Searching for... bedside tables.

 

I see sooo many design products day in and day out, it's hard to make a decision when it comes to pieces for our own home. There's just too much good stuff out there! When I had a client looking to purchase a pair of bedside tables that I already own, I jumped at the chance to sell them to her for a great price so I could go for something different. Don't get me wrong, I love the tables I parted with and use the company often, but thought it was time for a change.  

A quick picture of the nightstands before departing for their new home.

A quick picture of the nightstands before departing for their new home.

I'm on the hunt again and have the options narrowed down.  The walls and trim are super white, and there are dressers on the other side of the room in a salvaged wood finish, so instinct was telling me that these tables should be a solid finish- white, blue, or maybe even green to bring out the colors in the headboard fabric while not competing with the dressers.

modern bedroom bedside tables
 

A little snipet.

 

If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you already know that our lives have hugely changed for the better. I promise not to turn this blog into a mommy blog, however I do owe you some final pics of the nursery. Since we've moved all the baby necessities into our room where it is AC'ed (such a hot summer here!), these will have to wait until everything is put back together again. BUT, here is one teaser pic from  IG, pre- baby and stifling heat!

modern nursery

The space is small, so using a patterned wallpaper really punched things up. I kept all of the furniture white, and brought in color with accents such as pillows and the mobile. The rug is a great base that acts as a neutral- the color works perfectly and doesn't compete. Of course when I came across the crib with the lucite front rails, that was a must have! We are so pleased with the way it turned out and is a true reflection of our minimal and clean taste.

Sources: Rug, Pouf, Crib, Wallpaper

 

I have this thing with wallpaper.

 
Pierre Frey Cuilko

Yesterday I made a trip into town to the Boston Design Center. The showrooms are always so good about sending me anything I need for my projects, but I had to run in to grab some new things for a beach house I am working on. I stumbled upon this incredible Pierre Frey wallcovering in The Martin Group called Cuilko, and have been dreaming of a way to use it ever since. 

The sunny and warm weather today was just what I needed to entice me to get some ideas on the screen.

summer living room
 

Exploring the design industry- Boston Design Week 2016.

 
boston design week

Have you ever stopped and thought about how much design is a part of our lives? Everything we use, wear, touch, and see has been designed in some way, shape, or form. A few years ago, Boston Design Week sprung up to give local members of the Boston design industry and design enthusiasts an avenue to explore and appreciate good design through landscape, graphics, industrial, and interiors and architecture. This year, it is running March 30th through April 10th.

This is such a fun time in the city with events such as presentations from renowned architectural firms to walking tours of the arts district. Days are filled with wonderful ways to get involved. Even design schools hold events and lectures with a panel of experts to discuss relevant design issues such as sustainable design and the future of the design industry. Of course, the Boston Design Center has their own roster of events for the week. One event that I am particularly excited to attend is "The Art of the Approach" with designer Miles Redd. He is acclaimed for his perfect blend of pattern and texture for a seductive and glamorous space.

Here are some of my favorite spaces designed by Miles Redd and what I take away from each image to inspire some of my design concepts.

miles redd eat in kitchen

Design take away- don't be afraid to blend anything with a classic white kitchen. Antiques, wrought iron, you name it, is all fair game. I love the layout of this space- the kitchen is open to rest of the floor, and the utility areas are tucked behind the statement range and hood.

miles redd kitchen

Design take away- go bold or go home. If you love a color, use it in floor to ceiling cabinetry and window casings to avoid a broken up look.

miles redd living room

Design take away- select one color and use it to carry pattern through the concept.

miles redd bedroom

Design take away- pull subtle colors from a statement pattern, and an open canopy bed always looks good!