Posts tagged ‘Design’

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 I was reading magazines at the gym, so it could have been an outdated one.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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March 30th, 2012

Modern Kitchen

Part One

Blue Accent Kitchen courtesy of www.thekitchendesigner.org

 

Perusing design magazines the other day, I dreamt up a recipe for creating the perfect modern kitchen. Whether you want to renovate your existing kitchen or design one from scratch, it is common to feel overwhelmed with the sheer array of possibilities. From cabinets and counter tops to flooring and textiles, building your dream kitchen can become a maelstrom of design elements. Step away from the chaos! Breathe. Once you purge the chaos, sit quietly and close your eyes. Try to imagine how you want your kitchen to feel and create your own recipe for a perfect modern kitchen!

 

The modern kitchen, like the one pictured above from thekitchendesigner.org, contains several elements which you will, at some point, need to address and consider. Ask yourself at each crossroad whether your choice will fulfill the style dream you have determined for you space.

 

Kitchen Architecture

 

Architecture can make or break a space depending on how the space is designed. Crown moldings will add a finishing detail especially if you consider the details of the cabinetry when choosing a style. The colour you choose to paint the crown moldings will alter the look as well. Other architectural elements to think about include built-ins, window casings, paneling and wainscoting. Ideas for built-ins include bench seating, a desk, and shelving. Unify the look of the kitchen and finish all your projects with the same trim and colour scheme. Wainscoting and paneling can be used throughout the kitchen or you can use this architectural feature to define an unused area.

 

Natural Elements in the Kitchen

 

Stone and wood offer warmth and distinction to any kitchen design. For a dark masculine look, choose medium to dark wooden cabinets with black or chocolate granite counter tops. Or lighten the look and choose white cabinets with granite or quartz counters in a soft colour like white or beige. Quartz counter tops come in a wide range of colours. Experiment with samples of lime green quartz, white quartz with mirror flecks and other vibrant colours. Choose the most beautiful counter top you can find and afford as it is a fixed element you will likely be living with for many years to come.

 

Modern Kitchen Colours

 

Modern kitchens often include a pop of bold, fresh colour. The good news is that any colour goes. Current colour choices include Kelly green, cerulean, oxblood red, lemon and tangerine. One idea is to paint a single wall in your chosen hue, even a wall with limited surface space, as the colour is sure to make a statement in any dose. Tie the colour into the room elsewhere with accessories, appliances, textiles, dishware and personal items like knick-knacks. Paint the rest of the room in a complementary neutral colour with bright white trim. Or, introduce some colour with a feature wall in a graphic wallpaper print.

 

Another idea is to flip the colour scheme inside out and paint only the trim, crown moldings and window casings in your colour of choice. Think cherry red in an all white color scheme, for instance. You can always add more of this juicy shade into the mix with a vase of red dahlias, some red and white damask chair cushions and a series of red drum pendants hanging above the island or table.

 

Glass Accents

 

Glass can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen to add sparkle. Used as an insert for kitchen cabinets, glass choices are numerous and a wonderful way to add delicate detail. Bubbled glass, crackled glass, reeded glass and many other designs are available. With properly positioned lighting, glass is a detail that will provide elegance. Imitate the glass in your choice of glassware. Another idea is to create a glass partition to divide one space from another.

 

Next week I will conclude with the final elements required to create a modern kitchen. Stay tuned!

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