In my quest to shove the importance of styling down all y’alls throats, we have done another very fun ‘1 _, 4 ways’ this time with the bed. We started with a VERY simple bed frame that we DIY’d from an ikea bed (stay tuned for the tutorial in Redbook that we’ll post here) and a white wall. So basic and potentially boring. But by changing out the accessories and bedding we have come up with four wildly different rooms, for your viewing (and copying) pleasure – starting with ‘Cool, Cabin, Casual’.
Click through for the inspiration, gif and the ‘get the look’.
This one is inspired by the ‘Country-chic’ movement that is sweeping America, and my brain. My Oregon roots are getting the best of me and all I really want is a warm cozy rustic cabin:
Those people in those photos are cool – so this is our attempt at being those people:
Why it works:
1. The color palette was pulled from the plaid blanket – blues, greens, and blacks that are then peppered evenly in the side tables, bedding and art. We didn’t get OCD about making sure the colors matched perfectly, but just enough to tell a singular story.
2. We went a bit granny with the bedspread and the pom pom pillow, sure, but then kept it masculine and edgy with the trunks and the lamp. Just when you think its going to go ‘old lady’ it doesn’t.
3. We mixed a variety of scales of patterns and textures – the plaid, the half moon pattern, the small scale sheets, the nubby bedspread and the large scale abstract. All these mixed together give the room warmth and personality without making it too busy.
Watch it come to life:
Ignore the wrinkles under the final bedding – as you can suspect we only steam/iron what you see in the final shot. I’d say its laziness, but I think its more just smart and efficient.
What is crucial about styling is the combination of ‘new fresh and modern’ what with the bedding and the bed itself’ but then you must always have something ‘old and weird’ to give the room some soul. if you have everything ‘old and weird’ then guess what – you look old and weird (its possible for this to look cool, but VERY difficult to pull off).
The bedspread, suitcases and the art are the staring roles in this film – they stand out and instantly make the room more interesting and quirky. But if everything in the room did that then you’d basically have a room full of annoying actors, all wanting to be the star, vying for attention, competing for who is more ‘quirky’ and then you’d be smart to just take that pillow and cover your airways in it in hopes of losing consciousness even for one second. You need the pretty modern bedding, the simple bed, the classic-ness of the plaid to round out the room and make it still feel current, relevant and timeless.
So that’s the first look – ‘Cool, Cabin, Casual’. And i’m EXTREMELY into it. Stay tuned for the other three this week. Happy national bed week 🙂
Now go on and get the look:
1. White Quilt |2. Blue Crosshatch Sheets | 3. Pottery Vase: vintage | 4. Plaid Blanket (vintage) | 5. Accordion Task Lamp | 6. Indigo Blue Pillow | 7. Blue and White Throw Pillow | 8. Green Trunk (vintage) | 9. Raw Edge White Quilted Shams 10. Grey Pom Pom Pillow | 11. Green Velvet Pillow |