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Copycat: Jonathan Adler

31 May

If you’ve never heard of the interior designer, Jonathan Adler before, don’t worry, you’re in good company.

Only recently have I stumbled across this design guru and all of his must-have-but-out-of-my-budget goodies for the home.

Some of my ultimate favs:

Kissing Giraffes Rug, $750.00

Peace/Love Pillow, $98.00

Utopia Elephant Lamp, $350.00

Leather Elephant, $650.00

Light Blue Nixon Full/Queen Duvet, $195.00

Slate Grasscloth Wallpaper, $135.00

One of the neat things about Jonathan Adler’s work is that every once in awhile, an entire room is priced out for you to buy together. Here is one such gem, Jonathan Adler’s “Modern Romantic” Bedroom:

And for a mere $16,668.25 plus shipping and handling, it can be yours.

Or not…

Try this on for size instead. I mixed n’ matched a bunch of my favorite retailers and online vendors on Polyvore (a free online design website) and came up with a similar styled room based on JA’s fab design. This room definitely has a more “romantic” than “modern” feel, since that is more my style anyways. And as everyone knows, I love yellow and gray rooms. All of this for only $4,436.95. Let me know what you think!

1. Robin Staak Lamp, Stray Dog Designs, $350.00

2. Gray Damascus Mirror, Serena & Lily, $545.00

3. Queen-sized Fillmore Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily, $2,150.00

4. April in Paris print, Z Gallerie, $89.95

5. Lulu Chair in Tweed, Urban Outfitters, $429.00

6. Queen Labyrinth Dove Duvet Set, Dwell Studio, $280.00

7. Queen Bark Gobi Embroidered Sheets and Pillowcases, Serena & Lily, $220.00

8. Matchbox Nightstand, CB2, $199.00

9. Thomas Paul Swallows Flatweave Dhurrie Rug, Layla Grace, $174.00

 

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Obsession: Moroccan/Trellis/Link/Lattice Pattern

30 Mar

Talk about graphic traffic…this pattern is so amazing it has multiple names. Geometric without being harsh — start brainstorming where you can find a place for it in your home!

Inspired by: Studio Ten 25

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

Inspired by: ME! These is one of two twin headboards I covered for a friend.

NOW BUY ME !

Inspired by: Dash & Albert

Inspired by: Dash & Albert

Inspired by: Dash & Albert

Inspired by: PillowThrowDecor on Etsy

Inspired by: nenavon on Etsy

Inspired by: thecottagecupboard on Etsy

Inspired by: WillaSkyeHome on Etsy

Inspired by: nenavon on Etsy

** For more on Etsy…search “lattice trellis” or “trellis pillow”

Inspired by: “Bocce” fabric from Calico Corners

Inspired by: JoAnn Fabrics

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: Gray White Washed Dresser

9 Feb

From drab to fab in just one day!

My oldy moldy piece of green nastiness dresser went from FUGLY…

…to FABULOUS with just a few coats of paint and some crystal knobs.

All I had to do was:

1. Prime — with white paint (you should give it a light sand and then wipe the sheddings off after each round)

2. Paint — with gray paint. Give it 2-3 good, solid coats.

3. Paint — with a thin, scratchy layer of white paint with a coarse brush. Just lightly brush this on and use a rag to rub off excess paint of one area gets too much.

4. Sand — make sure to get the edges to create a quasi-distressed look atop the white washed look.

5. Add crystal knobs (from Home Depot) — if you’re in Houston try Bering’s for the best selection of crystal and colorful knobs.

After I let it sit out and dry for a couple of days, I placed it in my closet with a coordinating “crystal” lamp and I store all of my running shorts, bathing suits, and underwear in there!

I’m obsessed, aren’t you?

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?

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