We came across the following images and were instantly drawn to the light, easy vibe in these rooms. In fact, these photographs became a source of inspiration for a client's pool house.
Our interpretation began with a color palette of whites and grays with bold pops of yellow. We purchased a white lacquered bed and daybed, both from West Elm.
We chose a white and gray duvet, sheet set and pillow shams for the bedding and also had several pillows custom made in various fabrics and colors.
Other features of the room will include custom roman shades in a light, white linen fabric, a custom canopy for the bed in a gray and white linen stripe
and bright custom pillows in the Trina Turk fabrics shown below.
Each week we get an email from Etsy's Blue Bell Bazaar with weekly vintage accessory finds. Not only do they have really great stuff, but everything is affordable too. If you visit their site and are interested in their vintage accessories, we recommend signing up for their mailing list so you can stay up on the latest items they have for sale. Here are some of our favorites from this week's finds.
Whether you are planning to buy new accessories or refresh with the ones you already have at home, follow these simple tips to create vignettes that will make a powerful statement in your home. If you need to buy new accessories, don't just purchase from your
local retailers. Take the time to shop flea markets.
Accessories are better when they look like they have a little bit of
It's best to begin with a blank slate, so begin by removing all small accessories from each room in your home. Place these small accessories together either on the floor in one room or spread across a large table. The key here is to get all small items together in one place.
We completed this exercise in a client's home and wanted to show how we accessorized two areas in the living room; a wall space above a sofa and a fireplace mantel.
Once all accessories (old and new) are in one area, organize them by color, keeping any hanging items separate from the rest. This will help you determine what you have to work with and also makes it easier to begin your groupings. Brown Design loves to work with color, but it is even more beautiful when you organize your objects by a common shade or texture.
While selecting a grouping for a wall space, lay it out on the floor first. This will help you create a common theme and visualize the end result. The grouping below was moved around several times before settling on the optimal formation, so laying it out on the floor first made it easier to move things around.
With the addition of the accessories and the custom pillows, the room now has a tremendous amount of warmth and depth.
For the fireplace mantel, we selected accessories in a variety of shapes and heights, but stayed within a similar color tone.
When designing a room, don't ignore the ceiling. It's one of the largest surface areas in a room.
Seen here, we used a classic chinoiserie landscape wallpaper in a Beverly Hills pool room.
With such busy walls and so many patterns, it was best to keep things neutral and simple. While painting the ceiling would have been an option here, we opted for a brown grasscloth that compliments the walls and adds both depth and warmth.
In a recent interview published on parentdish.com, Ryan gives readers tips for designing kid-friendly, yet stylish spaces. If you have kids, but don't want to sacrifice good design, this article is a must read!
Furniture in natural weave materials seem to be cropping up everywhere this summer.
We love this new Modern Weave chair and ottoman from West Elm. These pieces of furniture are technically for indoor use only, so we think they would be especially chic in a pool house, but would also work well in a modern application.
If your looking for something made to weather the outdoors, but with the same vibe, try this sofa and ottoman from Design Within Reach.