Master Bedroom Styling | Fresh Ideas for Accessorizing Your Bedroom

It's true that everything has been done.  There's really no new ideas anymore.  Anything "new" is probably just an edit of something already existing.  This is ok, though. There's nothing wrong with a good ole fashioned refresh which is basically what we're discussing today in the master bedroom.

It happens to us a lot--we have a master bedroom that we're re-doing and the room is just too big.  There's a king size bed, two over-sized nightstands, some sort of foot-of-the-bed seating, a dresser or console and maybe even a separate reading/seating area....but there's still a ton of space.  What do you do with it?  The bedroom is tricky because there are really only certain things that make sense to go in there.  You're not planning to entertain in that room so you don't need seating for 5 but you do want to be able to lounge and read a book or even snuggle up with your kids and watch a movie.  Well, the same is pretty much true for accessorizing.  You need bedside lighting, light blockage on the windows, and something to soften.  The type of storage you need could vary from person to person but overall, most master bedrooms are styled the same.  However, there are things that could be improved upon...  

Wallpapering the wall or ceiling is not a new concept in the master but a new twist on wallpapering called wraparound wallpaper adds an entirely new dimension.   Wrap around wallpapering wraps the ceiling over the bed, the wall that the bed is against and the opposite wall.  This application creates a little cave or nook like effect for the bed making the whole space feel much more cozy.

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Don't get stuck on conventional lighting for a master either.  If you like the look of a reading light mounted to the wall beside the bed but also have table lamps or pendants over the nightstands, combine the two!

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Don't be scared of a heavy drape in your master bedroom.  The bedroom is supposed to be a little more luxurious feeling so you can go with something a little more dressy and full if you'd like.  Take the drapes to the ceiling and make sure they have the ability to cover the window for privacy.  Make sure they're blackout lined too for light blockage.

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Consider adding a built-in to your master bedroom.  While built-ins are usually thought of more for Offices and Family Rooms, a built-in can a cool storage piece to your room and make a great focal point on the bed wall.  If it's designed right, the built-in could also incorporate the nightstands so that everything is one unit.

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The master bedroom is an important room!  It needs to be comfortable and functional...and not just for you, for your whole family.  But don't get so caught up in convention that it doesn't have a feel that works with your style.  Make it unique!

Kitchen Countertops | Reviewing Your Options

We were recently discussing countertops with a builder who asked us which type of material we would recommend.  When we emphatically responded, "quartz" he was shocked.  Is it really that great for the price? The answer is yes!  We love quartz.  It's got a huge variety of color options and styles, is highly durable, and is actually relatively competitively priced.  It also comes in multiple thicknesses so you don't have to pay for the thickest quartz and you can still get the functionality of it.

The truth is, though.  Even though we love quartz, there truly are a variety of countertop options out there so we figured we'd run through them with you.  Sometimes it's nice to get a refresher on what's out there because even us as designers can get into a rut of using the same thing over and over again even though there are so many great options out there.

The first and most common style of countertop is one that is either veined like a marble or flecked like a granite.  Quartz has look-a-likes for both marble and quartz so we're really referring more to the style and less to the material.    These styles work well in almost any home.  They are classic.  They can be nice in a traditional setting or warm up a more modern kitchen.  Either way, it's the most common style and for many designers, a go to.

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There is life outside of countertop with movement, though!  This particular style is actually our favorite and could be considered our go-to.  White.  Solid white.  Even though this style looks a little more contemporary, we think it blends well with a lot of different styles as well.  It goes a little more minimalist because it's clean and fresh but if we're being honest, pretty much anyone could benefit from all white countertops so we're not going to put it into a bubble.

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Something that's taking it's popularity back is the wood countertop.  When rustic and shabby chic were all the rage, wood was everywhere.  That style has since died but the wood portion has reinvented itself and is coming back for round 2.  The thing about wood countertops is that it's warm.  It makes a space, any space, feel comfortable and inviting and is usually received really well.  It's a good option to mix with different countertop materials in a kitchen and works well by itself on an island.  Definitely something to consider when re-modeling your kitchen!

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Also making a come-back are the dark countertops.  Again, black granite used to be the big "modern look" in kitchens but that's not what's coming back.  Dark countertop has reinvented itself in the form of slate or charcoal grey counters.  These are often juxtaposed with white or light wood cabinets  but they bring a certain elegance to any space.  With the evolution of quartz color options you have a ton of varieties of grey to pick from and can make sure it's just the right shade!

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Overall, countertops have really evolved!  Where we used to just have the option of granite vs. laminate, we now have all sorts of quartz options in color and pattern along with the expanding granite and marble options we have.  There's just so much available to make your kitchen beautiful AND functional that you really don't have an excuse if it's ugly! :)

 

Kitchen Secrets | Cool Solutions and Finds

Even if you don't cook a ton, if you use your kitchen a little bit, you understand the sheer joy that comes with a great storage solution or simplified way of completing a task.  We've seen a bunch of stuff out there about "cool kitchen gadgets" and "great storage solutions" and what not, but this list really seemed to have some interesting items...things that we actually hadn't seen before (what?!)...so we wanted to pass it along.  Some of them are decorative while others are pretty sweet storage solutions so just pick and choose what you can use!

For starters, this crumb catcher is pretty much the whole she-bang!  I don't know about you but i HATE crumbs!  It doesn't matter where they are in my kitchen, they drive me insane.  If you've got granite counters you have a catch 22 because the granite often hides the crumbs visibly but then you don't think to clean them up and, before you know it, you've got crumbs everywhere!  If you've got a more solid surface countertop like quartz or corian, you see every little crumb so you're in constant clean-up mode...but at least you know where to clean up and they can't sneak away from you.

Aside from that, you also have the option of customizing your recycling drawer.  This cool set-up allows you to determine what kind of storage works best for your recycling needs instead of just having two trash cans.

As far as some fun design ideas for kitchens, check out this copper backsplash!  We looooove copper and are excited about the impact it's making on design.  So to have this kind of option is pretty sweet! The nice thing about a copper backsplash is that if it gets wet or discolored, it's ok!  The natural petina copper achieves over time just adds to the visual interest it provides!

Other than that, we are loving the idea of adding additional legs to your kitchen island.  It's just a new approach to the kitchen that has been constantly evolving.  Kitchens are meeting places, they're communal areas for families and friends to gather over food and drink, so be sure it's a comfortable space.  This idea just gives that island another little nudge in the i'm-furniture-but-also-functional direction.

Finally, these hidden shelves pretty much make our life when it comes to kitchen design.  Not only do they add gobs of storage but they are sleek and hidden and don't take away from the overall look of the design.  They're like the perfect mix of function and style in a room like the kitchen!

Did we give you some ideas for your next kitchen remodel?  We hope so!  Kitchens are the rooms to spend money on!

Sale | Our Inventory Has To Go!

Guys.  We've accumulated so much inventory and we need to get rid of it!  It's a new year, we want to start fresh, so we're de-cluttering!  We've got some great pieces for great prices too.  Everything from rugs to art.  Pictures and item details are posted below so be sure to check it out!  Send us a contact form or comment on this post if you're interested in purchasing anything!  We will ship!

 $30 NEST CUBE SCULPTURE (SM)  9"W x 8"D x 18"H

$30 NEST CUBE SCULPTURE (SM)

9"W x 8"D x 18"H

 $35 NESTED CUBE SCULPTURE (LG)  9"W x 8"D x 20.5"H

$35 NESTED CUBE SCULPTURE (LG)

9"W x 8"D x 20.5"H

 $250 3 LEVEL SHELF  47"W X 14"D X 44"H

$250 3 LEVEL SHELF

47"W X 14"D X 44"H

 $150 LAMP  Shade Diameter: 15"  Shade Height: 11"  Shade Shape: Drum  Overall Dimensions: 10"W x 23"H

$150 LAMP

Shade Diameter: 15"

Shade Height: 11"

Shade Shape: Drum

Overall Dimensions: 10"W x 23"H

 $250 BLUE CLUB CHAIR  23.5"W X 23.5"D X 31.5"H

$250 BLUE CLUB CHAIR

23.5"W X 23.5"D X 31.5"H

 $350 WALL MIRROR  40" Diameter

$350 WALL MIRROR

40" Diameter

 $350 CHEST  34"W x 16"D x 34.5"H

$350 CHEST

34"W x 16"D x 34.5"H

 SET OF 3 BLUE VASES  $40/SET

SET OF 3 BLUE VASES

$40/SET

 ROUND WALL MIRROR  $250  41" DIAMETER

ROUND WALL MIRROR

$250

41" DIAMETER

 GREY AREA RUG  $600  8X10

GREY AREA RUG

$600

8X10

 DALMATIAN ART ON CANVAS  $175  40X40

DALMATIAN ART ON CANVAS

$175

40X40

 SUPER SOFT AREA RUG  $600  5X8

SUPER SOFT AREA RUG

$600

5X8

 SMALL WOOD SCULPTURE  $350

SMALL WOOD SCULPTURE

$350

 9x13 AREA RUG  $600  100% Jute  Backing: N/A  Hand Woven  No Pile

9x13 AREA RUG

$600

100% Jute

Backing: N/A

Hand Woven

No Pile

 8X11 AREA RUG  $900  100% Viscose  Backing: Cotton Canvas  Hand Loomed  Low Pile  Loop Accents,Lustrous Sheen

8X11 AREA RUG

$900

100% Viscose

Backing: Cotton Canvas

Hand Loomed

Low Pile

Loop Accents,Lustrous Sheen

 8X11 AREA RUG  $850  100% Bamboo Silk  Backing: N/A  Hand Knotted  Low Pile  Lustrous Sheen

8X11 AREA RUG

$850

100% Bamboo Silk

Backing: N/A

Hand Knotted

Low Pile

Lustrous Sheen

 PILLOW  $70

PILLOW

$70

 MOTHER OF PEARL FLOOR LAMP  $350  63" high  Shade is 17" across the top and bottom, 11" on the slant  Base is 17" wide X 17" deep

MOTHER OF PEARL FLOOR LAMP

$350

63" high

Shade is 17" across the top and bottom, 11" on the slant

Base is 17" wide X 17" deep

 BLACK CROC TABLE  $175  W 20" / D 20" / H 21" / 12 lb.

BLACK CROC TABLE

$175

W 20" / D 20" / H 21" / 12 lb.

 OFFICE CHAIR  $175  W-19.29" D-17.13" H-34.60"

OFFICE CHAIR

$175

W-19.29" D-17.13" H-34.60"

 SILVER FLOOR MIRROR  $400  Bright silver leaf finish  Mirror surface measures 35" L x 71" W  Measures 49" L x 85" W x 3" D overall

SILVER FLOOR MIRROR

$400

Bright silver leaf finish

Mirror surface measures 35" L x 71" W

Measures 49" L x 85" W x 3" D overall

 PILLOW  $120

PILLOW

$120

 PILLOW  $40

PILLOW

$40

Dream Big | Kitchen Edition

Since Thanksgiving is this week and we're all making our grocery lists and planning for lots of time in the kitchen, it seemed appropriate for us to talk about all the features we'd love to have in our kitchens.  So this week's blog is all about dreams and what you might want to put on your kitchen wish list for that next remodel.

Obviously, there are some main things that are must haves and should be at the top of the list.  Things like, lots of lighting & plenty of seating are a couple that come to mind.  When it comes to lighting, remember that kitchens have come a long way and it's not just meant to be a task space.  Task lighting is important, but try to incorporate different levels of lighting for the best effect.  Overhead, undercabinet, and decorative.  And as far as seating goes, if you want your kitchen to be a gathering place, be sure that it has places for people to sit.  Maybe this requires a banquette or a small bistro table with two chairs in the corner or maybe it's a long island with multiple barstools.  See how your kitchen can maximize it's seating space so people want to spend time there.

Beyond that, we wanted to share with you some pretty fabulous storage ideas that will make your functioning kitchen a dream kitchen (not to mention jumping the value of your home since kitchens sell homes).

Pimped out drawer storage is the best way we can think of to describe these organzied drawers. 

 How nice would a drawer like this be?!  No more loud noises and fighting cookie sheets--it's just all separate and organized and tucked away neatly!

How nice would a drawer like this be?!  No more loud noises and fighting cookie sheets--it's just all separate and organized and tucked away neatly!

 What a perfect use for that skinny shallow drawer!  Adding the right separators maximizes it's space and eliminate the junk drawer where things go to die.

What a perfect use for that skinny shallow drawer!  Adding the right separators maximizes it's space and eliminate the junk drawer where things go to die.

 I mean, really,  Who would wants a perfectly organized, easily accessible spice drawer like this one?

I mean, really,  Who would wants a perfectly organized, easily accessible spice drawer like this one?

 Tupperware drawers often become the second messiest place in the kitchen (after the utensil drawer) but this well-suited stacking storage drawer could save days of your life that might be wasted searching for that missing lid.

Tupperware drawers often become the second messiest place in the kitchen (after the utensil drawer) but this well-suited stacking storage drawer could save days of your life that might be wasted searching for that missing lid.

 And finally, the pot and lid drawer.  One regular lower cabinet and the right hardware and our lives are complete.

And finally, the pot and lid drawer.  One regular lower cabinet and the right hardware and our lives are complete.

Since counter space is always a hot commodity, there are a few other things we'd recommend to help you maximize your kitchen functionality as well as keep it looking fabulous!

Hello, hidden coffee station!  We know that coffee paraphernalia can sometimes be used as decorative but it can also quickly overtake the kitchen countertop too....so save yourself and incorporate something like this into your next kitchen remodel.

And of course, everyone has that "junk" collecting section of their kitchen where the mail lands, along with their keys, pens, and sunglasses.  Instead of leaving that out on the countertop to take up space, incorporate a little hidden end cabinet that hides and organizes it all!  We're just gonna to say--this is genius!

Finally, don't forget about your trash and recycling.  We get that the kitchen is the place for the trash can, but it also doesn't have to become an eyesore.  Double can storage like this is ideal for any kitchen!  It also leaves more floor space for seating!