Coastal Bedroom

Have you ever been so delighted in your decorating choices that every time you walk in a room you're smacked in the head with joy? This is now happening when I walk into our master bedroom.

We're just back from summer vacation and I've gone all in with my favorite place/vibe/dream and have covered the wall in coastal paintings. Some vintage, some painted by me and one sneaky poster print.

It was time for a little refresh in our bedroom and I didn't want to spend much so I gathered my paintings and started a gallery wall. I want to mention our master bedroom is on the small side but the paintings don't overwhelm the room at all. It gets tons of pretty natural light and I've kept most of the room neutral.  Don't be afraid of installing big art in a small space. 

 I hit up HomeGoods for night stands. By some lucky miracle there were two matching night stands at the same store (you know that NEVER happens) so I grabbed them right away. 

I stripped the bed and simplified by removing some of the decorative pillows and adding a light cotton summer blanket. I did splurge on one big beautiful linen pillow by Pine Cone Hill that I picked up at Kuhl-Linscomb in Houston. With the wall now being a bit beachy bonkers, the bed needed just a little color and simplicity. One big soft blue pillow was all it took.

I've been really lucky finding coastal paintings for ridiculously cheap prices. I think it's because of the amount of shopping I do as a stylist. It just naturally puts the odds in my favor that I'll find a deal. The painting in the image above right was $1.00 (don't hate me). There are actually two on this wall that cost $1.00. The other was coated with a think layer of tobacco smoke scum I had to scrub off but was worth it. 

The abstracts are palette knife paintings I did myself. The only framed piece came from my friends at HASbins (top right corner). I do have one cheater piece (top left corner, also from HASbins). It's a thick poster print that was originally a store advertisement. The colors and dimensions were exactly what I needed to finish the wall so I'm using it as a place holder until I stumble upon a painting or paint one myself. It doesn't bother me a bit that it's a poster. I love the moodiness of it. 

I removed the wall mounted lamps I had previously and replaced them with some trendy brass and marble task lamps from Target that I found on clearance (the website has them at full price now, hmmm).  I love that they're adjustable and have built in dimmers. The play of the modern lamps against all the vintage is nice as well. It's all about the mix. 

This room is officially freshened and done. Until Christmas anyway. 

All is Calm All is Bright

This Christmas I'm making a few simple changes in our neutral bedroom with just a little bit of color and texture from nature.

I shopped my moms extensive quilt collection for the "just right" piece that wouldn't feel too country. The simple vintage graphic quilt and pillows were the perfect addition of color to brighten the space and keep the Scandinavian style that I love. As the leaves fell from our crepe myrtle tree, an abandoned bird nest was revealed and the branch was put to quick use for my feather bird Christmas ornaments.

Tucked into the opening of the clock are vintage books and my baby shoes with miniature bottle brush trees. 

The variety of textures add to the rooms' seasonal atmosphere. I love single poinsettia stems in vases because they stay fresh a long time. And they look great with seashells!

We're really enjoying the color in our normally neutral bedroom. Feels like Christmas!

The Merriest

Simple Christmas. That was my goal. And in some ways I've achieved it.  It was hot here in Houston when we pulled the decorations out and that just doesn't inspire me to get going. So I lived with the boxes for a couple of days and marinated in the hope it would turn cold for just a few days...and then it did. Now we're ready! If you're looking out a window onto a snow covered landscape... just know that I'm jealous! 
A couple of Christmas details I've really enjoyed this year is a wood cubby unit that was from a gem shop. It's filled with vintage Christmas miniatures and I play with it a little bit every day.  And I found some metal ribbon. That was a first and I loved using it on  my friends gifts.
Lots of images to share the merriest decorating moments happening around here this Christmas:

"Chiming sweet when the night winds swell, blest is the sound of the Christmas Bells"

Here There and Everywhere

January is usually a quiet month. However, this year has started off with a bang for me with clients and exciting opportunities that have me doing more than the usual amount of shopping. Here are a few things that caught my eye while out and about:

These 26x26 inch Ursula cushion covers are from Ikea. Made of ramie, they have the look and feel of raw linen. How about that cute accent stripe and tie closures? These are a steal at $13.00 each, and could easily be monogrammed to add detail.

West Elm was getting their Spring on with these pretty accessories:

Ceramic garden stools were a nice price at HomeGoods. How fun is that giant ceramic roller skate hiding in the back there?

And finally, this pretty French style table from a garage sale is my weekend project:

It's a really nice reproduction that I want to lighten up a bit.  So, I drank the kool-aid and tracked down the nearest Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist in my area. I want to see if this paint lives up to it's reputation of being fast, easy to use and durable.  Wish me luck!