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.
Going to Ikea when you live in the city and don’t own a car can sometimes be harrowing. But, despite any challenges, we all press on because a) Swedish meatballs and lingonberries mmmmm, and b) they have truly great, affordable designs. I’m excited because I saw a little preview of upcoming spring products via Jan of Poppytalk on Babble, and this creative Duken bed was included. The Duken actually comes with padded textile covers for the headboard that you can swap out at will. Ikea, you’ve done it again!
You could change the headboard whenever you get bored, or seasonally, or if it’s the guest bed and you want to impress company. It also greatly expands your bedding options, because you can justify buying more sheets to match or complement the different covers. (Or at least I could. I’ll take any excuse!) The Duken doesn’t come out until April, so in the meantime, I’ll just be sitting here trying to mathematically calculate how many different, awesome bed looks I could make by swapping everything out repeatedly.
Oh my stars! Is this curtain precious, or what? The Twinkle Curtain by GRAstudio is designed to create a peaceful environment for your baby or toddler’s nap time, thanks to its linen-colored blackout fabric that keeps things cool and dim.
I’m not a parent yet, but that dancing light streaming through the die-cut celestial cluster is heavenly. I’ll think I’ll buy a few curtains now, you know, for a future nursery. And uhh, I shouldn’t let them go to waste, so in the meantime, maybe I’ll just hang them on my windows. (Hey, can you blame me?)
Finding a pattern that you adore can be a blessing and a curse. Of course you’re thrilled that you’ve got a gem on your hands, but the life-cycle in the interiors market is nearly the same as in the fashion world: one season. After that, you’re out of luck.
Dwell Studios has listened to their customers who’ve pleaded to have retired patterns back again, and responded with three favorites from their archives. The Trellis pattern above is one of those three that’s on the shelves again with a few tweaks. I quite like the muted color and am gaga over the accent pillow.
Furniture maker Courtney Skott’s digitized thumbprints on her wood designs underline her goal of creating, “multi-layered, conceptual work” born from a myriad of influences.
Layered plywood is cut away to reveal an impressionistic cloud pattern – hence the name Cloud Bed – and forms a canopy over the movable piece. Skott was inspired by Chinese Ming dynasty alcove beds to create this “room within a room.” This is the first canopy bed I’ve wanted since I was about 10 years old. So dreamy.
Are you ready for some basketball? Starting today, you can get your fill of college hoops on TV, but how about adding some basketball spirit into your decor in honor of March Madness?
Young fans are sure to swoon over this awesome kid’s bedroom dedicated to sports. With its own mini basketball court, punching bag and climbing wall it is sure to thrill little athletes.
The Carlyle New York, one of Manhattan’s most celebrated hotels, has enjoyed an eight year relationship with the award-winning design firm Champalimaud. Over the years, the firm has completed renovations of a handful of suites. Champalimaud’s goal has been to satisfy the high expectations of visiting celebrities and dignitaries who often take up the suites as long-term residences. (In the past, rumored guests have included Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Jack Nicholson, maybe Mick Jagger, but we won’t confirm.)
When designing the suites featured in this month’s tour, Champalimaud ensured that comfort and usability were brought to the forefront of the designs, so these rooms would feel like a home away from home, rather than impersonal hotel rooms. (A quarter of the hotel’s 239 rooms and suites are occupied by long-term renters or co-op owners.) Senior Designer Craig Mitchell, who leads the firm’s ongoing design work for the Carlyle, and President and Principal Designer Alexandra Chamalimaud explain how they were able to keep history and classicisim alive in this Manhattan landmark located on Madison Avenue, while also moving the design into the 21st century.
SUITE: 3001 • Says Craig, “Each suite at the Carlyle is unique in its design. When we were asked to renovate Suite 3001, it was decided the vision for this suite would be to exemplify contemporary classicism. We had 10 weeks to complete it. We searched many antique stores and showrooms. We mixed contemporary art with vintage lacquered furniture in beige and soft grays, with accents of orange. I will never forget frantically installing the finishing touches mere minutes before the guests checked in.
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This aquamarine bedroom in a villa off the Amalfi coast of Italy is so extreme, so over-the-top, so wrong…it’s right.
It’s hard to imagine so many mosaic patterns – the ceiling, the walls and the floor all with their own, distinct designs – working so well together. But with the colors all in the blue family, white or gold (with just a dash of red), the blend is sublime. And if you’re in the market, this villa and the island it occupies is for sale.
As gorgeous as our master suite is turning out to be, we’re seriously lacking in storage. And although I’d love to house dozens of beautiful dresses in a vintage apothecary cabinet (or proudly proclaim any of these stellar closets), our storage needs are too large for your average closet. I know, I know. Time to clean out the closet then, right?
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