Canopy Beds

Now when you visualize a canopy bed what do you think of?  You may envision extravagance, ornate and decorative carved wood or handsomely sculpted metal. Maybe you see a symbol of status, or a sumptuously dreamy masterpiece. I am sure we can go on and on with our imagination, right? Well you may be surprised to know how far from that ideal the canopy bed originated. 

Despite the alluring extravagence typically seen of these admirable beds the concept came out of necessity. Lords and nobelmen used simple drapery in the Middle Ages to keep themselves warm. Canopy beds were also used to provide privacy since typically attendants were near by sleeping in the same room. During this time they were very understated. It was not until the 16th century were there was a focus on craftsmanship and more ornate designs. 

Another rich history of this masterfully crafted piece of furniture is in the pre-Republican China the canopy bed was an important piece to the family and customarily a brides dowery. I only dream of having the space to have an attractive canopy that goes with my personality and design aesthetic. In looking for inspiration there are so many styles to choose from. Take a look a tell me which style fits your personality. 

Out of the Blue

Lately, I have been obsessed with the color blue. Royal blue velvets, sapphire blue silks, peacock suede and all the variations in between. I guess you can say, I have a love affair with this calming and also energizing hue. Blue is such a classic color and can be used in so many ways. For instance, you can add a navy blue wall color to a room to create drama… or use an antiqued french blue accent piece for a soft and sophisticated addition.

Take a look at a few spaces I have fallen head over heels for and tell me what you think.

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Designer Highlight

Good morning, Lovelies. I wanted to introduce you to a talented interior designer, Palmer Weiss. She is a San Francisco based interior designer known for her bursts of color and southern flare. Palmer creates spaces where she merges textiles and chooses furniture in the most masterful way. Her interiors are functional and livable with a traditional twist. Bold color meets traditional living. You could even say designing is in her blood. Her mother was an established interior designer and her father in real estate development. I could only imagine the beautiful spaces she encountered growing up and was inspired by, eventually leading her down the path of her successful design career.

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Elegant Edge

Elegant rooms showcase fine design featuring style and grace. They are neither flashy nor stuffy. Rather cleverly designed functional spaces. The best way to create an elegant space of your own is to minimize the use of current trends in your home. Instead focus on achieving an elegant edge utilizing stylish pieces that are classic and will be around for many years to come.  There are a few things to keep in mind to help you along the way.

1. Introduce classic lines and soft curves. 

2. Add comfortable fabrics and textures. 

3. Keep in mind the natural flow of light (do not block with furniture placement).

4. Maintain symmetrical balance and proportions

Ultimately maintain a youthful, fresh approach to a traditional design aesthetic. This is the perfect recipe for a perfectly designed space. Take a look at a few inspirational pictures to get you on your way. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serene Dreams

The world can get oh, so chaotic and it is important to create a space that is peaceful and serene. That being said I am absolutely one who loves her beauty sleep, especially after a hard days work. It is important for me to be able to come home and have a relaxing space where I can unwind from the day. That place for me would be my bedroom.

A bedroom should be all about comfort. Like I said before, the bedroom is a place to unwind and just relax. When designing a bedroom ultimately a bed is required but don’t stop there. Adding a comfortable sitting area adds another element in the room in which you can decompress.

Here are a few things I would recommend when creating your bedroom space:

1. Add plush, soft fabrics where ever possible. Think linen or silk bed linens, faux fur throws and velvet upholstered furniture.

2. Use a soothing color palette.

3. Add candles preferably unscented.

4.Get rid of the office desk and chair. No need to think of work before bed. It will surely be there in the morning when you wake up.

5. Remove the TV and exercise equipment.

6. Scale is key to create harmony. Take notice of the size of your bed and other pieces of furniture to ensure everything fits perfectly. Keep in mind to make choices that make the biggest impact.

Take a look at some bedroom spaces and be inspired!

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Feminine and Flirty

Being a girly girl, I love lots of pinks, reds and purples. Glamorous detail such as; fur throws, animal print and metallic accessories. All these things make a home sweet home for me. Incorporating a room or two to the leading lady is a must in my opinion. Sorry gentleman but I am sure you understand. What’s that saying, “A happy wife means a happy life.” Just saying! A woman needs a place to unwind and be delighted in all the beautiful things around her.

Ladies when creating your feminine sanctuary remember these key elements:

1. Use soft to the touch fabrics.

2. Choose your color palette wisely. For example, pinks, purples or pastels.

3. Use pretty accessories (metallics are everything). Kind-of-like the jewelry in the room.

4. Choose furniture with curves down to the legs.

Here are some images to help you along the way.

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