24 April 2016

pretty in pink

Think pink... pale, pretty pinks. With a little gold, of course.

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19 April 2016

Light, Bright, and Laid-Back

I'm obsessed with this light-filled, laid-back home in Laurel Canyon, California. This bright beauty belongs to trend forecaster Anne Ziegler, who lends her eye for fashion to such companies as Express and Tory Burch. She and her husband, Scott Manson, wanted to find an oasis from their hectic jobs. When they found this 1930s house, they fell in love with its sunny, relaxed rooms, and knew it would make the perfect home for them.

I love the crisp white walls and whitewashed pine floors throughout this home. They make such an amazing backdrop for the couple's beautifully eclectic collection of furnishings and art. Every piece in the house looks curated and placed in the perfect spot, without looking overly designed. It all just clicks together. 

I totally want to live in this house! It's so incredibly inspiring.

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06 April 2016

Re-Doing the Girls' Room

For the last few days, I've been looking for inspiration for sprucing up the girls' bedroom, which is also a sometime-study (simply because that is the only place where Glen's desk would fit). The girls are now 11 and 14, so I think they would probably like to let go of the little girl mood in the room, and freshen things up. They stay with us every fortnight, so the room isn't used every day, but it still needs to feel like a lovely haven for the girls, when they are here. This is the last room to tackle in the house. It's in serious need of some major style updating.

Here is what I have found inspiring...

I want to get some dark grey and white floral Alvine Kvist bedding from Ikea, because I think it's a classic print that could go with lots of different colours. For bedding accents, I'd like blankets in a magenta or lilac hue, preferably ombre. I might try to dip-dye the white blankets that are already in the room. I'd like to add some yellow, blue, pink, and aqua accents, and something gold, like a desk lamp. A couple of colourful cushions on each bed would help to tie in the colours and play nicely with the floral bedding. We need to get some bedside tables, something small with a little storage, preferably white. (I love these ones from west elm.) I think a black and white piece, like the Ikea Tillfalle lamp shade, would look fabulous, too. A bright yellow Eames replica chair would update the desk very nicely, and add a pop of colour to the space.

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There are a couple of not-so-pretty spots in the room. One is a functional but ugly metal shelf, storing random junk. I would love to get either a white wardrobe or a big cube shelf, and some lovely baskets and boxes, to make the storage more pleasing to look at. I would also love to paint the storage piece a deep blue, maybe down the track. 
The wall above the desk is a big challenge. Glen has his framed degree hung there, which is wonderful, but it just doesn't go with the cool, colourful teen girl vibe I'm hoping to achieve in the room. I need to come up with a look that makes everybody happy, since the room is used by three people, for different things. I would love to see an art collage or a pretty mirror above the desk. Also, for art, I want to print and frame a couple of detail shots of colourful stones, and hang one above each of the girl's beds.

Once I get the ball rolling on this re-do, I'm sure I will be posting a few pics of it on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there, to see how things go.

If you have teen girls, I'd love to hear your thoughts on styling a bedroom that they will love!