Archive for the ‘bedding’ Category

What I’m Loving: New Stuff From Ballard Designs

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

I get so stupidly excited when new stuff comes out from vendors I use a lot for design projects. As of late, I have been giddy over all the new stuff coming out from Ballard Designs, a company I use a lot for budget friendly jobs.  Take a peek at some of my favorite new things- so good, right?

This table skirt blew my mind. Know why?


Because it looks just like this one I’ve coveted forever from designer Tom Scheerer! Having this made would cost at least three times as much as they are charging.


More favorites- this tufted ottoman with tape trim (many options for the trim!) and this studded long x-bench for the end of the bed!


DYING over the lacquered faux bamboo barstools.



Bedroom Finishing Touches

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

So my bedroom is at a stand still- and I need a few more things (big ticket things, actually) to make it feel DONE done. As it is now:



I still like the bed, bedding and side tables but need to replace my dresser and find some art that will work with our low ceilings.  And although the rug is new, it shed SO MUCH we need to get rid of it or move it. Here is what I’d love to do to make this space feel luxurious and calming:


1. I want to frame two chinoiserie panels and hang them behind each nightstand- they’ll reach right up to the ceiling!

2. I’d LOVE a pair fo these Bunny Williams Beeline lamps because they add a touch of modernity and mix metals which will blend the nickel nailheads on the headboard with other gold accents in the space.

3. Maybe hand three of these very small sunbursts in a cluster above the bed?

4. A chair in the corner with interesting lines like this Kristin Drohan Collection one.

5. Add some natural/grey roman shades layered under the silk drapes.

6.  LOTS of yummy candles- this lavender one is best for bedrooms because it’s calming.

7. I’d DIE for this overdyed rug in the palest pinky coral to compliment my lumbar pillow.

8. FINALLY a new dresser, I love this one so much.  So sick of having an old dresser with drawers that won’t shut and hardware that keeps falling off!


Matouk Bedding Giveaway

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

I thought the best “back to normal” post I could do today would be an amazing giveaway, to spread some cheer and happiness to others. So here it is! Matouk is an amazing luxury bedding company, as you may know, and they happen to be a Massachusetts based company as well (Boston Strong, people!) Andrew and I have never spent a lot on sheets because 1) we have dogs who sleep on the bed and are, well, DOGS and 2) we are apparently gross.  Between self-tanner and “I am too lazy to take my makeup off” nights, my sheets never stay crisp white.  But the other night I happened to notice that my sheets from a discount store were pilling after just two washes!  So I was so excited when Matouk asked to partner up for a giveaway, because (full disclosure) I got sent a set of their Lowell sheets to try. Um, LOVE. So smooth and crisp and hotel-like- so much nicer to get into at night!  I made the bed up all nice (Baxter and Oliver got yelled at and tossed off several times in the process) and snapped some pictures even though my bedroom is not nearly “done”. Not even close, so no judging!

I chose the black banded sheets which just happen to match my duvet TO A T! :)


I had a custom bed pillow made from some favorite Kelly Wearstler fabric, which I love.


(Side note- check out my KILLER monogram done by Monogram Goods!  They actually work exclusively on Matouk bedding!)


So follow the instructions below to win a set of Lowell sheets in a color of your choice (worth over $500 bucks, y’all!)

1.)   Like Matouk on Facebook
2.)   Follow @Matouk on Twitter
3.)   Leave a comment on this blog below with your preferred size and color

My Favorite Retail Headboards

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

When you can’t quite spring for a full bed, headboards are a fabulous way to add drama, style and softness to a bedroom. By adding a $50 metal bed frame and simple bed skirt (more ideas on that later) you may never lust after that fully upholstered bed anyways! I often have custom designed ones made for clients, but lets fact it, most of us don’t have the time, resources or funds to do that- or maybe you do for your master, but need easy to buy beds off the floor for guest rooms? Here are some of my favorites!

NAILHEADS! I seriously have a problem I may need a 12 step program for when it comes to nailheads. If I could do it painlessly, I am pretty sure I’d nailhead myself, my dogs and anything else in my grasp.  I simply adore a clean headboard with a nailhead detail, it’s so classic. The design of the Serena and Lily Octavia below (available in a bevy of colors)and the oversize spaced out ones of the PB Teen one are both amazing.

Smaller budget doesn’t mean smaller bed- West Elm finally made a TALL version of their nailhead headboard!  And how graceful and feminine is this Wisteria one with it’s double row of nails?

I had TWO clients fall head over heels for this Ethan Allen Isabel bed this month- it’s clean lines and yes, nailhead, appeased the husbands! While the tufted Alison was what we used in this bedroom makeover and it really makes my heart sing. Also, you can pick fram a variety of fabrics with Ethan Allen!

How SPECTACULAR is this vintage reproduction headboard from Serena & Lily? The original flea market find they used in their catalog got so many requests that they finally made a copy! And this wood framed one from Pottery Barn has such a vintage feel to it!

The slight wings on these two beds add weight to the bed- I love the texture of the Pottery Barn one, perfect for a glamorous beach house or country home and the Helaine Bed from Mitchell Gold (whole bed shown, but just headboard is available) is a personal longtime favorite!

Prints are great when you want to keep your bedding simple (think white with banding or a texture as shown below).  And if you are scared you will not love it in a year- no problem, these are under $500 from Z Gallerie!

One of the most popular shapes these days is the Jonathan Adler Woodhouse . I have ordered it for a few clients (the best aprt- the color options and availability to provide your own fabric) but if you can’t afford that one, Pottery Barn had a GREAT version in clean linen!

Tufting is another thing I have a slightly unhealthy addiction too. When I see a good tufted anything I simply swoon. So it’s no surprise that I constantly try to get tufted beds into client’s homes- I think it is such a brilliant way to add texture in a clean way to any space. I truly think all bedrooms and living rooms need SOMETHING tufted in it- a chair, bench, ottoman, sofa or headboard. I don’t discriminate with tufting- be it clean and modern like this leather West Elm headboard or soft and traditional like this Restoration version. And some of the other headboards above also have tufting, so check them out again!

If you can get yardage of the fabric your headboard is upholstered it you can either have a bedskirt made and the peice will look like a fully upholstered bed! If that’s a bit pricey, you can buy a simple box pleat skirt like this one and use the fabric (or a close enough match or trim in the same color) to add a nice 2″ banding around the bottom of it!

If you’ve come across any fabulous retail headboards be sure to leave them in comments!

Prints Charming

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Sorry about the double post yesterday- I was having MAJOR technical issues. Please enter on either post for the Kokoon giveaway and they will count towards the prize!

In other news, I’ve been meaning to blog about this adorable line of soft goods from Bungalow I found in a little shop in Woodstock, Vermont (devastated by the hurricane, so send them your thoughts) called Noushka.  From Denmark, but printed in and inspired by India this company produces so many good things!  And trust me when I say, in person, the quality is fabulous and the pricing oh-so fair!


Pillows (my addiction):




Scarves & toiletry bags:

Storage boxes:

If you love anything give Noushka a call at (802) 457-4844 (no site yet) and ask them about ordering!  It’ll help support a town in which small businesses are suffering as well.

****And PLEASE be sure to cast your vote (for me, ideally) in the Grange contest! Help send me to Paris, I promise to take tons of blog worthy pictures of the goods at Maison & Objet!! (see a larger pic of my room  with sources in my post HERE)