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Tiffany’s Bedroom

Hello friends!

Today we’re gonna explore a pretty typical scenario that most people are dealing with.
And that is, how to develop a plan for your bedroom decor, to take it from something, meh…. to something that makes you feel peaceful, happy and organized.

Tiffany came to us and asked for help to find a rug similar in color and style to the GYPSY that we have for sale in the SHOP TEOT rug collection. She’s looking for something with that vibe in a 6×9 or an 8×10.

She shared this pic to see what we’re starting with.

Tiffany’s room came over with the preface that we all give when we offer up our intimate spaces (sorry bout the lighting and the mess, etc.). I’m here to grant you all asylum. We all know the feeling and have a similar scenario in our homes.

Her room is 15 feet wide on the bed wall, and 12 feet deep on the sliding door wall. She’d like to keep the lilac linen curtains, but the other shorties can go. The bedroom furniture will get an update eventually, but its not in the cards for at least a year. Understood! We’ll work with that cherry sleigh bed for now.

Also, she has a lovely piece of artwork with lots of green to focus on. It’s included in the design board below and I quickly let her know, that even though its her engagement photo, I’d be inclined to want to hang it in my bedroom as well. It’s a beautiful shot.

So, we need to find a rug to ground her space. And it needs to have some of the lilac tones in it and maybe some of that green and it needs to work well with Tiffany’s modern, feminine Midcentury sensibilities. I’m guessing that a more tribal Oushak design will suit them, but I’ll also be keeping my eye out for a special Persian.

Initially I pulled together some illustrations for what size rug works best with a Queen Bed. There are TONS of these diagrams on Pinterest and so let’s just find one of those.

 

While I was at work thinking of Tiffany’s room and her rug, an idea occurred to me for treating that long short window over her bed. We need to unify her window treatments and she likes the long lilac curtain, so why not mirror that in scale on the other side of the room, behind the bed.

I had a window like that in one of my Mar Vista apartments years ago and I employed this same tactic, it’s also a trick that I suggested to Kate in our shared Treehouse years back. It’s a solid solution for a bed wall, under a long horizontal window.

Here’s the inspiration image that best illustrates this move.

Once I had these ideas pulled together, and could focus on a solution for unifying the space with window treatments, it made it much easier to envision a final product for the rug. Tiffany will happily swap out the lamp in the corner for some plant life, and in time she’ll be thinking about the new look for the bed, side tables and lamps.

I did a quick mockup of Tiffany’s room in our space planning software based on her dimensions and window layout. Here’s a look at that.

This bird’s eye view includes a look at a 6×9 rug layered atop an 8×10 rug for comparison.

I believe her room really warrants an 8×10 to feel the most pulled together. She and I discussed the persian on top of sisal trick, but she’d rather not layer.

We’ll try our best to find the largest rug we can, no smaller than 6×9 and as close to 8×10 as we can get. As you know, the vintage rug scene is a hand-loomed one and so rugs are always varying in size and scale and more often than not, they are a bit longer than wide, different from our US standard sizing practices.

I love that MaisonEleven rug in the inspiration board above, but it’s not large enough for the space. Here are a few more that I’ve found, but truthfully just haven’t run across the most perfect solution yet.

 

 

Uh… we’ll keep looking. This is a real design challenge!

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Black and White plus Wood

Hi, it’s Betsy.

I’m moved by all things black and white plus wood lately! Just can’t stop pinning this fantastic combo in many different iterations.

My favorite thing about this job that we’re doing here, is immersing ourselves in design inspiration and then interpreting all that we’ve seen into our own spaces.

I love so many styles, from the sentimental and maximalist touches of boho to the rustic mix of farmhouse modern and of course the midcentury time capsule homes that are ubiquitous here in So Cal. Plus part of me still pines for the style of the cottage and craftsman homes that pepper the state streets of Southern Pines.

A little bit of all of that has made it into own home, and of course lots of it is apparent in my inspiration file.

I’m happy to take from all of these styles and use what I like and what I feel works in my own home.

Thanks to Sarah, I’ve honed in on a look for my new house to aspire to.

One trend that has emerged, both in my inspirations and in practice, is the black and white plus wood combo.

Let’s have a look at some of the inspiration images I have been referencing.

Becki Owens olivia-babarczy-home-3From Becki Owens

Modern in Black White and Wood

 

the-olivia-palermo-guide-to-styling-your-homefrom MyDomaine

studio mcgee kitchenStudio McGee

 

Of course, as a color lover, I like to see these elements play as a backdrop to other lively textures and pops of hue.

In our home, we’re working with colorful accents in the way of boho rugs, diy art projects and a boat load of ever-changing African Indigo inventory for SHOP TEOT. Throw in some global textiles, a vibrant vegetable dyed Persian pattern, a little fur for texture, plus some plant life and you have what, in my mind, is the winning combination of the moment.

We’ll call it California Eclectic! It’s a work in progress.

Shaniqua Black White and Wood Combo

 

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Lafayette Family Room: The Decor

NOW FOR OUR FAVORITE PART!

We focused on a merge between Farmhouse Modern touches but with a California casual sophistication. Here is how that breaks down.

  • FIND A COLOR SCHEME TO FOCUS ON!
    We honed in on a navy and peach color scheme for the accessories, largely due to this insanely beautiful vintage kilim rug by OLD NEW  HOUSE, that Sarah found. It’s just the right punch for layering along with the stripes, and not too distracting, which was something we had to consider with the striped layer. It’s not a hard and fast rule to put ONLY navy and peach in the room, its just a good guide when selected the art and the accessories and styling them throughout the room.

  • BRING IN THE TEXTURE!
    Mixing in natural elements helps to achieve a warm depth to the design.

    • Wood & Seagrass
      The coffee table, the baskets, the teak wood bowl and any art gallery frames will keep the overall vibe earthy and down home. We are leaning towards the warm pines and lighter Scandinavian farmhouse tones when it comes to the wood elements.
    • Fur & Textiles
      The deep textures of the vintage textiles, from the silk of a handwoven ikat to the nubby quality of the handwoven and hand-dyed mudcloth, play together nicely. The textural fringe of the denim mudcloth juxtaposed with a sheepskin to toss about is never a bad idea. Over the back of a chair, the side of the sofa, over top a round pouf for extra seating… pieces like this can be very versatile and promise to good anywhere they land in the room.
    • Metals
      Copper also adds another layer of depth to this design with the added benefit of sticking to the overall color vibe.
  • SELECT A BASE UPHOLSTERY
    We are leaning towards a performance linen-like polyester for this home with young kids. The family needs “light and airy,” but when it’s peanut butter and jelly time, they also need to be able to keep it clean. This 95% polyester / 5% linen upholstery should do the trick for that 8 feet of radical luxe English Roll Arm sofa we suggested.

As always, we pulled out some individual items for our homeowner to consider for purchase, along with a corresponding Pinterest Board, seen here. Items can be shopped directly from the list, or used as mere suggestions.

This pretty much wraps up the deliverables to our client. We always send these off with a dire hopes that they client is receptive to our ideas. Tina let us know that we opened her eyes to a few easy changes that she could make around the home, and she felt great about having a long term plan for the large items and the built-ins that she could pursue as resources make way!

 

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Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

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Lafayette Family Room: The Space Plan

__Lafayette Floorplan

 

Y’all remember way back to yesterday when we were chatting about the Lafayette Family Room.

Well, thanks for bearing with us, while we set up what we’re getting into. Now, let’s jump into our solutions for the space plan. We took the scenic route, considering (and spending lots of time mapping out options.)

Here is where we landed.

FURNITURE & TELEVISION PLACEMENT
We sought to solve the space plan woes for the family by floating the seating pit in the middle of the room.

Starting with the existing striped 10×14 rug as our anchor, we centered it in the room, just below the window. We suggest extending the curtains to 120″ to help frame the seating area, though the window is only 96″ wide. We then suggest floating the furniture inside that 120″ area.

Consider a vintage kilim rug layered on top for added texture and visual interest. Our renderings are a loose interpretation of our ideas for placement.

  • We suggest centering the layered rug according to the final sofa & coffee table dimensions.
  • These dimensions are all affected by one another, but ideally the coffee table should be centered over the rug, positioned roughly 16-18″ away from each seat, (Note the large gap in the former arrangement.)
  • Whether on or off, the rug should ideally have the front legs of each furniture piece equidistant from the rug’s edge. We suggest on.

There should always be a flat surface within reach of every seat, so the homeowner’s existing mix of side tables should serve perfectly once mixed in with the new seating layout.

A PROBLEM A SOLUTION

We did discuss some apprehension over the TV becoming the main focus in the room. There really were only two options for placement and the homeowner had tried both. Of the two, the one pictured in our before image above was not working functionally, while centering it on the other wall gave it too much prominence.

Our solution instead, is to create a larger focus that the TV can be a part of. By grouping the wall-mounted device among the art gallery scenario, and flanking it by two floor to ceiling shelving units, along with a low profile console (all in white) the entire wall becomes a showpiece.

MOVING ON TO OTHER TO DOS!

ADD A DINING ROOM BANQUETTE
We couldn’t help ourselves, and so we pushed beyond the boundary of the family room a bit. One of the casualties of the former space included the dining table encroaching into the family room zone. We love us a good dining banquette, so we tossed it into the floor plan just to see. We love it.

  • An appropriately sized bench or a built in banquette under the window will create a fantastic feature that is both on trend plus will help maximize space between the rooms.
  • We do suggest considering a statement pendant for above the dining table, but consideration of the proximity to the kitchen peninsula pendants is important.
    Watch out it doesn’t turn into pendant city.”
  • We noticed the homeowner’s peninsula countertop has a rather large lip unlike our rendering. Our suggestion is avoid placing bench seating below, but a customized built in could accommodate.

CREATE FOCUS

  • Make the TV part of a gallery wall to take the focus off of the device itself
  • Center a low and long console, then flank with floor to ceiling bookshelves
  • Style with existing matching lamps or spring for new lamps in a more petite, traditional shape
  • We think you might even be able to camouflage the large speakers among this setup.

CREATE BALANCE & COHESION

  • Float the rug and furniture in the middle of the room
  • Match the 3 window dressings between rooms
  • Create a storage feature along the back wall to help balance the weight of the TV focus wall
A PROBLEM A SOLUTION
The homeowner had doubts about hanging the drapery.

 

 

We think she had the height and the width right for the hardware, but would benefit from a bit more length in the drape itself. They should kiss the floor, rather than hang a couple of inches above
We also noted that the sliding glass door on the adjacent wall appears bare in comparison, while the dining room window in the next room was another disparate pattern, making the spaces feel disjointed.

 

 

Matching floor to ceiling drapes on all three windows will create a more cohesive look, tying the spaces together.

The grass shade can be eliminated for the sake of functionality on the sliding glass door, but is present on the two windows. Push all drapes to the left for easy access in and out of doors.

Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

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Lafayette Family Room: An Introduction

Let’s introduce you fun folks to one of our recently completed E-decor projects, The Lafayette Family Room. As with many TEOT PROJECTS, we pack in tons of info, so we’ll be splitting this up into a number of posts in the coming days! Let’s dig in first with the setup, the information that we received from our client at the start!

 

The Lafayette Family Room is a square room, approximately 16×16, and it sits adjacent to the dining room and open kitchen.

It is the main hub of the home for our client Tina’s whole family. This bay area couple has a rambunctious 5 year old boy and a 10 month baby girl, which means the room is pulling double duty as a grown -up entertaining space while it is often full of toys.

We wanted to help Tina establish a great space plan with new furniture, and find some storage solutions that would help the room easily transition from a day time play room to a great lounge pit for a family movie night, or maybe even some adult conversation with wine & cheese!

We were impressed with the base pieces that the family had chosen. There is an obvious passion for on-trend decor and we liked what we had to work with. Here is where we started.

Not a terrible start at all.

We put our finger on their style, referring to it as California Casual. It’s a bit traditional, but there is certainly a laid back vibe that is typical of decor here on the West Coast.  She had some smart pieces and you know we love us some navy blue, so we decided to build on that, rather than take her in a completely different direction.

Also, Tina had specifically mentioned that she wanted to keep the paint color and the large striped rug… but she also desired some assistance in layering more into the room, including another rug, perhaps a kilim, to make it feel complete.

The key areas that needed improvement included a better television placement, a cohesion in the drapery from room to room, and lastly that final layer that really pulls it all together; the accessories.

 

THINGS TO KEEP THINGS TO ADDRESS
  • Wall Color
  • Serena & Lily Rattan End Tables
  • The Art in the Gallery Wall
  • TV Placement
  • Little Architectural Interest
  • Lack of cohesion between the rooms

 

So, this is where we are starting.

As we always do with our clients, we immediately fired up a Pinterest board to begin tossing ideas big and small into one pot. You can see the Lafayette Pinterest Board here for a snapshot into the direction we ended up going with Tina’s new family room plan. And catch us back here on the blog tomorrow for more about this room.

 

 

Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

 

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DEAR TEOT: Texas Porch Makeover Needed

Our dear friend Bregan needs a porch makeover.

The artist behind Maiden America Studio recently picked our brains with her challenge. She had a very interesting question indeed.

Dear Teot, Can I paint the exterior of my home, inside my porch, a different color from the rest of the exterior?

Here is a look at Bregan’s sweet little porch on her Wimberley, TX ranch cabin. (And by ranch, I mean 10 fenced-in acres, not a midcentury style residential architecture.)

The architecture of the home is actually a bit cabinesque, clad in a brown painted cedar paneling with matching window frames and gutters.

Texas Porch Makeover Needed

Another look at the interior of the screened in porch shows just why the room might need and want a little color on the walls. It does make sense to me why she might feel compelled to paint the entire room out, without painting the entire exterior of the home, but I’m no expert on the rules.

Texas Porch Makeover Needed

So, I sent the question over to Sarah, here is her response:

I’m fairly sure we can NOT paint the inside of the porch a different color than the rest of the exterior…but we can paint the ceiling, and I think we can paint the entry door and the floor.

And then she attached this jaw dropping image.

inspiration for bregan porchIf only all of Bregan’s brown were this moody blackish blue.

I loved that  picture so much, that I started to think maybe Bregan should paint her entire house a dark slate. I showed her the Lauren Liess contemporary home makeover.

lauren liess before after exterior

but Bregan said she might actually prefer the brown…

So, we are on a fact finding mission, and an inspiration hunt when it comes to this porch decor conundrum. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here is a little QnA for some more intel.

-What do you use the porch for if anything? Currently, nothing.
– If there is enough width to accommodate, do you envision yourself dining there. Possibly
– Do you envision sitting occasionally or full on napping, reading, lounging, chatting, etc? Or is this porch makeover more for aesthetics. Sitting, napping, enjoying the breeze, enjoying the rain, chatting with guests
-When you get  heavy rain storms there, does the inside of the porch get a little wet? Yes
-Do the things on the porch get really dusty or is it pretty protected from the weather? Yes
-Is there an exterior outlet? Yes

 

Have a Design Dilemma? We’ll work it out with you. Just holler at us.

Email Sarah at theestateofthings.com!
Subject: DEAR TEOT

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