i’m super excited today to share the bedroom makeover i’ve been working on with my good friend bri at designlovefest! i mentioned we were collaborating on this project a while back when i went down to los angeles to hangout and brainstorm with bri, and we’ve finally wrapped what’s been a dream project to work on together. bri wanted a bedroom that was a serene, peaceful retreat, where she could go to get away from the computer and relax, and she knew she wanted a modern, scandinavian feel — i think we were both really inspired by our trip to stockholm. nothing overly feminine, but still a pastel color palette. we stuck with gray, pale pinks, blush, brass and used light, natural wood furnishings. here’s a little bit of the before and after. for more details about the project (and a giveaway!), hop on over to designlovefest – and if you’d like to see some our brainstorming, check our pinterest boards — here’s bri’s and mine. thanks so much to laure joliet who photographed the project so beautifully for us.
we added beautiful brass branch wall sconces from cedar and moss on either side of the bed for night time reading, and a george nelson saucer lamp from modernica for overhead mood lighting, on a dimmer. the modern case study bentwood nightstands are from modernica, as well — and actually modernica is hosting a $500 giveaway to celebrate the makeover over on designlovefest so pop on over there today to enter.
bri wanted to keep the bed simple, and we got one with great storage since we got rid of the large white dresser she’d been using. we got the IKEA mandal bed which has four deep drawers in the frame of the bed with some amazing hideaway stash space. we added the cozy chay blanket and bodie and fou’s super soft linen bedding in white and pale pink, and for texture threw in west elm’s fluffy mongolian lamb pillow. above the bed, bri selected this amazing THE SKY ABOVE print by Gregor Hochmuth from ugallery.
to display bri’s collectibles, she chose ferm living’s round dorm shelving — i love this piece! the credenza is a bit of makeover magic — we ordered a pretty basic IKEA credenza, but bri really wanted some white carrera marble in the room, so she had a custom piece cut to fit the top to modernize the credenza a bit and we replaced the old legs with mid-century modern estelle legs from pretty pegs, which is a genius idea for a company! the white ranarp table lamp is also from IKEA. we added a pretty Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug to warm up the wood floors from the pink rug co. and lastly, we added floor-length curtains to create the illusion of larger windows and chose the cotton linen curtains with metal grommets and hung them with the industrial pipe rods, both from west elm.
for practical, but pretty storage bri added her shop class large woven basket. then as a finishing touch, we knew wanted to create a small gallery wall in the room, so bri curated some of her favorite pieces from tappan collective: cheryl humphrey’s many moons No.6, and many moons No. 14; alyson provax’s diagram 1; brian merriam’s alone together; and isaac zoller’s escondida shore break.
and voilá! the makeover is complete — i hope you like it!
to shop bri’s makeover: farm living shop the round dorm, west elm mongolian lamb pillow, cedar & moss branch sconce, modernica bedside table, modernica saucer lamp, pink rug co moroccan rug, ikea bed frame, chay blanket, bodie and fou linen bedding, ikea credenza with pretty peg estelle legs and custom marble top, on top of credenza: IKEA work lamp on credenza, anthropologie
Love Dart is the independent design studio collection of designer Sonia Scarr, featuring bespoke hand-stitched leather home goods and accessories. What began as a blog of craft explorations has evolved into this gorgeous one-of-a-kind brand. No machines are used in the construction of these goods – Sonia truly believes hand-crafting creates an intimacy between maker, product, and customer that cannot be found in mass-manufacturing and I can’t get enough of that sentiment. Check out the full Love Dart collection online.
• most photos for love dart by biz jones, others by sonia scarr
I’m loving the blue hues of this Los Angeles home makeover by Homepolish designer and creative director, Orlando Soria. With the sunroom and space overlooking the pool, he wanted to bring in some of the rich blues from the outdoors to make the space feel like a continuation of the outside area. Mid-project the family brought back a gorgeous Jeffrey Pallidini painting from London which worked beautifully with the color palette of the room where it happily took it’s new place above the sofa.
The bedroom started with the large scale iron bed as a foundation and wood bedside tables for warmth. Orlando describes, “I fell in love with those lamps the second I saw them and kindly forced my clients to buy them. To give the space a natural, collected feel I sourced a ton of new and vintage accessories and styled the bedside tables and bed to be as casual and welcoming as possible.” Thanks to Homepolish for sharing this fun look with us!
Aquarelle Maison is a brand created by the unique art of founder Jenny Callentine into everyday home goods, stationery and loungewear. The line was a natural evolution of her experience as an artist and entrepreneur–finding that the creative process is a way to capture a mood as well as the vibrant beauty we encounter in every day life. Aquarelle Maison is a lifestyle brand bringing together Jenny’s joy and enthusiasm for life’s adventures into every single aspect of the day.
I wanted to share with you a new endeavor I’m collaborating in — an amazing new online market place i’m hoping some of you might have an interest in joining. It’s perfect idea for creative people who make beautiful things, and those who love to share beautiful things — bloggers like me. GREAT.LY is where tastemakers curate their own shops and do all of the selling, so that the makers only have to worry about doing what they truly love doing — making and creating!
As someone who spends my days searching the world for beautiful things to write about, i’ve very often dreamed of having my own shop to share those finds, so GREAT.LY aims to make this a win-win situation! Makers make and Tastemakers sell and together we all earn. Buyers get one, clean, curated, non-cluttered market place filled with amazing products from all over the world brought to them by the tastemakers that they already follow. GREAT.LY is launching May with approximately 50 tastemakers boutiques, and so I wanted to give you a quick peek at a few of the people I’ll be collaborating with — we’re all seeking great makers to work with:
So, I’ll be curating a GREAT.LY boutique, too and my plan is to fill it with lots of unique and handmade home decor accessories and artwork. so, that’s where you come in. We are looking for makers to set up their studios on GREAT.LY. home decor accessories, Art, design objects, jewelry, linens, high-end food — essentially anything beautiful and unique that you would want in your home! if you’d like to apply as a maker, you can fill out this form. we’re all hoping to be able to find some wonderful creative makers to work with on GREAT.LY. should you have any questions, you can send our lovely founder, Sarah Bryden-Brown, a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
i hope you’ll join us! happy making!