Thursday, December 22, 2011

New and Improved

Meet my new and improved benches . . .
Don't they look great? I just love this fabric. Couldn't be happier with them.
Here's a reminder of what they looked like before . . .
Now that I've got the new benches at the end of the bed (I didn't take an overall photo with the new ones in place because honestly I had wrapping paper and crap all over my room), I'm looking for some new bedding possibly with some black in it. I'm usually a white bedding kind of girl, and while I still am, I thought I would investigate some other possibilities. So, below are are some inspirations for my room and possible bedding options.

First up, Mary McDonald. Now, I know this is not a bedroom nor does it bear much resemblance to my room at the moment but bear with me . . . 

These are the colors I either have in my room or want in my room. I just love her use of contrasts. So dramatic. Tone it down several notches, and that's what I'm going for. Mary has a dark taupey-gray on the walls as do I (although mine is lighter) with accents of white, black and yellow - also what I'm going for. I would love a bigger version of the small yellow bolsters she has on the black leather chairs across my bed. Add some Greek Key tape and voila.

Some other ideas . . .

I love this dark screen and the coziness of the rug and fur throw combo. I already have a small rug by my bed. And while I already have a headboard and thus don't need a screen, I ran across these Asian panels in my friend Jennifer's shop "tag."
There are four of them, so I could put two on either side of my bed behind my bedside tables/lamps. And look at the colors - black and gold with hints of yellow. Is it meant to be?

Or I could just put this wallpaper on the wall behind my bed. What a statement that would make.

Not sure my husband would be on board for that, but a girl can dream. Speaking of dreaming here are some more dreamy bedrooms . . .

More fur and black with orange instead of yellow, but you get the idea.


Obviously, totally different than my room but I was mainly interested in the bedding on this one. Although, you know I'd kill for floors like that. But I need to focus on what I've got.


Like the graphic black and white bedding.

And now some bedding options. While, of course, I would love to go the Leontine Linens/D. Porthault route with my bedding, I unfortunately don't have that kind of budget. So I perused some more pocketbook-friendly sites like West Elm and PB Teen (yes, I know I'm not a teen). Here's what I found . . .
Source: pbteen.com via Kathy on Pinterest

Try to imagine this without big floral sheets. I think it would be nice folded at the end of the bed with a white coverlet/blanket on the bed and crisp white sheets. Maybe white Euro or king pillows with a black monogram and that yellow bolster pillow in front. Are you feeling me?

Source: westelm.com via Kathy on Pinterest

I really like this subtle striped edge duvet from West Elm (sans the big letter in the middle). This might look nice with one of the fur throws across the bottom. Some other options from West Elm . . .
Source: westelm.com via Kathy on Pinterest

This paisley bedding, although it might be a little too bohemian? Or the basic white pintuck duvet, also from West Elm.
Source: westelm.com via Kathy on Pinterest

This might be, dare I say, too romantic?

And just to leave you with another fabric to confuse you, I found this GP & J Baker velvet fretwork fabric on eBay and just loved it . . .
Isn't it pretty for a pillow or something?? Oh, and I need curtains, but I thought I would tackle the bedding first.
Whew, that was a long post. Sorry to be so long-winded. Any favorites in the bunch?

17 comments:

mb said...

Well you must be pleased as punch to have your new upholstered benches in place. They look great.
I cannot wait to see what you do with the rest of your space. Great ideas.

mb from big d.

mb said...

Oh, and yes on the four panels. Go girl go. Buy them before you find out someone else took them home.

Then, maybe paint the head board wall in a downspout gray/black?

mb again.

Full House said...

heres rug for you:

http://www.overstock.com/Worldstock-Fair-Trade/Peruvian-Inka-Area-Rug-5-x-7-Peru/6143943/product.html

those stools are fantastic

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

YES TO THE ASIAN SCREENS! yes yes ys.

Merry Xmas, Kathy :)

bluehydrangea said...

Christmas came early to your house! Love the benches and those screens are so you!!

-Katie Waddell said...

Love the benches! That wallpaper is fantastic in person too! Can't wait to see the finished product!!

CRICKET said...

Lovin' your new stools. I do like the paisley vedding. A while back you blogged about a Nashville small shop that is only open twice a month..i think and something like fridays and saturday from 12-2. Anyway, do you remember what I am talking about? I would love the name> Merry Christmas!

heather (love your space) said...

Love the exploration phase when one or two changes are in place and you're thinking about all the possible directions. Love the stools, can't wait to see the rest!

Heather

Melissa Crochet said...

I think the panels are a fantastic start. Love the direction you are going and that fabric from ebay is amazing...stay on that black, gold, white road with lots of layers.

Interior Design Musings said...

OK, love the new stools - they rock. Also, that last fabric is to die for! The texture is what makes it for me. Lastly, I hope you have a wonderful holiday - I just love reading your thoughts and posts and I'm looking forward to what you do next year! M.

Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy said...

Yes I really love your direction. Sounds like you know what you're going for. I have the hardest time finding bedding I like. Usually the scale or pattern is n ever right. Plus I have pets which makes it difficult. Hope you find something good!

Ashley said...

Wow, Christmas has come early with those lovely stools. So many good ideas, I don't know which inspiration room I prefer!

Have a fantastic Christmas, Kathy!

MFAMB said...

they look fantastic. and that last fabric?? D U M B.

SHERRY HART said...

LOVE the stools...and I can feel your angst over what to do next.....I've been there :) In fact I stay there....

Kendall said...

Those benches are awesome. I'm very impressed with your bedroom as a whole!

Kim said...

Your new stools rock! I am a white bedding girl too but I think with all those neutrals in there you can pump it up. I LOVE the wallpaper. I can just see those yellow lamps pop off that paper. Good luck with your decisions. I take years. Literally. To make my design decisions.

minerva @ deer valley homes for sale said...

The blue and yellow combination for a room looks fabulous! :)