Lisa’s House: The Bedroom Makeover

Welcome to the last post of Lisa’s house. I’ve blogged about the living room, dining room and office already, so here’s the bedroom.

Lisa had just moved in and the only thing she did was have the walls painted with this texture – well, and the chandelier, but otherwise it was just kinda left over furniture from her old house/life. She wanted it to feel calm, feminine, pretty, french country but updated. Not to mention, cohesive and finished.

Designers are constantly asked what room people should prioritize – what room to start with and I don’t really know the answer. I used to say wherever you spend the most time – which is usually the living room (or family room) – that’s the room people are going to see, where you spend most of your (awake) time entertaining. No one really sees your bedroom but you. But at the end of the day walking into a pulled together and inviting room is such a luxury and really does make you feel more special and grown up.

Before_Bedroom

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Materials Girl #4; Wild, Strong and Earthy

Welcome to another ‘Material Girl’ post.

This chick… she be wild. You know in Dirty Dancing when whats her name (‘Baby’, I’ll presume) screams “You’re Wild!” after Patrick Swayze’s character breaks his car window with an exterior light post thing on the way to the water/lift scene? Yea. Wild like that. By the way after a lot of time, effort, thought, and serious analysis I’ve determined that Dirty Dancing is indeed my favorite movie (I’m serious). Between the story, production design, casting, entertainment value, acting and hip thrusting, it’s just really, really good and I can and have watched it over 20 times. Footloose and The Notebook were strong contenders but I actually think that Dirty Dancing beats them out on a couple of categories.

Anyway, the girl that we were ‘designing for’ in this materials board, Nicki, is a bit fiery, but with some restraint – like Patrick Swayze’s hip thrusts.

materials board

She is a creative TV executive, in charge of many men, confident in the way she controls them, while holding a little bit back. They like her because she doesn’t have to prove it all and lets her actions and past speak for her. Design-wise she can handle some pattern, but grounds it with earthy-ness. She can handle some color but grounds it with neutrals. She loves to layer textures, and always adds a bit of metallic.

The more I stare at this (I created/shot it like 6 weeks ago so its been a while since I stared at it) the more I actually really want to be this chick. To use red and pattern so confidently, and combine it with softness and earthy-ness, is indeed very enticing.

Resources:

1. Red & gold wallpaper | 2. Blue palm wallpaper | 3. Blue fabric | 4. Tile |  5. Wooden tray – vintage | 6. Stones | 7. Red & white striped fabric | 8. Blue leather | 9. White leather | 10. Grasscloth wallpaper | 11. Leather remnant | 12. Paint swatches | 13 Brass cabinet knob | 14. Stone

Material Girls #1, #2, and #3.

Photos shot and styled by me, with the help of Emily Lyn for gathering resources. Thanks, Emily! (Lyn, not me:))

Material Girls #3, ‘Contemporary, Masculine Glam’

If you follow me on instagram you might have seen my Materials Girls post today. To recap – its a series where we shop/style/shoot a bevy of interior design materials that we would use for pretend clients. Fantasy clients. Clients without a budget and that let us have full control.

So todays material board is very glamorous and yet contemporary in a kinda masculine way. Its actually totally not my style, but its a good excersize in how I would do styles outside my wheelhouse. ‘Contemporary’ is never really a word I love, but at the same time there are a lot of good contemporary design elements out there. So here goes:

She lives in Beverly Hills, wears skinny jeans and stilettos, and likes her place really clean and perfectly styled. She doesn’t buy vintage, she likes things with character, but she prefers texture over color, and loves a strict color palette. Like so:

Black and gold materials board

 

1. White tile | Porcelanosa 2. Flooring Birch Metallic Collection in Platinum by Vanier | Build Direct3. Gold fabric swatch Home Fabrics4. Tan leather scraps Michael Levine 5. Black pebbles Bourget Bros 6. Rectangular cream tile | Porcelanosa 7. Metallic wallpaper | Astek 8. Black and white fabric on left Rain in Slate, Clay McLaurin | Nicky Rising 9. Stone Scraps from the stoneyard 10. Black and white stripe wallpaper Horizontal stripe in Onyx | Sydney Harbour11. Black and white knob | Anthropologie 12. Leather | Edelman leather 13. Leather | Edelman leather. 14. Black and white fabric on right Edo by Clay McLaurin | Nicky Rising 15. Tan leather scraps Michael Levine 16. Silver textured tile | Porcelanosa 17. Black, white and grey pattern swatch (top Home left) Fabrics.

In case you missed the last two Material Girls, here they are. click on the photo to go to the post with all the resources.

blue-materials-board

Click HERE to see the post with resources.

pink

Click HERE to see this post with all the resources.

photographs shot/styled by me. 

Material Girls, #2; Eat, Pray, Glam.

Welcome to another Material Girls. In this episode our lady is global but in a high-end luxe and glam kinda way. Her name is Chloe. And here is her materials board:

green gold materials board Chloe loves the beach, but more in a Malibu way than in a hut in Costa Rica way. She’s that chick that wears beautiful vintage silk kaftans that just fall on her Paleo-diet eating frame. On most of us they just look like Muu Muu’s but on her they are kaftans. She loves everything pulled together, but mixes patterns effortlessly – as only a Malibu beach girl can. She read Eat Pray Love way before the film, has a perfect ‘Ballet Slipper’ pedicure at all times, has never had a tan line, and stocks gin and artisanal tonics in her bar for her Pepperdine graduate friends. She has a small dog, that people first call yappy but they eventually fall in love with. She is fancy, but approachable. Intelligent, but comes off casual. Has great taste, but doesn’t have to talk about it to prove it. Chloe is kinda awesome.

Here is what’s she likes in her home:

1. Teal tile | Classic Tile Flooring, Santa Monica 2. Silk fabric | The Fabric Store 3. Large brass knob | Liz’s Antique Hardware 4. White tile | Porcelanosa 5. Silver textured wallpaper | Astek 6. Turquoise wallpaper Quill, Seabreeze | Sydney Harbour 7. Flooring Jasper Hickory Collection (Natural) | Build Direct 8. Blue Square Tile | Classic Tile Flooring, Santa Monica 9. Blue and white stripe wallpaper Narrow Stripe in Regatta | Sydney Harbour 10. Rectangular brass ringpulls | Liz’s Antique Hardware 11. Dark blue leather | Edelman leather 12. Patterned fabric Rohet Flora Blue on Oyster | Mally Skok Design from Nicky Rising 13. Brass coil wire (sourced from the bead supply store).

See the first Material Girls HERE. 

Material Girl #1 – mood-boarding with a personality

In the quest to tap back into my creativity six months post baby, I went back to my roots on this new series – playing with pretty things to make a pretty photo. So, welcome to the new series called ‘Material Girl’ where we create a mood board out of interior design materials with a particular personality/girl involved. I’m not talking a specific person (although that is a way better idea and now we will be doing that soon) but more just different styles of personality.

This chick is Poppy Hightower. And she is F.U.N.

pink and green materials board

Oh Pepper? Here’s what she’s like:

She lives in the upper east side in a modest apartment that her parents bought for her while she was going to NYU studying communications. She drinks Belvedere vodka with fresh squeezed pink grapefruit, wears a high quality push up bra, gets eyelash extensions frequently, works in advertising (and works hard), and she owns every episode of Friends and watches them while she cleans the apartment. She’s a good time girl, with a contagious laugh, has a ton of fabulous friends and secretly fosters cats.

1. Green tile | Classic Tile and Flooring, Santa Monica

2. Green tile | Classic Tile and Flooring, Santa Monica

3.  Stone Scraps from the stoneyard n/a

4. Patterned fabric | The Fabric Store

5. Pink and gold wallpaper Meteor Flower in Bollywood | by Jane Blevin from Wallnut Wallpaper

6. Green pebbles | Bourget Bros

7. White and pink cotton napkin | Anthropologie

8. Turquoise doorknob | Anthropologie

9. Brass Mid-century knob | Liz’s Antique Hardware

10. Gold wallpaper | Astek

11. Paint chips | Sydney Harbour Paint Company

12. Paint chips | Sydney Harbour Paint Company

13. Flooring Vanier Hampton Wide Plank Series in Cottage Gray | Build Direct

14. Pink leather | Edelman Leather

15.  Blue/grey leather | Edelman Leather

16. Stone Scraps from the stoneyard n/a

17. Green patterned wallpaper Tackapousha in Mermaid by Grow House Grow | Walnut Wallpaper

18. Black and gold textured tile | Porcelanosa