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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

Obsession: Mirrored Furniture

7 Apr

Inspired by the art deco style of the 1930’s, today’s mirrored furniture can bring old Hollywood glamour into your home.

Upsides:

Did I already mention old Hollywood glam?

Having many mirrors can make a room appear larger. Optical illusions and all of that.

Can go with practically any design scheme from funky to elegant.

Downsides:

Smudgy finger prints cannot be hidden. Cleaning with Windex or another glass cleaner is a must-do daily.

Can be pricey — you’ve gotta pay for all that glasswork. Scroll to the bottom of the article for some fair-priced alternatives to designer goods.

Advice:

The more divided, detailed, and mirrored the piece is, the more expensive it is. If you want the look for less, try to find simpler pieces. Thanks to the fact that they are stunning with or without heavy detailing, you don’t have to sacrifice any of the elegance for the lower cost.

Make sure you always inspect the ENTIRE piece for cracks and dings. Obviously when working with glass like mirrors, these things are bound to happen. If you are okay with where the crack is located, then you definitely need to negotiate a huge discount. If not, then walk away and wait for the next good deal.

Inspired by: West Elm

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Inspired by: My Sweet Prints

Inspired by: Studio Ten 25

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: The Lennoxx

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Decor Pad

To Shop:

Z Gallerie

Pier 1

Neiman Marcus

Horchow

Marshall’s

eBay

Spotlight On: For Like Ever

4 Mar

For all you loverrrs out there, here’s a post that would have been perfect for V-Day. Unfortunately, I was not on top of my love-themed posts in celebration of the holiday (Side Note: Contrary to popular belief among my friends, I actually think it is a dumb, dumb holiday even though I have a sweet boyfriend who always goes all out).

Inspired by: Table Tonic

Anyhoo…I have loved this poster since the first time I saw it a year ago on a blog. And I’ve seen it A LOT since then. I think literally ever decorating/design/fashionista blog has had a post about it just to go “Aw how sweet!” and now I’m jumping on that gravy train.

Honestly, this would be a perfect gift for a newly engaged or married couple, sweet to put in your child’s room, or to add to a neutral room for a funky deco feel.

You can buy the poster here but unfortunately, it says it is not in production right now. There is another version that is going to press soon so stay updated by checking back with their website or following them on Twitter @forlikeevs.

Enjoy!

Inspired by: Other Pretty Things and Duskin

Inspired by: Princess Poochie on Flickr

Inspired by: bungalow8

Inspired by: Ish & Chi

Inspired by: For Like Ever Flickr Group

Inspired by: Bloesem

Inspired by: unplggd

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Table Tonic

Real Readers: Caroline, Taylor, and Sheridan

23 Jan

These days, I am obsessed with the chic, sophisticated and downright pretty house of these cute girls!

Names: Caroline, Taylor, Sheridan

Age: 24-ish

Current City: Houston, TX

Jobs:
Caroline – Event/Fundraiser Coordinator for a Non-Profit Organization
Taylor – Law Firm Recruiter
Sheridan – Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse

Decorating Styles:
Caroline – Traditional,  anything “anqituey” — she likes having a neutral base and then throwing in a splash of color.
Taylor – Shabby Chic, French Country…a self-proclaimed “Plain Jane” who gravitates towards creams, whites, and neutrals over bold and bright.
Sheridan – Likes coming home to a soft, calming atmosphere. She chooses any piece that makes her happy.

Right when you walk in, you are greeted with a quaint little set up. The antique-looking carte goes great with the wall sconces and framed artwork.

The streamers hanging down from the door frames are not a part of their usual decor. They were party decorations for Caroline’s 24th birthday! (Happy Birthday!) This is the visual you get in when you come out of the entry way. Believe it or not, all of these pieces of furniture are hand-me-downs from their various grandparents. The chairs were a completely different fabric and got recovered in simple white from the Design Center of Houston to match the house’s clean motif.

Cute crystal-looking lamps! Try Target, Marshalls’, West Elm or Pottery Barn for some inexpensive ones.

Taylor already had this zebra print pillow in her possession but lacked its matching partner. Thankfully, she found it at a cute boutique in Houston called, A Bientot. Don’t forget to try gift shop and jewelry boutiques for small home accents.

This pretty piece is perfect for holding all your knick-knacks. I even have the same painting they do at the top! Love!

Pretty little dining room set up. All antique hand-me-downs from the grandparents again…slipcovered in a softer linen fabric to protect the seats and cover up older fabric.

It’s all about the crystal and clear glass. Classic and easy to find at so many stores.

Islands in kitchens add SO much space and personality. Obviously not everyone has one built in but if you have the room, you can buy a stainless steel table/island and use it much in the same way. Here are all of Caroline’s birthday treats laid out!

The  curtains actually came with the house! Rather than spending a fortune on new Roman shades (that’s what they’re called) they added a few cute candlitas (little candles? si?) and made it their own.

The couches were covered in white by Sheridan and the unique end tables are from Nadeua in Highland Village in Houston. The glass lamps are from Marshall’s, and the pristine linen lampshades are from Pottery Barn. The pine wooden coffee table is from her parents’ house, but try Craigslist for other people’s old pieces.

 

These paintings are another great bi-product of Pinot’s Palette…the place in Houston where you get to BYOB and learn to paint a famous painting in a group. It’s only $35 for the canvas and a 3 hour class then you get beautiful art work to bring home.

CAROLINE’S ROOM

A beautiful 4 poster bed (handed down from her parents) with stunning white bedding from Kuhl-Linscomb make for a fresh combination or old and new. The walls came the pale seafoam color and Caroline used it to her advantage to keep it classy with the white linens and paisley euro shams (Pottery Barn). Although she is not the biggest fan of her room (she thinks the Pottery Barn pillows were a random impulse buy)…I think it is sooo much more sophisticated than I could ever hope to be. But then again I guess I am 2 years younger than her? Does that count? Let’s hope so.

Crystal knobs on the dresser are a fun add too! Pretty, pretty!

TAYLOR’S ROOM

All of Taylor’s gorgeous bed linens are from Pine Cone Hill. At the store I’m working at now, we sell this brand all the time. It has so many beautiful options for a VERY reasonable price. And it looks custom! Check out their website for more details (or come into Nest & Cot to order!).


BATHROOM

Even the bathroom is pretty! Baskets are an easy way to both hide and store all of your bathroom necessities. And wicker and white go so well together!

SHERIDAN’S ROOM

Coral, white and turquoise…oh my! This traditional bed belonged to her grandparents and she had it recovered by a local guy in a flax linen color. She then uses this linen again to create a romantic little vanity.

Cute knobs!

And she has a coral bowl! LOVE!

A plastic organizer for jewelry. It’s great for storage and being able to see exactly what you’re looking for.

In case you didn’t know…How To Be A Lady. I may actually need a copy of this?

A vanity is both romantic and practical. Every girl needs one! (I know all the guys are rolling their eyes at this point…if there is even one reading). The mirror is from Marshall’s. Further proof that you can always find something to fit your style for cheap there!

Caroline, Taylor and Sheridan’s house is proof that you can mix old and new, vintage and modern, inexpensive and expensive to create a comfortable and chic home. And despite all of their class and style, they say their favorite part is actually one of their more modern creature comforts: Speakers all over the house! This includes the backyard and the bathroom (I would know — I was listening to a football game while I was using it!). TMI?! Who cares.

Hope you enjoyed visiting their home as much as I did!

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…

Spotlight On: Gray is the Main Event?

31 Aug

Turns out REM was absolutely correct: “It’s the end of the world as we know it…”

Or at least for my decorating mind that is currently the size of a pea (but trying to expand with all my Funky Bear endeavors)

I need some input, please.

I keep running into gray being used in a bold way. How is it that this color which most people write off as dull, boring and undesirable keeps reappearing as the main event in beautiful design work?

So, very wrong. Does this even have a flavor?

If you look at any of the large companies like West Elm, Pottery Barn, even Bed Bath & Beyond — they are all featuring gray as wall color in their magazines, an “accent” color for pillows and in their bedding.

Let me level with you before going on my rant…you’ll find a handful of my girlfriends who will call me a Plain Jane. I’ll be the first to admit they’re not totally off the mark. I have gotten my hair cut the same way since high school, my wardrobe always includes something solid and black, and I always order the Original Plain Tart flavor yogurt at places like Yoguri, Berripop and Pinkberry (although I get fruit and chocolate on it…)

But even I, a self-professed Plain Jane (that’s even the name of the baked potato I order at Jason’s Deli), cannot imagine using GRAY as the focus of my room!

Please, correct me if you believe I’m wrong. And for the record, I don’t think these rooms are ugly — I just would just personally feel like I was in prison. That may or may not be too strong a way to describe this color.

Maybe if you’re a bright enough person you can just shine your energy right on through.

Or maybe gray being super boring is just a myth we were raised to believe and it is a deep seated notion in our (my) psyche?

I don’t know, this is all conjecture.

But the absolute worst part of all of this is that no matter how much I want to say I’m against this phase, I am drawn to it and think it is beautiful in a weird, ashen way…

Now it’s your turn. Take a look at some of these pictures below and comment if you think gray has transitioned from a boring neutral to the center of the action.

As a deep wall color.

Inspired by: 30 Elm

As a deep wall color and accompaniment to purple.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

As a combination with white for stripes.

Inspired by: Bright Bazaar

As a wall color and bed accent.

Inspired by: High Heel Foot in the Door

As sheets for a neutral bed.

Inspired by: Living Etc.

As sheets in a bright and girly room.

Inspired by: Living Etc.

As a wall color for an entry way to highlight the bright clean white furniture.

Inspired by: Peppermint Bliss

As the fabric on a headboard.

Inspired by: Nest Egg

As wall color in a family room.

Inspired by: The Bubb Report

As a light neutral yet feminine color.

Inspired by: The Decorista

For fur, pillow, and curtain accents.

Inspired by: The Decorista

With other dark colors to create an interesting bed...

Inspired by: OhDeeDoh

As a trendy pattern for walls.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Et 'tu, bathroom?

Inspired by: The Decorista

So come on, I know by now all you readers are fired up one way or another. Cast your vote in the “Comment” box below.

Is GRAY a YAY or a NAY?

Color Me Happy: Pink!

16 Aug

Have you missed me?

It’s been over a week since I last posted and I apologize. My life has officially begun in Houston which meant a move out of one house, into a temporary other, and the start of my new job. My job has been a lot to take in to say the least but I am loving staying busy and working in advertising. Everyone says all new jobs are crazy busy at first and can make you feel stupid at times…and this is what I’m finding out on a personal level too. I’m living with an ADORABLE family friend, Phyllis, for the next 4 weeks and we are getting along famously. However, I wasn’t aware until now that I could use my laptop in her house. With the unplug of an ethernet cable here, and an advanced setting there…voila! Mac (my computer) is ready to go and I’m ready to post.

Today since I’m in such a productive and fabulous mood, I am going to inspire you with one of my favorite colors (honestly — what’s not my favorite color?)

PINK!

I was also personally inspired by this color today thinking about my boyfriend’s first day of law school. Pink is his very favorite color so I wanted to give him a shout out after a long first day of classes.

Just kidding — but him starting law school did remind me of a certain blonde haired, pink-clad icon of our generation who did law school in style: Elle Woods.

Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde -- a walking, talking, kick-butt Barbie doll.

So with that in mind, this one goes out to all your girly girls out there. Some of these rooms look like a gigantic pink bomb exploded. Others have just enough of the bright color to make a room look happy. See where you fit on the richter scale of pink!

Here’s an example of a fabulously exotic headboard. It reminds me of what a modern day Jasmine from Aladdin would have in her room in the palace. All it needs is Raja and you’d be in business.

Inspired by: Alkemie (Designer: Holly Dyment — see link below)

Even without the pale pink walls, these fun painted bamboo chairs and fabric seat coverings add tons of flair. I’m definitely doing this in my new apartment (I move in September – woo!)

Inspired by: Design Sponge Online

This would be SO easy to re-create. All you have to do is buy/have a dilapidated (nice vocab word, eh?) old dresser you don’t mind painting, pick the brightest best shade of pink or magenta, and have at it. I love how girly it looks with this Hollywood vanity mirror.

Inspired by: The Decorista

If you’re looking for just a touch of pink, try a lighter shade like this bedding or just a bright accent like the floral fabric and headboard above the bed. I love this bedding – it is super feminine yet you could make it so preppy. Hmm…dorm room, anyone?

Inspired by:  The Decorista

How about one extremely bold wall? This room is full of bright colors and crazy patterns but somehow still comes off looking mature. Are you daring enough?

Inspired by: Decor Pad

The stamped brocade print is TO DIE (for). This is by a professional designer but you can do this in your own home by painting a wall hot pink/magenta, buying an intricately designed stamp from Michaels or Hobby Lobby, and carefully placing said stamp all over the wall in various metallic colors.

Inspired by: Holly Dyment

What is it about crisp, clean white with bold colors that makes me happy? I love this room. Find a bright, funky couch and let it be your inspiration for an entire room. This is a great option for people with plain walls (who can’t or don’t want to paint) but still want to jazz their living style up.

Inspired by: Alkemie

This couch area is in an outside patio. Even if you don’t feel comfortable throwing obnoxious colored paint on the wall INSIDE your house, try something fun and new OUTSIDE your house. Dress up a patio with fun outdoor rugs and tableclothes like in this pic.

Inspired by: The Decorista

And last but certainly not least…what proper discussion of the color pink could end without a reference to fairy tales and little girls? Even though we’ve already put Jasmine in the spotlight, and my friend Ariel in recent posts, this Disney princess is the original. Cinderella’s pumpkin coach was the inspiration for this (toddler’s) room. I know it isn’t practical in the least, but how freaking cute is it? You better believe (and I know it’s probably not a stretch for most of you who know me) my kids are going to have this creation in their rooms one day!

Inspired by: Joglosmart Furniture Design

Send me pictures of your pink room for next time’s edition of Color Me Happy: Pink!!!

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