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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!

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Timeless Furniture…

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I’m obsessed with these chairs…classic art deco club chairs!

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This particular chair along with a Chesterfield sofa…TIMELESS!  They can be dropped into any interior and you instantly warm it up with its effortless elegance.

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The more weathered the leather…the more I personally like it!

Design On…People!

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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,

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They’re Reading My Mind…

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Welcome to Frilly…a clothing atelier that lets you be the designer.

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I don’t know about you…but how many times have you selected an item of clothing only to say, “I wish this item had long sleeves or different collar!”  Well…now you can play fashion designer!

Welcome to Frilly!  First, you select the particular clothing item…then you select the color of the fabric.  When that image comes up, you then have the option of changing the collar, sleeves, and hem!  Okay, how fabulous is that?

 

 

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This is a great source when you’re trying to find just that right core piece for your wardrobe or something for a special occasion.

https://www.frilly.com/all-clothing.html

Hope you Enjoy,

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Mark Antonia Studio…

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I LOVE featuring Artist Studios…this is another one that I found that’s really quite unique.  Antonia works with dried flowers.  I LOVE flowers…dried not so much!  But she puts such a unique spin on them…that I had to feature her.

Antonia works with the philosophy of “Wabi-Sabi”, another reason why I LOVE them.  That makes 3 elements of LOVE!  Flowers, Artisan, Wabi-Sabi!  Perfection.

Antonia hand selects each element and then glues them on the branch…the end result is very simple, clean and elegant!

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Her price point is very modest for these handcrafted arrangements… though her shop is located in New Zealand-disappointment for us here in the states!

https://www.markantonia.com/products/dried-by-markantonia

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Hope you enjoyed!

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Who Doesn’t Like A Good Tile Job…

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When creating a new tile presentation or re-doing an old one…why not GO ENCAUSTIC?

If you’re designing a room or entire house most consumers main objective is to create something that is timeless.  This is virtually impossible, the only way you can possibly create timelessness is with pure white…but even with that color choice…tile and design sizes change through the decades.

For instance what you like now, might not be what you would like or fashionable 10 years from now.  Plus, the colorways that are currently strong, will not be the same tones desired 10 to 15 years from now.

Take green for example…90’s it was Sage Green, 2000’s it was Chartreuse Green’s, and now for 2010’s it Emerald Green.

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So trying to stay classic and clean?  Stay neutral!

Though beige years are really “so last decade”, we are now currently enthralled with the gray tones.  Or dare I say “gray-eige”, for those who still embrace, tans and beige tones!

TILE ON!

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