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Style | Cozy Farmhouse Guestroom

November 26, 2017

I have so much fun putting rooms together, and particularly bedrooms. My two most recent projects are both bedrooms, one for a mid-century home and the other for a farmhouse in a rural mountain setting. And both of the clients want to use wallpaper -yay! I was totally guilty of having purple horse wallpaper in my room in the 90’s and while that probably isn’t going to make a resurgence anytime soon, with all the temporary applications and different options wallpaper is a great way to add some spunk and personality to a space.

Apartment Therapy

This photo was the original inspiration for the farmhouse guest room – she wanted something playful and bright since the room’s only window sits under a covered porch so there isn’t very much natural light. The wallpaper we found is called Peonies (Copper) by Hygge & West. They have so many amazing wall papers and this one in particular was a collaboration they did with Rifle Paper Co. so no surprise that we loved it immediately. The floral print and hints of blue and orange are playful, but the bright lamp and the sharp white dresser and nightstands keep it from feeling like your grandma’s guestroom.

Apartment Therapy

My client wanted something a bit less traditional than the inspiration photo so we went with a more modern flush-mount celling fixture. The side tables didn’t have enough space so we ended up going with something a bit larger so guests could have somewhere to put a book, a glass of water and maybe even a potted plant and their glasses. If you love the side tables in the photo above they are from here. To get the look for the farmhouse bedroom we’ll be putting together see below!

Wallpaper | Turquoise lamp | White traditional night stand (left) | Bed | White nightstand (right)Rectangular aged brass mirror | Dresser | Jute Rug | Ceiling flush-mount

The right white: Picking neutrals

November 6, 2017

White has always been a common wall color, but it’s having a major resurgence as the new neutral on both Pinterest and as requested by clients. Gray walls were the pick a few years back and while I will always love gray – our cabinets and dining room are gray- white walls are having a moment. When it comes to picking a wall color, one of the most common questions I get is… How does one go about choosing the correct color?

Picking a white can be a daunting task because they often look so similar! Coordinating a trim color to go with it can be even more difficult. The key is to choose a white with the right level of pigment. Choosing a white is hard because of the undertones that pop up in different lighting situations. For this reason its often a good choice to opt for a white with a touch of gray or kahki. This softens the room while achieving that coveted neutral look. Given the amount of natural light in your room, the time of day, and features such as woodwork or even the period of home can influence which white you should choose.

One thing we should get out of the way though is that there is one misconception floating around that painting every room white will make them feel brighter, more spacious and more beautiful. This is absolutely true for some rooms, but if your room have very little natural light it will look flat. For example the boring, dead looking rental you lived in after college -if you were me. If not, good for you! Photographers can make any room look bright, airy and full of light. Sometimes its true that the room gets lots of natural light, but more often than not they don’t. White is IDEAL in bright rooms because there is lots of light bouncing around.

Inside Out | Australia

Picking white as a neutral isn’t boring

Don’t let others tell you that using a white is boring. Using a white when the goal is neutrality when designing a great space is so different than the blue white we’re all so used to in the typical rental house. Using a neutral paint color on walls allows for art and furnishings to make the statements in a room.

My Scandinavian Home

SF Girl by the Bay

Tips for picking the right color

  • Paint swatches on large piece of cardstock -the bigger the better!
  • Consider the natural light and lighting solutions in the room – keep your eye on your cardstock swatch as the light changes in your room throughout the day.
  • Use a white color palette – refer back to the palette to see how the white compare to each other. Often you will find that one white is more gray, blue or yellow! Online is the easiest place to find white paint colors because you can immediately spot the undertone. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have their websites set up so you can explore different whites together and see how they compare. In my experience it is much harder to zone in on the undertone in a paint store using a swatch.
  • if you want to play it safe use a white that is devoid of any undertones. Pure white by Sherwin Williams is one, and Decorators white by Benjamin Moore is another.

Hege in France

My favorite whites

Simply White – Benjamin Moore

This is a transitional white with warm and cool tones

Pure White – Sherwin William

We used this on the exterior of our house and it has no undertones

Are you still feeling stumped? I offer design consulting on paint colors too!

CURTAINS | Tips + Tricks

October 3, 2016

Besides lending privacy and warmth to a room, curtains have a way of helping a space feel pulled together and complete. They help control light, affirm your style by adding texture and color. Below I’ve outlined some tips for how to hang curtains and some do’s and don’ts for maximizing their benefits to help your room be all it can be.

Tip #1 | Do Hang your Curtains High


Source: Skonahem

The higher the rod, the taller the window will appear, so fix your curtain rod closer to the ceiling than the top of your window. The rule of thumb is that they should sit 4-6 inches above the window frame. Below the folks at HomeBunch maximize the length of their window by using drapes that are a similar color as the walls and picked a contrasting curtain rod in oil-rubbed bronze. The contrast causes your eye to travel up the length of the curtain and gives to illusion of a taller window.


Source: HomeBunch

Tip #2 | Don’t Go Too Short

Fabric should fall to the floor. Please don’t make the mistake of having your curtains be too short this is the equivalent of high-water pants not a good look. A little puddling of fabric can be nice if you want a romantic feel, if you worry about them dragging and getting dirty, then stop the fabric just before they hit the floor — a little under an inch is good. See below for my high-water guestroom curtains –eek! They were in our last house but not that we’ve moved and have higher ceilings they are too short. Oops! I’m currently to practical to buy new ones, especially since you can’t tell from just looking into the room.

Tip #3 | Do Choose Appropriate Fabric

Choose fabric that suits both the mood of the room, and its function. In our Master Bedroom I wanted a more easy and casual look that would filter light so we used light-weight chiffon because we currently have pull-down shades for privacy. In our main living areas we used a thermal-backed linen curtains from here. Having a denser fabric which feels more formal and provides privacy. Fabrics like velvet or adding a thermal suede lining adds body to curtains and can help with drafty windows.


Source: Homes to Love


Source: Anthropologie

Tip #4 | Don’t Go Too Narrow

Select a rod that is wider than the width your window. This will allow enough room for the panels to hang on either side of your window, and also tricks your eye into thinking the window is much larger than it actually is. The rule of thumb is go 8″-12″ wider than your window.


Source: VISI

Tip #5 | Do Use Enough Fabric

You want your curtains to feel full, and if you plan to close your curtains either occasionally or everyday, the curtains should be roughly between two and 2.5 times the width of the actual window.


Photo: Jeroen van der Spek | Styling: Cleo Scheulderman

HOW TO | Mixing Rugs

June 10, 2016

Recently I worked with a client who needed to use two different rugs in a room. So I commenced the search for some great rug combos we could use in her sitting room. Style wise, using two rugs in a room is tricky. I quickly found lots of bohemian options, which works great for mixing because they are similar in weight, material and pattern style.


Source: Green Body + Green Home


Source: Tigmi Trading


Source: 100 Layer Cake


Source: Amber Interiors

By pairing different types of rugs, you can instantly add texture to a room. You can take a rug that isn’t that comfortable and add a cozy, plush one on top and instantly you’ve created a cozy and inviting space. Another option is to look for multiple textures to create dimension.

In the photo below, the stylist added a beautiful, rustic cowhide on top of a muted jute rug which introduces a level of interest to the room. Putting a plain, woven rug down first creates a “frame” for the statement rug and highlights the piece you love.



29dc980e0bf1e212187ee80fe39aa2ebSource: 2 janvier 2016 par Céline

Pairing a solid with a pattern can add warmth to a bare room. Adding a combination of cozy and colorful bohemian rugs warms up the industrial space pictured below.


Source: The Style Files

When in doubt you can use the same rug twice, it can look just as sharp and styled as mixing. It could also be less fussy than mixing if you already have some complicated pieces in your room and want to keep things simple on the ground level.


How to Pick Tile | Bath progress

March 31, 2016

Wood is beautiful, but in a bathroom tile is functional. Our current 1926 home had hardwoods into the main bathroom however we opted to take them out in favor of tile. the idea of guests, kids (not to mention, ourselves!) splashing water continuously on those wood floors was enough for them to acquire water damage; in my mind at least. Most of my favorite bathrooms include two types of tile – one for the floor and one for the walls. Taken together they can contribute depth and interest to a space that wasn’t there to begin with.

bathroom inspiration

The first tip is to use a small scale pattern and a large scale pattern together. The primary reason for this is two small-scale patterns will compete with each other rather than accent. For example, in our current bathroom I plan to use a small-scale hex tile on the floor and then couple it with a larger-scale, simple white subway tile for the walls.


Photo: Style at Home

The second tip is to realize it’s not paint. You’re putting it in for life or at least 20 years so you should think of it differently. It should be classic and fit with the architecture of the space to which you’re applying it. We have all seen bathrooms of the pink palace variety, where the sink, toilet and all the tile is glowing shade of faded blush. Eek! I grew up in one such bathroom, but thank goodness I had parents that instilled in me the blessing and the curse of perpetual home renovations.

The third tip is to use the same color on the floor and the wall. One look in particular that I love is the Carrera hex tile on the floor and a smaller subway tile on the wall, seen below.


Photo: Studio Mcgee

The wonderful thing is that tile has really shifted in the last decade. It used to be that underwhelming tile show rooms and the uninspired choices at Home Depot were all that you had to choose from. Now with Pinterest, Remodelista, and Houzz there is plenty of choices and inspired design to take your bathroom and/or kitchen from zero to hero.

Currently our bathroom has been completely demoed around the exisiting tub (it will be saved and refinished). There is new plumbing and electrical and the concrete board is up and the radiant heat panels have been laid.

Here is our inspiration for the space. Stay tuned for more updates!

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