a fellow asparagus picker, Ken. My dad was the baby at that point (a year and a half old) and must have been close by, but my uncle, running back and forth between Ken and June, made a friend of Ken. June and Ken met, and the two fell in love. Love in an asparagus field.

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June 4th, 2012

Wallpapered Desk Area

Wallpapered Room Elle Decor

Every detail in this photo from Elle Decor is pristine. Graphic wallpaper used in small doses is exciting, it adds a fresh perspective and brings life to an area that may have been overlooked without it. A wallpapered desk area is ideal, in that it provides a pretty backdrop for whatever type of creative endaevor you wish to attempt while at your desk. Be it letter writing, reading, writing your next hot novel, or whatever else.

 

For this wallpaper, I like the ornate quality of the white accents found in the mirror, the lamp shade and the vases. However, those empty shelves would not last long in my house and would be cluttered right up with knick knacks, books and stacks upon stacks of magazines!

 

To create your own wallpapered desk area, choose a bright, bold, graphic wallpaper that grips you in one way or another. Apply the wallpaper behind the wall your desk will rest against. Layer furniture, accessories and pretty objects in mini vignettes to create a serene modern workspace you will long to escape to.

 

A wallpapered desk area can be create in any nook or cranny currently not getting the attention it deserves in your home! Ideas for such spaces include under-used closets (just remove the door), armoires (awesome because you can close it up when not in use) and spaces created between oversized pieces of furniture (two bookshelves for instance).

 

 

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May 31st, 2012

Bed Skirt Ideas

Bed skirts are staging a comeback! I wanted to show you some super pretty ones I spotted recently. Although there are simpler alternatives, the pretty ones are special and lovely. So pretty in fact that I would almost dress a bed in all white and let the bed skirt shine, especially this ruffle one.

 

Pom Pom Audrey Bed Skirt

 

I love ruffles and keep finding beautiful ruffle specimens all over the place. I feel a ruffle post may be in order. Stay tuned! Anyways…back to the bed skirt ideas, a bed skirt can work with any bedding combination if you choose one to suit the style of your room and your bedding. The mini ruffle one below could be used to balance a bold pattern.

 

Pom Pom Belle Linen Bed Skirt

 

There are pleated and box pleated  varieties, vertical and horizontal ruffle varieties and various flat versions with different edges such as the scalloped one pictured below from Serena and Lily.

 

Serena and Lily Scalloped Bed Skirt

 

If you can’t find the exact style or colour you are looking for, you can always make your own. Even if you don’t sew, or don’t feel like it, or don’t like to, you can still make your own if you choose a no-sew version.  Check out Chez LarssonLittle Lovelies and Saffron Marigold for some fun bed skirt ideas. Or you can look for a linen one like the Pine Cone Hill bed skirt.

 

Pine Cone Hill Pleated Linen Bed Skirt

 

With a fancy little bed skirt on your bed you can store stuff under your bed (as if you don’t already!) and still maintain a finished look. Also, under the bed makes for an awesome hiding spot for hide and seek if you have little ones!

 

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May 29th, 2012

How to Use Pattern in an Entryway

Patterned Entryway

Not only is the entryway the gateway to your home, it also sets the tone for the decor. So, its kind of important to decorate with that in mind, without letting it intimidate you. Creating a proper mix of pattern in an entryway is all about working with colour, scale and shape.

 

What I like about the patterned entryway in the photo, is that the shape of the patterned mirrors repeats in the open lattice form of the pillows, and the lemon tone in the front pillow is repeated in the wallpaper. Mild repetition guides your eyes around the space and gives it a completed look. You know, the way a good book or film leaves you with that feel good feeling because they covered all the bases? Like all the little details add up. Which is what you want to aim for with any decorating project. There is a whole lot of pattern in this entryway, but it works because it is balanced with the solid white bench and unified with the black contours of the furniture and the mirrors.

 

To add pattern in an entryway in your own home, choose patterns that speak to you. Analyze the shape and colours within the patterns and use them as the starting point for decorating. Introduce the patterns against a backdrop of solid colours to ensure a welcoming space. You can also mix in hues from adjacent rooms to offer a little hint of what lays ahead. When it comes to scale, work with patterns in differing scales. For instance, if you choose a large scale floral pattern, try to introduce another floral in a smaller scale. Mix and match different types of pattern like stripes with florals or botanicals with trellis prints for variation and to add depth.

 

Play with pattern and create a cheery welcome for all your visitors. Remember you enter your house over and over again, let it greet you with patterns you love!

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