Do you love wallpaper, but get overwhelmed when you try to figure out how to incorporate it into your own home? It’s easy to admire it in a restaurant or someone else’s home, but taking the plunge in your own home may be daunting. I personally love bold wallpaper and have used it in my own home as well as in client’s homes. This blog post will guide you through the considerations you need to make in order to find your very own perfect wallpaper!
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At the time that I redecorated this room for last year’s spring One Room Challenge, I was never crazy about the art that I had over the bed. Not that is wasn’t amazing (it was an antique hand carved piece), but it just got lost in the room. This new piece of art is perfect for this space and it was worth the wait.
I went to an estate sale at the most amazing house and found tons of great stuff. I actually didn’t buy this the first day, but went back for it one the second day and luckily it was still there. I knew it was one of those things that I would regret not buying if I let it get away.
Below is the house! It’s for sale and can be yours for 2 million bucks! It’s amazing and I posted lots of pictures of it to my instagram stories. I’ll save a highlight reel on my brandeyehome account.
Now back to the bedroom. The yellows in the new art piece match the yellow in the art to the left and the quilt that I made. What really drew me to the print is the lower left corner fabric print, it reminded me of the circle pillow that I picked up at another estate sale a few years ago.
I switched up my website a bit and now have a portfolio section on my website. It has photos of all of my recent interior projects. Click on Portfolio to see more details.
If you’re looking for someone to help you design your space, hit me up. I am now offering design services for interior styling and design. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Let’s create your dream space.
In the process of updating the design of my website I some how lost my blog. But now it’s back thanks to my brother in law Brian who fixed it for me. If you’re into obscure punk band and Philly t-shirts, check out his website www.adultcrashing.com.
The guest bathroom renovation has begun and I can’t wait to see it finished! Here are the choices I’ve made so far. It’s all coming together and the only remaining decision is the mirror.
The green floor tile is where this design began, as I shared in the last post. The green hex tile will be the main flooring, and the shower floor will be the smaller matte black hex. The shower wall tile will be the white subway tile, arranged in a linear pattern. And the countertops (I think) will be a light grey quartz. The lighting is from Rejuvenation and the vanity will be a custom floating sleek walnut vanity with a shelf below it. Our contractor, Fritz Carpentry, will make it so that it fits perfectly in this space. Here are some Photoshop mock ups with a few mirror options.
This round wooden mirror would work with the wood in the vanity and mimic the shape of the lights.
The hex mirror would pull in the hex shape from the flooring. It’s gold, so it would also bring in another color. I am debating if I want to keep everything black (faucet and shower hardware will all be matte black), or bring in some gold accents.
This round mirror is very over sized and would bring in the gold.
And this gold one has a cool cat eye shape.
I was initially leaning towards the cat eye, since it was so unusual, but now I am thinking I like the round wooden one best. I’m also into finding a vintage or antique one to add some originality.
So I finally decided on the rugs. I went with the black and white ones that I linked on last week’s post. If money was no object, I would have gone with an antique hand knotted rug. But I am spending a pretty penny here and there on all of what I need for the room, so I have to save somewhere. The closet below I kept as-is in all of it’s wood grain glory. I love these closet doors! The chair was a craigslist find from a few years ago and is a Thonet chair from DWR. I”m obsessed with all bentwood chairs.
My mid mod bedroom for the One Room Challenge is coming along great! There are still some decisions to make, like what rug should we buy and what should we use as nightstands. But the biggest decision of what bed to buy has been made! And boy am I happy with our choice. Here are some basic plans for the space.
The rug in the first photo is not really an option. The problem is it doesn’t come in the right size. But if it did, I would buy it. It’s from Anthropologie and it is so dreamy.
For the last couple of years I have been watching the fun going on at the One Room Challenge and this year I decided to sign up as a guest participant! If you’re not familiar with it, over the course of 6 weeks we will all be redecorating a room and sharing the process on our blogs. You can read all about it on the website for One Room Challenge and see all of the guests posts here. You can also follow along on instagram at @oneroomchallenge. (P.s. you can also find me on instagram at @brandeyehome).
So what room am I going to redecorate? Our bedroom! We switched bedrooms over a year ago and I never really decorated the new bedroom. And to make things worse, I decided to switch beds and move ours to the guestroom and buy a new mattress for ourselves. But I haven’t decided on a bed yet, so our new mattress is just on the floor. It’s currently a really sad and depressing room. This challenge will force me to transform the room in a short time frame, 6 weeks!
I am so excited to share with you the plans for a girls bedroom! The two sisters are 11 and 8, and are sharing a bedroom. I always wanted to design a bedroom with two twin beds and now I am!
Here are two options that they are now considering. The first option is based around the girls love of pink, and the Ikea Bedspread that they already own. Oh and J has a geode collection, so we HAVE to incorporate that in some shelving to highlight its awesomeness. She also has a vintage ashtray collection, which we will hang on the wall. She is actually one of my number one customers and has a couple of vintage ashtrays from my shop. I’m so lucky to have kid clients with such great taste!
Option #2 incorporates wallpaper that I love. It is a colorful, abstract flower pattern from York Wallcoverings. I swapped out the rattan shelf for a mirror on that wall, and also spiced up the color even more with blue beds that match the wall paper.
I can’t wait to share the progress with you as the room comes together.
Which would you pick if this was your room? Option 1 or 2?
Our home has a lot of built-ins, so I get a lot of practice styling shelves. One of my favorite parts of January is starting with a clean slate after taking down all the holiday decor. We spent some time cleaning out and getting rid of a bunch of extra stuff this winter, so I decided it was time to re-style these shelves. I will show you some tips that you can use in your own home.
Step 1: Start with a clean slate. Take everything off and start fresh. I ended up using a lot of what was already here, but by starting fresh you will come up with new ideas.
Step 2: Add stacks of books. Most of our books are on another set of shelves, so I just grabbed some of the prettier vintage ones for these shelves. You can stack them on top of each other, side by side, or a combo of both. I like to do both, because it adds interest and the stacked side works as a book end for the side by side end. This way you need less book ends! I have also seen books styled backwards, if you want to limit the color palette and just see the pages side. You can also style them by the color of the spine. Just note that both of these options are not at all functional. If you actually use these books, then the better way is to group them by subject matter. I once styled my shelves by color and finding the book I was looking for was not easy.
Step 3: Add your objects by adding similar ones at the same time. For instance I started by adding all of the wooden items. Think about balance, and move them around as you go.
Next I added the objects that have strong lines, like the metal horse, deer and tree. Then I filled in more with the brass vases. While adding your items, think about balance. You want to balance out the colors and shapes. You could also experiment with grouping colors (all brass on one shelf, books on another, etc…).
Keep adding items until it feels right. I kept the top shelf open, because nothing really fit well up there. Then I had an idea!
Step 4: Plants! I moved some of my plants to fill in the top shelf. I also added one to another shelf to balance it. Plants make everything better, so don’t be afraid to put them everywhere, even your shelves!
Here are my shelves from another angle. Don’t forget you can stack objects too. I added a small brass vase on top of a wooden box, and objects on top of some stacked books. Think about height on each shelf and white space around objects you want to highlight. For instance, the metal horse I love and wanted it to be a focal point. So I kept the object around it at a distance so that you can really see the shape of the horse against the white background.
I hope this helped you have some confidence in styling your own shelves. Don’t forget that you can always change it up, move it around, have fun! After seeing these photos, I already see a few things I will move. Don’t be afraid of having to make everything perfect, just get started and enjoy the process. A few of these items on my shelves are actually available in my brand*eye home shop, so as they sell I get to continually restyle my shelves.
Some other options of things to add are photo frames, small paintings, fresh flowers in vases; the options are endless! What do you love to add to your shelves? And let me know if you use any of these tips.