Month: October 2013

Guest Bedroom Inspiration {20 Amazing Twin Bed Rooms}

*UPDATE: I finished my guest room makeover!  You can see how it turned out {here}.

 

I’m still in the process of figuring out what I want to do with our guest bedroom.  That poor room has had so many uses over the years but it’s never been “decorated.”  For a while, it housed our old queen bed, but the bed took up most of the room and it was difficult to walk around.  We then traded our queen bed with our neighbor in exchange for their daybed with trundle (can you imagine what the other neighbors must have thought when they saw us carrying beds back and forth across the street?!).  I thought for a while that I’d use it as a playroom for the kids, but quickly changed my mind once I discovered that they were in there so much, I never saw them!  We considered making it an office, considered making it a hobby room, but ultimately, decided that a guest room was the most practical for our needs.

I know that I want the room to feel very classic and “grown up” with just a touch of a European feel.  Knowing that we’ll be using twin beds, I’ve been browsing Pinterest for inspiration.  Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos with you in case they inspire you, too!

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My “to do” list for our guest room is quite long….I still need to paint, add crown molding, find and hang curtains, have an overhead light installed, and accessorize!  I’m trying to do this room on a budget so it’s taking me a while to find pieces I love that won’t break the bank.  My newly painted headboards and secretary should be ready soon, though!

 

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Adding Texture to Your Home {8 Easy Ways}

As each day passes and we move further into Fall, I am reminded by the beauty of nature and its glorious textures.  I love the cozy feeling of fall and one of the ways that I create a cozy and inviting space is to through the use of textures.  Now if you’ve looked a photos from my home, you’ll know that I like to mix lots of different textures together to create a “collected” look.  (I use the term collected instead of eclectic because I think it better describes me and my style.)  Old and new, polished and rustic, and masculine and feminine  – to me, they all go together!

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Texture in a space is important because it adds dimension and allows elements to play off of one another.  This is especially true in a monochromatic room where textures plays an important role in keeping the room from looking flat and sterile.

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As part of your design plan, you should know the general feel that you want to create.  You can then use this feeling to determine what textures you might include.  A cozy room can be created through the use of plush fabrics, wood, natural fibers and woven materials (think organic).  On the other hand, if you want a clean, sleek look, consider using metallics, glass and lacquer.

 

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Some textured materials are a big commitment – like wallpaper, tile or even some faux finishes.  So if you want to add texture without making a big commitment, here are 8 ways to add depth and interest.    As you read through this list, keep in mind that texture doesn’t refer to just the physical surface of a material.  Sometimes, depth of color and pattern can create an illusion of texture, as do shadows and other light sources.

 

8 Simple Ways To Add Texture to your Home

 

1. Pillows

Decorative pillows are a very easy way to add texture to a space.  Even if you’re using multiple pillows in the same color, you can choose different fabrics for each so that each one has a different texture.  For example, one might be chenille, one linen and one maybe even faux fur!  You can also look for embellishments that add texture, like beads, sequins, ruffles or even some patterns.

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2. Throws

Similar to pillows, throws can add a pop of color and texture.  A cozy fur through draped over a leather chair immediately changes the look!

 

3. Area Rugs

Area rugs work so well to define a space, especially if you have an open floorplan.  But let’s not forget that they also help absorb sound, so they help keep a room from echoing.  Most often area rugs are used on wood or tile floors, but I’ve also seen some on wall-to-wall carpeting that look great.  No matter where you use them, there are so many choices available and many with great textures.  And don’t forget that you can always have a wall-to-wall carpet option cut to size with the edges bound to make your own area rug.

 

4. Accessories

Accessories are an inexpensive way to add texture and are a great way to mix and match different sheens and materials.  And as you know, I love vintage, so let me just say that vintage items add a ton of texture to a space!  The more chippy, weathered, rusty and cracking a vintage piece is, the more texture it adds.

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5. Wall Decor

Whether you’re using art, photos or other wall decor, this is a great way to introduce texture to the walls without the commitment of expensive (and permanent) wall coverings.  Even if you are using inexpensive frames, consider swapping out the mat for a fabric one or even covering a standard mat with remnant fabric.

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6. Organic items (plants, candlelight)

I love adding natural elements to a space to make it feel more like a home and less like a showroom.  Plants add subtle texture to a room with their glossy leaves.  Of course, I count preserved boxwood as a plant because at one time it was alive…right?!  Other organic items include wood furniture or accessories, antlers, driftwood, stones or even candlelight with its flickering flame.  One of my favorite organic items to use is wine corks, which I use as vase fillers for branches and faux flowers.  All of these things add subtle texture and dimension.

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7. Lighting

The importance of lighting is often overlooked.  General lighting is important, but mood lighting is also necessary to give a room a “lived in” look.  A small light in an otherwise dark corner will cast shadows on the wall, creating a sense of texture and depth.

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8. Varying Shades

Texture is also added when you use various shades of a color in a room instead of trying to match the exact shade throughout the room.  Fan decks are useful in identifying shades, as each strip is organized in a monochromatic color scheme.

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Additional Tips & Tidbits

  • Know what mood you want to create so you know what textures are most appropriate for your space.
  • Use texture throughout a space, floor to ceiling, so that the room feels balanced.
  • Texture is more than just the physical surface of a material.  Depth of color creates an illusion of texture, as do shadows and other light sources.
  • Organic materials are a great source of subtle texture.
  • To create a truly layered look in a room, try not to repeat a texture across different fabrics.  So if you have a chenille pillow on your sofa, choose a different texture for your curtains.  Or if your sofa is leather, choose a contrasting texture as an accent pillow.

 

 

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Decorating with Preserved Boxwood

It’s no secret that I love decorating with preserved boxwoods, so when I saw the most recent sale at Antique Farmhouse, I had to restrain myself!

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I am actually pretty good about taking care of live plants and so have several around my home, but I still really like using preserved boxwoods because you get the beauty of a live plant without any of the work!  Preserved boxwoods are made from live boxwood clippings that have been soaked in a solution of dye and glycerin and then allowed to dry.  Once ready, they will stay green year round without any maintenance.  I’ve never tried making one myself, but came across a great tutorial here in case you want to try making your own.

 

I have a large boxwood wreath that hangs in my dining room…

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…and a few topiaries that I use decoratively.

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Even my little finches have their own wreath.  This is our little guy Sparky (my son wanted him to have a “tough guy” name):

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I love that boxwood can work in any room of the house, even a kitchen!

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And in this entryway, they provide such a fresh and welcoming look.

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And in addition to being easy to care for, I love that preserved boxwood can look either casual or formal depending on what items it’s paired with.  These holiday table settings look so elegant!

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{Okay, so the tablescape doesn’t look like it’s a preserved boxwood but rather a faux one, but you can imagine…}

 

I really don’t need any more topiaries, but now I have my eye on these mini wreaths because they would be so cute on my dining chairs!

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So now I’m curious, what’s your go-to plant or flower?

 

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