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Spotlight On: White Bedding

6 Sep

Labor Day has come and gone signaling the general end to summer. It’s hard to believe here in Texas though where recently we have gone through the longest streak of days with temperatures over 100 degrees.

But to most women out there, Labor Day reminds us of the style mantra: “No white after Labor Day.” Where did this rule come from? Check out Time Magazine’s explanation here for more random details if you feel so inclined.

To me though, this fashion rule is an antiquated tradition that must be broken. Not only do I plan to continue to wear white while the weather is still in the 3 digits (whether it is after Labor Day or not), but I would also like to celebrate and promote white with today’s post about one of my favorite things: White bedding.

White bedding is plush, lovely, soft, luxurious, clean and crisp all at once. It can go in any room, any time. The great thing about incorporating white into a bedroom is that you can honestly pull it together with a variety of color schemes, textures, styles. White is an extremely handy tool in the home decorator’s palette that can add contrast to and add polish to a room. See for yourself.

Bold floral wallpaper and ruched white duvet. Yum!

Inspired by: Anthropologie

Glamorous, whimsical, romantic. Wouldn't you love to fall asleep in this?

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

A rustic and casual white bed -- perfect for a coastal home.

Inspired by: House Beautiful

Shabby chic white and neutrals. tufted headboard love.

Inspired by: My Sweet Prints

Look how glowy and warm the mustard yellow makes the white!

Inspired by: Pinterest

All white, bright throw blanket. Cashmere or fur would work great here.

Inspired by: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Flax linen headboard...so easy to make yourself 🙂

Inspired by: House Beautiful

So soft, gray, and white...the laquered white side table doesn't hurt either.

Inspired by: Seesaw Designs

Pop of hot pink and turquoise in this vintage style room.

Inspired by: House Beautiful

Even Macy's is getting in on the action. And you can never go wrong with an oversized monogram.

Inspired by: Macy’s

Antlers!

Inspired by: Padgett Hoke

Doesn't this make you think of lemon lime sherbert?

Inspired by: House Beautiful

Obviously some of my favorite colors: tan and white.

Inspired by: Velvet & Linen

Tufted headboard glamour.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Orange, red and coral all over.

Inspired by: Decor Pad

This would be such a sweet teenage girls room!

Inspired by: Rikshaw Designs

Icy blue and white, great twin bed guest bed room.

Inspired by: House Beautiful

What an interesting shape headboard. You could put virtually any bedding with this to create a beautiful nest.

Inspired by: Sweet Home Style

One of my absolute favorite vendors who I work with at my job. Pine Cone Hill. A must see website!

Inspired by: Pine Cone Hill

Black, bold furniture compliment the trendy yellow and white.

Inspired by: Pinterest

And last but not least, my current obsession: charcoal gray and white. With a pin tucked duvet!

Inspired by: IMG Fav

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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

Inspired by: Picasa Web

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

Color Me Happy: Yellow and Gray

6 Mar

I’ll admit it — I have been very skeptical about this gray trend. Gray…as an upbeat color? Hmm…

And yellow is a color that has never looked good on me. Therefore I have avoided it at all costs.

But now all of that has changed.

GRAY + YELLOW = AMAZEBALLS

Check it out!

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Architects For Life

Inspired by: Better Homes & Gardens

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

Inspired by: Chic Cheap Nursery

Inspired by: Create H Design

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Design Sponge

Inspired by: Dwell Studio

Inspired by: Dwell Studio

Inspired by: EKB Interiors

Inspired by: Elle Decor

Inspired by: HGTV

Inspired by: Left Coast Luxe

Inspired by: Left Coast Luxe

Inspired by: Left Coast Luxe

Inspired by: Left Coast Luxe

Inspired by: Left Coast Luxe

Inspired by: Left Coast Luxe

Inspired by: Little Green Notebook

Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Inspired by: Mary McDonald

Inspired by: Oh Dee Doh

Inspired by: Rate My Space

Inspired by: Things That Inspire

Inspired by: Things That Inspire

Inspired by: Things That Inspire

DIY: Weekend Project Fun

18 Feb

Happy Friday to all!

Lucky for me, I have no class on Friday’s so I get to spend all day being lazy (and funkybear posting) I have some fun house projects to share with y’all that I’ve done! Let me know what you think.

Project #1: Antique Wood Shutter

So, my roommates and I found an old wood shutter at a thrift store in College Station last semester. Although it was pretty rough-looking, it was only ten bucks. What a steal. We weren’t sure at the time what to do with it, but a coat of paint later, it came to us.

We simply spray painted the shutter a serene sage green. After we let it dry for an hour or so, we started to distress it using some sand paper. We lightly went over all the natural places an old item would have worn over time — corners and edges, mostly. After wiping all of the sanding dust off with a wet rag, we put a stain on it. This stain simply put a darker tint to the sage green, and on the areas that we had distressed, it brought that out even more – making a very rich and finished looking piece!

As you can see, we didn’t stop there. In order to make it a functional piece — we found some fun knobs at Hobby Lobby (also can be found at a local hardware store, or if you’re wanting to splurge a little, Anthropologie is your answer). We had some fun finding mix-n-match knobs and then got one with each of our initials! The hardest part about all of this was working the screw driver (we’re girls, give us a break) but once we figured that part out, the rest of it was smoothe sailing.

Here’s some more close up views of how it turned out!

While we don’t hang our keys or purses on it, we absolutely LOVE this in our house. Over Christmas time, we hung up our stockings on there and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
Project #2: Old-timey Coat Rack

So, I’ve got lots of stuff whenever I walk in the door – umbrellas, jackets, scarfs, and so on. I tend to throw them on whatever chair I see first, or the floor if nothing else.
Over winter break when I was in Austin, my mom and I were just having a leisure day of Christmas shopping in the funky Hyde Park side of Austin (not only did we explore a lot of fun shops, but found a LOT of good food — let me know if you want any restaurant recommendations for that area. I love talking about food).
Any who, while browing an antique resale shop, we stumbled upon this old coat rack! Unfortunately, I did not take a before picture (rookie move I know, I’m still getting used to being a funkybear) — but I do have plenty of after pics! It was an old brass hat rack with lots of dings and scratches on it and looked like it belonged in my grandparents house (use your imagination).
Two coats of a bright NYC Big Apple-style RED later, and it was good to go. As you can see, I love spray paint. And the color red. Here are some shots of my new little baby:
And there you have it! Now go have some fun this weekend, relax, and if you got inspired by any of this, show me what you come up with!
Yours truly,
Caroline, the little FunkyBear

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 2 – My Room

21 Dec

As much as I wanted to wait until my room is absolute decoration perfection before revealing it to the blogosphere, I have decided that now is the time. No matter how complete or incomplete it is. I still look at my room and not all of it feels like me — the only pieces I am truly obsessed with are my bed and my necklace holder. Everything else to me is just “eh.” I know over time I will accumulate nicer, more quality pieces that speak to me but for now, hand-me-down furniture and re-sale shop mirrors suit me just fine. So without further adieu…here is my room!

This picture definitely makes my accent wall look more green than it actually is. The color is Sherwin-Williams Hazel 6471  which is more of a blue turquoise than green (Blair’s is SW Interesting Aqua 6220 if you are interested). My mom and dad introduced me to this wonderful color as it coats the walls of their laundry room! Ultimately the color scheme of my room is turquoise, white, gray, and dark brown. I am OBSESSED with these colors together 🙂

My bedding is from West Elm and I got both the duvet cover and standard shams in white ruched. Tip: If you like your bed and duvet cover extra fluffy, buy a King size down comforter to slip into the Queen size duvet cover. It will bunch up to fit in the smaller case and be super puffy, fluffy and awesome.

Above my self-upholstered headboard (see my DIY article here), I artfully placed a mirror and two canvas paintings I did.

I simply used spray and acrylic paint to re-create some type of branchy/flowery/Japanese-y drawings I feel like I have seen before. They are just supposed to be little blossoms but I used the silver backgrounds to tie in the gray in my room without making it dull.

I randomly found the brown and white zebra pillows at Marshall’s — which is quickly becoming my favorite spot to buy household items on a budget. I cannot tell you enough how great this store is. Especially Marshall’s HomeGoods stores. You can always find unique, neat little pieces for less than $15.00. What’s not to like?

Here are my gray sheets and pillow cases that I am absolutely in love with. They are a fairly dark shade of gray but surprisingly not boring or gothic at all. With the white they look crisp yet edgy. I ended up getting Calvin Klein sheets because they had the highest thread count I could find in the color I wanted. Sheets are everything people – don’t skimp on them!

One day, I decided to tile a mirror with smaller pieces of glassed mirror. I thought I could make a great mosaic-ed piece. Instead I wasted about $100 and am so bitter about how it turned out, I couldn’t even finish. I think I had the right idea but wasted so much time, energy and money on it. You can buy just as cute of one from West Elm, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Marshall’s for a lot less everything  So worth the money to save your sanity. Next time, that is the route I’m going.

Here are my amazing turquoise lamps I found at Marshall’s so long ago this Summer! I have been waiting and waiting to incorporate them into my room and now the time is finally here. I practically planned the color of my room around them. I wanted them to match the walls so they were almost camouflaged in — I thought it would make a cool effect. Turns out I was right.

Then I used an oversized crystal doorknob that my sister gave me as a book end. So cute and ties in all of my crystal and silver picture frames.

I got this old dresser from Goodwill and after cleaning it off, I added two new knobs I got from Hobby Lobby. You can get all different kinds of knobs at stores like Hobby Lobby, Anthropologie and Home Depot or Lowe’s. Or try specialty stores online. Mine are turquoise and brown — duh!

This little area of my room sits at the foot of my bed. I have an old slipper chair in pink and white that I toss this cool hand-quilted blanket over. Again…that is my dresser from Goodwill. It cleaned up nice, didn’t it?

To tie this wall in with the rest of the room, I used a third canvas painting of my branches above the TV. I have started collecting jewelry more and more in recent years and decided to display them so I can enjoy them every day, even when I’m not wearing them.

I bought an antique-looking frame from a frame store (think: Aaron Brothers if you’re from Houston) to show case all of my dangly earrings. For the time being, I am using a scrap piece of leopard print fabric from my chairs to hold it up. Finding a better ribbon or fabric is on my to-do list.

This has got to be one of my favorite things ever. I bought an inexpensive shelf with hooks attached and spray painted it Satin Nickel. After letting it dry overnight, I hung it up and put all of my long and chunky necklaces on it. This makes for easy access and an artful appearance on my wall. Hooks of any sort are always great for jewelry display.

My bathroom is a awesome as well. Huge bathtubs are a great commodity — except that I don’t even like taking baths (I think it’s nast-ay to sit in stagnant water and act like you’re getting “clean”. Ew). My turquoise and brown shower curtain (again…duh) is from Marshall’s. I bought shiny gem-looking curtain holders from there too. Love!

My absolute favorite thing in my bathroom is the antique shelving unit. It used to be my grandmother’s and my parents were ready to hawk it…I salvaged this baby. I put some of my favorite things and pictures of my favorite people on here too.

A long time ago, I saw a painting from a street vendor when I was on a family vacation in Italy of a naked woman’s back. I know it is weird — but it spoke to me. I loved the way it looked with the water colors. So I have been scouring the internet and finally found something similar on Etsy.com. Don’t you like it in my bathroom?

My room is definitely a work in progress and I haven’t totally pinned down my personal style in life. I’m working on it though and I think the best piece of advice I can give/lesson I’ve learned is that you have to surround yourself with art, furniture, and bedding that really make you happy and comfortable when you see them. My unique pieces such as my antique shelving unit and painting in the bathroom, how I display my jewelry, and my soft gray sheets make me SO happy. So find what makes you happy and surround yourself with it in your room 🙂

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Color Me Happy: Green

18 Oct

In honor of my friend Sydney’s new blog, The Green Tex, today’s post is full of all things green!

A classic green for a dining room.

Inspired by: 30 Elm

Pretty flowers on this wall create a girly yet fresh aura. Love the beautiful canopy bed too!

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

I can't get over how amazing the teal hue of this green looks in this entry way. So dramatic with the zebra skin rug!

Inspired by: The Decorista

Classic thick stripes would look great in a guest room. Try this type of headboard and drapery to take up an entire wall without overwhelming it.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Picture clustering!! Looks so homey and warm against the green.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

All-matte green in the kitchen is so bright!

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Seafoam green never looked so modern. This looks nothing like the grandma-ish beach house I would imagine with this color...

Inspired by: Better Homes & Gardens, June 2010

A surprisingly harmonious combination: Pale green and turquoise. Paint a piece of furniture or two a bright turquoise for a pop of color in a green room.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Here is bright orange warms up the green. White couches are my favorite and look great with everything...

Inspired by: Holly Dyment

Green, navy and dark wood come together in a brooding and mysterious boudoir...

Inspired by: The Decorista

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