Everyone has beaches on the brain! According to Yahoo, people are still eager to plan excursions to the ocean, as beach searches are off the charts this month. I can definitely relate. Though I live in New York now, I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, so summer will always mean one thing to me: spending as much time at the beach as humanly possible. I usually head home once the air starts turning humid, but this is the first summer I’ve spent away from the West Coast. It’s certainly a change from what I’m used to, but it’s exciting to have a new summer experience. (I even visited my first East Coast beach last week!) For those of you who, like me, wish you could wake up to a beautiful beach everyday, here are 8 waterfront bedrooms from HGTV FrontDoor to dream about.
Photo courtesy of Concierge Auctions
Private Island Retreat
The first stop on our fantasy tour is on the private Wakaya Island of Fiji, where the likes of Celine Dion, Jim Carrey, and even Bill Gates frequent. This bedroom is part of the Lawedua estate, which was designed to create the ultimate indoor/outdoor experience. Mission accomplished — this view makes it feel like you’re practically in the ocean.
Courtesy of Sibarth Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International, Jean-Philippe Piter
Surreal in St. Barts
The contemporary bedroom of this villa in St. Barts has large open-air doorways that lead to an outdoor patio and pool area. The beautiful dark wood beams cast shadows in the room, making it feel nothing short of dreamlike.
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If you’ve been following along on my antiquing adventures then you know 2 things about me:
1) That I spend a fair amount of time at estate sales.
2) That I’m all about a serious bargain.
Enter this perfectly distressed, cane-backed French Provincial headboard that I recently found in an Oak Ridge, TN garage for… wait for it… just 10 bucks! I couldn’t believe the estate sellers had priced it SO low — especially considering how hot French antiques are right now. I vaulted over a pile of old lumber, pulled off the price tag and hot-footed it straight to the check-out table to pay before anyone else could lay claim.
Once I placed it in my guest room, I remembered one small detail about older headboards — they’re short. Often much, much shorter than modern headboards. So short, in fact, that the pillows dwarf my new French beauty: Learn my designer trick for making this headboard much taller
It seems like everyone I know covets one common thing — SLEEP. Dear, beautiful sleep, an illusive old friend that comes and goes and never quite stays long enough. A major influence on the frequency and length of our pal’s nightly visits can be largely contingent on our bed. I shamefully admit that my husband and I were slumbering on my childhood double-mattress until very recently. No wonder I was an insomniac who watched countless episodes of Golden Girls until the wee hours of the morning on countless sleepless nights.
The investment in a new, high-quality QUEEN-SIZE mattress was a game-changer, to say the very least, yet the combination of our new mattress and my DIY upholstered headboard still begged for something else. With the bed being the focal point in the room, I wanted something to frame it and make it stand out while creating a romantic, relaxing aesthetic. I found the perfect solution for this in a DIY Fringe Canopy that took all of 30 minutes to install, yet changed the entire dynamic of the room.
It got me curious to peer into other people’s bedrooms and see how they were creating a bed that begs you to slumber peacefully. And, so as not to be creepy, I bring you a totally-appropriate yet intimate look at different sleeping situations that might inspire you and your bedroom.
Any post concerning creating an up-grade to your bed would be remiss if it did not include Justina Blakeney’s incredibly romantic and dreamy handmade canopies. Customize with lanterns, ribbon, pom pom trim, or whatever your heart desires. Learn how to make one with Corinne Czar in this episode of Recreate.
In a stark contrast to those colorful, feminine spaces, Rue Magazine gives us a glimpse into Nate Berkus’s masculine and modern bedroom. Those clean lines and dark palette would put my mind in a calm and restful state immediately.
I’ve been chatting with HGTV.com guest editor Nancy Fire for our upcoming spring trend report (out later this week!), and one of the color combinations she’s loving this season is a neutral room with a bold pop. As an example of the growing trend, she sent this bedroom featured in Homestyle magazine. I’ve been a little bit obsessed with this palette ever since:
In both home and fashion, designers have been redefining the term “neutrals” for quite awhile now — the color category has evolved to include not just basic beige but also light pinks, soft grays, dark navy and even olive green.
I love how this room combines several new neutrals with unexpected shots of blue, orange and neon yellow. This same palette works equally well for a twist on traditional wedding florals, like these boutonnieres spotted on Style Me Pretty. In both examples, a mix of neutral hues provides a classic base, with the bright accent colors lending an eclectic vibe.
I’m ready to try this palette in my bedroom — what about you? Tell me what you think of these colors in the comments below.
Decorate This Space is back for the new year, and we’re kicking it off with a cozy bedroom. Can you guess which set of bed pillows belongs on the bed?
Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a fire log carrier made by DIYNetwork.com’s blog, Made + Remade featured Creative Genius, Ariel (Or you can make one yourself with these step-by-step instructions).
You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on January 8, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 9, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.
You guessed correctly if you chose option C. HGTV HOME’s collection features coastal-style paint colors and distressed furniture that bring a beach feel indoors.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Rosa G. is the winner of this month’s HGTV magazine and Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
Can you guess which nightstand belongs in this coastal-style bedroom?
Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an issue of this month’s HGTV magazine and Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.
You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on September 11, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on September 12, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $44. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.
Though it’s only mid-August, the unseasonably cool weather here in East Tennessee has me plotting for fall decorating projects. I’m a huge fan of the honeycomb pattern trend, and I kind of want to create my own version of the Almost-40-Year-Old Intern’s shimmering wall. The wall is hand-painted. Impressive, no?
Hexagon Wall Treatment | Lavender Field
Yellow and purple flowers pop up together each spring (remember this Tuesday Huesday?), and this golden grass and blooming lavender is nature’s early fall version. This bedroom evokes early fall’s best features, with bright golds, cozy neutrals and a touch of purple.
What decorating projects do you have planned for fall?
The unexpected adds a playful energy to a room. For his first home, designer Tommy Chambers adapted a Craftsman tool chest as a nightstand, building a simple alderwood base himself to raise it to a more convenient bedside level. “The splash of color is great,” he says, “and I love the nostalgic element of this common item from my childhood.”
EXTRA: LIVING LARGE IN A SMALL BEDROOM >>
Photo by David Phelps
You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Designer Meredith Heron placed two coral-patterned stools at the foot of the bed to enhance the orange color of the headboard.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Lisa V. is the winner of an HGTV baseball cap, gardening gloves and this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
This suspended bed from BRC Designs is made from reclaimed Birdseye maple culled from the floors of Southern Mills.
You just want to crawl up in it and take a nap, don’t you?
Many of you correctly chose option A. The wall sconce is conveniently hung close to the bed, which properly lights the bedroom and saves space on the nightstand for other items.
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We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Kirsten is the winner of an HGTV journal. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space and for a chance to win another HGTV goodie.
This colorful bedroom features a bedside sconce. Do you know which one belongs from the options below?
Type A, B or C in the comments below, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One person will win an HGTV notebook — you don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.
You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on September 19, 2012 and 12:00 p.m. ET on September 20, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $3. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.
I’m a single guy in the market for new bedding. And let me tell you, it is not easy to find a masculine look with some semblance of color. I don’t want all this black, brown and navy blue that I seem to find everywhere — come on, not all dudes are afraid of a brighter hue here and there.
It appears that Bed Bath + Beyond has come through for me, though. I’m sold on their Willamsport Plaid collection.
Am I the only person who struggles to find non boring, non floral bedding?
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Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention — and when you’re the mother of four kids and a top mommy blogger, designing kids’ rooms that are both fun and functional is a necessity. Enter Rebecca Woolf of Girl’s Gone Child; she’s taking us on a video and photo tour of nurseries and kids’ rooms that offer big design ideas for your little one.
Start by peeking inside the whimsical world of Rebecca’s 10-month-old twin daughters, Reverie and Boheme, to get a taste of her eclectic style:
Wimbledon 2012 may have come to an official end, but Wimbledon decor can live year-round.
What do you think? Your serve!
I’m always on the lookout for new designers to admire and I think I’ve found one in Amie Corley. This eclectic kid’s room she designed is a looker! It’s fun and playful without coming across as too childish, which can be a difficult balance to achieve.
The color and pattern mixing is masterful, plus I love all the whimsical touches like the butterfly art — guess that’s a theme for me? — and lotus lamp. And don’t even get me started on the zebra rocking horse! (Although, I think this Vespa “rocking horse” I found would fit right in here, too.) This is one kid’s room that is definitely cool enough to transition well through their teen years.
[Via: Pinterest, Merriment]
Do you ever get the feeling that things would be so much easier if you just had a totally-not-evil twin? If I did, I would dispatch said stylish twin to do half the home projects I had planned, leaving me to actually accomplish the other half. You see, we’ve been enjoying spring at our new house, as well as planting, raking and building flower beds (more on that later!). All this has left our bedroom project languishing a little.
But aside from amassing inspiration and used furniture, we did make one big update: After months of sleeping on the floor, we finally have a new vantage point, in the form of this Danish modern-style bed:
Miles enjoys his new view.
Actually having a centerpiece for the room has motivated me to finish the makeover. This weekend, we’ll be painting the walls a warm gray shade, and adding accents in green, turquoise and yellow. (Sorry, tangerine fans, the brighter palette won out.)
I’ll keep you posted on the progress! To see more about my inspiration for this room, follow my bedroom design board on Pinterest.
My bedroom inspiration board on Pinterest
Read Liz’s previous House Diaries posts here and follow her home inspiration board on Pinterest.
Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier that this week is drawing to an end. Before we all take off for the weekend, I have some end-of-the-week cuteness to share.
When Cara, a fellow HGTV.com co-worker and working mom, shared with me this adorable wish-list that her 10-year-old daughter wrote for her, I knew I had to share it with all of you.
You see, Emmaline is starting middle school in the fall and Cara told her that they needed to spruce up her bedroom a bit — she’s getting older and her room needs to reflect that. Mom was thinking a new comforter and perhaps organizing Emmaline’s bookshelves. But as you can tell, Emmaline has other ideas.
All of us in the office are backing Emmaline 100%. Her requests seem very reasonable to this design-oriented crew. Cara, this is what you get for taking your work home!
What do you get when you mix Q*bert with a real-life bedroom? Something like this multilevel pyramid, complete with pillows and a built-in bed.
The beauty of this setup is that each new platform surface can be something different: a nightstand, a decorative shelf, or seating. And I’m assuming there’s storage inside the blocks, which is a clever use of vertical space as well. I am slightly concerned about the toddler in this shot, though. As one of the commenters on Desire to Inspire‘s post joked: “The room [...] would ensure only the survival of the fittest! Most kids would be eight feet up the minute your back was turned!” So perhaps this kind of room is best left to those without a stealthy little Danger Baby at home.