Raffia Bowl Bedroom

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.

Sarah Bartholomew Raffia Bowl Bedroom » StyleEmulator.com

 

 

Sarah Bartholomew Raffia Bowl Bedroom » StyleEmulator.com

 

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.

Get the Look: Raffia Bowl Bedroom » StyleEmulator.com

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Rug – I like the pattern the stripes bring in.  I don’t ever not like stripes, though.  *shrug*
  4. 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.
  5. Turtle shell – This turtle shell adds a touch of sophistication.  Where else does a turtle shell do that??
  6. Blanket – A light blue blanket like the one Sarah uses.  Perfect subtle color.
  7. 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.
  8. Lamp – I’m digging the unique shape of this lamp.
  9. 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.
  10. Sheets – White sheets are crisp and clean.  These have an embroidered trim which takes the plush factor up a notch.
  11. Bookends – These are the same wood and marble bookends Sarah used.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

Raffia Bowl Round-up » StyleEmulator.com

Macy’s  //  Etsy  //  Amazon

Amazon  //  Macy’s  //  Amazon

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1 Comment

  1. Hi, I followed you from Emily Henderson’s blog. Your concept is so nice! My concern is how fairly paid and treated the workers of these cheap items are. Just the pouf, for example…how could we even find leather and stuffing for $40, much less pay for labor and profit? Someone is getting paid for these products, but it’s not the little man. Unless the little man is running his own solo business and not charging enough for his own living wages.

    I think we who can’t afford high-end things have a moral quandary on our hands. Do we do without pretty and without blood on our hands? Or do we exacerbate the problems of those who have less than we do? I’m more inclined lately to either shop thrift stores, craigslist, flea markets, or do without. Watch some documentaries or travel and your heart will break at what our consumerism is doing. I say this as much to myself as to anyone else..

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