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.
Can You Say Room Service?
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?
Organizing + Storage Tips
I’ve come to the conclusion that absolutely no bedroom is complete without a headboard. It’s true! Imagine your dream bedroom. I’m certain a gorgeous headboard makes a bold and eye-catching appearance in it. With Valentine’s Day a mere three days away, I’ve been doing some heavy daydreaming about my perfect headboard and bedroom. Tufted? Velvet (oh la la)? Sweet rustic shutters like the one from my DIY headboards post? The possibilities are endless. Here are my top six (yes, six – I couldn’t just stop at five) contenders from HGTV.com’s new guide to all things headboards. What’s your favorite?
5 More After The Jump!
With a little under a week to go before Valentine’s Day, I thought you might like to see something a bit less red roses and a little more home design for the big day of love.
This yellow, gray and white bed achieves sweetness without being saccharine. The headboard is made of reclaimed wood and painted with the word, “love.” Dana at House*Tweaking shows you how to make this bed topper for yourself.
If you’re looking for more ideas to rejuvenate your bedroom, check out these headboard looks and DIY projects on HGTV.com.
It’s blizzarding outside, so let’s sneak under the covers, shall we? Remember when I introduced you all to my dream bedding plans? Well. Consider the dream a reality:
It’s two days into February, and I’m already craving spring flowers, springtime decor and tons of sunshine. Fortunately, the weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil and his Southern comrade General Beau Lee, with the help of their fickle shadows, have declared we’ll be enjoying an early spring!
Thank goodness! Especially for those in the path of this colossal storm. So, get your spring fever on with five of my favorite spring blooms and colorful rooms.
Nothing says “Hello spring!” quite like a vibrant shade of orange, especially in the kitchen. I would love to sit back and enjoy those mimosas while gazing upon a vase filled with these variegated tulips. Design by Celia Berliner
Got Spring Design Fever?
Tuck in to sweet dreams on a grand scale.
With a headboard built from a solid length of wood, the Natural Bed from Tucker Robbins is striking in its simplicity. What else would you pair with a jaw-dropping piece like this if it was your bedroom?
For the first episode of Design Star Dan Faires’ online show, DanMade, he shows how to create a high-end upholstered headboard without breaking the bank.
All you need: plywood, a painter’s canvas and some carpet tacks.
See Dan in Action
The serenity captured in the design of this bedroom in a villa in Phuket, Thailand featured in The New York Times this week is blissful.
Basil Childers for The New York Times
Using this much wood in a bedroom — the floors, the ceiling and the molding — could make for a gloomy space. However, having it all balanced by the white, white walls and open, uncluttered space removes any potential imposing darkness. The pop of pink on the bedside tables add just the right amount of color.
A few weeks ago, Ken and I decided that the first space we wanted to finish during our renovation was the master bedroom.
Last fall, major designers debuted a range of purples for both tabletop and home. Any of my favorites below would make a gorgeous statement on your holiday table, sofa or bed. Pair purple with silver or gold, and say a chic farewell to 2010. Happy New Year everyone!
Bedroom needing a winter’s lift that will carry you right into spring? Check out Vera Wang’s new line of bedding, available at Bloomingdales. Super chic, and with a great mix of patterns and prints, so it looks like you culled many stores, instead of buying a set. Perfect!
Purple for 2011
Ever considered putting a chandelier in your bedroom?
Janie Osborne for The New York Times
The former attic of this 1900s home in Bozeman, Mont., has been transformed into a guest room that I’d be happy to stay in…for a long time. The use of the chandelier adds unexpected elegance and charm. I’m also crazy about the mixed patterns of the rugs and chair.