Bedrooms

Christmas Decor...for a Girl's Room

In case you missed it, yesterday, we discussed simple ways to dress up your boys' rooms for Christmas.  A few swaps in the bedding, a few adornments and, of course, the all important tree.  Today, it's time for the girls! 

Several of the main elements were used in both spaces, but we swapped the red for a muted pink and the lumberjack feel for a little whimsy by way of snowflakes and texture.  And, again, all of these items are from Target.  There are so many great deals that can really transform your child's space. I can't wait to get to work in my girls' rooms!

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Jon has an off day before he heads out on another trip, so we're starting to deck the halls today!   

Christmas Decor... for a Boy's Room

If you're like us, you want the holidays to last a lot longer than the calendar says they should.  One of us (*cough* Jessica) may have even put up our tree before mid November. :)

There's just so much joy, sparkle (literally) and comfort in Christmas decor.  In fact, we love it so much we thought, "Why not extend the holly and jolly to the kids' bedrooms?"  I mean if there were ever such a place for wonder and delight it's there, right?

Starting with the gentlemen...Here's how to dress up your boy's room with a few touches of holiday cheer...all from Target!  There are some great deals...$20 tree, $14 flannel twin sheets, etc.  And they are all pieces you could use for years to come.  My favorite piece might be that wood garland.  So cute! 

We hope you enjoy decking the halls!  We'll be back with decor for a girl's room later.

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Get the Look-Monochromatic Bedroom

Have you guys seen the new home of Natalie Morales from the Today show?  She reportedly just purchased a home in Brentwood, CA for her new West Coast gig, and the listing photos are gorgeous.  In case you missed it, I'll give you a mini tour of my favorite rooms.

But first, let's all take in this beautiful back exterior.  Would wouldn't want this to be the back of their house??  Look at all of those porches and windows!

A simple and stunning entry greets guests when they walk in the home.  I love those oversized sconces and artwork.

This monochromatic transitional look has the best lighting in the house--natural lighting from those huge glass doors!  I will never tire of those iron and glass doors.

Again, there isn't a ton of color in the space, but that doesn't mean it lacks interest.  The leather mixed with the wood, mixed with the iron, mixed the stripes...it's good.

If you're going to go for some color, why not do it in the office/library?  It is typically a place that is used for igniting creativity and thought, and this blue will do just that.  The light fixture and Spanish style desk with those gorgeous turned legs aren't so bad either...

Now for the bedroom, a place of relaxation and rest.  What's more fitting than calming, tone-on-tone furnishings?

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all images via realtor.com

Me and my neutral-loving ways were instantly attracted to this monochromatic bedroom.  It's very easy for a completely light room to look very sterile and flat, but the stagers here did a great job adding warmth and layers through varying textures.  That's the key!  I decided to do a "Get the Look" to show you how it could easily translate into your own bedroom.

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What's your favorite room?  Comment below to let us know!

Until next time...

Updating a Master Bedroom without Spending a lot of Money

Every Spring we tackle home improvement projects, clean out our closets, and organize our belongings. As a result, it brings a since of satisfaction and new energy into our homes. However, many times our bedrooms get overlooked. It easy to do since usually it is never seen by guests. Clutter starts to creep in, clothes end up in piles until you find the time to hang them. Before you know it, it is far from the place of solace it was designed to be, a place to rest and feel recharged for the next day.

Recently, we had a client contact us in need of help with her master bedroom. She wanted to freshen up the look of her room without having to spend a lot of money on new furniture. 

“I would like to update the look of our bedroom, but my husband doesn’t want to buy new furniture. What would you suggest to bring new life into the space?”

We were able to offer her a solution via our virtual consultation. Here are a few things we suggested:

1. Balance the visual weight of furniture

First thing we noticed was the room looked dark and cramped. Though her furniture is beautiful, it was very heavy for the size of her room and there was a lot of it, which was making the room feel tight and dark. Some of the pieces needed to come out. We recommended removing the tall dresser in front of the window and either replacing the headboard with an upholstered one or lighter night stands.

 White upholstered chairs visually soften the wood furniture in the room.

White upholstered chairs visually soften the wood furniture in the room.

2. Remove all clutter

Looking at clutter can cause feelings of angst. We suggested removing any items that the client wasn't in love with. Also, free up space on the nightstands and dresser by limiting the amount of decorative objects and arranging them in neat groupings. 

Use a decorative tray, like this one from Pier 1, to group together items neatly on you dresser or night stands.

 

 

 

3. Hang curtains high and wide

To help make the room feel larger and downplay the awkwardness of the bed placement, we recommended hanging new curtains, in a lighter fabric, high and wide. By running the curtains the length of the wall, it will visually make the space feel much larger and help to soften all the dark wood furniture in the room.

4. Bring in Table lamps

Table lamps definitely will help to lighten up the dark room but it will also allow for gentler lighting in the evenings when it is time to unwind.

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5. New bedding

Another way to help lighten up the room and bring in some new life is by replacing the existing comforter set with new white bedding. We recommend purchasing the best quality sheets you can afford. Great sheets make climbing in to bed feel like a treat!

Also provided, were visual examples for her to go by and a shopping list for the accessories.

Sometimes all you need is a little advice or guidance instead of a complete room design, and we want to be able to assist you with that as well.

For this reason, we created our Ask My Designer service. Whether you need advice on furniture placement or are unsure of what colors to bring into your room, we can help via a virtual consultation. All you have to do is fill out a short survey and send us photos of your space, and we will get you going in the right direction!  So stop procrastinating on that room you've been meaning to finish. And let us help you make your rooms and your home something you can be proud of!

We can help translate the images on your Pinterest board into your reality.

Let's get started!

Your designers,

-Jessica and Mallory