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Laney’s Big Girl Custom Bed

by Sarah on June 3, 2014, 3 comments

A twin bed was most certainly the best option for Laney’s little converted attic bedroom. With way too many “shin walls” (that’s an official term now), meaning walls that are only as high as an adult’s shin–we’re pretty short on space in here.

laney room progress

Not only did we need a twin bed but we needed a bed with added value…storage. So I looked at all the storage bed options out there like,

bed PB oxford captain

PBTeen Oxford Captain’s Bed

bed PB belden

PBKids Belden Bed

bed avery room&board

Avery, Room & Board

These beds range from $799 to $1700, the Belden being the cheapest of the three. I just couldn’t swing that so I cruised around on the internet some more in every place I could think of, Overstock, Target, unfinished furniture retailers –you name it. I came up with no real bargain.

So then I started looking at DIY plans and I found Ana White’s site that had detailed plans complete with material lists for Pottery Barn knockoffs and a lot of other great DIY furniture projects. Now don’t get all excited thinking that I was going to build this bed– that was never the intention. I printed the queen bed plan and the twin plan and had a little chat with my favorite carpenter Joseph. Joseph’s price was right and so he got to work.

bed PB knockoff

Laney’s big girl bed is a fusion between Ana’s queen and twin bed plan because I wanted drawers only on the sides, none on the ends. Because of the dimensions of the room and a small and winding staircase, Joseph had to build the bed in sections that could be bolted together once the pieces were carried upstairs in to Laney’s room. We also added casters on the bottom because if the bed is placed against the short wall an adult cannot make the bed.

To help you can get a better idea of how space challenged we are in this room, here’s me at a whopping 5’2″ standing in the room.

Sarah Laney's Room

Joseph delivered the bed recently and it looks great so far.  Laney gets a bed that’s made from solid pine not MDF and we know the bottoms of the drawers won’t fall out when we load it up with clothes and linens. Now I just need to paint it. It needs a little paint prep like puttying those nail holes and other joints and then the plan is to paint it Benjamin Moore’s Simply White which is the same as the trim color in the room.

I also still need to add a headboard and some drawer pulls and this image stays in my mind.

bed storage inspirationYou can follow the other design inspirations for Laney’s big girl room on my Pinterest board.

Images via Pinterest unless specified

 

MGBW and Things

by Betsy Moyer on May 17, 2014, no comments

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams

I went to a Mitchell Gold Bob Williams opening event in Beverly Hills this past Thursday night. It was a super fun time and I was so stoked to hang with an old friend from my high school days in Hickory, NC. Besides the fact that serving gratis Mac 12 cocktails is the BEST option if you are gonna drag your dude to a designer event in Beverly Hills, here is my biggest take home from checking out the new store:

Looking through their upholstery options was enlightening. Due to my work with Jaxon, I’m now familiar with the upholstery lines and I was moved by how EDITED the collection was. I’m sure if you wanted some upholstery that wasn’t there, they could get their hands on it for you, but to see such a specific set of colors, textures and patterns grouped together in a way that was sensible & digestible really provided a guideline to get the MGBW look. As a retailer, editing your consumer’s options when you have a seemingly infinite array of availability is an important part of distinguishing your point of view. That’s why THIS change is coming soon on JaxonHome.com for custom upholstery selection.

Also, I just wanna shout out to CoCo Cozy who damn near blew my mind. I’m not even sure I can say, but why not – as long as I don’t blow her cover right!? Y’all, this fantastically appointed and successful woman runs a great blog and has even launched a home interiors line that is carried in over 25 stores nationwide, and she has a day job to boot. But the best part is that her day-job-boss doesn’t know about her online life after all this time. Impressive. It makes me feel like crap for waxin’ pathetic about how my day job keeps me from having the energy required to make this blog awesome. Whatever!

 

 

A desk comparison

by Sarah on April 9, 2014, 2 comments

DesksNot too long ago I was looking for a little, affordable desk for my 5-year old DC’s room. I came across the Threshold desk at Target. Affordable…absolutely and it reminded me of other more expensive simple, minimalist desks. It got great reviews and so the decision was easy. I like my choice.

Desk 51 Blu dot/ Threshold desk

 

Inspiration by Tom Dixon

by Betsy Moyer on March 1, 2014, one comment

Tom Dixon copper lights

I joined the nasty stop and go traffic in the rainy streets of Hollywood this past Thursday night to attend a book tour party in a sweet little pop-up gallery for Tom Dixon. Here is the nutshell.

At the time that the commercial Italian furniture market took notice of Tom Dixon’s work, he was paid 3% on the wholesale price of every design that sold. He said that this was a pretty fair standard for Cappellini to pay its designers in the eighties. For some reference to how insane this seems to me, I just signed Jaxon Home up for a program that rewards publisher’s like The Estate of Things 4x that percentage for sales on the retail price! So, for all of you bloggers out there wishing you were designers, you might be better off joining an affiliate network or calling me up to chat about selling some sofas for Jaxon Home! ;)

Tom-Dixon-Copper-Shade-1

After a few years designing for Capellini, the designer was hired by Habitat, the UK’s equivalent to a Crate & Barrel. Tom Dixon served as a creative director for over 10 years and was the leader behind the rejuvenation of that brand! He referred to it humbly as taking a break from design to learn the ins and outs of retail operations, production and sales. His takeaway here was that the disparity between what a magazine will make you THINK people buy versus what actually sells, have nothing to do with one another! Fascinating, and not unbelievable… but what IS it that people buy I wonder!

Tom-Dixon-scented-candlesThe thought segued nicely into his introduction to his accessories line… so that speaks volumes to me! He said 10 years ago he may have sworn he’d never do it, but recently he’s taken to the notion that smell is a part of interior design, and as a result, Tom Dixon now sells candles!

And you know – If Tom Dixon is selling candles, maybe we should be too! (We will, soon enough y’all… You’ll find a full array of fantastic soy based candles hand poured by Market Street Candles’ Haley Hekman on our site within the coming week!)

Tom-DixonLast but not least, Tom Dixon had a funny note about how much he loves branding…. and he says he means the cowboy kind too, with a hot iron – a STAMP that signifies ownership and come to stand for quality. For the longest time he sold his designs to a mass market, but it wasn’t until 2002 that he took his own name to his designs and his products are now manufactured by him with his “conveniently symmetrical” name for his logo! He says that consumers don’t always look into the vertebrae of good design, but consumers do require branding as assurance of quality! Hey, that all sounds familiar to me too!

The talk was fantastic. The entire evening was all about celebrating the release of his book. The thing about the book from what I gathered, is that it is a well penned version of the talk that I loved last night. Full of chaotic meanderings and glimpses into the genius of the designer’s mind. I snapped a pic of a favorite page and here are a few to enjoy. It was a fantastic event, and I’m sure it will leave a lasting impression on me, and it has certainly strengthened my love for his product line.

SONY DSC SONY DSC

 

 

 

Betsy Needs a Coffee Table

by Sarah on January 17, 2014, 2 comments

Betsy recently told me she was on the hunt for a new coffee table. She’s studying under the Skillshare hosted tutelage of Justina Blakeney learning how to style her house and the need for a new coffee table has stalled her styling progress.

Betsy needs the following in a new coffee table,

  • Serve as a makeshift medicine cabinet for Heffe
  • Durable enough for kids to occasionally eat on

 

Betsy's Coffee Table

1. Brickmaker 2. Dutch Industrial 3. Double Decker 4. Tourney 5. Seneca 6. Library 7. Edgewood 8. Smart table 9. Martens

My pick for Betsy is a close choice between 5 & 9 and really it depends on which direction Betsy wants to go with the overall design of the room. If Betsy were erring more toward the boho/California situation I’d say #9 is definite for me. That might look something like this living room created for Rachel Bilson by Kishani Perera ,

Rachel Bilson in LonnyWhy I like #9- Restoration Hardware’s products are typically well-made, I’ve had a good experience with all of my purchases and I know my Mom has too. I like the cut out look, tables you can see through and a second tier is a must in my opinion because when you need to clear off the top for the kids to eat or to play a game you can put things below. You can also put lidded baskets on the bottom shelf to hide all of the stuff that ain’t too pretty. But the best of all is all the stacks of books, mags and other goodies you can put there. In typical RH fashion the table is probably pretty generous in scale.

But If Betsy wants to go a little less organic and have some smoother modern finishes in her space then I’d say #5 is the right choice. That look will look similar to this Malibu ranch designed by Nickey Kehoe,

nickey kehoe

Why I like #5- Looks like good construction and a nice tone and finish but what I like most of all is that it is tiered yet it still has drawers. If the drawers aren’t enough you can still add lidded baskets for storage.

Truthfully these looks are not that far apart and both tables would work. So what does Betsy like?