10 Stylish Stairwells

I can’t believe that the end of the school year is already here! It seems as though this year flew by in the blink of an eye. We are saying goodbye to Christopher’s wonderful teacher and getting ready for the impending summer months.

Have any of you noticed the “picked for you” posts on Pinterest? Although I love this feature, I am slightly frightened by the clairvoyant accuracy of Pinterest’s predictions. A few months ago, I created a new board for Stairwells & Entries. Lately, I have gravitated to the pre-picked images of picturesque stairwells.

Sophisticated staircases often incorporate both architectural and decorative elements. For example, architectural features can include millwork and metal elements, while decorative items such as lighting, carpet and artwork finish the overall look. Here are a sampling of stairwells with styleโ€ฆ


 

 


via Southern Hi-Life

 


via Better Homes & Gardens c/o The Decorista

 


via Better Homes & Gardens c/o The Decorista

 


via Luxe

 


via Luxe

 


via Luxe

 


via Provident Home Design

 


via The Foo Dog Ate My Homework


via Home Adore

 


via Traditional Home

 

Which stairwell was your favorite?

 

Four Favorites โ€“ 3rd Edition

It’s beginning to feel like we’ve been transplanted in the Pacific Northwest this week… rain, rain and more rain with no end in sight! Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful not to be having a drought similar to the one we had about 4 years ago. And yet, this wet weather has me daydreaming in cool tones… blues, aquas, and greens.

This week’s Four Favorites post is the joyful product of my imaginings:


Frosted Doily Plates, Glass Knots, Boxwood Trees & Wafture Planters

I love this lace/vintage inspired dinnerware at Anthropologie. It’s a funky fresh way to infuse color into a spring or summer tablescape. Next, West Elm’s glass knot is a elegant and contemporary accessory addition. It comes in a variety of colors, but I am drawn to the teal.

One of my favorite additions to any space is greenery. Whether real or faux, it brings an organic and natural touch to any space. When using faux greenery, quality is paramount. Cheap greenery looks like exactly that. These boxwoods would be optimal for year round use. Last, these Wafture planters remind me of two beautiful thrift store/estate sale finds I’ve snatched up lately.


via my Instagram

Chinoiserie accents are a fabulous way to incorporate eclectic yet timeless items into a space.

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ย via my Instagram

 

What are some of your favorite items around the web?

 

 


 


Bohemian Girls Bedroom

Hi There!

We have been super busy over the past few weeks! We celebrated our son’s 4th birthday a few weeks ago and it was a blast! Now it feels like things are slowing down a bit, but I really can’t believe the beginning of May is around the corner!

I’m stopping by to show you a new project I’m working on. A client of ours has asked for a “Bohemian Moroccan” feel in their oldest daughter’s room. She has just been accepted to a prestigious art based high school and embracing her artistic and individual style. Along with an eclectic feel, the space also needs to be functional. We need to accommodate a bed, sitting/reading area, as well as ample storage for art supplies and creating masterpieces. Overall, I want the space to have well-traveled vibe, but to still embody the bright tones and whimsy of the teenage years.

 

 

 

Tamarin Quilt Set, Chindi Triangles Pillow, Ashti Pom Pom Pillow, Hand Loom Facet Pillow, Tassled Jacare Pillow, Bubble Knit Pillow, Coral Bamboo Curtains, Aurora String Lights, Scholar Desk Chair, Lacquer Storage Desk, Reina Chair, Moroccan Wedding Pouf, Gypsy Stripe Woven Rug, Bohemian Wool Woven Rug, Gypsy Rose Cotton Hooked Rug, & Rhapsody Wool Woven Rug

The bedding is from the Mudhut line at Target. I love the vibrance in this line mixed with a global style so this quilt was a natural choice. We will mix in pillows with various colors and textures for a “collected” look. The curtains bring in a hint of an Asian vibe and string lights will accent the panels for soft mood lighting, per the young client’s request. ๐Ÿ˜‰ A large corner desk accompanied by a vintage style desk chair will provide plenty of storage and a great space for both academics and artwork. A few Dash and Albert rugs layered around the room will bring home the bohemian atmosphere while a funky peacock chair and Moroccan Pouf create a reading/sitting area.

In fact, I think this could work in a playroom, office or living space with a few tweaks and I adore the incorporation of both color and culture.

What do you think of it? Do you enjoy an eclectic space?

 

Four Favorites โ€“ 2nd Edition

Here in the lone star state spring has officially sprung. This past weekend was one of the most glorious stretches of beautiful weather we have seen in a long time. Our days were spent with activities like kite flying, running errands and soaking up as much sun and fresh air as possible!

Today, I’m continuing the Four Favorites series that I started a few weeks ago. I find myself in a bit of a golden mood this week and in that spirit here are a few of my favorite articles of gold/brass merchandise.


 

1) Gold Foil Notecards, 2) Gilded Globe, 3) Marble Table Lamp, 4) Bestiary Pencil Holder

Somehow I managed to pick items that could all be used to create a stylish desk top. Although my workspace is more or less complete, which of these pieces would you like to supplement to your desk?

 

Feminine Fresh Design Board

Hello!

I hope you’re having a great weekend! Today I’m excited to be showing you a side project of mine!

Back in February I mentioned that I was working on selections for a small living room. Recently, a teacher at my sister’s school asked for some design help. She had a great living room space with a lot of the basic furnishings. Although she had made some great furnishing choices, almost all of the pieces she had were a deep chocolate brown. Chocolate leather sofas, chocolate stained wood coffee table and entertainment center, and to top it all off she also had dark chocolate wood floors.

As I said before, all of her choices were stylish, quality items, but she had fallen into a neutral rut.


(All I have are cell phone shots of the space at this time)


 

After discussing things with her further, she told me about some of the items she had recently purchased: a mustard rug, coral wrought iron wall art, and a hand full of solid mustard and turquoise pillows. All of these items would work fabulously in the space with a few edits.

 



 

The more we spoke about the space the clearer my design vision became. This client wanted a space with fresh colors, inviting textures, and a feminine vibe with a country twist. The phrase that came to mind for this design was Feminine Fresh.

 


Drapery Panels, Pillows (no longer available), Lamp, Lamp Shade, Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Mirror 3, Mirror 4, Mirror 5, Wicker Arm Chair, Pillow, Throw, Candle Holder, Hobnail Hurricanes, Chevron Frame, Lacquer Trays, Lanterns, Frame, Hobnail Vases & Seagrass Basket

To begin breaking up the sea of chocolate in the space, I suggested laying down her mustard rug beneath the coffee table. Next, by adding patterned pillows to coordinate with the solid pillows we could soften the look of the leather seating. New lamps with a classic silhouette could be added to either side of the sofa and a pair of drapery panels could be hung above the window to draw the eye upwards. By adding a wicker armchair in the corner of the room, we could maximize seating and add texture. An accent pillow and throw make this a cozy spot to relax and read.

The client’s coral wrought iron wall art could be hung above the TV with a few small mirrors. Then, wicker baskets below the TV could maximize storage for movies, etc. A lacquer tray on the coffee table would be a great place for housing magazines and remotes while also including a few accessories like a frame or candleholders. Last, decorative accessories such as frames, vases and lanterns can be used on side tables and in the open areas of the entertainment center.

All of the items shown are from affordable retailers. I love when a space can be done on a budget! The client loved these ideas and is currently working on incorporating them into her space. Hopefully, I can help her with the install and snap some “after” shots sometime soon!

As I look over this design board, I think my favorite element is the cozy wicker chair with a pillow and throw.

What is your favorite item or element?