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I was trolling through Swedish real estate agent Alvhem’s inspiration pages and was struck by the amazing light quality in these shots.
I desperately want the double headed rabbit poster. Don’t care what it is for. WANT.
From a Design Sponge sneak peek, some images of Kimi Weart and Paul Galloway’s cute flat somewhere in the States.
Great idea for hanging a pendant light without getting an electrician in below:
I have been noodling away on decorating the house while working and getting ready for a show (!) and am trying to take things slowly, despite my ingrained impatience, so I can get a good sense of how we are using the new spaces.
I have chosen to use predominantly complementary colours in the bedroom, but faded-out shades – duck egg turquoise and sunfaded orange/gold morrocan rugs.
The white curtain wall is now up behind the bed (with a bit of finicking around and finally having to hack my own fittings, they look perfect – see below), and I have been looking at the space and trying to figure out how to inject some fun into the space before sorting out shelving etc. for my collections.
As it stands, the room currently feels calm but somewhat dull.
I am thinking some bright, zingy yellow to lift the mood and create a bit of fun…like in these chilled out rooms below.
The shoddy photo below shows one side of the room ‘before’ and mocked up in Photoshop with the yellow table ‘after’. You can’t see either the blue silk curtains on the windows opposite the bed, or the orange rugs, so hard to get a feel for it all. Sorry!
However – on a bit of an offside – you CAN see my lovely new Coco bed from The Sleep Room, which I am soooo happy with. I highly recommend them…their service is great and the quality of the beds high. They even have a ‘Head of Happiness’ who follows up on orders to see if their customers are satisfied! Love it.
Back to the yellow…better, yes? Oh – the chandelier is a Photoshop mock up too. I am thinking a yellow cord to echo the table.
I will try to keep adding to this as the room and house progresses.
I have a bad habit of forgetting the ‘before’ pictures, like with the dresser peeking into the shot on the left of the room. I was planning a before and after post, and then, 2 weeks later, after stripping like a madwoman and completely refinishing the dresser to perfection I went to my computer to see the difference … and realised I deleted the before pictures! Arrgh! ;-/
Am trying to do better with that so that I have a record of my progress on this place this time around! Comments and suggestions on my posted ideas are welcome.
Still in total nest building mode and have been considering buying a new, larger throw for my lovely new bed as the new house has gaps EVERYWHERE and is quite chilly (I hate to see what it is going to be like in winter. Bubby is on a big draft proofing binge at the moment, though, so maybe we will be ok).
Being my typical fussy self, I want just the perfect throw…but can’t decide what that is! I have decided that cashmere is not practical for throws, though (gasp!), as I currently have a small one which is about 6 years old and has me constantly worried about holes and moths.
However, as I am obsessed about the feel of fabrics I have narrowed it down to super soft mohair, virgin wool or…the new discovery…alpaca.
Have you ever touched an alpaca throw? Beauty!
So here are the front runners – click on item to be taken to link.
The first is by Row Pinto, a textile artist in London who makes them in her studio in Depford. They feel gorgeous – light and soft.
Second grey one (seeing a theme here?) is alpaca by a company in Ireland – Simple Things – who gets them ethically manufactured in Peru – again dreamy soft and light.
The last is mohair – light, fluffy and would add some nice texture to the room – in either silver grey or cream. This one would likely be easiest to find somewhere other than Heals (read CHEAPER).
Now the only thing is – only the Row Pinto is anywhere near the size I want at either 110 x 210cm or 130 x 220cm. The others are both 130 x 180, and I would like to be able to tuck under at then end of the bed to make it look tailored during the day.
My darling coco bed arrived Tues and I can now get on with arranging the room! Very exciting. I will post some pictures when I have things sorted out a bit and have managed to find homes for the piles of STUFF that I have no storage for yet.
I have decided to shift the bed around to face the windows which leaves me with the closet opening right beside/hind the bed. After thinking for a couple days, have decided floor to ceiling curtains all along that wall behind the bed is the solution to hiding it.
Thinking all white, like below…clean and airy.
After looking at many, many beds I have finally done it and decided on THE BED…the Coco from The Sleep Room! Not too ornately French and not too modern, but right in between. The sturdy grey-stained frame is hand carved by graduates of a traditional carving school from sustainably sourced European oak.
Currently sleeping on a cold floor at the moment, so can’t wait until delivery next Tues.
My lighting plans for the new place progress, and I will soon be able to put some of them into action as the big move is on Sat! Exhausted, but very much looking forward to just getting in.
We don’t have any beds for the new place yet, but I find the idea of having the mattress on top of a rug for a few months oddly cheering. No more ugly, cheap ikea beds! I can finally get some aesthetically pleasing ones that don’t have to be hidden… YAY! I hope to find some on Freecycle that I can reupholster or otherwise fix up to suit.
Back to lighting…won the vintage bag chandelier below on ebay for a steal a couple of days ago and have been thinking how I would like to hang it in the bedroom. I have this vague idea of having a super long cord, maybe coloured, looped across the ceiling and then hung low….somewhere…! But until I get into the house, I can’t really plan how it is going to go.
I think it will be a more casual look for the chandelier and plan for a similar feel to the pendants in my post a few days ago. Only hung from the ceiling.
It will be something like the low hanging chandeliers from below…kind of…maybe…will post the result!