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Naps Are So Underrated…

So are our beds!

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As a designer, I have seen so many different styles and types of beds and bedrooms.  The good, bad and the downright sad.

I might have done a post on this already…but it’s worth repeating!

I LOVE MY BED…and so should you!

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I feel that beds are a reflection of not only our style but also an expression of how we see ourselves.

They should never be too overdressed or pretentious.  Never sloppy or unkempt.  But, somewhere in the middle of not being too uptight or too utilitarian.

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If beds need to have a system of placed perfection…that’s way too uptight for me.

A militant stance of organized and untouched stacked pillows.  Constantly on guard in fear that if someone sits on the bed, it would ruin the whole presentation.

Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy a well-presented bed.  I just prefer a more casual elegance presentation.  A un-maid (pun intended) bed.

And yes, I do enjoy that it’s made daily.  I just prefer it to resemble the look and feel as though the turndown service was completed. And it’s ready to climb into, it at a moments notice.

And on the days of freshly washed sheets.  Simply sublime!

In fact…I can’t even seem to climb into my bed unless that fitted sheet is pulled tight again every time it’s made.  Reinsuring a wonderful nights sleep.

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Bedrooms like all rooms should be admired.  They should entice and draw you into them, like a great seduction.  Welcoming you every night or day.    Perhaps even in the middle of the day.  Being available for those moments when you just need a minute.

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Then there are those days…when you just don’t feel like getting out of bed at all.  Bed3

Or worse yet, those days when you have to get up at the crack of stupid.  And just the thought of separating yourself from the warmth and comfort of that blanket fort of safety…is way to painful to handle.

Or how about those moments where the bliss from your dreams are still playing out in your mind’s eye.  And that stinging factor of knowing that the moment your toe touches the floor…reality begins again.

Or how about the most terrorizing times of all getting out bed in the winter or in extremely cold climates.

Stop the madness! That’s way too much handle.  That’s when the blanket has come with you from room to room!

Ah, beds!

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There are glamour bedrooms.

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 Primitive…purposeful bedrooms!

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Even some that others would find cheesy!

But our beds like our homes should be our sanctuaries.  Open, welcoming and filled with joy and especially peace!

Namast’ay…in bed!  Especially on a random Sunday just because you want too!

Inspire

 

 

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Max it OUT…

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Wow…this particular style is not for the faint of heart.  As an artist and a designer, I can totally see the beauty.  I just don’t know if the heaviness of the style and over accessorization is something that I would like 24/7.  I’m a little more clean lines and with a slight impact on accessories.  But I’m not so crazy about the “I just cleaned out the local Hobby Lobby or T J Maxx Home and threw it all in one room” look!

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There is a fine line between artistically placed versus…pile it on! This is a dangerous path for some…because this style can go bad real quick.  It could just look sloppy…and look like mid-class clutter!

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LOVE..the wallpaper on the ceiling!  5th wall impact!

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Design On…People!

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Design Show or Trainwreck TV…

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Trading Spaces returns.  Is it design show or mockumentary?  Seriously, I’m sure that there were many moments where they actually did some decent make-overs.  But when you see and hear about some of the past “creations” you need to ask yourself…is this for shock purposes?  

I know that there are many taste levels out there in the “design” field.  But when you see these gigantic FAILS…you have to wonder if this is all staged.

The biggest insult of them all…

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Okay, the only answer acceptable to me is the designer was drunk and the neighbors truly hated each other.

And I heard this epic mess took the production team 18 hours to fix after completed!

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Yep…she was drunk!

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Okay, on this one…the designer was drunk, high and she knew she could plead temporary insanity in any civil case against her after they created this abysmal mess!

If I do watch it…this will be the reason why!  Que…cheesy music!

 

Nothing left to say, people!

Design on,

Inspire

 

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Decor Trends 2019 LOVE it or Leave it…

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Trends: discovering what is new and exciting is always kind of interesting whether you’re in the market for a change or not.  Some designer’s go to furniture markets twice a year every year, which can be quite a feat, even for seasoned veteran’s.  But, that’s just one of the areas where you can see the newest in home decor for the CONSUMER.

I LOVE hearing about the latest design trends!  But many will still prefer to opt out of trends!  Why?  Well, mainly because they’re a lot of tried and true preferred traditional styling for the home.  Usually, those who prefer traditional decor prefer the CLASSICS…hoping there will be less of a chance of having a date stamp on the items they buy.  Unfortunately, no matter when you buy a traditional piece or any other particular “style” direction…your lucky if you get a good 10, the most 15 years out of it…before it starts to look old and dated.

My personal style direction is a decor of mixed fushion when styling a home.  I like to combine the new feels with the old (vintage) for that eclectic look.  But my vintage pieces will still need to have updated fabrics on them.  Otherwise, it’s just an old sofa, chair or bench!

I feel that no matter what your preferred design direction is traditional, new traditional, mid-century, modern, or just that fabulous “lived in look.”  Having an updated kitchen and bath are the major go too’s for that FRESH and fabulous look, plus it’s great for resale.

With that stated, even though these photos depict a more modern aesthetic, there are ways to incorporate modern touches to ALL design styles and feel.  So with that said…here is what HOT and new for KITCHENS 2019 and going forward.

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Unique or hidden vent hoods!

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Flat front cabinets…with hidden or no hardware!

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Waterfall countertops on islands…LOVE 4″ depth myself!

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Continous sinks (LOVING the concrete) with light to medium wood tone cabinets.  And of course still seeing painted cabinets too!

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LOVING the white subway tile…so fresh and classic!HDesign8

WALLS…not just backsplashes…of marble!  Chevron floors!

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Float cabinetry and use mixed metals!  This is my favorite way of doing mixed metal look, use black or oil rubbed bronze combined with a gold or a silver!

Design on people,

LOVE-Inspire

 

 

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LOVE Me A Touch of Rattan…

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It’s probably my LOVE for a great eclectic/touch of bohemian…interior design choice…for the reasons that I crave for a GREAT rattan chair in the corner!

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Are they the most comfortable chair in the room?  Hell no!  But they’re there for the form  and not the function!

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To me, a room should be a layered with textures, and this is just another way to add texture to the room!

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Your Choice of Center Piece is Essential…

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When it comes to centerpieces on tables it seems as though designers are always looking for something new and unique.

But unfortunately there are many that go it alone…and with that…comes mistakes.

Such as the above picture…too small and no impact!

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There is the over zealous contender!  In this case, it has impact…but scale is incorrect!

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The repeat offender…tall vase under low chandelier!  Stop the madness!

When creating center pieces…think tried and true…single large vessel filled with seasonal items, flowers, balls…easy no fail alternative.

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Simple to put on…simple to take off!

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Jute For A Moment or For Awhile…

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Ok…so this week I’m a JUTE RUG bender! I LOVE me some JUTE…possibly just a touch for a moment…or for awhile!

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I LOVE the texture of them!  Plus the price allows one to enjoy it for awhile and then possibly seek something new without feeling too guilty for changing it out!

Think of it as an accessory…for the room. When you’re bored or the season changes…switch to something else!

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I especially LOVE to layer them!

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I do prefer SEA GRASS, I feel that it’s stronger of all of the weaves.

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Super cool…HEXAGON!  Whether hexagon, square, round or rectangle!  A fresh feeling for any area of the home, especially in the warmer climates or during certain times of the year.   Here is the link to the hexagon rug.

https://www.wayfair.com/August-Grove-Ephemerine-Natural-Area-Rug-AGGR2797.html

One last one…for the those that don’t like the yellow undertones…there is this fabulous gray/ivory one!

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