Look number two represents a neutral palette in consideration of the violet painted walls – Benjamin Moore’s Lavender Ice is a soft, feminine hue that is both happy and calming, the perfect combination for a peaceful nights sleep.
Now if you are a germ-a-phobe, which I am not, you might want to consider a bed frame in hard wood or metal. Mites, and lord forbid, mice, love to snuggle into the fabric and fluff of an upholstered bed. Here is one of my very favorite options which satisfy my desire for the royal treatment. A modern take on a canopy in gold. The price tag matches the dream, but what a delicious dream it is.
Paired with a couple of Made Goods nightstands in raffia, and coordinated with Serena and Lily’s Blake Raffia Wide Dresser and you’ve got the makings of a beautiful bedroom.
Happy Sunday my little fairy dust friends. I hope you enjoy this last day of summer.
I work so much that I rarely spend more than an hour a day in any other room than my bedroom, and those hours, I am unapologetically sleeping. Even when I get home on the earlier side around eight, I like to change out of my binding work clothes, and into some cozzies, and settle into my divinely comfortable bed. Having a good bed is critical to ones happiness. If you wake with aches and pains in the morning, toss out that abhorrent plank and replace it toute suite and hippity hop, with something that makes you purr like a pussy cat when you flutter open those peepers in the morning. It’s a must.
With that basic human right attended to, we can put a little pretty into play. Whether you Feng Shui or sway to a different drummer, black out curtains – formerly of the high-end hotel set, should be considered. Privacy and catching all the winks ones workday will allow is important.
Personally, I am happy to sit on the end of my bed to remove my shoes, and I am most definitely not sitting in a chair to read before getting into bed, so any additional seat would only invite clothing to gather when it should rightfully be hung right back up after wearing. I don’t need any temptation, the weekends are too short as it is. If you are very disciplined, you might enjoy a chair or a bench – plenty of lovely options exist and I’ll show you one or two in some subsequent posts, but for this first look, we’ll skip it.
A little whimsy is so right for the bedroom. Etsy Pillows. Left: Pink Bunny Lee Jofa Groundworks Hutch Pillow $40. Middle: Etsy KLine Deco Killi in Pink $55. Right: Etsy KLine Kenile in Rose Pink $55.
The happiest beds have sheets and blankets, comforters and coverlets, feather filled pillows, and poofy lambswool throws. I like this slate to be simple white, but understand when someone selects a nostalgic little rose bud print, or a masculine windowpane striping reminiscent of a man’s dress shirt. Whatever works for you, just be sure you make that bed each morning. Serenity requires discipline.
or Chestnut Hill as the case may be. True to its name, and despite the bustling sales associates, and dozens of eager shoppers, the color palette of blues and grays, caramels and creams, and even a forest green, made the store serene. You know the kind of place that makes you realize you’d been holding your breath? When your foot falls on the bleached hardwood floor and you knock eyes with a wall adorned in Mary Maguire nautical watercolors, you know you’ve arrived at someplace special.
Between Newport and Nantucket, Serena and Lily is likely to fulfill its annual projections for sales, the rich and famous flocking to this formerly catalog only company, to adorn their second, third or fourth homes.
Despite the outrageous decadence of a $60. pillow case, the simple beauty of their offerings draws one in. Some things simply have no look alike, or the look alike can’t really hold a candle to the original. In these instances I think it’s important to save ones pennies, and purchase pieces that are going to bring the most bang for the buck. Believe it or not – a pillow case does bring bang. All of the other sheets can be hidden away, but that pillow case is perched right there on top, in full view, and with all the world to admire. Pair it with a Home Goods sheet set and you’re in the money as the saying goes.
My other picks from the store have to do with my recent obsession with chairs – dining, club, slipper, lounge, diminutive or delightfully large, they have my attention. While it’s true that if you are in the hunt for high-low comparisons in the chair world, you can make a pretty good go of locating a low-priced lookalike that will work brilliantly. I would argue that even someone as obsessed with the details, as I am, could be made reasonably happy with one of these close approximations, BUT when you’ve found a particular hue that makes you beyond happy, that, you may not be able to replicate. The Tucker chair in Fog is my pick, and at just $198. it’s one of the more reasonably priced picks.
If I am selecting for my imaginary coastal home, the Belgian Club in Performance Pinstripe in French Blue is my pick for a living room chair, and the Blake Raffia Console – which btw is on sale for $848. from $1300. The indigo is so nautical and lovely, I can really see my room shaping up, but alas, its Sunday and errands await, bringing me back to reality. If you’re in the mood for a wonderful daydream, drop by – 200 Boylston Street . Chestnut Hill.
While rattan always strikes me as a decorative accent best showcased somewhere down south, I find I long for it when the weather even hints (as it does here in New England, in fits and starts) of becoming warmer. It feels right that furnishings should get a little lighter, allow a warm breeze to pass through them – even if they are indoors.
Now if you have begun to conjure images of the Golden Girls in their Florida condo, let me stop you right there. This isn’t bamboo and peach palm fronds that I’m talking about. Rattan can be sophisticated, elegant even, and I am here to prove it.
Rattan is derived from the Maylay – Rotan, which consists of an old world species of climbing palms, which in turn, belong to a sub-family known as Calamoldizae, which is Greek for reed. Now we are getting somewhere, so stick with me here. Those reeds are woven into cords, which are wrapped around a wire frame, allowing the decorative object or piece of furniture to take shape. It’s an art, and oh boy, are there ever some designers that elevate the form.
Mario Lopez Torrez is perhaps my favorite for his cheeky use of monkey’s. A Mexican Artist known for his mid-century creations – though it is believed he still produces pieces today in his village – Ihuatizo. If a visual examination of the intricacies of his designs don’t convince you of his status, perhaps the price points at which his pieces sell will.
City or seaside, north or south, I have a hankering for rattan.
I have to say that were money no object, I’d do a lot of things differently than I currently do today – who wouldn’t. Surely you can’t stand in judgement of me, for that. We all make choices about how we want to spend our money, and what is worth the economy, and what is not.
Today I am going to report on a number of things that I think….ARE NOT. For those following along, I painstakingly selected a number of pieces that were to comprise the makings of a teenage boys room – a real room, a room fit for an almost adult. While it does fit the bill, arriving at the finished product was a right of passage, all on its own.
The items, bedside tables, dresser, and bed, arrived in alarmingly small boxes. I discovered exactly why when I opened them. If you can imagine what a Swiss watch factory might look like – 10 Old Salty Lane’s living room floor, hallway, and bedroom, looked just like we were revved up to assemble the next best version of a TAG Heuer.
I like assembling a puzzle as much as the rest of them, but when it comes to furniture – I like it to arrive…whole, and if not whole, I want a single Allen wrench, and a two part instruction process. What I was left with – was frankly DISRESPECTFUL.
The Aristotle Bed – also from Wayfair, didn’t come in quite so many parts, but the parts that it did come with – didn’t have the holes router’ed in the right location. I had to jury rig that thing, while I was swearing like a sailor – so unbecoming. When all was said and done, I asked myself why in the sam tarnation I hadn’t bought from West Elm to begin with….and that’s all I have to say about that.
So the jury has returned from deliberations. Look No. 2 which can be seen below was selected. It’s a pretty good look. I should have known he would have gone for the platform – it’s cool. A disadvantage of this bed is the lack of storage space underneath, but the up side is that snacks can’t sneak under it. A pretty big upside if you ask me.
So now that a bed, side table, and desk have been selected, the elements that will really bring the space to life have to be factored into the equation. Color is so important to the overall feel of the space, but so is storage. We have to deal with the aforementioned sneaker collection, and these aren’t small feet we’re talking about. Size 13’s take up some space. There is a large closet in the room – with no door on it – don’t ask. If I build out the guts of the closet with plenty of shelves and a small hanging area it should do the trick.
As for which color we should paint it. I am recommending one of these three Benjamin Moore Colors: Sunrise, Ice Cubed Silver, or Hunter Green. In this last instance I would paint the baseboard interior door and casings in the color and the wall in Super White. Give it a really crisp bright feel.
Finally, I’d resort to my old favorites for finishing touches. Home Goods, Home Goods, and maybe a few local favorites like Oceana and Bungalow. Stay posted for the final reveal. Happy Sunday.
As I wondered through the shops in Chatham today, with only a thinly veiled guise in toe, my hunt for thank you notes, I was struck by the number of people that so openly proclaim they can get this, or that, for so much cheaper at Home Goods. While it’s undeniably true, that many wonderful things can be purchased there, show some respect folks. It’s hard being a store owner, and think how genuinely nice it is to stroll local shops in town – any town.
So I bought my cards and picture frames, and a belated birthday gift for my little 3 year old friend who will forgive my tardiness. Isn’t that one of the very best things about being 3? Time is fluid. Forgiveness is given freely, and joy is unabashed. Oh I can’t wait for her to get her fairy garland.
Now that I have supported the local shops, I can tell you with an open conscience that Target has come out with another line of lighting that BEAUTIFUL. It trails behind another HGTV hit hostess and is so crazy affordable, I am tempted to buy far more than I need and squirrel it away for a rainy day. Leanne Ford and her Project 62 line will have those that lust over Serena & Lily, Rejuvenation, or even West Elm’s more economical lines – well lining up to load their shopping cart. And wait you better because Target says it’s a limited edition.
While most the Restored by one Ford Collection is pendants, and floor lamps, if you are in the market for table lamps, head to Home Goods this weekend. They are having an enormous sale on lamps, rugs, and more, and the stores are packed with product. This girl spotted a few John Adler knock-offs, a couple of mid-century modern globe lights, a couple of Ralph Lauren ginger jar blue and white beauties, and many more, you are sure to find a desk top, bedside, or sideboard or console table lamp to brighten your home.
My brother-in-law refers to me as “The Girl”. You know, the help that’s hired to make things happen, the one in the background, who has no name. That’s me. I know I am someone that can get things done. I’ve always been a doer, a producer. Nonetheless I prefer to be thought of more as “That Girl”, rather than “The Girl”. Marlo Thomas was so quirky and cute and like Mary Tyler Moore, she was making it on her own. True one lived in NYC and the other in Minneapolis, and I live in Boston, but still….I’m going to make this thing happen on my own.
Laying it all out helps to pick a balance of high and low.
This thing of course is The Manse, and like the middle of any good TV show it looks more like disaster is about to strike than it’s ready for the flash bulbs to start popping, but I’m confident. Sort of…Oh I have a million decisions to make still. Bed sets to buy. Dining chairs, lounge chairs, desk chairs, occasional, and every day. I’ve got furniture to paint, miles to go before I sleep.
“Chair”ish this time because once you’ve bought it, there’s no going back.
If money were no object. I wonder if I would have no creativity at all. It’s a possibility. Not to worry, right now, I am being forced to get seriously creative, because I have spent WAY too much, and here I thought I was doing well. By that I mean, maintaining a budget that I never wrote down, but had a rough idea in my mind I was willing to spend. No – that ship has sailed, so now my living room looks like a grade school art project. All the surfaces are covered with cut outs of furniture, lighting, linens, and all the items I need to complete this place before 28 April.
Struggling with the right mix of coastal and comfortable.
That Girl will pull it together, and she’ll do it in style. You just keep the faith.
admiring my careful selections with pride, and a knowing nod to myself, just as I imagined it would look. In reality…there are dozens of mistakes I will make, returns, concessions, screamed vulgarities, frustration, some tears followed by elation. If I am making it sound terrible – it’s not. It’s this very part that keeps me going. That has me dreaming of different color combinations, fabrics, and patterns – textures and scale. Like a golfer that swears they will quit, and then hits a perfect shot, I’m in for life.
I’ve already bought, and plan to return a number of items that upon further reflection – will not work. If this were a Chatham Bars Inn buffet – my eyes would be bigger than my stomach – the repercussions are worse than a stomach ache though, because the beds won’t fit in the rooms! Ugh. New plan. While I think I’ve come up with an alternative approach, it’s a disappointment.
Cheeky Monkey . Add a little red felt heart on Harwich and we’re in business.
I want to be sure to get the fabrics right so I am laying out several scenarios and asking for input. Jo-Jo will weigh in here of course. I was turned onto a fourth generation textile design company out of Sheffield, MA called Tillett Textiles & T4 run by Kathleen Tillett and son Patrick McBride. This company is hot! They allow you to choose your pattern and your color way along with about a dozen materials from which you can print it. If you are in love with their designs, and want a coordinating wallcovering you might consider printing on a lightweight fabric and then having it paper backed before hanging it. Helen Baker of Helen Baker Interiors Inc.turned me on to them. She knows the coolest resources!
White and Blue Bedroom: 2nd Floor
Top Left: Carp Allowed It in Navy – Tillett Textiles (Roman Shades) Top Right: Bolero in Indigo – Sister Parish (Window Seat Cushion) Bottom: Beans and Boys in Red – Tillett Textiles (Pillow for Window Seat).
Sister Parish is a textile and wallcovering brand founded in 2000 to honor the style of and spirit of Sister Parish of the influential Parish-Hadley Interiors firm that famed designers Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams once called their work home. I became familiar with them a few years back when I saw a pattern called Serendipity with it’s happy little stars and polka dots – two things bring a smile to my face. Their patterns are perfect for a coastal haunt.
Left: Mally Skok . Mewar Pink Orange. (Window Seat Pillow piped in kelly green). Right: Sister Parish . Clara B . Simply Pink (Window Seat Cushion.
Above: Similar Wicker Chair – Antique Market Find with Top Left: Tillett Textiles . Puffy Petals in Forest Green. Top Right: Tillett Textiles . Dots of Non in Forest Green piped in pink.
Above Left: Tillett Textiles . Dots of Non in Forest Green – converted to wallcovering for bedroom closet interior. Right: Sister Parish . Clara B – custom upholstered daybed.
Last year, while at the Innovation and Design Center in Boston’s Seaport, I met Mally Skok. I went to the talk because I had seen a room she designed for a show house and I was struck by the organic patterns and playful motifs. She has a fascinating story, and is as lovely as her designs.
Custom Upholstered Day Bed with Trundle by livenUpdesign. Via Etsy.
I love so much of what Serena and Lily produces, but struggled with colorways that would work in this particular application. If I have to be honest, which I do, because what’s the point of writing all this if I am not honestly sharing my preferences, thoughts, and opinions. I’m not perfect – nobody is and NObody likes a property that looks too perfect. It feels inauthentic (probably because nobody lives there) Don’t you forget that.
So S & L is out and I am embracing a mix of designers that you may know, and others who may be new to you. I do hope you approve. Comments are sometimes welcome – just kidding – if I couldn’t accept input and alternative suggestions, where would I be? Please do write.
I had a colleague call me to task the other day. We were talking about shoes I think? Or it might have been gowns, or furniture or something of monumental importance to me. Don’t judge me because I have momentarily forgotten which of these things it was – they are all extremely important, and were it not for the shear number of brands, furnishings, materials and projects, which require my attention, I would be able to tell you precisely which one it was. It will all come back – fear not – and it’s beside the point anyway. What he wanted to know was the percentage of people that could identify the high end from the low? Really good question Mark. I had to admit that it was few and far between. Why then do I do it? Well, the answer is I do it sometimes, and sometimes I don’t. AND I notice.
A mon Avis, the trick is to mix high and low together in one space. Vintage and new, antique and mid-cent knock-off, art of your own creation with a prized Picaso. Comb the beach for a shell, rock, or sculptural piece of drift wood. Find an old sign and spray paint it gold or matte black – it snuggle it in, among other shiny objectives making it a distinguished focal point.
I do love finding a good bargain – but it must in fact be good. It’s so disappointing when you spend money on something that falls apart – in whatever predetermined timeframe I’ve decided the item should last. So be it, I have a 1950’s concept of how things should be made. They should last!
So carpets. I’ve found some that I believe are simple lovely replicas of the original – though who arrived there first is always up for debate. Perhaps it’s more apt to say – the higher cost version – which implies better quality, but isn’t always the case. I think these are worth the gamble, and if I wasn’t the gambling type I wouldn’t be doing this quest.