Mocha Madness In A Silver Cup – Shop This Look

Once upon a time vintage wasn’t quite so à la mode. Once upon a time it was cooler to think forward, rather than back. Once upon a time the epitomy of cool was the Jetsons, a cartoon series about a family living in space in the future. Of course, it’s ironic that now the Jetsons is cool because it’s retro and you can’t walk in a well put together showroom without gazing on some vintage inspired or the genuine rusty, “shabby chic” deal staring back at you screaming “I’m an antique, nearly”. Do not misunderstand me, I adore vintage and timeless design, but sometimes – like today – I crave modern, I crave clean, I crave new and pristine. Today I crave a very modern bedroom…

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To create this look you need to step away from the flea markets and indulge your inner modern madam.  Stark, angular lines like those in the Parsons desk will contrast bravely with the ultra-contemporary (if yes, a little mid century influenced) Cherner Armchair. Choose shades of futuristic metallics like the silver of the brush pillow covers and the Sabrina Table Lamp. Keep your bed low and minimalistic, but in a warm dark shade of wood and pull all the shades together with some contemporary art prints in oversized frames. Of course, many of these shapes, styles and designs are directly inspired by times and trends past but that is the beauty of the creative times we live in and it’s all the more reason why we should think forward as much as we do retrospectively… Wow, that got a little profound. I’m off to lie down and watch a couple of episodes of the Jetsons to recover…

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Images that inspired us:

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Hello lovelies,

Have you ever read any TinTin books?  Did you know that Tintin is also from Belgium, just like moi.  Its stories hold a special place in my heart as I got lost in all his travels many a times as a kid. When creating this look, I thought of the Blue Lotus as my source of inspiration, a book of Tin Tin, set in China. Oh the childhood memories!   

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a spare room in the house just so to ‘theme decorate’.  The beautiful mirror, the combination of those colors, the Buddha statues and gold touches make me almost faint of excitement.

What would you do with these pieces? Any tips or ideas you would like to share?  Are there any childhood books or comics that you have fond memories of?

Always happy to hear from you!

Yours truly,

 Steve

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“If I don’t have red, I use blue” …Pablo Picasso – Shop This Look

Before I get down into the not so dirty details about this striking bedroom, I first of all have to get down on my knees and do a little praising to designer Lindsey Coral Harper.  Red – a color we all love, but sometimes feel a little intimidated to work with. I felt so inspired by the bedroom in this HouseBeautiful feature, I created one of my own. On a side note it’s important to remember that this is precisely what inspiration looks like – See, Like, Do – there’s no rocket science behind it, just ensure you add your own twist to it. On this occasion, as you may have guessed, my twist was golden.

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The embroidered bed linen and monogrammed pillows are surprisingly affordable (from Amazon and Etsy, no less) and are the personal touches that set the tone of this bedroom. Blue walls and a blue floor thanks to the Satara Marrakesh Trellis rug helps you establish blue as a key color too and their joining with white in those pretty patterned cushions invites white to the party. White and gold is a color combination I think is highly underestimated so I extended the party invitation to gold through that Meurice chandelier, the Mark console and desk and that stunning Zanzibar gold leaf mirror. You may consider this your invitation to the party too… 

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A Fairy Tale Attic – Shop This Look

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of having an attic bedroom; my own space to hide away and play in, it’s fair to say that along with my fear of hairdressers, this was possibly part of a Rapunzel-Prince-Charming like fantasy that I’ve only now just about got over. Nowadays an attic bedroom can present less charming problems like sloped roves and limited styling space, however, such challenges do nothing but inspire the HomeRefiner. In fact, I felt positively spoilt for choice picking out these practical but pleasing pieces for an attic bedroom that my now well-coiffed hair and I would love to hide away in once more.

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Firstly, I was enchanted by the wood bead chandelier from Pottery Barn, next I imagined sinking my toes into the softness of the Kas Palm Springs II 512 rug and sometime after that I imagined sleeping like the princess and the pea in the Raleigh bed. So perhaps I still harbor fairy tale like thoughts but I defy you to not think about how neatly your princess gowns and tiaras would fit into that Caroline dresser? Exactly. And the best news about living in an almost fairy-tale like attic bedroom is that we’ll all live happily ever after…

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Z Purple Chinchillas – Shop This Look

Darlings,

Yep here I am again! And this time I’d like to start by quoting someone: ” you should live and act every single second of the day as if you were in front of the camera … ” Now in my case, I do forget to do it once in a while, don’t we all ? But I think in this setting it ‘s simply easier to keep on reminding oneself to do so.

I’ve always been a strong believer in the mystical healing power of purple, all and ANY purple, deep purple, soft lavender, and all shades in between, really.

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Amethysts are my favorite stones by the way. Tanzanites are too, or should I say, will be the day I have the money to buy them…

The tones that are brought together here, shower me with a feeling of intense warmth, love and happiness.  Just imagine to walk barefoot on that carpet before draping your gorgeousness on that bed with some soft lighting, a good old glass of bubbly, a drop of lavender liquor, some scented candles and your favorite book and some jazz in the background  ?

Heaven can wait …

Steve

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Images that inspired us:

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Footsteps in the sand (but not in the) bedroom – Shop This Look

I know that the beach isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; all that sand, all that salty seawater and those gusts of wind playing havoc with the best-sprayed hair. However, for some – you know who you are – the beach is a magical place full of reflection, peace and promise. It was these very qualities that I wanted to bring into today’s bedroom, without the sand of course.

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It was important to give depth and warmth to the color of sand that was ideal for the Chunky Wool and Natural Jute rug that would keep feet warm but the room light. Depth comes from the chocolate brown vintage quilted coverlet and warmth oozes from the dresser by Linea. A little class was instantly injected by the welcoming arms of the Casual Living armchair because there’s always room for class in any bedroom. The bed should be soft and spacious like a calm sea – only considerably drier – and don’t be afraid to be a little unconventional in your use of furniture like a stool as bedside table. Finally don’t feel guilty about spending many important hours searching for the perfect ocean landscape painting or photograph like the one we found or better yet frame your favorite personal beach memory.

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The Hideaway Honey Bee Kids Room – Shop This Look

When I look at the room below, I see cloudy, sweet and creamy honey. Perhaps you see light shades of camel, but I am still thinking of beautifully patterned natural honeycomb. Rather than this proving I am a honey-obsessed pedantic romantic when it comes to color it proves how I always try to keep bedrooms sweet, as opposed to savory – although honey roasted vegetables are divine, have you ever tried them? So when I found the two dreamy, cloudy colored prints in the centre of this room mood board, they inspired me to create a space that could be a dreamy hideaway for young honey bees who like sweet things too.

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My favorite piece in this room – after the art prints that are the accidental inspiration of this hideaway thanks to a fun Etsy-browsing session – is the Sofia Armoire. There are two reasons why; 1. Because “armoire” is a significantly superior word for wardrobe, and 2. because it is crafted in a traditionally romantic style and also serves great purpose with tall mirrors and two drawers for storage in addition to the hanging space inside. I envisage a young budding author’s first novel being written on that shabby chic computer desk from Target by a honey bee comfortably perched on the luxurious vanity stool from Home Decorators. And when the busy buzzing of the day is over it would be only too easy to collapse into that white, classic framed bed from (the brilliantly named) Land of Nod next to Mr. Owl who is made from vintage fabric and doilies. Sweet, honey-flavoured dreamzzzzzz…

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50 Shades of Chocolate Brown – Shop This Look

Bedrooms can and should come in any color. We often revert to pastels, white and beige but what about the qualities of warmth, comfort, calm and a mini bar. (I’m joking about the last one, of course, aren’t I? Well, ish.) One color that conjures up all the above almost instantly is the deep, rich shade of chocolate. Aside from the fact the bed in the image below would be liking sleeping in hot chocolate everynight, there are other advantages of a little cocoa in your boudoir – it will blend with almost all other colors and it’s very spillage friendly! 

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My advice, however, is not to let the chocolate go to your head and so make sure you balance out the deepest and darkest tones with a softer, more neutral colored carpet, like this buckwheat flour carpet by Martha Stewart. Use various shades of milk and white chocolate like the Herringbone brown square pillows and the Safavieh Hampton beige pillow top bench to complete a chocolate pudding mix of flavors. But at the same time be brave and dive into the 100% cocoa of the Chambre Sable Linen curtains and this extravagant Chesterfield Upholstered Sleigh Bed. And between you and me I can also see that Carson Glass End Table being a suitable home for a mini-bar… just FYI.

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The Sleep Well Room – Get The Look

We all know that bedrooms have many purposes. It’s the scene of the crime when you waste three hours before a night out trying on thirty different outfits before settling on the first. It’s where you guiltily watch terrible chick flick movies while eating cookies and/or ice cream. And it’s also where you and your loved one want to have a satisfying… night’s sleep. That’s right, clear your dirty minds and let me introduce you to some of the softest, plushest and most luxurious home décor secrets that can ease you into a seductively good slumber.

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First of all you need a bed, and not just any bed – it has to be the bed for you. Let this Adler Tufted Platform bed tempt you with its curved headboard and spacious proportions. A padded bench to keep the base of your bed company (while doubling up as a landing strip for your outfit try on sessions) adds instant elegance and carefully selected mismatch cushions bring the softness. Take time to search for the softest throw you can find and frame pictures of the places you dream of for your wall. Finally don’t forget the Omni Leaner Mirror so you can watch yourself indulge in those special hours of… peaceful sleep.

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