Let’s be honest, when you’re married with kids keeping the romance alive can get pushed down the list (hands up, who looks at their bed and yearns for more zzzzzs?). Our bed is usually a pile of blankets, pillows, books, and kid’s toys. A cozy, comfy nest it may be, but a sanctuary it is not. And I’ll confess: I love how a made- up bed looks, but rarely make ours. It’s just one of those things that has inevitably become less of a priority.
But we can all dream of a perfectly tidy and styled bedroom can’t we? Calming, cozy, and serene are three words I like to think about when it comes to this particular room of the house. And I think this room might have that covered. Thanks to Old Barn Rescue, I had the chance to style a bedroom around their ‘Mr & Mrs’ pillow shams which totally had me thinking back to my wedding registry and all of the fun I had picking out things for our home. I love creating the perfect canvas using cleverly chosen wall colours and window coverings (check out these window shades delray beach way, I spent forever searching for the perfect ones and finally found them here), so that you can then use accents in rooms that compliment the overall style while showing the individual personalities of the occupants. For example, using the same lamps but different night stands for a more masculine/ feminine touch. I hope you like these photos as much as I liked having an excuse to decorate this room! See below for all the details.
About Old Barn Rescue
The story behind the company goes like this: In 2003 a barn on one of the co- founders’ family farm had to be torn down, (the inspiration for the name), and rather than letting the 120- year- old wood go to the landfill, the co- founders gathered it up and started creating unique pieces using reclaimed materials. They now source materials from a variety of sources to create upcycled vintage- inspired signs and decor. Having this decor in your house does give it a cosy, barn feel. To add to the barn vibe, you could install some barn style home lights, both for indoor and outdoor. As well as their homely decor, the company also offers vinyl wall decals and recently added clothing and fabric decor items to their stock. In Spring of this year the brand added their Threads line and now offers everything from onesies, t- shirts, pillow shams, and more featuring their heat- pressed vinyl designs. All of the products are lovingly handmade using vintage and new materials. However, what the company doesn’t provide is the typical barn accessory… a cupola! A beautiful barn cupola would be a perfect addition to give your home an even more accenutated barn design.
Bedroom Styling Tips:
Make it cozy– Blankets and pillows are an inexpensive way to add colour and texture, plus are super cozy to snuggle into. This is the room you sleep in after all, and you want it to be somewhere you love to curl up.
Easy update- If you don’t want to invest in an entire new set of bedding, sheets, etc, buy some new pillow shams as a simple way to freshen the look of your bed. They are an easy item to replace and there are lots of options out there to suit your style. The same goes for your nightstands: swap them out and pair with some new lamps for a quick and simple update. Also look at swapping out other accessories and decor – anything goes, if you’re trying to stick to a certain vibe for one side of the room perhaps even keep to the same decor outlet store such as Lulu & Georgia as an example, to try and keep everything uniform.
Colour vs texture- A classic styling tip: If you love lots of colour, keep the shapes and textures in the room simple, so it doesn’t become visually overwhelming. The opposite is true if you like a simple/ monochromatic palette: add in textures and shapes to create visual interest (think faux- fur, fabric textures, and accent materials such as glass and wood for starters).
Show your personality- It’s your bedroom, so enjoy having some fun! Add in details that show you and your hubby’s tastes. To avoid it becoming too busy/ cluttered, pick accents that compliment each other, even if they are on opposite sides of the bed (see tip #3 above). Storage containers such as crates and boxes can also help store items to avoid mess and clutter.
It’s the time of year to layer up and get cozy! In our house we’ve got loads of blankets and pillows perfect for piling up on the couch and snuggling into with a good book or movie. I’m kind of a sucker for all the greys and neutrals out there, and they’re a perfect backdrop for adding pops of colour, pattern, and texture for visual interest. Even something as simple as a few throw pillows can change the look of a room for the season. See below for some fun & cozy Fall ideas- don’t forget the hot chocolate!
I love decorating and had a ton of fun when I did up Ariana’s nursery when she was born. I used a service similar to laurel and wolf online interior design which gives you loads of advice on how to make the most of a space, so I had a vision from the start which made things even more exciting. With #2 on the way I’ve been curious to see what’s changed since I did her nursery in 2013 and have been on the hunt for inspiration for her big girl room. Plus, if we have a boy I’ll have to update the nursery for a little man (we’ve waited to find out what we were having with both babies). I’ve been looking at all kind of modern technology too like motorised blinds. Don’t worry you can find out how to setup hunter douglas motorized blinds if you’re wondering how on earth they work!
I’ve been following Lily & Spice Interiors for a little while (check out her features in BOOMBALOO magazine) and love this company’s style & love of local brands , so I asked founder & stylist Amanda if she would share her ideas for both a boy’s & girl’s nursery plus what’s trending for 2015. I’m in love with her ideas! See below for Amanda’s 2 nursery looks plus her top decorating & colour trend picks for 2015! I’m really tempted to try something like this hardwood flooring atlanta for more of a sophisticated look, but I’ll have to see if it fits with my overall theme.
ON TREND –Eames chairs are by far popular still and have been for quite some time. I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon! You can go HERE to find them most reasonably priced. Poufs have proven to stay holding strong, who doesn’t love a pouf?! A definite must have! Printed and fluffy rugs in a nursery or kids space can really pull the entire room together, this is a must have on my list. Gallery walls and prints are a great way of adding personal touch to a room. Take a peak HERE for some of my all time favorites. Annnnd the Teepees, we just got one at our house as a gift and my boys love it! They look great and have a wonderful way of making cozy memories! I love that they can fold up and tuck away if need be too, a definite plus when tidying up. Animal anything for boys is huge right now, plus the woodland theme is still going strong and is such a cute way to make a boys space look ‘real boy’. For the girls, lots and lots and lots of colour, everywhere! A neutral base with splashes of colour is also a great way to keep a space timeless so you can switch out pieces as time goes on without repainting or buying new furniture. If you don’t have much choice and have to replace some pieces, take a look at HomeGenerosity as they review homeware products, so that you can make sure you’re getting the most for your money.
CLASSICS -I am not much of a classic gal and always seem to like things a little or a lot outside of the box .These were more of a challenge for me to come up with but I have a few ideas for you. A simple crib: I know from working with clients that generally this is something people tend to keep simple and timeless so kid after kid can use the same one without it looking outdated. Mobiles: these will never go away! The difference today is that there are way too many great ones to choose from, check out some of my favorites HERE, HERE and HERE. Finally the dresser/ change table piece: I have seen clients purchase the rolling change stations which are very functional and work well especially when your babe is new, but for me it’s always about space. I like to dual purpose on that one by using a change pad on top of a dresser.
working on a few nurseries so early in the year and watching trends start to develop
so quickly, I have a few thoughts for you on what will be on trend and what
will not for this upcoming year. I see a lot of colour for 2015! I am a sucker
for monochrome and absolutely love neutrals and black with white but adding lots
of coloured accents is for sure going to be on top this year. Here are the top colour trends for 2015:
Mint -This is the
perfect colour for a boy or girl nursery, it’s muted tone goes well with almost
any shade of any colour. I have picked to pair it with coral and navy in my designs
below to give you an example of what it could look like for either. It looks stunning
with the here- to- stay trend of gold and also pairs nicely with the up and
coming copper metallic!
Copper -Gold looks as though it will be holding strong this year, how can you go wrong with this classic?! But copper is definitely on the rise and is a stunning neutral metallic that easily pairs with almost any palette. Again more of a girly look for the girls but touches of it would look nice in a boy’s space as well- maybe a storage bin or lamp to offset a soft/muted palette.
Pastels -Lots of colour combinations in pastels have been popping up everywhere, all sorts of blues, pinks and greens. With touches of metallic for contrast or white, this is a for sure win. Lots of pastels create a very girly look and are perfect for a whimsy sort of feel or can also turn bold with touches of black as contrast.
Coral -This gorgeous hue
made a real statement in 2014 and so far I can see it holding strong and steady
for another year. How can you not love this beauty?! It pairs great with gold
and really looks sharp with white and most wood tones.
If you have any questions about or need a hand with your space, I am just an email away! Have wonderful day today! A xo
A big hug& THANK YOU to Amanda for sharing these decorating trends for 2015!
Amanda Fraser is the founder & freelance stylist of Lily & Spice Interiors. A lady of many talents she’s passionate about decorating & DIY with a soft spot for kid’s spaces (but can help you style any room in your house). With unique & affordable E- Design packages, Lily & Spice Interiors can help you achieve your dream space while incorporating your own ideas. To learn more about Lily & Spice Interiors, hop over to the website & find the company on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , & Pinterest! You can also contact Amanda via email at email@example.com.
At the end of 2014 I was given the opportunity to work with Invaluable.com, an online auction that sells art among other items, to create a room around a painting available from their site. Since I love art & design I was excited to take up the challenge. I chose this hot pink painting of Audrey Hepburn and decided to create a bedroom that combined retro glam & modern style. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your stylish young lady or are treating yourself to a bedroom makeover, who better to turn to for inspiration than a style icon? As Ms. Hepburn famously said, “happy girls are the prettiest”, and a cozy place to get your beauty sleep is a great place to start.
So in honour of Audrey & her timeless glamour, here’s the room I designed. See below for details.
I just want to say that, every single person has their own style and vision for when they decide to makeover an area of their home, whether that be the bedroom like me, or their dining room needs some sprucing up with some classic and rustic Hickory Furniture, their kitchen could use that lick of paint and some new faucets it has been dying to have, or the utility is looking like it still is in the 1800s, your vision is your own, and you should never feel like you have to makeover your home in a certain way to go with ‘trends’, you have to live in it and love it and that is the most important thing. So take some inspiration from the pictures and notes you see online, but if you want to mix modern with classic and wooden sculptures then you go for it! Dream the way you want with your home and let it be your sanctuary when you close that door after a long day.
There are brilliant pieces of furniture out there that can bring your home into a new style or maybe just add to the one you already have, experiment with that, maybe even try stuff you didn’t think would work before, you never know, you could be onto a winner there and actually create something that hasn’t been done before! Take that chance and see what you come up with, and never feel like you have to have your home the way you see it when you are internet browsing, it is yours and that is something to be proud of.
Before I wind down posting for the holidays I wanted to share some photos of our house in all it’s Christmas glory! We only get to enjoy the tree, lights, stockings, and decorations for such a short time so I wanted to make sure I take it all in before it all comes back down again in January. I tend to stock up on decor on boxing day and pick items that go with an existing theme or catch my eye (penguins have a special meaning in our house and come out year after year, no matter what). So a penguin or two tend to get added each year for the next.
I stock up on basics at favourite stores like Homesense, Superstore, etc and will buy more delicate and fancy items after the holidays from stores such as Restoration Hardware and Hudson’s Bay. I also am lucky to have access to a floral wholesaler for fresh flowers, greens, and budget- friendly vases and filler.
This year I went with a traditional red & green colour scheme and chose specific elements to carry throughout the house: tartan accents, fresh Christmas greens, & clear glass vases with white ‘snowy’ filler. See the end of this post for Where to Buy.
The ‘fancy tree’ (aka Mom’s tree): We’ve only put a few presents out to see how Ari would resist them. So far so good!
Quick & simple decor idea:
Glass vases with filler of your choice & a branch of Christmas greens
In addition to the ‘fancy tree’, we also do a family tree that’s decorated with all of our sentimental ornaments- no theme here but love & memories!
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