Happy Friday! This week has certainly gone by slowly which I feel is in part due to the crazy weather we’ve been having: snow, rain, freezing rain, sunshine. To culminate this crazy week I have rounded up some of my favourite nightstands.
I find when updating a bedroom, people often focus on updating their bed or headboard which can be a serious chunk of change. However, nightstands are such an easy update and can have a huge impact on your space. Even if you have a more contemporary styled bed, don’t be afraid to combine it with a mid-century nightstand or lacquer finished nightstand. These unexpected combinations are what can make your room feel more contemporary or transitional if that’s your style.
Keep functionality in mind when picking out your nightstand. Drawers are always nice because they can hide unwanted clutter. Shelving can allow you to get fancy with some pretty styling. The size of your nightstand will depend on the size of your room but you should consider if you’ll need space to accommodate a lamp, alarm clock etc. If you only have space for a small nightstand, consider wall sconces to free up space on your nightstand.
If I could get new nightstands for my room, I have my eye set on those beauties from RH Teen 🙂
Here are my picks. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to design your own kitchen, you’ll know that there are a ton of decisions that need to be made from the colour of your cabinets to the counter top material, counter top colour, sink style, sink material, faucet, hardware, appliances, cabinet style, the list goes on… SO I thought I would provide my top favourite kitchen cabinet colours to help make at least some, or part of the decision process a little easier. Be sure to keep scrolling for pictures.
Benjamin Moore Simply White
This white was the 2016 colour of year and there’s a good reason. Simply White is a soft, warm white that feels clean and is extremely versatile. It is a favourite of mine for baseboards, trim and ceilings. This colour also looks great in a kitchen making it feel bright, airy and crisp. The best part about this white is that it looks great in almost all lighting and with all colour palettes.
Benjamin Moore White Dove is a warm white that appears creamier. I selected this colour for my own kitchen to provide more warmth to the space. While it might look similar to Simply white in the photos, it does have a slight yellow/grey undertone to provide that creamy colour and is less bright. This colour is one of the more popular off-whites.
This colour is a very crisp white. It looks very bright and modern. It is a great option for kitchen cabinetry because it immediately makes the kitchen feel bigger and brighter. It is also great if you have a contrasting colour island or countertop that you really want to make pop.
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter has been a long time favourite wall colour for me. However, it also looks great on cabinetry. I find it to be a really easy greige colour to use because the undertones aren’t too blue, green or purple like some greiges. As a cabinetry colour, it allows you to veer away from the more classic white kitchen while still keeping your space light and bright. I love the combination of white upper cabinets with Revere Pewter painted base cabinets.
I love this colour. It is a beautiful, rich gray that isn’t too dark. It is considered a warm gray. It looks amazing when paired with a bright white like Simply White. As you can see in the pictures below, it also looks nice paired with either satin nickel or brass hardware and looks great with marble.
Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
Kendall Charcoal is darker than Chelsea Gray if you are looking for a darker colour that is still on the warm side. This colour is also very versatile and pairs well with other shades of white. This shade in a kitchen provides drama and contrast. I would use this colour for base cabinets or for an island.
Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
Hale Navy is having a moment. It is a very popular paint colour not only for cabinets but for walls as well. It is such a beautiful, rich shade of blue that looks amazing in almost all lighting. It is neither a cool nor warm shade making it an easy shade to work with. Hale Navy allows you to add colour to your space without being overwhelming or too out there. I think that this blue shade is classic enough for a kitchen and you won’t tire of it. It really is the perfect navy.
I really love how dark shade of Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10. If you are looking for drama, this paint colour will offer it. It is a true gray with black undertones so it feels more warm than a gray with blue undertones. I love how it was used in the picture below to add depth and warmth to the kitchen.
Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray
Coventry Gray is a medium-gray that is more on the cool side. It is a light, fresh and bright gray colour. It has a slight green-ish/blue-ish undertone to it so make sure to test it out in your lighting.
Today I thought I would feature a designer that I discovered through Instagram, Wendy Word Design. The picture that captured my attention was this one here:
I just love the combination of lighting, chairs and the table. After checking out her site, I was hooked. Wendy Word Design does such a great job at combining both traditional and modern elements in her designs, making the spaces feel warm and welcoming but fresh and contemporary as well. I love her use of white on walls and accessories to add pops of colour.
Here’s some of my favourite spaces that she’s designed. Enjoy!
I was feeling extra girly today so thought I would share some of my favourite ultra-feminine decor pieces. Feminine pieces don’t have to be super frilly, floral and ornate. They can be bold, beautiful and modern as well. What I love so much about brass and rose gold being as popular as it is now is that it adds an edge to what could otherwise feel like overly traditional feminine pieces.
West Elm is currently having a bedroom event with up to 30% off bedroom furniture (woohoo!) I love West Elm because they have beautiful, contemporary pieces that can fit almost any style (whether your style is traditional, transitional, modern). I also love that they carry lots of pieces in warm woods. Personally, I tend to use a lot of white and grey so having these medium toned wood pieces help to add warmth to your decor. West Elm is generally pretty affordable AND they tend to have lots of these great sales. SO, with that being said, here are my picks from this sales event.
I love the shade of this dresser! It would look great in a neutral room with shades of blue or grey.
Day beds are great because they are so multi-functional. I would consider a day bed in a small apartment where you would like to have seating and sleeping accommodations, a nursery so you can have a place to crash or sit in the room or in a kids’ room. The dark grey colour makes this day bed feel more grown up and the nail head details is a nice touch.
If you can’t decide between a wood or upholstered bed, this is a great compromise! I love the combination of the wood and fabric together.
This dresser is awesome! It feels very coastal to me with the white wash. Since it is such a neutral piece it would look great in any decor scheme.
This acorn night stand with the brass handles is simple, yet sophisticated. Great for small spaces since it is so small and comes with a great price tag.
I also love the shade of wood of this bed frame.It feels very sleek and contemporary with the mid-century style legs.
If you love brass this is a great bedside table option. I love the multiple shelves so you can store your belongings.
I have a major design crush on Kate Marker Interiors, located in Barrington, IL. I find her style and aesthetic quite similar to my own. It is a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces to create a timeless space that feels polished and fresh. A lot of her spaces feature classic pieces with a surprise modern piece such as ghost chairs, bold wallpaper or bold patterned pillows.
Below is a collection of some of my favourite designs by Kate Marker. Prepare for some major eye candy and a lot of scrolling 🙂
Happy Friday! We’ve made it through another week.This Friday I’ve rounded up a selection of some of my favourite brass decorative objects. Decorative objects are such an affordable way to update your space and look great on desks, book shelves and coffee table. I’ve included some inspiration as well! I hope you like my picks… and this has inspired me to work on a shelf styling post so stay tuned.
West Elm Symmetry Objects – These come in two sizes and in both gold or iron. The small and the large objects together would look great styled on a bookshelf.
Indigo Brass Ampersand Object – Can either be used on a shelf on it’s own or can function as a book end.
West Elm Brass Wishbone – This gold object looks great on a desk or on top of coffee table books for a perfectly styled coffee table.
Elte Market Spike Wall Pod – Place the spike pod on top of a stack of books or magazines either on a coffee table or in a book case.
CB2 3 Piece Brass Wire Cube Set – These are very affordable and you can 3 wire cubes all together which makes styling easy. These can easily be scattered within a book shelf.
West Elm Hello Word Object – Looks great on a desk or a book shelf.
Indigo Be Yourself Brass Object – I would use this brass object within a book shelf styling.
Crate and Barrel Clarus Brass Display Boxes – These are so versatile and can be used empty or you can place keepsakes inside. They come in various sizes too so either use one or stack them.
Anthropologie Quotation Marks Book Ends – Seriously, how cute are these?
Today I thought I would share some tips on rug sizing. Rugs are so important to making a room feel finished, grounded and polished and it is very important to ensure that they are the right size. A rug that is too small can make a room feel off balance and awkward.
I often find that there are a couple main reasons why people buy rugs that are too small:
Cost. I feel that cost is a large factor is buying a rug that is too small. Most 8×10 and 9×12 rugs can be quite expensive and smaller rugs are often that much cheaper but trust me, it’s worth the investment!
Commitment Issues. This can relate back to cost but purchasing a rug can be scary. A rug is often a purchase that will last for a number of years, unlike throw pillows, prints, and other accessories. Therefore, many people have the ‘I’ll just buy this cheap, small rug now and replace it later’. And as many of us know, ‘later’ can become years (or even never).
Availability. Often times, larger rugs aren’t available in store and so it seems easier to purchase the 4×6 or 5×7 rug.
Incorrect Sense of Space. When you’re in the store, the 5×7 rug may look like it’s going to be big enough, so you buy it, bring it home, realize it’s too small and then it just seems like way too big of a pain to return it (I am guilty of this)
Here’s an example of a rug that’s too small for the space:
SO, how do you avoid the dreaded too rug syndrome? Follow these simple ‘rules’:
Furniture Overlap. Your rug should be big enough that either your furniture fits completely on the rug (i.e. all the legs on your sofa, chairs, coffee table fit on the rug) OR that at least the front two legs of your furniture fits on the rug.
Be Consistent. If your sofa is completely on the rug, then the chairs should also be completely on the rug. If your sofa only has the front two legs on the carpet then the chairs should only have two legs on the carpet. This keeps things visually balanced.
Be Conscious of Width. The width of your sofa should fit completely on the rug. If you plan on having end tables on either end of the sofa, you should aim to find a rug that’s wide enough to accommodate the side tables as well.
**Note: Most Living Rooms require an 8×10 or a 9×12 rug**
Length is key. You want the length of the rug to be long enough to have approximately 36″ of rug on either side of the bed.
Width is secondary. Ideally all of your furniture fits on your rug. However, if you’ve opted for a smaller size rug, you can pull the rug down so that it sits just in front of your bedside tables.
**Note: A budget friendly option would be to purchase runners to place on either size of the bed**
Consider your table size. A good rule of thumb is to measure the length and width of your table and add 24″ inches on either side. This allows for sufficient space for your chairs to sit on the rug.
Avoid a rug that’s too big. Try to ensure that the only furniture on the rug is your dining table and chairs. This means that your sideboard, buffet or other furniture should not sit atop the rug.
I hope you found this post hopeful! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out.
(For those interested, the featured rug can be found here)
Adding texture to a space is important because it adds depth. Velvet is the perfect texture to add to a space because it can easily add elegance and glamour, softness or a classic-touch to a more modern space. However, velvet should be used sparingly to avoid feeling dated. I would suggest keeping it’s use to one or two items.
Some easy ways to incorporate velvet:
Depending on how bold you’re willing to be, you can also play with some brighter colours of velvet. Right now I am loving the deep blue velvet chairs and sofas that are popping up everywhere.
Here are a couple of my favourite velvet pieces:
I love the shade of blue of this chair from Elte Market.
This sofa is from Ikea (can you believe it?). Such a steal for only $1,199.
This ottoman from Urban Barn would be great in front of a chair and can double as additional seating when you have guests over.
I know, I’ve posted this one before, but I love it! I would have 2 of these chairs in a living room or put it in the corner of a bedroom for a pop of colour
If you’re scared to go bold with a piece of furniture, these velvet pillows from Pottery Barn are an easy way to add colour without the commitment
I love this retro looking sofa from Structube.
The velvet curtains from West Elm are amazing. I have them in my own home. They add drama to a room and the added bonus is that they are thick so they block out a lot of light which is perfect for a bedroom
This floor cushion from CB2 is a great way to have additional seating when entertaining.
I absolutely love this living room design from Studio McGee’s Lynwood Remodel Project. I love the neutral pallet with natural elements and the perfect mix of iron and brass. (see the full home tour here)
I’ve pulled together some sources to recreate this look. I know the sofa and coffee table are from Restoration Hardware and the rug is from Pottery Barn (unfortunately no longer available) but the rest of my picks are all look-a likes.