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Reader Q: Bedroom Help

Reader help alert! What to do with this bedroom? Emily has a plate (exhibit b) she wants to put on the wall but feels it is too lonely. I suggest she start a collecton plates and arrange them over the bed in a pattern that creeps up the wall. Pick up some of the plate patterns in the bedding. I think Emily has a pretty duvet, but she could do more with it. Layer the bedding with coordinating colors in different prints and patterns.

Find a single piece of art to install over the bed, something colorful, in blues, greens, yellows, and then place the plate on the wall to the right (or left). Use teal or dandelion yellow as an accent color. With a bedroom this size, I’d DIY crown moldings along the top of the walls in the same white as the rest of the moldings. I would wallpaper the wall behind the bed, but that’s just me. The painted walls look gorgeous as is, too. Especially with a nice piece of art over the bed.

As for the bedside tables, I first suggest finding two that match, and place two matching lamps on top. Think symmetrical here. Emily could even place two small dressers (that match) on each side of the bed. I see the teal spindle lamps from Urbans (or something along that line) in Emily’s future… Minus the lampshade they show it with – go with a creamy white.

I may slipcover the headboard or paint it white, I’d go with something more serene than the black, it doesn’t seem to fit the look you’re trying to acheive. If you cover the headboard, you could find a pretty floral print that is small and understated, or you could use linen in a solid color that you like.

I would most definitely add a bench to the foot of your bed and a throw folded neated at the end of your bed. The possibilities are endless, I think most of us would die for this space.

So readers, if this were your room, how would you decorate it (and incorporate the plate)?

(images from emily)

Posted in reader questions on March 06, 2007


Time for some pillow talk. These affordable finds from Joom won’t break the bank, and they’re stylish and colorful, the perfect accent for any room. The hummingbirds and cherry blossom pillows are my favorites, but Joom also stocks cards, clothes, totes, and wall art so you may fall in love with something entirely different. Pillows sell for around $30, totes for around $40, so deals are in the air. And it’s always nice to support an artist out there going it alone. Yeah Joom!

(images from joom)

Posted in Etsy Faves, Objects on March 06, 2007

Bookhou Design

Arounna from Bookhou Design wants to share their new designs with decor8 readers, and after seeing them, I was more than happy to post. Their ash tables with metal legs and their sprig trays and red field stools are so unique and definitely ones that I’d own or use in client spaces. I’m in love with the stool shown below. These are soon to be available online via the Bookhou website. Arounna and John hopes that you love their work, so bookmark ’em! I sure will. Thanks for writing in, Arounna!

Related post: July 5, 2006

(images from bookhou design)

Posted in Objects on March 06, 2007

Mecox Gardens

Oh-la-la Mecox Gardens. Their flagship emporium is located in Southampton, NY, but they have stores scattered throughout the United States, so if there’s one if your area, try to take a trip to your local Mecox and bring a friend that won’t allow you to over spend. You’ll need someone who can keep you in control when you see their furnishings and accessories. Located in in Southhampton and East Hampton, NYC, Palm Beach, LA, Chicago, and Dallas, all I can say is that if they ever move to Boston, my bank account is in serious trouble. There’s nothing on their website that I wouldn’t own, and this truly scares me.

I especially love this chair that Style Court found for under $500. It would make the perfect chair for the living room writing desk, wouldn’t it?

Oh, and this bedroom. I love how they used green apple as an accent. Wow.

A bookcase that I want… Badly.

(images from mecox gardens)

Posted in Objects on March 06, 2007


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