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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

Shelf Yourself: Shelf Decor Inspiration

23 Aug

Nothing can throw off the game of a fabulous room like inadequate shelf decor.

I know from experience. Currently my shelf decor is absolutely nothing to write home about. It is the final resting place — a graveyard if you will — where all of my forgotten knick knacks go when I’ve lost interest in them. One of my next personal decorating projects will be to change that for the better.

I believe it is especially difficult for a younger person with a lack of personally significant doodads to fill up these empty spaces. Even if we do know exactly what we want to put in (like I have pictured in my head), it’s hard to want to buy a $30 vase over a $30 dinner and drinks with friends.

Bookcases are pesky because they either already take up a bunch of space (built-ins) or you want them to cover a large blank space. They are meant to draw the eye while acting as storage. But how do you combine both functions in a pleasing way?  I’m glad you asked. See below for these gorgeous shelving inspirations. Later this week, we’ll go through your shopping list to create interesting and functional shelves!

A somewhat nautical theme with blue back paneling and white ceramic, starfish, and coral pieces. Perfect casual look.

Inspired by: Crush Cul De Sac

A very organized shelving unit. Magazines and books are ordered according to color and/or date.

Inspired by: So Haute Style 

Another painted background. This decor combines books, knick knacks of different shapes and sizes, and prints.

Inspired by: Flickr

Turquoise! Love! White and brass create a vintage look to the fresh cabinetry. Think: flea market and resale shop finds.

Inspired by: Habitually Chic

All sorts of colors brighten these white shelves up. Vases, coral and stacked books seem to be the decor du jour.

Inspired by: 346 Living 

Try a simple build-it-yourself bookcase for extra storage. You've gotta commend the great use of file boxes and binders here that keep things organized without sacrificing the design factor.

Inspired by: Me Oh Mama

These shelves have a slightly Asian feel with the warrior masks and small shrubbery (sp?).

Inspired by: Meloz B

Color themed wallpaper. White and yellow is so clean for a kitchen area.

Inspired by: Porter House

Oversized ampersand and crowded bookshelves. Very home-y, yes?

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

Themed Bookcase: Birds! Notice the various textures and types of birds (Figurine, painting, book covers).

Inspired by: With Two Cats

Elephant bookends and more coral -- that seems to be a trend. Organizing the books and magazines in a color code gives the bookcase a sense of purpose and planning. Not the haphazard mess like my own.

Inspired by: Pinterest

Obsession: Leaning and stacking pictures and prints for depth. The different sizes and textures are so attractive to me. Makes me so happy for an unexplainable reason.

Inspired by: West Elm

In this instance, the actual shelves are half of the draw. Using plain white and silver decor on the shelves highlights the funkadelic shape of the floating black shelves.

Inspired by: West Elm

Here's a close up of abstract yet antique design. These pieces are easy to find around your own house or attic and can give a shelf some attitude (i.e. ridiculously long eagle-esque feather).

Inspired by: West Elm

Take a colorful cue from this image and find pieces that really represent you: unique artwork, record covers, and pop art from movies.

Inspired by: Desire To Inspire

Suitcases and apothecary jars with bold ladder shelves. I could see this in a guy's apartment without seeming like you care too much or having to try too hard. How about it boys?

Inspired by: Pottery Barn

It's all about the wicker and natural look here. Dried butterflies included? That sort of makes me sad.

Inspired by: Pottery Barn

Another clean look almost lacking color. Album covers and oversized letters.

Inspired by: Little Blue Deer

Black and white. So industrial-chic and bold. I personally need a little more color but the modern feel inspires me to be simpler. Wish me luck!

Inspired by: Ffffound

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

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!

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!!!

Spotlight On: Jewelry Organization and Display

6 Aug

Okay so it’s that time of year again when people are moving out, moving in, and moving back to school. For those lucky peeps who get to go back to the University of Georgia — the #1 party school in the nation, may I add — I am supremely jealous. But going back to school can be a fiasco between moving into new digs, participating in Rush, or just getting ready for the school year in general. Even I am about to make a big move to Houston in 2 pieces — first, all of my clothes, etc. Later when it’s time to move into my apartment, I’ll come back for all of my furniture. Lovely, isn’t it?

Anyhoo, the point of this ramble is that when you’re moving around, you tend to want to get organized FAST! No one likes to have their room in disarray for long. People are always looking for little ways to compartmentalize, store and display their goodies. Especially jewelry.

There are lots of ways to organize and show off your jewelry at the same time. But you have probably seen so many different ways that you can’t even remember. Have no fear, Funky Bear is here! I’m going to show you a bunch of great things you can buy and make to organize your life via your jewelry in a neat, unique and FUNKY way.

DO IT YOURSELF

First of all, I know all my loyal little Funky Bears read one of my first posts about making your own Earring Frames. I can’t stress enough how easy and effective this DIY project is! Read the post and go try it yourself, it will allow you to show off all your pretty dangly earrings and add some FUNK to your room in general depending on the frame you decide on.

Then in my most recent post, I took you through Ariel’s room and showed you her corkboard jewelry holder. This is also an easy one. Just buy a piece of cork, cut it to your liking, add push pins (they can be very decorative) and hang jewelery. Voile!

HANGING

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

$24

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

$24

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

NATURAL, TREE-INSPIRED

Only $20!

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

Inspired by: Design Milk

Inspired by: Design Milk

Inspired by: Design Milk

$69

Inspired by: Viva Terra

$59

Inspired by: Viva Terra

$79

Inspired by: Viva Terra

$32 to $46

Inspired by: The Well Dressed Room

FOR THE BIRDS

$32

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

$28

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

BUSTS and VINTAGE

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

$16

Inspired by: Ameriglobe

$14

Inspired by: Ameriglobe

Inspired by: Dream, Create, Inspire

HANDS

$18

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

$18

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

BOWLS

Inspired by: Element Clay Studio on Etsy

Inspired by: Element Clay Studio on Etsy

$12

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

Inspired by: Odd Candy

Inspired by: The Anthology

JEWELRY BOXES

$38

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

RANDOM INSPIRATION

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: The Decorista

So to sum it all up, here are some tips when figuring out how you want to organize and display your jewelry:

1) Figure out if you like to have your jewelry on display or covered up, neat and tidy. Then you know if you want to have it out in the open or in a gorgeous jewelry box like the one from Urban Outfitters above.

2) Find your style. Whether you are an au natural tree-loving woman or are feminine and vintage, there is a jewelry display option for you.

3) Don’t rule out big chain stores! You can find cute options at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, and Marshall’s.

Send me pictures of you display your jewelry! I’ll give an update when I get enough pics!

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