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.

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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.

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  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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Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts

It’s always interesting to see how your fashion changes over time.  Throughout my life, I’ve gone through various skirt phases.  In college, I was all about mini skirts.  I wore them so often that a random guy in my humanities class asked if I even owned a pair of shorts.  Fresh out of college and starting my career, I moved to midi skirts.  I felt professional, yet still stylish.  Throughout pregnancy, I had several maxi skirts on rotation.  They were so dang comfortable and a way to avoid buying maternity clothes.  Nowadays, I flip-flop between midi and maxi skirts with the occasional mini making an appearance. 

I’ve seen a few designer striped skirts recently that are absolutely beautiful.  Stripes are my favorite pattern, and skirts are my favorite piece of clothing, so today I’ve rounded up a slew of designer and everyday wear striped skirts for comparison.  They range in price from $1,300+ (yes, really) to $16.  Sure, the quality will likely be lower with the less expensive options, but for $1,200 less, I’m willing to go with the more economical option.  That goes for pretty much every expenditure in my life, not just skirts.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do believe in paying for quality items that are staples.  However, I’m not sure how many times I would wear a striped skirt (probably not more than once or twice a month), so the price per wear of the skirts in the expensive column aren’t justifiable for me, personally.  But they sure are pretty!

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  1. Carolina Herrera  vs.  BooHoo
  2. Akris Punto  vs.  ModCloth
  3. Alice + Olivia  vs. Marks and Spencer
  4. Eliza J  vs.  TOV
  5. Valentino  vs.  LOFT
  6. Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.comGül Hürgel  vs.  Joe Fresh
  7. Rossella Jardini  vs.  Unique Vintage
  8. Lela Rose  vs.  New York & Co.
  9. Gucci  vs.  Marc Jacobs
  10. Muveil  vs.  NINEMINUTES
  11. Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.com Suno  vs.  Maison Jules
  12. Mira Mikati  vs.  LOFT
  13. Milly  vs.  BooHoo
  14. Kate Spade  vs.  Target
  15. Lisa Marie Fernandez  vs.  Unique Vintage

Which one is your favorite?

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Inspired by: Blue and Green Florals

Happy almost summer! Does it bother you when people start saying things like “happy summer” before the official start date? I’m fine with it as long as it’s within a reasonable time frame. Saying happy summer right now? I get it. Saying happy summer back in May? Negative. Living in Florida, as soon as the weather warms up (so, February), people tend to break out the “it’s summertime!” Facebook statuses. No, people. Don’t care if it’s 94 degrees, April is springtime, dang it.

With summer quickly upon us, I’ve been drawn to light, bright airy decor and fashion. That’s looking like lots of florals, sun dresses, and greens and blues. I’ve never been one to rotate my decor seasonally (excluding holiday decorations), but it’s something I’ve thought about incorporating into my home. If that’s not a sign that I’m a real, bonafide adult, I don’t know what it is. I doubt I’ll do it this year since we’re still renovating our second story, but perhaps I will in the coming year when we’re done shuffling rooms (and contractors are forever barred from entering my home).

Since I won’t be purchasing seasonal decor this year, I thought it would be fun to do it virtually. Below are two different summery vignettes I’ve been drawn to as of late. I curated looks, both home decor and fashion, inspired by them. Happy {almost} summer!

Sarah Bartholomew Green Hills Georgian

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  1. Mirror – Love the shape of this.
  2. Fern print – This print accents the fern-iture quite well. (ha! Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
  3. Lamp
  4. Loveseat – This is beautiful little loveseat reminds me of Lily Pulitzer.
  5. Velvet Pillow
  6. Meadow Pillow – This pillow is a small, inexpensive way to bring a little summer into your decor.
  7. Dress – I’m digging the print on this summery dress. And it’s only $30.
  8. Garden stool – Cute and fun prints and patterns are the theme of this look. The pattern on this garden stool is no exception.
  9. Necklace
  10. Earrings
  11. Planter – A classic. See more blue and white below.
  12. Shoes – I never thought I’d see a pair of pea green shoes and think they were cute. Well, these look cute and comfortable.

Blue and White Floral

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  1. Botanical Prints – I typically stick to green botanicals, but these blues are gorgeous.
  2. Pillow
  3. Plates – I’m a firm believer in using beautiful plates for everyday meals. Feels fancier, ya know? These are beautiful and not ridiculously expensive.
  4. Chair – Blue and white stripes combined with comfort–does it get any better?
  5. Mirror – I’ve always oogled over bone inlay frames and mirrors. This isn’t cheap, but it’s a stunner.
  6. Purse
  7. Dress – I’m in love with this feminine dress.
  8. Necklace
  9. Planter – My grandmother passed away years ago and she had one of these planters. My dad asked me if I wanted it and I said no at the time. WHY, SHANNON OF 2013, WHY??
  10. Scarf – The tassels make the scarf.
  11. Curtain Panels – Do people change their drapery by the season? I don’t think so, but maybe we should start the movement.
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Contemporary Country Farmhouse

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A contemporary country farmhouse in the heart of Los Angeles.  When I read that title over on Elle Decor, my interest was instantly piqued.  My first thought was, “what does LA know about farmhouses?”  My second was, “Apparently a lot.”

Contemporary Country Farmhouse Bedroom

Contemporary Country Farmhouse Garden

It turns out LA does know a little about farmhouses.  As with all things California, they just do it a little different.  A little more cool.  A little more eclectic.  And a little more butch, apparently.  The owner’s instructions to the designer, Jeffrey Alan Marks, was to create a “rock-and-roll farmhouse”.  That meant no buffalo check, shabby chic, or other homely touches.  Instead, in the words of Elle Decor, those instructions translated into a home that is “bold, beautiful, and a tiny bit butch.”

Contemporary Country Farmhouse Bathroom

Contemporary Country Farmhouse

If you, too, want a home–be it farmhouse or not–that can be described as such (I mean, who doesn’t want their house described as slightly butch?), here’s how to get the look.

  1. Chandelier – I scaled the size of this chandelier down compared to the one used in the farmhouse.  I figure most of us don’t have soaring living room ceilings.
  2. Couch – A classic Chesterfield sofa brings in a traditional touch.
  3. Side table – The pedestal shape of this side table adds a bit of country flair.
  4. Coffee table – Definitely the magnum opus of this living room is the zebra daybed coffee table.  I found a smaller version here.  If you’d like a more muted version, check out this one.
  5. Chair – I’m totally digging the silhouette of this chair.  It adds a little mid-century modern to the space and fits right in.  See more options below.
  6. Kangaroo Print – This fun little print is a downloadable file.  Pick the size you want, print it at Walgreens or Office Depot, and pop it in a frame.  Viola.
  7. Throw – This brings the only pop of color to the otherwise muted space.
  8. Shelving unit – One of my favorite features of this room is how the art is mostly encased in the sprawling shelving units.  It gives the space dimension.
  9. Pillow – Proof that blue and white (and tassels) work everywhere.
  10. Elephant – To place on top of the zebra.
  11. Dice – This fun decor adds to the rock-and-roll vibe of the space.

There are myriad options for blue side chairs.  The style and type you chose has the potential to alter the entire feel of the space.  Here are a few other options that would look killer in this living room.

Blue Chair Round up » StyleEmulator.com

Bed Bath & Beyond  //  Macy’s  //  Macy’s

Target  //  Kohl’s  //  Bed Bath & Beyond

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Cannes Film Festival Fashion

The Cannes Film Festival has always seemed like one of the most glamorous Hollywood events to me.  I think that’s mainly due to its location in the French Riviera (I blame Samantha Brown for my obsession with the Côte d’Azur), but I’ll give some credit to the celebrities and their films.  Actually, scratch that.  I don’t know anything about the films shown at Cannes, so I guess it’s just the Mediterranean seaside location and the outfits.  The somewhat funny thing about celebrity fashion at the Cannes Film Festival is that I don’t actually know who any of the celebrities are.  This year’s festival marked the 70th anniversary and ran from May 17-28.  I’ve browsed various galleries on Elle, Vogue, etc., and I may recognize two or three actors, but for the most part I have no idea who these people are or what they’re known for.  No matter!  I can still admire their garb.  And that’s what I’ve done today!

Let me state for the record that I like to take *inspiration* from red carpet fashion.  I have no red carpet events on my calendar (though I am available should someone invite me) and thus have no need for a ballgown.  However, I do like to morph these outfits into real life.  These days real life for me means working an 8-5 office job, occasional date nights/dinner with friends, and cookouts.   With that in mind, I’ve put together the below looks inspired by Cannes Film Festival fashion.  I hope you enjoy!

Victoria Bonya (Russian model/TV host)

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 1.  Top  //  2.  Skirt  //  3.  Pumps  //  4.  Clutch  //  5.  Earrings

Priscilla Betti (French singer)

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 1.  Top  //  2.  Skirt  //  3.  Purse  //  4.  Cuff  //  5.  Sandal

Barbara Meier (German model)

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 1.  Top  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Pants  //  4.  Heels

Naomie Harris (British actress)

Get the Look Naomie Harris Cannes » StyleEmulator.com1.  Top  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Skirt  //  4.  Pumps

Aymeline Valade (French actress)Get the Look Aymeline Valade Cannes » StyleEmulator.com

 1.  Blazer  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Clutch  //  4.  Pants  //  5.  Heels

Did you have a favorite look from Cannes?  I also liked Clotilde Clourau, Fan Bingbing, Lily-Rose Depp, and Irina Shayk.

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