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March 28, 2011
Happy Monday! the weather is so stunning that it is so exiting to think summer is around the corner! Today’s post is on one of my favorite fabrics!
I LOVE TOILE!!
To Toile or not to Toile? Can you ever have too much toile?
Toile, oh my, I have loved this pattern and in fact have written about it before!
But it is having a comeback and can totally be considered part of my love affair with BOHO CHIC!
Toiles when used in black and white are super sophisticated, fun and even cutting edge. I would not suggest a black and white toile for a Childs room, not even of teen years. But toile is definitely a grown up pattern!
Toile in black and white can be paired with zebra rugs for a very hot looking guest bedroom!
Toiles in fact are not just for bedrooms! Start to think out of the box! They are great breakfast room fabrics and make super smart home offices and great study and playrooms for girls!
Have a wonderful start to the week! thanks for all the great emails I appreciate the feedback!
January 26, 2011
When you think of the most romantic bed on earthwhat do you think of? A four poster bed of course! (If you were thinking a red velvet tufted circle bed that rotates in turn with a disco ball then I am afraid this might be the wrong blog for you.) Like canopies, four poster beds made their claim to fame in the 15thcentury with the development of Gothic. Furnishings and interior details became very heavy and architectural, mimicking the massive cathedrals of the time. As you can imagine, these were not the delicate four posters that you see today. These beds had huge wooden posts and came up to support a canopy covered roof with flowing drapery coming down the sides. If you are a regular reader then you have read my post on canopies. In case you haven’t, bedding textiles during the 15th century were the most prominent way to display rank and nobility. Not to mention that the fire place was not well understood and the technology to allow heat to spread throughout did not exist. Therefore, bedding textiles were not only a fashion statement, they created a micro climate of warmth that probably prevented death especially during the winters in England. If you could afford it, beds like these were adorned with the most expensive trimming and textiles that could be sewn with threads of gold, literally!
Even though many four posters do not function to support heavy wooden roofs and canopies, they still allow textiles to hang down and be tied to the posts. Although typically considered a traditional carved work, contemporary four poster beds are just as popular, and as expected, have developed into a whole new level of design. I still think that the most elegant paradise bed is a clean and simple four poster adorned with white sheer drapery. I can hear the grand caymans calling. If you want to feel like the ruler of your master bedroom, consider a four poster bed of any kind (and ditch the disco ball.)
January 3, 2011
I remember being a kid and thinking that canopy beds were the coolest things ever, fit for a princess. What is interesting now is that canopy beds are making there way back into the bedroom, and not just the kids’ rooms. Drapery on bedding has been around for a long time. In the medieval period, textiles were a form of the status, and the bedroom was the ultimate place to show it off. Not only was an adorned bed something to show off, it functioned as a way to create a micro climate of warmth when the drapery was closed, since the understanding of the fireplace technology was not well understood. Canopy usage carried all the way through the Baroque and Rococo. Some of the most elaborate canopies can be seen on the royal beds at the Palace of Versailles.
Even though our culture has change, the trend of covering the bed with fabric has latest. It has recently made a more prominent comeback in both contemporary and traditional settings. I think there will always be something romantic and comfortable about being enclosed when a person sleeps. Think of the movies that show a tropical get away and the bed is flowing with white sheer fabric all around it.
Although a four poster canopy is difficult, canopies are do it yourself friendly. If you take the circular wooden frame that is used for embroidery, you can take a piece of lightweight fabric and fit it in the center. Then hang from the ceiling with some clear wire or ribbon and let the fabric fall to either side or tie them to either poster using ribbon. Canopies definitely add a softness to space and can create a great dynamic when playing with scale in a space. AND it will make you feel like royalty in your own home.
An interesting modification of the original canopy. Simply and gorgeous.
I love these nontraditional posts!
Super modern interpretation of the canopy. Not exactly diy friendly…
Thanks to Patricia Gray for all her wonderful canopy photos!
Another great modern example!
December 29, 2010
In a past entry I talked about the wonders of upholstered walls. Sparked by a recent client inquiry, I realized that I didn’t discuss much about other upholstered options if a person does not feel comfortable upholstering their entire wall. Creating an upholstered panel is a simple yet attractive alternative to traditional wall coverings.
The process to make an upholstered panel is very simple and do it yourself friendly. Different sizes and shapes of materials can really lend themselves to a completely unique look. All you need to do is take a piece of thin plywood and make it the desirable shape and size. If you want to make a traditional style upholstered headboard, make a paper stencil out of craft paper to ensure that each side is exactly symmetrical. Once you have finalized the design of the panel you then take batting and staple it to the plywood using a staple gun. The batting is what determines the thickness of your upholstered panel and the depth of your tufts, should you choice to put them in. After adhering the batting, and you want to create tufts, you measure the distance of the tufts and mark them on the back of the plywood. After drilling out the holes, you can attach your fabric over the top, making sure that it is tight and stapled on the back side of the the plywood. For the tufting, string a needle through the hole drilled and through the batting and fabric. Attach a button and pull tight into the batting to create the tufts. Since the panel will be attached to the wall, the back does not need to be finished. You can decide the best way to attach the panel based on the individual application.
Upholstered panels are a great way to add interest and a bit of softness to a space. While not the case with fully upholstered walls, panels can be a temporary design feature that you can change with the seasons, or just when you get tired of them. They are also nice on stressful days when you just need something to bang your head against like I usually do, and they do have a nice padded cell chic feeling. Maybe that’s a little much, but upholstered panels can be the design solution to all your unique bedroom problems.
Make your own custom headboard
If you want to get really creative you can upholster a wooden frame and put christmas lights inside and create a lighting piecing.
November 29, 2010
Once popular in the seventies and eighties, grasscloth has recently made a come back within the past five years. Grasscloth is a wall covering made of woven plant fibers. The product is fantastic because if a person is not comfortable with wallpaper, but still wants a textural quality to the wall, grasscloth is the perfect solution. Worried that grass cloth might not fit your home decor? Think again – there are hundreds of color and style options that range from modern to traditional, and every where in between. Grasscloth can bestamped on with a pattern, or have metallic threads woven right into the surface. You can choose from a variety of colors and match the color to a sample depending on the vendor. The unique thing about grasscloth is that is has a natural quality with its texture, and you can decide on the next level to add in with the color and style. They way that the grasscloth is applied also adds another design dimension to the product. It can be applied in strips or in squares. In the Casa Blanca project, I took grasscloth squares and laid them horizontally and vertically in a grid. The result was a flowing visual wave that was subtle against the rest of the space, but still eye catching. In that same house I used a fading technique in the dining room that is reminiscent of ombre hair coloring. The spaces are right next to each other in completely different colors and yet do not clash with one another. Who thought grasscloth could be Hollywood regency? Below are some great examples of interiors that use grasscloth as well some samples of grasscloth products currently on the market. Have commitment issues? Temporarily tack grasscloth up in squares – the paper is heavy enough to lay flat and can be easily removed later on.
The fading in the paper adds more depth
A classical damask made contemporary
Clean. Simple. Gorgeous.
Feeling blue? Not in this space!
A traditional twist
Distressed AND metallic? Yes please
Very textural and yet still works with this classically modern bedroom
Have these fabulous products convinced you yet? The only problem will be trying to pick just one!
I hope everyone have a fabulous Thanksgiving. This week will be jam packed with entries so stay tuned!
November 8, 2010
An all white bedroom is something that is so classic and timeless, but still new and constantly reinvented by designers. The serenity and calm that an all white interior provides, particularly in a bedroom, is something that even the most vibrant designers use. Vicente Wolf has created an entire career based on plain white walls. The other interesting thing about all white bedrooms is that it forces one to design backwards in a sense. Instead of designing around the major surfaces in the room, all white allows you to think of how to the small accent pieces will speak against the blank canvas. It is a great way to highlight the activity in the space, to focus the attention on that seating arrangement or, in this case, the sleeping area. I am one of those designers who wanted the calming effects of white in my bedroom to clear my head from the day’s activities and promote restfulness. The trick to an all white space is thinking of it in terms of fashion, as I usually do. Use different tones of white with a variety of finishes, the same way you would pair a perfect white linen blouse with off white linen pants in the summer. It gives depth to a simplistic design. I would recommend a satin or eggshell on the walls, flat finish on the ceiling, and a semi gloss on the molding, base and trim. Just know that if you plan to do a gloss you should be prepared to find an expert painter and expect a large check, because it will take at least 16-18 coats to make it look just right. If you are going for more of a European look, try a white paint mixed with a little bit of grey. If you are in the sun belt area, go with a slightly warmer white. After you paint, think of how the white allows to you appreciate the natural beauty in the materials of your furnishings.
Here are a few images from my bedroom. As you can see, I let the white walls accent the rich floors, gorgeous finishes and stunning views in my bedroom. Although a lover of color, I can honestly say the clean bright bedroom is very rejuvenating.
Here are some examples from Vicente Wolf’s work. He uses white walls as the backdrop for almost every interior he designs. In these two photos the white is highlighting completely different things. That is a decision you get to make if you decide to go with an all white space.
Here are some examples from Lonny – they love clean interiors so they have tons of examples. Again, use white walls to highlight a gorgeous piece of art, particular piece of furniture, or an interesting lighting scheme. You can’t go wrong with the timeless design of an all white bedroom. I hope everyone had a restful weekend and check back this week for more posts!