Betsy’s House: The Bed

It took us a while to get our new bed selected, and you guys may have recalled when I was polling for opinions. I thought we had settled on a particular bed… the one on the left.

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but then Heffe realized it was upholstered and decided that this was not appealing to him. Turns out, he says he’s thinking more along the lines of a rustic wood.

It is always a bit fun and funny when the dude presents his distaste for what I think are solid choices for our shared life. I do my best to respect his desires, but I’m sure you can imagine that it’s often met with rolly eyes and or giggles if not heavy sighs while I shake my head. But, back to the drawing board I went, this time digging into some full bedroom imagery to illustrate to him my case for the upholstered headboard, and then a few looks into the style that I assumed he was after, for comparison.

First I gathered the rooms, and here is what we looked through. My case included examples from Amber Interiors, that Archiectural Digest feature of Patrick Dempsey’s house (not only b/c I love “Can’t Buy Me Love” but also b/c that entire Malibu house is dreamy,) plus the home of Ione Sky since I was in an iconic 80s actors mood.

I was leaning toward upholstery due to my desire for draping various textiles over the headboard. I felt like a nice neutral backdrop could play well to my evolving obsessions with the pieces of fabric I bring home from time to time.

 

As I dug, similar themes emerged… white backdrops, neutral upholstery, global textiles, rustic woods and maybe even an accent feature! At least we know what we’re after.

Next up, we thumbed through the beds that I found to suit the style.

 

So, after all of that storytelling with the dude, we settled on this sweet midcentury design that combined a bit of the upholstered look along with the wood.

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5 Great Interior Design Blog Moments in 2013

2013 was a great year for me enjoying the internet. I want to honor it by creating some lists of my favorite things that I enjoyed this past year! I love lists! Let’s start with other inspirational interior design bloggers! A few of my favs had some really enjoyable moments. Here they are…

Justina Blakeny

Justina Blakeney’s Skill Share
I am finally getting around to taking Justina’s SkillShare class about interior styling. It came highly recommended to me by Amy of Anthology House. Justina’s aesthetic speaks to my inner gypsy, and I love how she’s termed her home the Jungalow, and basically bred a unique style that I can aspire to. She made it especially easy by creating a class on SkillShare that we all can take. It’s only $15 and will motivate you to step away from your Pinterest account and make your own moves. See the fruits of the participant’s labors here, there’s a lot of fun fodder for those of you that are Before and After lovers like we are.

Amber Interiors Dining Room
Amber’s historical heart pour

That heartfelt letter really made me feel drawn to her. It just happened recently, but after a year of following the successes of this lady pretty loyally, I loved really getting a longer narrative from her about how it all began for her. It was humanizing and very endearing.

Bri Emery by Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson & Bri Emery Makeover
These two together, and this makeover really made me excited. It’s like that feeling you get, when you are at a party talking to a newly met friend and as you are chatting, you come to learn that they went to high school with one of your long lost BFFs from college. I don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s actually never happened to me – but that’s a little analogy I drew up to describe how I felt when two of my favorite bloggers got together. :)

Jenny Komenda for Domino Mag

Jenny Komenda joining the Domino Mag Relaunch
I’m SO glad that Conde Nast finally did SOMETHING with the Domino brand, which was seriously some low hanging fruit for the world of interior design, at least in the digital space. What did you guys think, was it the relaunch of your dreams, did it make up for that other $15 issue full of recycled stories upset? I feel like our entire blogosphere came of age when that magazine folded. Anyway… it’s back with thinly veiled editorial, but mostly it is a giant affiliate ecomm shop. For me, the most memorable thing about the relaunch is that our dear friend Jenny of LGN was offered a spot as a contributor. I’m so glad she moved into that new home out in the desert! I’m just loving following her progress!

That One Furbish Photo shoot

That one Furbish photo shoot
I can’t wait to see what this photo was all about. I feel like some big news is coming in 2014… or who knows, maybe it was merely a team photo shoot for a new bio page… only time will tell. Either way, I enjoy following Jamie and her team as their brand grows and grows!

What about you?
What else happened in blog land this past year that got you all excited!? Share please. Otherwise, I’m left with solely my memories of the long ago days when we used to have a great dialog going with all of our like minded friends and interior design lovers! I miss you and your comments!

Oh, and also – if you love lists and you want to see another one, with a few of these same ladies — plus some other sources for great global styling tips, keep an eye out for my next article on LA Mag’s style blog, The Clutch.

Inspiration Boards

Everyone wants a big inspiration board these days.

The inspiration boards of today aren’t your run of the mill cork boards any more. The scalloped borders from your third grade bulletin board entitled “Sail in to Summer” complete with nautical themed vocabulary words has been replaced– with nail heads and graphic patterns. Here are some of the inspiration boards I’ve seen around the web.

desk & corkboard wall Elle Decor

Elle Decor

ish and chi inspiration board

via Ish and Chi

Alessandra Branca inspiration board

Alessandra Branca

The Estate of Things chooses inspiration board by Tula Pink

Tula Pink

desk Laura Moss photog

Laura Moss photography

Christmas card display

a Christmas card display (source unknown)

kishani design Molly Sims office

Molly Sims office, Kishani Perera Design

inspiration board

Source unknown 

amber interiors office inspiration board

Amber Interiors

the estate of things chooses urban grace desk

Some folks have admired Erika’s huge inspiration board above her desk. This is only one side of the board.

the estate of things chooses bryn alexander diy ciorkboard

Bryn’s client admired Erika’s board so the client asked Bryn if she could whip one up and she did. Bryn’s instructions on how to are here.