Choosing Accessories for Every Style

I received complimentary products as compensation for this post (thank you Lamps Plus and Minted!). All thoughts, opinions, and stylin’ ideas are my own.

Welcome back to the final week of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge. It’s an exciting week with another round of room reveals from half participants, and more tips and tricks from those of us who revealed last week.

Today, I want to talk a little bit about choosing accessories for your home style, whatever that is. Given the choice, I think we would all live in homes with plenty of character and charm, but in real life, we are often tasked with enlivening sometimes unexciting spaces and making them feel like home and like us. Luckily, furnishings and accessories can go a long way to making that happen!

As you know, we worked with a number of generous sponsors during this challenged, and I’m very grateful to have partnered with Minted and Lamps Plus. I’m so, so pleased with what the art and lamps they provided added to my room.

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One of keys to successfully choosing accessories is to choose pieces that create a certain vibe. A unified color scheme and cohesive mix of materials is also important, of course, but that also factors into how a decor feels in a space. A mix of different styles can work well if used to create a singular vision. So let’s break a few examples down!

Country Chic

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I would not usually describe my style as “country” overall, but given the herd of cattle I put on my wall, it’s time to concede on this one. The white lamp with an organic shape jives well with the country feel, but the sleek glass base and streamlined shade keeps it modern.

Double Gourd Lamp / Land of Infinity by Debra Butler

Fun and Feminine

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This gorgeous mid-century sofa from Lamps Plus (yes, they do furniture, too!) is elegant but not too serious. Accessorized with colorful art and lamps in pastel shades, the vibe is fun, happy, and little bit girly.

Christen Bard Mid-Century SofaOvo Table Lamp / Gold Now by Nell Waters Bernegger

Cool and Contemporary

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Lots of white and cool metals always contribute to a contemporary feel. A clean-lined console and retro arc lamp work together because they both feel slightly futuristic. The art, which has the look of both a photograph and a painting, is contemporary but also brings an organic element.

Whitaker Modern Console / Basque Steel and Nickel Floor Lamp / Going for a Swim by Whitney Deal

 Bold and Glam

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Bold, saturated colors and luxurious materials (this is another Lamps Plus sofa!) like velvet and satin pump up the drama. A traditionally shaped gets an irreverent twist from a fresh color and mingles perfectly with an abstract art piece.

Namora Plush Teal Sofa / Apothecary Table Lamp / The Mountains Before Us by Mande

Fresh and Mod

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A retro shaped lamp and shades of green and blue give a mod feel. The abstract pillow continues the geometric theme and fresh color palette while keeping the decor feeling very current.

Emily Blue Ceramic Table Lamp / Waiting Pillow by Amelia Allen / Horizon Series by Jennifer Morehead

Neutral and Organic

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Colors, materials, and subject matter all give these accessories an organic feel. The ceramic lamp that mimics weaving links together the fantastic nature photograph and the pillow with a traditional Southwestern tile pattern.

Diamond White Woven Ceramic Table Lamp / Southwestern Tile pillow by Hooray Creative / Earthly Gradients by Elena Kulikova

Thanks for following along on this challenge! It’s was tons of fun. Make sure to head over and check out the rest of the participants for some fabulous reveals!

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New Year, New Room Refresh Reveal!

It’s reveal day for the New Year, New Room challenge. I have to say a special thank you to Stephanie of Casa Watkins for hosting this challenge. It’s been really fun and refreshing for both me and my room to do a smaller-scale makeover that doesn’t require blowing up the whole house. My guest room definitely looks more inviting today than it did three weeks ago when I shared a plan to bring together a serene palette of greens, blues and yellows together with art from Minted and new lamps from Lamps Plus. I think I followed through with that vision pretty well.

But first, remember the before? It was a disorganized mess that had a wild dog living in it (those who know Jellybeans can attest that this is only kind of a joke).

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And now the after!

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I picked up this “pillow to the side” technique from the One Room Challenge reveal of fellow NYNR refresher Sharon of Pretty Practical Home. It also happens to be the same pillow, but that’s a coincidence!

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The thing I enjoyed most about this room was that it felt different from what I have done in the past, mostly I think because the desk is a different style of furniture than pretty much anything else I own. I’m always looking to mix up my look, though, and I still think the outcome is still very “me.”

The biggest challenge in this room was to keep the design in balance even though I moved the bed to one side of the room to make enough space for the desk. I was a little worried that placing the largest piece of furniture and art both off-center would look strange, but using an eye-catching piece of furniture (the desk), other symmetrical elements (the lamps), and an anchoring piece (the rugs), I managed to make the visual balance work.

As for the “rug,” I actually decided to use a blanket for that function. I’ve seen blankets used for rugs before, and it’s honestly something I’ve skeptical about. But since this was kind of an irregular sized space as far as rugs go and I had this blanket on hand, I thought why not? Here’s my verdict about the rug-as-blanket approach–it can be done effectively, IF:

  • The blanket has the appropriate weight. This one is wool. Something with an open weave definitely would not work.
  • You use a rug pad. I had a small piece of rug pad that I used, and that definitely made a difference to how well it stayed put.
  • You use it in a low traffic area. This is not for your living room or any other area that is in the flow of traffic. Rug pad or no, you would be folding down the corners fifty times a day.

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That’s my reveal! Due to the crazy weather conditions over the last week for many of the blog hop participants, we are splitting our reveals between this week and next week. What this means for you is that you can get great refresh-related content AND reveals from everybody two weeks in a row. So head over to the other participants and see what goodies they have ready for you. And don’t forget to check back next week–lots more to look forward to!

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Casa Watkins | Shabby Grace Blog | Domicile 37 | Pretty Practical Home
Up to Date InteriorsA Designer At Home | Iris Nacole | Vintage Romance Style
This Is Our Bliss | Seeking Lavender Lane

And again, a huge thanks to all our sponsors, and especially to Minted and Lamps Plus for their contributions to my design!

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New Year, New Room Week 2 – Choosing Art

Minted provided the art featured in this post (thank you!). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s week 2 of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge. In case you missed the introduction, you can see week 1 here. Even though I haven’t accomplished all that much in the room since last week, I feel like my vision and plans are a lot clearer. I’m excited for everything to come together in the next week.

Today I want to talk a little bit about choosing art. Obviously there is a lot to consider when picking art for a room–for example style and scale, which could each easily take up an entire post–but for now I want to focus on choosing art as part of an overall color scheme for your space.

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Like other accessories, art can “match” the colors in a room, or it can play off them for contrast. Art that shares roughly the same color palette can make a room feel cohesive; art that brings in a contrasting color can make a room feel dynamic. You can’t go wrong with either approach because really, adding art is always a good thing.

As I mentioned last week, we are partnering with Minted for this challenge, and I am including Debra Butler’s awesome Land of Infinity photograph in my room design. It was a tough choice because Minted has an amazing selection, and after I “narrowed it down” I was still left with at least about eighteen choices. BUT, I’m so so happy with my selection. I opted for the Whitewashed French Farmhouse frame, too, and love how it complements the subject matter.

Since I’m working with this print right now, I want to use it as an example of how you can choose either matching or contrasting colors with a piece of art. I’m calling them safe and creative options, which kind of sounds like one is better than the other (because we all obviously want to be creative), but I don’t mean it that way. The safe options are simply taken directly from the colors in the photograph, whereas the creative options play off the colors using roughly analogous or complementary color schemes.Art Colors5

Top row, L-R: BM Smoke, BM Crystal Springs, BM Summer Nights, BM Treasure Trove
Bottom row, L-R: BM Seaweed, BM Raisin Torte, BM Exotic Red, BM Dusty Pink

It’s easy enough to see how the safe choices work with the photograph, but let’s talk just for a second about why you might ever consider using purple with a piece of art like this. (You may want to peep a color wheel during this chat. You can see one here). The dominant colors in the photograph are a light blue and a golden yellow. Green works with both these colors in an analogous color scheme (colors next to each other on the color wheel). Purple is an analogous color to blue and the complementary color (across on the color wheel) of yellow. Red together with yellow and blue forms a triadic color scheme (three colors equadistant from each other on the color wheetl) and pink is a take on this same scheme. Incidentally I do think the pink perhaps works the least well, though it could still be pretty in the right setting.

When thinking about an actual room design, I doubt you would want to use this photograph only with the creative color choices I picked, but I think mixing some safe options and creative options in an overall scheme with the photo would give you a result that both makes visual sense and provides a twist on the expected.

That’s what I’m trying to do in my guest room, which I’m refreshing in this challenge. I have blue on the walls and yellow on the desk, but I’m using an emerald green throw, and plan to bring in dark coral and other warmer tones through additional art and textiles.

IMG_8664Yes, I hanged my beautiful new photo on an existing picture hanger where it looks totally wrong. It will be moving before next week! Since I moved the furniture arrangement off-center to accommodate the desk, I plan to put up some other art in kind of a loose gallery to balance the look on the wall.IMG_8669The matching chair was just a little too much with the desk, so I brought this rattan chair out of the basement. I have a pair of these, and they’ve been in about every room in my house at some point. They are good everywhere!IMG_8673Some of the other art I’m planning to use. I’m thinking the different colors in these accents will bring variety and also tie a few of the elements together.

My Lamps Plus Color Plus lamps should be here today, and I’m excited to see what they bring to the space. As a reminder, I’m using the Double Gourd table lamp in West Highland White.

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Here’s a quick rundown of the plan for this room before the reveal next week:

  • Install new baseboards (Justin still plans to do this. The room needs it, but I’m fine even if it doesn’t happen this week).
  • Accessorize bed with an actual duvet, real covered pillows, etc.
  • Find additional rug/floor covering.
  • Hang art.
  • Hang curtains (I have a stash, all from Ikea, that together probably cost less than one curtain panel from somewhere else).
  • More plant power.
  • Style it up!

Now, don’t forget to hop over to visit the other great bloggers participating in this challenge. There’s a ton of variety in the spaces they are taking on, and you don’t want to miss a single one.

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Finally, thanks again to our sponsors for providing decor for this challenge!

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See you next week!

Master Makeover – ORC Reveal!

Hi everybody! It’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, and that means it’s REVEAL day. This was a project with plenty of challenges along the way, and you can catch up with every bit of it here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5. Things had only just started to come together last week, and then I got the stomach flu over the weekend and had to do a lot of work in small bursts between longer periods laying on the couch. We made it, though, and I’m thrilled to show you the results. Have a look!

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After > > >

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And since the bedroom is also prominently a room enjoyed at night, here’s a shot of the ambiance when the sun goes down.

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After spending a full five weeks doing the labor on this room, it felt pretty surprising to us how well and quickly the design came together and everything worked out at the end. Once the trim was all installed and we started bringing in the furniture, we were kind of walking around saying “wow” to everything. We’re really crazy about how it looks and feels. It’s so inviting, serene, and cozy, and we’re definitely looking forward to “moving in” (because I basically haven’t let anyone use the room yet). It’s been nice just admiring it too, though. 🙂

If you followed this room from the beginning, you know that the design plan started out with an accident–I bought the red rug thinking it was rust colored, and I kind of freaked out when it arrived because I hate decorating with red. So I formed a plan to balance the vibrant color with elements that felt more me. My exact vision was based on this photo and was pair the red with plenty of black, a contrasting color (like this gorgeous mint), and lots of natural elements. Though my original plan for this Hygge & West wallpaper fell by the wayside (that’s the sample framed on my nightstand), and we did not succeed in restoring the finish of the wood floors, I still stuck pretty much exactly with the essence of my design inspiration, and the result did not disappoint. And if you’re wondering how I feel about the red rug now–well, it’s #ruglove. I honestly barely notice that the rug is red anymore, but I think the bright color and middle eastern pattern bring the perfect unexpected element give the room a little bit of edge.

I can’t close this out without giving a tremendous shout out to my husband, Justin. He did an incredible amount of work on this room that I didn’t even cover in these posts. Tedious, hard, unglamorous work like scribing every baseboard to the lowest point on its wall so that we had even height trim and no gaps between the uneven floors. He’s the hero of this renovation, and I’m so thankful for his support whenever I say I want to do something really hard in a crazy amount of time.

Thank you all, too, for your support, interest, and feedback throughout this challenge. Your amazing optimism kept me going through the tough times. And last but not least, thank you Linda for hosting this wonderful event that brings us all together.

Now head on over to Calling it Home and check out the many other hardworking participants’ reveals. I can’t wait to go through them all over the next few weeks!

Sources: Bed | Duvet | Throw | Lumbar Pillow (similar) | String Lights | Task Lamps | Floor Lamp | Globe Wall Lamp | Curtains | Throw Pillow | Throw Pillow

Dresser set, nightstands, rattan chair, wicker stool, both decorative mirrors, poster, and trunk are all vintage. The black bench was DIYed.

Photos by Britt and Justin Kingery.

Our Little Sofa Featured in Better Homes & Gardens Online

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Okay, so if you know anything about the sofa in question, it’s that it’s not remotely little–it’s over 8 feet long. But anyway, you know what I mean. I’m super excited that our big/little sofa is part of a Better Homes and Gardens article about decorating with indigo! It’s a treat to have my work featured alongside some very talented ladies with fabulous spaces, and the article itself includes really great tips for using this bold but elegant color. Check out Crushing On: Indigo by Brittany Hayes of Addison’s Wonderland.

While you’re at it, check out some of the other bloggers featured:

And don’t forget to come back for our One Room Challenge reveal on Thursday–I’m so thrilled with how it turned out!

Master Makeover – ORC Week 5

Hi all! It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. For those of you not familiar with the ORC, it’s important to know that it’s a 6-WEEK room makeover event across the blogosphere, meaning that this is the final update before next week’s big reveals. Just typing that makes me want to ribbon dance with joy and at the same time retreat into a closet somewhere with a large chocolate cake. We’ve run into a lot of roadblocks with this one, but after last week’s floor debacle (you may also want to catch up on Week 1 | Week 2 | or Week 3), I think we’re finally over the hump. It’s kind of like the moment on a long road trip when your destination finally starts appearing on mileage signs. The end may not be near, exactly, but at least you have some confirmation that it’s actually out there.

This week I’m happy to say that we have floors! We also have painted walls, an assembled and painted bed (after the floors ended up black, I decided to make the bed white instead), and about half our trim and baseboards installed.

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Pardon the construction zone. There is obviously still lots of work being done, and this picture was taken last night with lighting that was less than glamorous, to say the least, but at least you can see that progress is happening! Our furniture is ready to go back into the room once the baseboards are complete, and most of our accessories, bedding, art, etc has been purchased. It’s kind of tough to have the stuff and not be able to move it in because of the mess we’re still making, but it will be really exciting to see the room come together quickly at the end (hopefully over the weekend).

The manual labor part of this job has lasted so long, I feel like I maybe haven’t done the best job giving you guys a sense of the pretty stuff that’s going into this room, but I promise, it’s going to be good.

Here’s a look at some of the accessories going into the room:

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I’m also going to make a bench similar to this one I made for our downstairs bedroom:

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And I have plans for this trunk I shared on Instagram a while back:

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I hope you’ll come back and check out the reveal next week. It really is going to be a dramatic difference from this room six weeks ago.

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Now head on over to Calling it Home and check in with the other linking participants! See you next week!

 

Master Makeover – ORC Week 2

It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, and if you missed last week’s introduction to our master bedroom, go back and check it out here, because you’ll see none of that blue and carpeted bedroom in today’s post. You will, however, see the official mood board, so stick it out through the reno picks for some pretty at the bottom!

We spent the week ceiling scraping, carpet ripping, and just generally destroying our home in the best way. You may recall from last week that we were eager/anxious to see what lay beneath the carpet, and I’m happy to report that the prognosis for the original wood flooring is mostly good. There is a small bit of complicating news, which I’ll get to in a minute, but first let me walk you through the progress.

Step 1 involved scraping the ceiling while the carpet was still in place. I wondered whether scraping would be as easy as it looks in videos, but I found that it truly isn’t that difficult. The key to scraping is to get the popcorn exactly the right amount of wet. Too wet and you can gouge the drywall, not wet enough and you won’t get the surface smooth. This was our first time with this process, so it took some trial and error to figure out what wet enough was, but we got the hang of it,the work went pretty quickly, and the look of the smooth ceilings was good motivation.

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It was nearly heavenly, in fact.

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Step 2 was tearing up the carpet and padding to reveal the hardwoods! Here’s a shot of the cleared room.

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The floors are dirty for sure with plenty of paint and drywall dust, and it’s also easy to see where the walls were pushed back at some point. The lines where there is no stain on the floor show the original dimensions, and the doorway was very close to where I took this picture–the original room was tiny! On the whole, though, the floors are in really, really good shape for refinishing. The only small problem is that someone “forgot” to extend the wood flooring into the closets. Instead, they screwed down plywood and other random types of boards. We consulted a flooring guy who said we can use new red oak flooring to pretty well match our old Douglass fir boards, but the guy himself declined to take on the potentially tedious patch job. Never fear, though, my intrepid husband immediately said he’d try his hand at it and has already started laying boards. So far it’s going well, so check back next week to see where the saga takes us next.

I showed my original inspiration photo last week, and here’s how I’m interpreting it for our room.

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I’m trying to keep these posts snappy, since I know there’s a lot of One Room Challenge goodness to enjoy and only so many hours in everyone’s week, so next week I’ll go more in-depth on the design plan and sources for the items pictured (if you can’t wait until next week, though, just leave me a comment!).

Now get on over to Calling It Home and check out the other participants’ progress!