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Spotlight On: One Bright Accent Piece

6 Apr

Pick a color, any color…


Be inspired by these pictures below who take  the meaning of “accent color” to a whole new level where everything is bright, shiny, and laquered.

Inspired by: Design Sponge Online

Inspired by: Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Inspired by: Pink Wallpaper

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Inspired by: The Lennoxx

Inspired by: Pink Wallpaper

Inspired by: The Lennoxx

Inspired by: Design Sponge Online

Inspired by: The Lennoxx

Inspired by: Design Sponge Online

Inspired by: Spearmint Decor

Inspired by: House Beautiful

Inspired by: The Lennoxx

Inspired by: Inspiration for Home

Inspired by: Simply Irresistible Designs

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Casa de Funky Bear: Day 3 – The Rest of the Apt.

27 Dec

Time to finish what I started a few weeks ago — my own apartment reveal. Enjoy!

Of course, I had to include my favorite thing in the world: Picture clustering. It all starts with a blank room…

And a blank wall…

Then with a little bit of pre-planning and luck…

You get your final product!

Excuse Blair in this picutre — she’s just doing a little half marathon training stretch. It all ended up coming together amazingly. We love our bright blue we chose — Sherwin Williams “Jay Blue” SW6797. We were worried it would be a little obnoxious in such a small space but it adds so much character. If you notice, we did change our apartment floors from carpeting to wood and it made SUCH a difference. I definitely recommend this for a small living area because it immediately made our whole apartment feel more spacious. The power of optical illusions amazes me.

One day when I was terribly bored, I decided to make some personal art work for our little casa. After a quick trip to Michael’s and a bottle of Modge Podge. This is what I came up with. Cute-ish, right? I decopauged pretty paper onto tiny canvases. Then I painted wooden letters to spell what I wanted and hot glued them to the canvases. With a wire hanger on the back of each…they were complete. Maybe not the best creation I’ve ever claimed but they fill up space in our picture cluster.

Same goes with these. Not the best but at least it’s something. I wrapped big letters for Blair’s and my initials in leftover leopard print from the chairs.

More personalized artwork…both of these posters represent where Blair and I attended college. We call this our media center. Again — pretending to live the high life.

One is a real picture a student took of Athens’ Georgia Theater — a landmark and UGA point of pride. Sadly, the Georgia Theater burned down last year and is being gutted and renovated. It has housed famous acts from all over the country and from all different generations. I saw Taylor Swift there right before she made it big. AH-MAZING! If you’re interested, please visit their website and donate to the cause to rebuild this historic monument for future students to enjoy as so many of us have. I did my part by buying this poster the student photographer created to raise money for the cause. Your turn!

And of course for all of you non-Texans, the other poster is a blown-up Sports Illustrated cover with the University of Texas’ Vince Young when they won the Rose Bowl in 2006. The best part about this poster is that it is signed by the man himself. I received this as a special gift from a friend in high school…and I love being able to use it in my apartment and all of my houses to come.

The chair and custom painted and upholstered chairs I made a few months ago look funky and chic in our breakfast nook. Gotta have animal print somewher – Rawr!

And the beautiful painting above our table? A custom canvas painting by the one and only B. There is a fabulous place in Houston called Pinot’s Palette where for $35 you can re-create a famous painting and BYOB to enjoy wine with friends. Now it graces our presence in our breakfast nook.

Next to the nook is our “bar.” Really it is nothing more than a fun little table we set up a wine rack on but we like to think we’re living the high life with a built-in bar. We keep koozies and wine openers in the drawer for our alcoholic-friendly occasions.

We invested in a few pieces of artwork that remind us of fun times in our life. We bought this one from AllPosters.com to remember our semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. The dark colors are very handsome and tone down the bright blue wall it sits across from without losing the color palette.

Our kitchen is small and sort of hard to work with but we just decorated a few key places to give it personality. My mom used to collect roosters so that’s our placeholder until we find something better. But the red little lamp adds much-needed light and looks so cute in the corner. Every kitchen needs a lamp. Overhead light is harsh and unflattering.

There…finished! Obviously, every home is a work in progress and mine is no different. I definitely plan on adding to and updating my digs over time as my taste and style develop.

And guess what?!…there is a big surprise in store for all of my Funky Bear followers in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for more details!

Oh, and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year’s and all that jazz 🙂

Casa de Funky Bear: Day 1 – Blair

7 Dec

It’s safe to say that this Funky Bear has taken a little hiatus from blogging. A 6-week long break, to be exact. My life has been full of interesting surprises and new work lately (such as I am now working for a children’s interior design boutique and LOOOOVE it).

And although I know my devout followers have missed me in my blogging absence (how could you not?), my first post back is not about me. On the contrary, it is about my great and wonderful roommate: Blair.

BlairBear!!

Name: Blair

Current Town: Houston

Job: Analyst for a Houston energy company

Fun Fact: Blair is a fabulous roommate and has made me pancakes numerous times — especially to surprise me in the morning (aw!). Here’s a little Blair tip: use a sprinkle of cinnamon and a couple of bananas in the batter for extra goodness. It’s what I get to wake up to every morning…sometimes. Only twice but still.

Decorating Style: Feminine and shabby chic

Obviously if Blair was worthy of being my selected as my roommate for my first apartment, I knew she would bring unique style and taste to our decorating that would be unrivaled. We settled on finding an apartment in one day. Seems rash but we love it. Great location. Great amenities. Great price point…you get the picture. Both Blair and I took different roads to decorating our rooms. Below, you will find Blair’s room pics. Full of mellow blues and neutral champagne hues, her room has a softness and maturity to it that I always strive for but never seem to be able to achieve thanks in large part to my obsession with animal print and bright colors. Enjoy your tour of B’s room today and the next time I post I will keep unveiling our our fabulous little apartment.

Here’s a quick view of Blair’s room from the entrance. Gotta love the great color of the accent wall!

Her bedding is by House, Inc. which she found through Layla Grayce. The bedding has been an investment piece that Blair has had for a few years. Therefore, moving into our new place she knew she had to build her room and color scheme around them.

She also knew should would have to incorporate her existing furniture pieces and headboard.

Last weekend, Blair and I visited Houston’s Urban Market which is an outdoor collection of antique sellers who get together every so often to showcase and sell their products. We found this interesting old criss-cross shelf unit and Blair mounted it above her bed. The idea is to collect enough little trinkets to decorate it or perhaps even leave it plain. What do you think??

Blair has always wanted a sitting area in her room and let’s face it — who doesn’t. Having a designated area for lounging adds a flair of luxury that’s hard to resist, even if you don’t have much room. Rather than adding an oversized couch or plush chair which she did not have space for, she re-purposed these old navy blue chairs that her mom had in storage. Originally, she planned to recover them but ended up loving the dark color in her room full of neutrals. The mirrors above the chair were purchased at the Guild shop, a resale shop in the Houston area. We are still searching out fabric to cover the table. Any ideas???

Here is a more close up view of the accent wall and its decor. The two big pieces of furniture came in a matching set, along with a dresser she keeps in her closet for her jewelry.  Love the other chair she uses both to fill unused space in the corner as well as ad visual interest and texture to the room.

Above her TV are 3 small mirror-type plates that she bought at Marshall’s.

Above is a close up of Blair’s main dresser in her room. She has added a few personal knick-knacks and picture frames along with some more unique ones…

This great vintage mirrored platter also came from the Guild shop in Houston. It has a super old-Hollywood glam feel when paired with her perfumes.

This jewelry holder has a morbid past…Blair is a native Texan and has grown up participating in all the stereotypical Southern activities you can think of. Including hunting. This skull is from the first buck she shot at age 13. Now she uses it as decoration and to hold her bracelets. It looks a look creepier in this picture than it actually is in real life. Even though I’m not sure I agree with the macabre nature of its existence on her dresser, I can definitely appreciate that it has a background story that is personal to Blair. Everyone needs pieces in their home with a story.

The final piece of Blair’s furniture set sits in her closet and holds more clothing and acts as a large jewelry box of sorts. One of the perks of our apartment is that it has huge walk-in closets which is amazing for extra storage to hide out of sight from visitors.

Finally, Blair ties it all together by using a second set of the hooks used for jewelry organization in her closet to store sunglasses in her bathroom. Her shower curtain is from Dillard’s and adds a splash of bright red color.

Can’t wait until next time I post when I get to show you my little piece of heaven in our humble abode…

Real Readers: Caroline

18 Aug

Today is a special day when I allow my first guest blogger to have her say here on my blog. Nepotism is alive and well, people… and hard at work here at the Funky Bear. The guest blogger is my sister, Caroline! (Sidenote: If you’d like to be a guest blogger on the Funky Bear or feel you have something to share in this creative space, please email me at thefunkybear@gmail.com)

Name: Caroline

Age: 20

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current Town: College Station, Texas

Fun Fact: Besides being my one and only little sister, Caroline was born with 2 stuck together toes! Yes, as in webbed, like a duck. The nurse who helped deliver her proudly proclaimed: “Oh don’t worry, good for swim!”  TMI? Perhaps…

Decorating Style: Classy. Colorful. Chic.

But Caroline is qualified to talk decorating in other ways than her blood relation to me. Out of the two of us, she is the one more inclined towards home design. In fact, when I told her I was starting the Funky Bear, I’m pretty sure she shunned me for no less than 3 days because it’s more her forte than mine. She probably couldn’t understand how or why I was dabbling in her world. Hmmf…but now she is helping me provide creative inspiration to all of my followers. She has always been interested in home decorating and design since the ripe age of 6 when she started her very own design notebook. She pulled scraps out of magazines and wrote on sticky notes things such as “Nice curtains” and “Good lamp” so she wouldn’t forget when she was all grown and had her own place.

Well, now she does at her first house at Texas A&M University and she would like to share her tips of the trade with YOU. Keep in mind, she has just moved in in the past few weeks and the walls are still very bare. But you can definitely get some great ideas looking through the decorating mecca that is her house. I’m OBSESSED and I know you will be to.

So without further ado, here is Caroline’s point of view:

Hello Funky Bear followers! I’m excited to be able to share with ya’ll my new love affair – my very first house, and it has a red door! Love at first sight. I’ve always loved design & decorating, but am in a whole new arena now that I have my own house (and all the fun stuff inside is coming out of my wallet! Yikes.)  My 3 lovely roommates and I just moved in this Summer and have been having a ball putting it together. I can tell they’re true friends because they have completely let me take the reins decorating wise.

Our little red door house is a work in progress! One thing I’ve learned so far is that decorating (the right way) takes time and patience. It doesn’t happen all at once, no matter how much you want it to, and it turns out a whole lot better that way. I’m going to share a few tid bits on what’s been going on in my house thus far…

Welcome to my room! I took this old wrought iron bed from my room at my parent’s house and threw my freshman dorm Pottery Barn bedding on it. I’m a big fan of color, and love that the red comforter incorporates lots of fun, bright ones. The white on the bed adds a clean crisp vibe to the loud colors. Then for finish, I added a few accent pillows (thanks to Marshall’s and Stein Mart — awesome throw pillows at a great price.)

The lamps beside my bed were a Target purchase! I love the lining of the shades with that fun design so that when you turn the light on, it adds a little somethin’ extra.

My mom and I found this great old pine desk at a resale shop in Austin for $70! I’d been looking for so long, and this was hands down the best deal. I leaned this old mirror (another Mom find) up against the wall. At first it was out of the laziness that came from trying to hang it all by myself, but I’m really starting to kind of like the lean, laid-back, chic look.


I set on top of the mirror this little sign (with some wise words from Cinderella) found at Marshall’s.


On top of my desk sits this classy little lamp. Believe it or not, it was a Target find! It’s got the silver candlestick look and the shade is this soft blue that I love.

The jewelry box was an Urban Outfitters find ($40) and the little bird-earring holder was $7 from Marshall’s. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a huge Marshall’s fan and bargain shopper extraordinaire.

Touches of leopard print here and there never get old. My mom found this chair for me a long time ago at a resale shop in Houston (The Guild – for any of you Houstonians). Again, the throw pillow was a recent buy at Target!

And here we have my first painting project! My mom had this funky old wood table. Since it was just a practice/starter piece, I decided to go bold and put a coat of this hummingbird turquoise on it. It was way easier to paint and distress than I thought! New hobby? Possibly.

Here are some quick instructions to Do It Yourself if you’re interested:

Step 1: Find old piece of furniture – Craigslist, around the house, resale shops…you name it!

Step 2: If it’s already got a coat of paint on it or a stain, you’ll need to sand it off so that the paint and finish will stick (which is all I did). Or you can do a combination of sanding and priming. Priming is easy as well and anyone at Home Depot can help you find the right primer depending on the piece. Make sure to wipe the piece down to get off all the dust particles etc. off before you start applying paint!

Step 3: Now you get to paint! Turn on some music, lay out a old sheet or tarp, and go to work. You don’t need fancy paint brushes, but cheapy ones will just make your piece look cheap. Quality is better, even if it’s a few bucks more. Worth it. Ask someone at your local hardware store and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Step 4: Re-apply another coat to make the color rich and non-streaky! Let it dry overnight.

Step 5: To give it an antique, distressed look – you’ll need some sandpaper! Go over all the edges where a piece of furniture is prone to wear over time. Corners, lines, etc. – you can distress it however much or little you’d like.

Step 6: Once you’re done with this, you’ll want to wipe down with a damp cloth to get off all the dust and anything left over on it. Now you’ll put a clear, glossy sealer over it to help it resist stains and give it a nice finished look! It’s like putting on clear nail polish, you can’t really mess it up, but if you do it right, it makes a big difference. And voila! You’re done.

An old vase from a flower delivery a while back and some one dollar colorful daisies from Michael’s serve as our “centerpiece” for our kitchen table.

This one gets props from Funky Bear herself and my momma, the one who taught me everything I know! My mom painted and distressed this fun piece and my sister gets credit for the artwork. She was going to throw that away! Someone’s trash is another’s treasure…

Our cozy living room! All pieces from our old house mixed and matched together.

A little home-made artwork around the house! Me and my friends had a girls night one evening consisting of canvases, an array of acrylic paints, Alanis Morrisette setting the mood, and a little bit of wine. Artistic inspiration in a nutshell.

Here are some little touches around my room. Everyone knows it’s the little touches that make a house a home…

Found this little silver tray at a resale shop for $4! Put a candle on it and it sits right on one of my bed side tables.

I like filling shelves with all my books – the bindings bring in color and a homey feel.

I love trays of perfume, gives it a feminine feel, even if most of the bottles are basically empty.  I found the white oval plate the perfumes are sitting on at Marshall’s.

More homemade stuff. Here is a fun card I found at a boutique in Austin! I found some scrapbooking paper and matted it on that and stuck it in a 8 x 10 black frame.

This is in my roommate (Kristin’s) room and I’ve always wanted to do this! She found an old window pane at an antique store for $12. She cleaned up the glass a little and stuck some pictures in! She recently bought another one for our house that I’m sure we’ll do something fun with.

As you can tell, our house is still kind of empty feeling – but we’re trying to pace ourselves! That only means we get to prolong the fun of getting to decorate and add to the house. But for now, I’d say it’s a pretty good start. When it starts coming together even more, maybe Claire will let me update you guys on how it’s looking. Thanks, hope you enjoyed!

Real Readers: Ariel

3 Aug

Thank you everyone who made getting past 3,000 views a breeze! I’m up to 3,101 — I really appreciate all of the support. I hope yall are loving the Funky Bear as much as I love writing it.

Today we are re-visiting an old friend I introduced you to in a past post, Ariel.

Obviously Ariel is artistically talented and creatively-driven. That much can be observed from her skill in wire cross making. But her life adventures and trips around the world traveling have given her a very distinct point of view when it comes to decorating. Today I’m going to take you behind the scenes of her bedroom, which I am obsessed with.

Name: Ariel Hall

Age: 22

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Fun Fact: Besides moving to Argentina in a month, like I told you in the last post, Ariel has her private pilot’s license! She’s logged in countless hours studying and flying courses so if you ever need a lift, she’s your girl.

Here are pictures of her room in her house in Houston, where she calls home. Be awed, be amazed, but most of all, be INSPIRED.

Ariel describes her style as eclectic, rustic and bohemian. She says that all of her inspiration for the color of the room, the way she displays her photos, the fabrics and lamps she chose, etc came from traveling. Ariel was lucky enough to get to go on an amazing trip to Africa and when she came back, she decided it was time to ditch the lime green, scattered pictures on the wall room of her past and move into a more “grown up” room.

Ariel decided to take matters into her own hands and paint the room herself. Hey — if she had survived the African Serengeti, there was nothing she couldn’t do. Ariel chose blue because it reminded her of the beautiful and peaceful water of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, Africa.

A large standing mirror in the room helps make the room appear bigger (a little trick you can use in any small room, and that many hotels do!) and break up the color block of one of the walls.

Her bed is something I am definitely going to try to emulate in my next place. I love how clean and crisp it looks with the white against the blue walls, and also how cozy and inviting it feels with the warm accents of the printed pillows and throw blanket. The elephant pillow on the bed is from Pottery Barn. Ariel was instantly drawn to it because it was her favorite animal on her trip. From another continent, Ariel got the throw at the foot of her bed as a gift from a trip her parents took to Vietnam. A mix of African and Asian influences can be seen throughout the rest of Ariel’s bedroom as well.

Above her bed, Ariel used a ton of pictures of places she has traveled to with her family to make an organized collage that serves as a daily reminder of good memories. See the elephant!? What a cutie.

She used a plain glass and wrought iron table to hold all of her things to one side. But what makes it interesting is how she layered the table with picture albums and books on the bottom, and a pretty flowery chandelier next to more traditional things like candles and picture frames on the top. Anyone can re-create this look by finding personal knick-knacks and casually yet artfully placing them on shelves, tables, and desks. (See my post on Table Tops for more visual inspiration!)

Even her bedside tables look like they have a story! To get a unique piece of your own, check out local garage sales, consignment stores and antique shops. I know “going antiquing” sounds like something your grandmother would do, but antiques and previously-owned pieces can really add a lot to any home.

In her bathroom is prominently displayed a piece of art her mother painted for her. I told you she (and her family) are artistic! It’s nice to have a personal touch in a place you spend so much time in. Hang up something in your bathroom that gives you happy thoughts or someone has made for you.

Ariel’s vanity in her bathroom serves as another place to remind her of her adventures around the world. Personal pictures of accomplishments (yay for graduating!) as well as street drawings she has bought in places like New York City where she lived for a summer are strewn about her vanity where she can see them while she gets ready for the day. And I think it goes without saying the I am OBSESSED with her little leopard chair. Rawr!

Ariel used a cork board to with beautiful little push-pins to organize and display her necklaces. Easy and effective!

Last but not least…even her shower is finely decorated! The neutral pattern of the shower curtain looks sophisticated next to the chaos of the little desk next to it stacked with candles. And you’ve gotta love a college girl at heart…check out all of her shot glasses stacked on the window sill!

I hope you loved Ariel’s room as much as I do!

Remember, to re-create Ariel’s look, try the following suggestions:

1) Paint your room a bold yet inviting color (think this type of royal blue, an eggplant purple, or a golden burnt orange).

2) Add a plain fluffy white comforter or duvet cover to make for the coziest looking bed ever. Spruce it up with bright colors of pillows and blankets.

3) Try Asian or African influences for an exotic and luxurious look.

4) Bring interesting pieces back from your travel or create some that represent your life. I believe that the more personal the space in your room is, the better.

5) And not matter how well-traveled you are or aren’t, don’t forget to add a splash of your own personality like this on Ariel’s door:

And on that note, I think I’ll end my post.

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