In our first home, my husband somehow convinced me to let him paint our closed-in- garage-turned-man-cave black. It actually didn’t take much convincing because I figured it was his space. He could do what he wanted. I had the rest of the house to decorate. However, as soon as the paint dried I instantly regretted that decision. Since it was formerly a two-car garage, the space was huge. It was also the room through which we entered/exited the house. After we painted it black, it did indeed feel like a cave. You could also see into the room from the kitchen and living room due to the position of the door frame (and there wasn’t room for a door), so the entire thing was a hot mess. It was an interesting experiment and maybe in the right context it would have looked right, but I was never a fan of the black walls. My husband liked it though, so I guess it wasn’t a complete disaster.
When I came across this bedroom, I was amazed how good the black walls and ceiling looked. Maybe if we would have done shiplap wainscoting our room would have turned out better? By grounding it with white, this room doesn’t feel like a cave. It feels modern and cozy. I’ll keep this look in mind if my husband ever tries to convince me to paint anything black again. Here’s how you can get a similar look.
It’s probably evident by now, but 90% of the time I’m drawn to a more rustic and masculine interior design aesthetic over a chic or feminine one. However, roughly 5.67% of the time I’m drawn to ultra-girly, glam spaces. I never did the whole single girl with her own apartment thing, so I missed out on that phase of life. I was in a pretty serious car accident at the end of high school which vastly changed my college plans, so I ended up living at home through college. I got married not long after graduation and my husband and I promptly bought our first home together. So, there was never a time when I had my “own” place (though it could be argued our entire first home save for our closed-in-garage-turned-man-cave was “mine”) that I could throw up pink everywhere.
Accordingly, I love looking at feminine spaces like today’s living room. I also like to imagine the type of person who lives here and what phase of life they happen to be in. And if they are married, how did they convince their husband to go along with it? What did they have to compromise and let him decorate?? Here’s how you can get a similar glam look:
The 2017 Tony Awards took place Sunday night. If I had the opportunity to pick any award show to attend, I would mostly likely choose the Tony Awards. I have a deep love for musicals and shows that began when I saw Les Misérables on the West End of London (London’s Broadway or actually Broadway is the NYC’s West End) when I was 17. My seat was very high and very near the back of the theater, but I was completely memorized. Since then I’ve seen countless shows including Wicked, Rent, Jersey Boys, Mama Mia, South Pacific, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and countless others. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a bad show. There’s just something about the live music and acting that takes me to another place for 3 hours.
Accordingly, I find it quite impressive when I read that an actor has a Tony. The talent is takes to sing, dance, and act live night after night for sometimes months at a time is respectable. To see all of these talented actors in one place live while catching snippets of the best of the best shows would be so entertaining. I know I can watch it on television, but I mean, that defeats the point of musicals. You’re supposed to view them in person. Some (a lot) of the magic is lost when viewing them through a screen.
I like to think the red carpet at the Tony’s is a bit more sophisticated than other red carpets. The Tony Awards are different from the Academy Awards which are different from the Grammy Awards and so on. Looks at this year’s show had their hits and misses, but for the most part I thought it was a glamorous affair. I’ve taken five looks below that I found particularly good and inspiring for everyday wear. My favorite is actually Mary Beth Peil. I hope I’m as stylish as her when I’m 76.
Last spring, Domino featured Brooklyn Decker’s Austin home. The home design is impressive. It’s a mix of denim, wood, crazy beautiful “cookies-n-cream” marble, and antique heirlooms. It feels curated and personal. What’s even more awesome than the house is the fact that Brooklyn didn’t hire a famed interior designer. She decorated the home herself. So, not only is she an entrepreneur, actress, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, married to a tennis legend, and Kevin Bacon’s doppelganger, she’s also a remarkable interior designer. If you look up total package in the dictionary, I’m guessing you’ll see her picture (preferably of her and her zit, Cindy Crawford). Add absolutely hilarious to the list of reasons why we love Brooklyn Decker.
I actually took the picture of her living room to a local carpenter and had him build me a coffee table similar to hers. I had him scale it down a bit to fit in my living room. I then took it to my local upholsterer and had her cover the piece in a similar camel colored vinyl. I know, I know, why not leather? It was going to be quadruple the price, and the main reason I wanted a coffee table like this was so that Scarlett (and future kids) could be as rough as they wanted to be on it. I know myself, and if it was leather, I would have had a heart attack any time she so much as set a toy on it–much less stand on top of and jump around wildly while flinging milk everywhere from her sippy cup (not that I let her do that… ;)). It ended up being a little more expensive than options I found online, but I needed a certain size so I was able to easily and affordably customize it.
Mirror – I didn’t realize the large mirror in Brooklyn’s living room wasn’t a window until I started putting this look together. The windowpane mirror clearly did it’s job!
Coffee table – In my hunt for a coffee table that looked like Brooklyn’s, I almost purchased this one. The dimensions, sadly, weren’t right for my living room, but I love the look of it.
Light blue couch – Brooklyn did a masterful job at combining these two couches that are differing colors and styles.
Chair – These chairs are one of my favorite features of the room.
Dark blue couch – More proof that Chesterfield sofas look good any and everywhere.
Native American print – Her home has a southwestern vibe to it. This print fits that aesthetic perfectly.
Pillow – This pillow has a tribal touch to it, too.
Tray – I’m totally feeling the gold inlay on this tray. I’ve also learned that with having an upholstered coffee table, a tray is essential to corral things on top.
In case you don’t know who Brooklyn Decker is, here’s a picture of her from Austin Ways magazine. Can we also talk about the fact that I would look like I was going to work in a mechanic’s shop if I wore this jumpsuit? Not on Brooklyn, though! She looks stunning.
Happy Friday! Any big plans for the weekend? I was supposed to be in Disney World today, but my plans fell through. I still have the day off of work, so I’m planning on taking Scarlett to the local kids museum. Thankfully she isn’t old enough to realize we won’t be visiting “Mimi” (Minnie) today after all, but will get to see a dinosaur skeleton instead. Same, same?
On Monday I featured a green and white floral sitting area that has me feeling all the summer vibes. That room, and today’s bedroom, were designed by Sarah Bartholomew. Both rooms happen to be in the same house, and it’s actually HER house! As you might imagine, every inch of the space is gorgeous. Sarah’s style is traditional yet chic, All-American yet a touch exotic. She has a way marrying layers that feels fresh and innovative, while also being timeless and sophisticated. Basically, she rocks and I’m fangirling over her this week.
I’ve really been drawn to Classic Georgian/British Colonial types of interior design as of late. Sarah’s work reminds me of both, with a nod more toward classical design. The style of this bedroom would work perfectly in my own home. I’m not normally a fan of a gallery wall, but this raffia bowl wall has me questioning that stance. Here’s how you can get a similar look in your own home.
Raffia bowl – They make this room. The best selection I’ve found is on Amazon. Etsy has a fair amount, too. They seem to be pretty evenly priced across the board.
Bed – Instead of two twin beds which is undoubtedly a guest room, I went with one large bed in order to turn it into a master bedroom.
Rug – I like the pattern the stripes bring in. I don’t ever not like stripes, though. *shrug*
Nightstand – This nightstand is quite different than the traditional piece Sarah used, but I thought it looked perfect with the bed. A nice little exotic touch. And it’s half price right now.
Turtle shell – This turtle shell adds a touch of sophistication. Where else does a turtle shell do that??
Blanket – A light blue blanket like the one Sarah uses. Perfect subtle color.
Abstract art – I’m on the fence about abstract art. I typically do like it when it’s used in this more traditional style. It adds a nice contrast. I also like how this print has circular strokes which compliments the shape of the raffia bowls.
Pillow – While the raffia bowls are the showstoppers of the room, the pillows are eye-catching, too. This classic ikat pattern fits perfectly. I also love this pillow, but it’s a tad more expensive.
Sheets – White sheets are crisp and clean. These have an embroidered trim which takes the plush factor up a notch.
Bookends – These are the same wood and marble bookends Sarah used.
Pouf – It annoys me to no end how expensive these poufs are everywhere. This one on Amazon is the best price I’ve seen recently. I bought this exact one from eBay for about $40, but that was a few years ago and I don’t see prices that low anymore. The thing is it is not stuffed. So, you have to buy the stuffing. It took me two boxes of this stuffing to fill my pouf completely. You can possibly find stuffing cheaper at your local craft store. It’s a little work, but it will be cheaper than buying it already stuffed.
Stool – This stool brings in texture and dimension.
There are all kinds of raffia bowls available out there on the internet. Many are handcrafted in Africa, and come in all sorts of patterns and colors. Make sure to check the dimensions of the bowls before purchasing. The below are all different sizes.