Posts tagged ‘Bedroom’

September 25th, 2012

A Pop of Turquoise

Turquoise Masculine Bedroom

Image via Decorology

This masculine bedroom showcases proper pops of turquoise in all the right places! I love it for so many reasons I will count them out to you!

1. The geometric pattern of the curtain is repeated in a smaller dose on the bed with a single pillow.

2. The throw at the end of the bed and two of the other pillows are mixed with crisp white bedding with an elegant edging detail.

3. The wall behind the divinely tufted headboard is papered in a non-evasive print.

4. The wall opposite is painted a neutral shade lifted from the wallpaper (or was it vice versa?)

5. The oatmeal wall is home to a lively painting that ties separate pops of turquoise together, as one.

6. The lovely grouping of mini vases include turquoise and introduce green into the mix.

 

While this room showcases a pop of turquoise you can introduce any bright hue into your bedroom by hiding a little peek of it here and there without making any permanent changes to a neutral backdrop. Turquoise is a fun fresh colour I just can’t get enough of.

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August 12th, 2012

Modern Canopy Bed Ideas and The Law of Dreams

Mark D. Sikes Guest Bedroom House Beautiful

 

The truth is, I saw this beautiful modern take on a canopy bed in a design mag a while back. It was stately and inspiring, so much so that I wanted to move it to my fiction world and have my main characters converse within this beautiful canopied bed. But, I lost the image. I was reading magazines at the gym, so it could have been an outdated one. The image was branded in my mind’s eye and I knew what to do with it, in fictional terms that is, in my latest novel scape. After further searching I found it! Mark D. Sikes created this beauty and it was featured in House Beautiful. It inspired me to create this post on modern canopy bed ideas with some lovely inspiration. Now, you may not be one of the two fictitious lovers I plan on placing in this room, but you can enjoy the view all the same!

 

Your modern canopy bed should be a well-feathered escape to a forever dreamt paradise, a lovely place to sleep all nestled up in dream world. I believe the best days start with that all over hug feeling you get when the bedding is in the right place all tucked in, and the temperature is summer fresh and slightly cool and your dreams have treated you proper, with versions of visions that fill your heart and make you smile! Today was one such morning. I finished reading The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens, what a beautiful book! While it was a tumultuous story of one Irish man’s life, the character’s observations were written in such a heart wrenching way I think I’ll remember certain lines always! Lines like:

 

“Sometimes your heart cracks and tells you what you have to do.”

 

Taken out of context, it still sits with me, but where it was written in the context of the story made me gasp!

 

“A fish knew what it wanted. A moving case of hunger.”

 

Well, this girl knows what she wants! A moving case of ideas, a moving case of dreams, a moving case of…

 

Oh, to write so beautifully! This book is absolutely worth a read. Especially beneath your elegant canopy bed!! With a combination of hardware and drapes you can create an escape fit for royalty, without having to buy a traditional four-post canopy bed. In fact you can use curtain rods and fabric to create the look or you can dress up a standard canopy bed.

 

Choose from a range of curtain rod products or get creative and use something that will make a statement in and of itself. What will make a statement you ask? Branches are one idea you can use in lieu of curtain rods. Why not paint them white or a colour to match the palette of the room. Reclaimed wood, copper pipes and other straight narrow pieces of things will help you create a look all your own.

 

What I love about canopy beds is that you can alter the vibe of your bedroom from soft and serene to vibrant and bold by changing the fabric used on your canopy.

 

Different looks to try:

 

  • Match the canopy fabric to the curtains
  • Choose a contrasting fabric
  • Hang a graphic print with colour pulled from elsewhere in the room
  • For a tone on tone colour scheme look to texture for subtle impact
  • Add white flowing drapes to soften a masculine design

 

A seasonal approach to canopy drapes:

 

Winter- Look to shimmering fabrics with a little sparkle for the holiday season and to brighten dreary wintry days. Silver, gold thread details, bead trim etc.

 

Spring- Floral or geometric prints in bright candy colours such as chartreuse, lemon, fuchsia and cherry.

 

Summer- Turquoise, coral, chocolate, and other sultry summer shades will get you through many a hot summer night in style.

 

Autumn- Heavier fabrics like velvet will help you create a cozy space when the weather turns to chill.

 

Go to Small Shop Studio to view the whole house Mark D. Sikes designed. And check out some canopy beds at JWS Interiors or at The Decorista and of course my beloved Apartment Therapy has some ideas too!!

 

Mark D. Sikes Dining Room House Beautiful

 

Tailor your own modern canopy bed ideas with the design of the room in mind and you can dress your bed up or down depending on personal style. Now, if only I could find out about the glass orbs featured in photos of the rest of the house Mark D. Sikes designed! Research here I come…

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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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