Decorating for the Soul

First and foremost – I’d like to send out a little love in to the universe as we’ve reached Sledgehammer with Style’s 1st BLOGIVERSARY!  I can’t believe I’ve been putting my random thoughts out in to the interweb universe and a few of you have actually read them and come back for more!  Thank you everyone for keeping me inspired to keep writing and decorating!

Speaking of decorating, today’s post is about how decorating can be therapeutic and great for the soul.  Who needs a shrink when you’ve got a 25% off coupon for Crate & Barrel?!  Such is the case for today’s “client”.  My best friend Harriet recently went through a life change when she and her husband amicably went their separate ways.  She kept their place in Boston and in an effort to get a fresh start, decided she wanted to revamp her bedroom.

So here’s where we are starting: a gender neutral space populated mostly with post-college Ikea furniture.

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So once the big split happened, the first thing I recommended to her is to rearrange her furniture.  It was the quickest and easiest way to get a new perspective on things without spending a dime.  So while we planned her new room, she literally flipped her perspective 180 degrees.  And what a change!  It felt like a whole new room.

Next up, she decided on her point of inspiration for the design: a peacock feather.  It holds some serious sentimental value for us as it was part of our sorority in college, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to let her plaster the room with feathers and dip everything in peacock blue.  So we took the elements we liked such as that deep rich blue as a starting point.

Since it’s such a bold color, we decided that it could be an accent color while we would create a room around it with soft, neutral colors to give her a calming haven to retreat to at night.  So here’s my first run at a plan for her room:

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This is also the point when, despite her protests, I convinced her to paint.  It’s the quickest, cheapest way to totally transform a space.  We decided on a pale purple which would accent the peacock blue/teal accents we had been eyeing.  But as all designs go, we didn’t quite agree on which purple that was.  She’s a bit more of a girlie girl and leaned more towards a shade with pink undertones.  I recommended she pick up some test pots of a few colors and try them out before she paint the whole room in a color we (I) weren’t totally convinced was just right.  Here’s the tester:

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We both agreed that the one on the left was way too pink.  The one on the right is a bit more in line with what we were thinking.  So a few weeks later, she bit the bullet, bust out the credit card for some new furniture AND tackled painting the whole room herself with one fabulous finished product (I apologize for the photos as we haven’t had a chance to do some serious “after” photos yet):

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Now we had some serious momentum to keep rolling.  The dresser is the Sorano 6-Drawer Dresser from Crate & Barrel.  It reminds me of driftwood; I’m totally in love with it.  Harriet and I went through a LOT of rug choices.  She was particularly found of this Sonnet Area Rug in turquoise from Home Decorators Collection:

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But ultimately, she decided on the Jasper Area Rug in aqua from Crate & Barrel.  And to round out her shopping cart, she chose this amazingly comfortable Haven Chaise which she had fallen in love with during a window shopping trip in LA with yours truly.

Then after a long search for non-white bedding that wouldn’t show dog fur (she has an adorable long-haired dachshund named Snickers), Harriet picked some great bedding from West Elm: the Braided Matelasse Duvet Cover.

West Elm Bedding

So after some tweaking thanks to a new paint color and some new design decisions, here’s the updated mood board for the space:

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Then thanks to the Red Sox fabulous season and a spot in the playoffs, Jefe and I took off for Boston for a baseball game and some much needed time with my bestie.  Unfortunately for her, the West Elm duvet was out of stock online.  I, however, live around the corner from the store…. so my carry-on ended up filled to the brim with bedding instead of clothes.

While we were enroute, Harriet had a great bed frame delivered.  It’s got storage for those bulky sweaters needed to bear the Boston winters.  It’s from a local retailer, Jordan’s.

Once we landed in Boston, Jefe had to take a work call so Harriet and I took a quick jaunt to Home Goods where we made an INCREDIBLE score.  We found a pair of AMAZING lamps that matched her new rug exactly.  And they were the perfect way to bring some of the pale, minty teal over to the other side of her room on her future beside tables.  Check out one of these gorgeous, curvy ladies (note that we ensured that we could fix the crooked shade before she purchased):

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What an amazing score.  Under $100 for BOTH of them.  We were stoked.  And Jefe gave us quite the look when we both walked in the front door, arm in arm with our lamps.  We looked like little girls with their arms caught in the cookie jar.

So now our search has turned to sheets, nightstands and a side table for her chaise and some artwork.  We both love the idea of black and white photos throughout the whole room; we just have to find the right ones.

And while we were there, we discussed a few other areas of her place we’d love to tackle down the road.  I love a good project so there will definitely be more to come!

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I Got Purple, I Got Grape

For my latest design project, I’m venturing in to some new, very bright territory.  My client/friend is going through a bit of a life change and wanted to revamp her bedroom with a serious injection of tranquility and COLOR.  The combination of the two has been a bit challenging to say the least.  Per her request, I’ve been doing some serious research on purple rooms.

As I’m still working on the finishing touches of the mood board and overall plan for her room, I thought I’d share some of my inspiration as the color choice can be very tricky to work with.

So for today’s post, I bring you the PURPLE ROOM ROUND-UP!

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This was our initial inspiration to kick off the project.  A purple throw quickly turned in to purple walls….

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Luckily we’re not taking it quite this extreme, but sometimes you have to go too big and edit, than to play it too safe from the start.

Feminine Purple

A more feminine, softer take on the color.

Neutral Purple

A neutral, more organic feel.

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Deep, rich, and a little moody.  Perfect for a bedroom.

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Loving the juxtaposition of feminine colors with the more masculine, modern lines of the paint treatment.

Purple Grasscloth

I just want to pet grasscloth.  I’ve loved it since the first time I saw it in the home of a wealthy friend of my grandmother.  And in such a fun color, you can’t go wrong.  It’s such a hip take on a traditional design tool.

Dark Purple

Bold and girlie.

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Soft, simple and relaxing.

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Upscale meets young and funky.

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Tranquil and fresh when combined with crisp white cabinetry.

Purple Chaise Room

Probably the closest in feel to where we’ll actually end up…

I’ve found that I’m most drawn to the shades of purple with grey and blue undertones while my friend loves the shades verging on pink and red.  So what do you guys think?  Would you ever paint a room purple?  I can honestly say that I can knock that off my list of design firsts; as a kid, my stepmom painted over the rose stenciling of my childhood bedroom, with a bright purple for my teen years.  I naturally chose a vibrant teal for the trim.  Gotta love those 90’s color palettes…

June Lust List

As we’re more than half way through June, I figured it was time to share with you this month’s lust list!

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  1. Adidas Dragon Shoes: For those that don’t know, Jefe could give Imelda Marcos a run for her money.  He’s got great style and LOVES himself a rocking pair of sneakers.  As I could use some new casual shoes that aren’t flip-flops (and I’m sure Jefe would be thrilled if I upped my game in the kicks department), I’d love a pair of these in Bluebird.
  2. Caitlin Wilson Teal Arrow Pillow: I am loving this new pattern from Caitlin Wilson.  Her newest line is bright, happy and perfect for summer.  I love this pattern in particular but may go with more of a traditional blue version as an accent for our bedroom.
  3. Ray-ban Wayfarers: These will always be a classic.  And I could use a pair of sunnies that are both stylish, classic, and don’t get caught in my mess of frizzy hair when I plop them on the top of my head this summer.  That East Coast humidity during vacay can be brutal.
  4. Merona Relaxed Bermuda Shorts: I love me some New England preppy style, particularly for summer.  On a recent trip through Target, I was browsing for a summer dress and came across these in a a fun orange print.  And the lobsters had me at hello.  They’re already in my closet.
  5. Bathroom Faucet Photos: After Jefe picked up this old Gillette print for the bathroom, I decided we needed some matching artwork for the opposite wall.  I found these great black & white photos from Etsy.  They’re simple, fit the new bathroom style and didn’t break the bank.
  6. Ezeiza Weekender Bag:  Found this guy on One Kings Lane.  It’s just begging to be taken to wine country for the weekend.  I love that it is unisex so Jefe or I could grab it for a quick getaway.
  7. Asymmetrical Mini Letter Necklace: I’m in desperate need of a new gold necklace.  I’m also a sucker for anything monogrammed.  Thank you BaubleBar for this little beauty.  Kate Spade’s new line Saturday also has a similar, slightly less expensive version.
  8. Crate & Barrel Paterson Black Two-Door Cabinet: The credit for this find has to go to Jefe.  He got the itch a few months ago to replace our tv stand with a Paterson, which we did.  And now that we have this fancy new piece of furniture, we’ve got the itch to keep at the upgrades.  We’d love to get this cabinet to replace our old Ikea dresser that we’ve been using as storage in the living room.