Yesterday, we debuted a ‘Victorian Glam‘ bedroom that I designed from the new Opalhouse collection, and today I’d like to introduce you to one of my other personalities – my Cali-boho-meets-’70s-Southwestern vibe. The Opalhouse collection from Target will really speak to anybody who loves the eclectic and vintage inspired, despite their style.
First off, we used another removable wallpaper in here, this time in a smaller and more subtle pattern.
I REALLY wanted to use that headboard – it was the impetus for this whole room (sorry if it’s still out of stock – keep checking as it will be available again but apparently I wasn’t the only one in love with it). I would have just used it in the other room with the floral wallpaper and done one space, but that is how Target shot it for their website and I wanted to do something different. I loved how it worked with this smaller pattern – it’s exciting but not overwhelming.
How is this room so ‘me’, too, you ask? That blue, white and wicker with hits of rust and playful pom poms feel like ‘me’ just as much as the floral wallpaper. WHO AM ‘I’??
We flanked the bed with two extremely heavy and high-quality Moroccan-inspired accent tables with very pretty marble tops. I liked how the darker wood tone grounded the whole room, although we tried the white nightstands from the other makeover in here which also looked good! So many options, so few rooms.
I’m telling you, you can really mix and match this collection, despite it being so eclectic (or maybe that’s exactly why it’s eclectic – it all works together…just pace yourself). In fact, the only challenge of the Opalhouse collection is that there are TOO many things to choose from and if you don’t give yourself some moments of ‘calm,’ it can look a little too colorful and chaotic. Everything is a bit more traditionally feminine with a lot of detailing, so you want to make sure that you are balancing that out with pieces in simple shapes or patterns.
The wallpaper is quiet enough that I could add that throw on the end of the bed (which really pulled the room together) but otherwise, I kept the bedscape quiet (are we saying ‘bedscape’ now? umm…no. Retract).
If you are wondering where the lights are, don’t worry – if you have a ’70s boho Cali vibe, you don’t need any. JK. Again, because the lamps in the Opalhouse collection are eclectic, they started looking busy with the headboard and the wallpaper so we chose plants and flowers instead. But rest assured that I realize you do indeed need lighting in a bedroom. I would highly suggest something with a simple shape here. I love the wicker lamps in the collection (although I would opt for a white shade) but between the headboard and the footstools at the end of the bed, we had enough wicker. At some point, you can be wicker heavy. It’s a delicate balance.
That cactus is incredibly cute and it falls in the ‘I’m a fake plant that’s not trying to look real’ category as it almost looks like a heavy duty papier maché. Also, I’ve joined the ranks of people who like fake flowers and plants – I make no apologies. I’m both embarrassed and proud of that statement. I’m going to do a blog post to make the case and show you what I mean and what the rules are about them, but this cactus would be in the ‘good’ category of faux foliage.
It’s so cute!!! Also, please note the detail on that mirror (which we moved around a bit depending on the angle). It’s really heavy and beautiful, as well.
I staged this all in the house of some friends – they just bought it but want to renovate some rooms before they move in so it was just sitting there. I proceeded to do what I do best, swooped in and said ‘HEY I’M GOING TO USE THIS FOR A SHOOT!’ As they came over every day to say hi, they couldn’t decide which room they liked more and changed their mind daily.
I know I harp on about patterns and the right mix, but here is why the particular marriage of prints in this space works:
- These patterns all share a color palette: Blue and white on the walls, rust(ish) and cream on the sheets with a blue stripe, big solid blocks of velvety rust on the pillows and the throw that brings it together with all of our colors in it. The rug in the room is also a neutral with hits of our coral/rust and pink in it. The colors you use don’t have to be perfectly matched, they just need to ‘speak’ to each other.
- All of these patterns are different scales and shapes (this is KEY). We have a little leaf motif on the wall, tiny dots on the sheets and, of course, mixed-width stripes on our throw (I LOVE that throw by the way – please look closely and you can see the white fringe on it). Even the headboard is a pattern but because the grids in it are large, it contrasts enough with the small-scale wallpaper.
- We have some solids breaking it up. If the big Euro pillows were emblazoned with a pattern, it would have been too much. The color is the perfect punch, but we needed a solid in between the patterns to give your eye a rest and keep it from getting too busy.
I also want to make a point (and I SO wished we had time to shoot this) that the furniture in these two rooms could absolutely be swapped and would look just as good (in fact we went back and forth and back and forth – physically – with the furniture to decide). And if the removable wallpaper scares you, feel confident that this furniture is eclectic and interesting on its own – you don’t need the paper, I just loved it and wanted to kick it up a notch for the posts.
1. Wallpaper | 2. Headboard | 3. Duvet | 4. Sheet Set | 5. Pom Pom Garland | 6. Coral Fringe Pillow | 7. Cream Pillow | 8. Throw Blanket | 9. Side Table | 10. Rug | 11. Rattan Ottoman | 12. Artificial Cactus Plant | 13. Glass Vase | 14. Tray | 15. Terra Cotta Bud Vase | 16. Matchbox | 17. Candle | 18. Floor Mirror | 19. Elephant Basket