When it comes to decorating my own house, I believe that less is always more. A neutral color palette, clean lines mixed with a few rustic elements, a touch of wood and something unique are things that are always in my décor brain. A couple of weeks ago, I was on the hunt for new dining chairs. I wanted dining chairs that were kid-friendly, but also beautiful and unique. The dining room was only missing that last piece of the puzzle to be completed.
Once I started browsing online, I was amazed at all the options I found (read through here to see the top four picks). After a couple of indecisive days, I finally opted for the white Sidera chair from CB2. This chair has the most beautiful woven crosshatch pattern on slim tapered solid ash wooden legs. It is just perfect for the room. The white molded plastic against the gray concrete top makes the space feel balanced. I really love the overall look. Sometimes a work of art steals the show. Sometimes a wallpapered wall makes a statement. But here, these chairs are certainly the eye candy in the room. Every time I walk into the room, I can hear the chairs saying “Ha, made you look!”
Happy 2017! I am so excited for new beginnings and many new projects that I hope this year will bring us. Last year we worked on some great projects, like the room for seven, the rustic chandelier, and one of my favorites, my office makeover.
We started the office remodel sometime in the summer. We wanted to make the room brighter, more feminine, more welcoming, and more Trendy. Get it? Prior to the makeover, the space did what it was supposed to do but didn’t feel very inspiring. It had a great working area for three computers and lots of storage space. With two big windows, the lighting was pretty good, but the dark-colored walls felt a little sad. I also wanted to transform this office into a shared space, creating room for a play area for the kiddos.
So for this office makeover to work, we focused on the following items:
Oh, the task was daunting. It was nearly impossible. How-to-design a shared bedroom for seven kids. As challenging as this may sound, we had to make it work. The grandparents wanted to transform a spare bedroom into a sleepover delight for their seven grandchildren. The kids’ age ranged from three-years-old to eleven-years-old, and we were dealing with boys and girls. We used neutral décor, personal touches, and maximized its functionality in order to design a room for seven kids.
Choose the right furniture
Forget about the bunk beds. To avoid making this space look super crowded with heavy and dark bunk beds, we chose versatile white beds with trundles. Their clean lines complement any style, while the beds’ compact proportions make it easier to arrange them in the space. The beds worked really well placed against each other as well as against the wall. And the rollout bottom trundles allow lots of room for a play area when they are not in use.
Pick timeless décor
We worked with lots of different patterns and textures to create a gender-neutral bedroom. Mixing stripes in bold colors with geometric patterns give this room an eclectic and fun look. We’ve placed richly-hued pillows in different sizes and shapes for an added detail. Large and graphic fruit prints along with geometric boomerang wall decals bring a lot of color and interest to the walls. Finally, two sculptural lamps make a statement around the beds.
Create storage space
We placed some strong and sturdy storage bins under one of the beds to store daily items. We also added a graphic printed basket for additional storage while four hooks can keep coats and bags organized. The best of all storage areas in this shared bedroom is the bold-colored green locker. This locker is such a statement piece in this room. The kids love the locker, it really sets the tone for this sleepover room.
Make it personal
In order to make this room feel personal, we created a gallery-wall with all seven kids’ pictures. All seven photographs were framed in a modern white frame. The simplicity of this frame made it a breeze to create a gallery-wall.
Not too long ago I was planning a nursery. But as every parent knows, time flies by and soon enough you get yourself planning the kids college education instead. Sigh…
When we moved to our current house I was about 5 months pregnant. It was such a special time with the expectation of the new addition to our family of four plus our new house. We were experiencing lots of new beginnings, as well as a ton of design projects, like the nursery for the new baby. For my third pregnancy, we decided to surprise ourselves and not find out the sex of the baby. So, when I designed this gender neutral space, I used timeless artwork throughout the room and neutral colors. No blues or pinks. I also wanted this nursery to be a continuation of the design style of our new house. So I brought lots of white and rustic wood tones to this room just like we have throughout the rest of the house. But my main design goal for this space was to create a room that could be easily transformed from a nursery to a big boy bedroom.
Function + Style = Perfection.
Baby Victor came along on July 27, 2012 (read his birth story here). During a hot Summer night in 2014, while washing the dishes, I heard a loud thud sound and an instant cry coming from upstairs. Before the little guy turned 2, he had already managed to climb his way out of the crib. We gave it another try thinking that maybe it had been a lucky night when he managed to “escape”, but the very next night, we were faced with the same scenario. So out goes the crib and in comes the bed. I chose this IKEA bed because of its color, clean lines, and the bonus large drawers underneath it for the much-needed storage space. This bed is perfect for this room. We added some acrylic shelving next to the new bed for his favorite books plus a few new wall decals. A fun bedding from Dwell Studio plus some modern pillows and voila, we had a big boy bedroom for the “big” guy.
On the other side of the room, facing the crib and bed area, I designed a desk, dresser, and changing station. We custom made a desk using the same wood from the other side of the room and an IKEA’s old dresser that I used to have in my bedroom. Eliminating the changing pad when we were diaper free was all that was needed to have a full functioning desk for future homework sessions. Most of the decor stayed the same. How could someone ever get too grown up for a daily dose of Sharon Montrose’s gorgeous animal prints, right?
Hi there, come on in and have a little room tour of my latest project. I designed this bedroom for my eight-year-old girl Bela. We both got really trired of her pink walls and thought it was time to freshen up a bit. I wanted to create a timeless space for her. So I opted for neutral color walls, lots of geometric patterns, streamline furniture pieces, and colorful accents. The space feels so airy and yet very cozy.
The main inspiration for this room was the mini triangles wall decal. Once I decided to use them in creating a focal wall, I started to look for other geometric pieces for the room. The bedding was a great find. I think it works well with the color of the furniture and it is not too busy that it takes away from the focal wall.
I like spaces that are surrounded by great lightning, lots of white, streamline furniture pieces and colorful or rustic accent pieces. I am so thrilled with how it all turned out.
For this project I used a lot of my own pieces. It makes the project even more special to me when I can actually design a custom art print or custom wall decal for it. Here are some of the sources for the room.