May 22nd, 2012

Layered Bedding Ideas

Kylie Minogue at HomeAs if you needed a pillowy nudge, a comforting invitation or a coverletted reason to spend more time in bed, but here it is anyways! Layered bedding ideas can be as varied as the style of your bedroom. While many different pieces are available to achieve the layered look, you don’t need to use all of them on one bed. In fact, the whole idea of layered bedding is to combine separate elements with a mix and match approach.


This is all about dream-worthy comfort, so choose soft fabrics with inviting textures for an elegant, pampering sleep space you will dream about throughout the day. Especially on a rainy spring day such as today. The world as seen from here is green and glistening, perfect for visualizing a bedding makeover! Can’t I please just curl up with a book and a cup of tea?


Here are the components you will need to create a layered bed:


  • Bed Skirt
  • Sheets
  • Pillow Shams
  • Pillows
  • Coverlets and Bedspreads
  • Quilt
  • Duvet
  • Throw


Bedding is one of the many ways you can establish the style or theme of your room. You can create different looks by adding or removing colourful pieces. White is always a good choice, but you can pick any colour for your sheets and pillows. Layer another set of pillows with shams in a hue that will contrast or complement your quilt or duvet and keep building with prints like floral, botanical, lattice, honeycomb, trellis, herringbone, damask and other geometric patterns. Look to stripes, polka dots, gingham and graphics to create visual interest that will balance the flourishes of the other patterns.


When working with colour, try to look at the room as a whole to see what colours you can add to the bedding that repeat elsewhere in the room. This will unify the space and give you some room to play with the existing colour scheme found in your art, furniture, collectibles and accessories.


Also check out the slideshow at Country Living for layered bedding ideas and Apartment Therapy has tips on how to pull it off too! Or go to Wallace Sacks to check out looks like the one pictured above.


Layered Bedding Ideas for Specific Looks


Hollywood Glam- Choose fabrics with a sheen like satin in pink or cream. Punctuate the look with graphic pillows in pink and cream with black features like monograms and ribboned edges.


Shabby Chic- Layer pristine white sheets with all white bedding. If you want colour, try adding a hint of gray, pink or mauve to mix with the varied textures in the white layers.


Country- Begin with small scale floral printed sheets and choose a quilt with pastel shades present in the sheets. A scalloped bed skirt will give the layered bed a flirty look which you can finish with a chunky knit wool throw in taupe or beige.


Modern- I love damask, so I would use a graphic damask duvet cover as a starting point. Tone on tone sheets with a very light trellis pattern in gray or oatmeal adds another element of pattern to the overall look. Finish this look with a bold colour like ruby, turquoise, grass green or lemon yellow.


Change the bedscape whenever the mood strikes you by changing out certain pieces. For instance, if you did not use a bed skirt, try adding one. You can also add new pillows and move the old ones to a reading chair or a bench at the end of your bed. Experiment always, dream forever and love your space!

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May 20th, 2012

Carl Christensen’s Photography

Return to the Dream


At first glimpse, I felt a sense of kinship with Carl Christensen’s ethereal photos. Like I had been there. Like I had dreamt there. I love that feeling. Evoking a dreamy sensibility, Carl Christensen’s photography has a vintage vibe and a whimsical subject matter that covers carnivals and nature. Each frame is colourfully captured with his trademark style.

Christensen’s work has been featured on Modern Family and Martha Stewart‘s Etsy show. The images are available in a range of sizes at a variety of affordable price points. You can even choose to have them matted so all you have to do is frame them.

The saturated colours, especially the turquoise, will work well with modern decor. You can use photography and art as a starting point to create a current palette for a room, or you can update an existing space with some fresh notions of hue.

While his Etsy shop suggests some of the photos for nursery decor, I could see these beauties looking great no matter where you hang them. Above your desk for a little inspiration when you need it perhaps? Whatever the case, Carl Christensen’s photography will haunt you in a good way and make you take a second peek!

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May 17th, 2012

Modern White Kitchen

White Kitchen with Painted Brick Wall

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The modern white kitchen is ever appealing to me as there are so many beautiful options. First of all, clean white spaces are like a blank slate, which you can punctuate with colour pops and accessorize with shiny bits of this and that. And then, I love how you see a sea of cloud white until you look closer and discover the layers of texture achieved with the choice of differing white materials. And finally, you can alter the modern white kitchen by simply changing the accessories, which can be done at any time.


White Counter Tops


How dreamy to start your day in a bright white kitchen! One of the features you often see in a modern white kitchen is an all-white counter top. While marble will remain a popular choice for counters, you can also look to quartz and recycled alternatives. This type of counter top is man-made and you can find pristine white or you can branch out and experiment with white variations. My favourite white counter top is quartz with mirror flecks added to it. The iridescence created with the mirror bits is tres beautiful!


White Kitchen Cabinets


White cabinets are hot right now, which means any style you can imagine is available at a wide range of price points. Even the plainest of all white cabinets can be dressed up with crystal knobs and pulls to emulate a fresh, modern look. If you are refinishing existing cabinets, consider painting or wallpapering the inside of the cabinet doors for a pop of pattern or a collision of colour!


White Backsplash


White subway tile are a classic choice for creating a backsplash, as are square white ceramic tiles. If you want to choose classic tiles, but want a modern twist, play with the installation pattern. For instance, install the ceramic squares in a diamond pattern. Or, install the white subway tiles stacked one on top of another instead of the standard staggered brick installation.


White Kitchen Sink


Apron sinks are divine in an all white space, they come in a range of styles and sizes. Another idea is to choose any sink you like (for looks and/or functionality) and have it under-mounted. This looks especially grand with stone counter tops.


Modern White Kitchen

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Once you have your fixed elements in place you can add wood, metal, glass and textiles to bring your modern white kitchen design to life!



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May 15th, 2012

Corrugated Metal Ideas for the Bathroom

I always thought corrugated metal was for sheds and other outdoorsy applications, but much to my surprise and delight, I have seen it used for interior applications too! There are many chic ways to use corrugated metal ideas for the bathroom. Corrugated or galvanized metal as it is sometimes called, is an economical medium that can be treated to prevent rust, which means it can be incorporated anywhere in a bathroom.


The metal can be cut straight across and capped with a decorative element like wood, or cut with a scalloped edge or any other ornate profile depending on the look you wish to achieve. Whether you choose a vertical or horizontal installation will also vary the look.


My favourite designs soften the prominent lines in the corrugated metal with feminine finishes to create a modern balance. Add an elegant chandelier, a pretty mirror, a pair of decadent sconces and other soft touches to create balance. Here are some examples of why I love corrugated metal:



Play up the silver when working with corrugated metal ideas for the bathroom using other shimmering elements. Silver goes with nearly everything, which means you can either go stark white and silver or add colour. I see soft pastels like ballerina tones of pale, pale pink or barely there blue, but that’s just me. If you want to go bold, go bold. Go bold or go home!!

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May 12th, 2012

DIY Wainscoting Ideas

Wainscoting in the Apple House

The hallway that bridges the space between the living area and the kitchen in the Apple House (named after the colour scheme—red kitchen, cream hallway and apple green living area) is home to two doors. One door leads to the main floor bathroom and the other door houses the pantry. Previous owners had dented the wall behind the door with less than gentle use of the door knobs. After it had been patched and sanded, I could still see where the door knob had marred the wall and it kind of drove me crazy. After months of rumination I came up with a cure-all plan to fix the wall, brighten the room and class up the eighties nature of the Apple House. Diy wainscoting ideas were just the fix!


Now, if this had been my forever house I would have done the proper beadboard tongue in groove treatment, plank by plank, so it would last forever, but the Apple House is a starter home and I wanted this done quick and fast. In fact, this whole project took less than $300 to complete, including the paint.



Panels of wainscoting are available at most hardware stores and come in a variety of patterns and styles. I chose a classic wainscoting look. It was paired with a thick decorative baseboard and topped with a simple chair rail to finish it. After installation the whole thing was painted bright white.


Back to the damaged walls…the height of the wainscoting can be altered a few inches here or there depending on the baseboards and chair rails you choose for finishing. My main objective was to both cover the marred walls and provide cushioning against the usage my own boys were about to unleash on the house! Not only does it look good but it feels like it opened the space up as it draws the eye about the hallway in a linear fashion making it appear wider and longer. All good things!


I love wall treatments. I could easily see using this wainscoting in a nursery with hooks added to it for displaying the cutest onesies. Or, with a wider chair rail you could place photos or artwork to spice up a foyer or a hallway.


After all is said and done, I am very happy with the results! Are there any areas you have hidden with diy wainscoting ideas?



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May 9th, 2012

Ceiling Fan Pulls

Ceiling Fan Pulls By GViolet

Ok, so, who doesn’t love accessories? While ceiling fans are most unsightly, there are certain times and certain climates where ya just have to live with one. Like in my kitchen, for instance! Anyways, what better way to dress up a ceiling fan than these gorgeous ceiling fan pulls?

Owl Fan Pulls

These pretty baubles come in a range of shapes, motifs and characters. I love the owls, but I also like the black ones too. All the ceiling fan pulls are handmade by GViolet, found at her Etsy shop, and there are a zillion designs to choose from.

Key Ceiling Fan Pull

You could also make your own pulls with clear beads and wire, or a scrap fabric one as you will see at Hope and Honey. Whatever you decide, work with the existing decor of the room. Or you could swelter and remove it all together to opt for a chic light fixture as was done here at Just a Girl!

Black Ceiling Fan Pull

While most of us resign ourselves to the spider-ish look of ceiling fans, pulls are but one way to jazz them up. Another way to add appeal is to add a drum shade as seen here on Thrifty Decor Chick. With hazy summer days coming this way fast, I know my ceiling fan will be earning it’s keep! Has anyone else tampered with the design of their ceiling fan? Or is a pretty ceiling fan pull all it takes?

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