Category Archives: bedrooms

Room of the Week // Neutral with Hits of Black

We’ve bought our first home.  Cool.  Très excited.  Get ready for a a whole lot of idea-tossing over here as I search for inspiration for our new abode.

Starting with this bedroom – -


(image: via pinterest)

Love the neutral tones, white bedding, and the hit of black with an accent pillow. The over-sized map behind the headboard is an interesting approach. A sophisticated retreat. I could handle this.







Timeless Design Tips: Black Walls

Today is installment #2 of my illustration of Canadian House & Home’s “Timeless Design Tips“. If you missed the recap on using bold colour in small spaces, click HERE. This was supposed to be a weekly series starting in November.  Whoops. It is a new year and I will try to post on a more regular basis!  Here we go.

“Black will make a wall recede into the distance. For a strikingly dramatic effect, use it with white trim”, (Norma King, Norma King Design, H&H October 1989)

I am taking a little liberty with this design tip, so rather than show you an array of different rooms, I’m sticking with the bedroom because there are some FANTASTIC black bedrooms out there.

Kudos to all those brave enough to swathe your walls in black. Gutsy but it pays off. Prime example: the gorgeous, sexy, masculine room of Nicole Cohen:

Even Martha does black! (left below). And loving the simplicity of J.Crew Creative Director’s  (Jenna Lyon) former bedroom (right below)… although on my screen the walls are looking more like a dark inky blue. Just pretend it’s black, ok?

More modern bedrooms with a black accent wall:

And keep in mind, black is not just for those with modern tastes, it can go traditional too:



Black walls are striking aren’t they?  Stylish in the ’80s and still going strong…



(images: 1-nicole cohen, 2-martha stewart, 3-jenna lyons via habitually chic, 4-nest instinctual interiors, 5-pinterest, 6- canadian house & home, 7-roco rennie , 8-the old painted cottage)

my new friends Eivor and Vilmie Figour

That’s right, EIVOR and VILMIE are my new friends from IKEA.  This past weekend I dropped by my local store to pick up the EIVOR throw I’ve been meaning to buy for a while now.

I originally saw it online and while I loved the graphic black and white stripe, I was a little skeptical on the quality, given the price was only $29.99. Well, let me tell you, for 100% polyester or whatever its made of (sorry, cut the tag off before checking) it is pretty darn nice. It’s cozy, it doesn’t look like it will pill, and I love the look!

And see that black and white pillow?  Also an IKEA find. It is the VILMIE FIGUR ($13.99) and I love it!  You may have noticed the corner sticking out of one of my Christmas decor shots, as I haven’t decided where I like it best – on the sofa or on my bed. What a dilemma.

(images: 1&2-IKEA, 3-me)

tufted headboards

Let’s get all fancy-schmancy today and look at some divine tufted headboards….


Though tufted headboards are commonly considered traditional, they are becoming more mainstream and are appearing in more modern and youthful applications. Such as this eclectic bedroom:

Or this headboard from West Elm’s Allegra Hicks collection:

And finally, the most adorable tufted headboard for a shared girls room (what inspired my post today):

Can you believe this was a DIY? Read the full tutorial over at the Little Green Notebook.

Do you have a tufted headboard?  If you do, I’m jealous.

(images: 1-thefrench bedroom company, 2-decor8, 3-graham and greene, 4- roco rennie, 5-house & home, 6- my paradissi, 7- style at home, 8-west elm, 9-little green notebook)

wow, top 3!

Welcome to everyone stopping in by way of à la mode and Just a Touch of Gray!

Last month I participated in the Roomspiration Series and linked up my master bedroom and my son’s nursery. Both rooms made it to the top 3 top-visited on rooms on their respective day! How exciting and what an honour!  A big thank you to Rachel and Shelli for hosting the link parties.  If you haven’t already, hop on over to their blogs to see some of the other most popular rooms:

On a related topic, I am planning on a temporary substitution in our bedroom. Originally, as shown in my inspiration board, I planned on buying this classic Hudson Bay Co. point blanket ($275-$475):

But while I save my pennies for that purchase, I think I may pick up this new EIVOR throw from IKEA for a fraction of the cost ($29.99):

A good substitute for now don’t you think?

[room of the week] ethnic textiles

Ethnic wall hanging +pillows + throw at end of bed =

(1) perfect use of decorative textiles  (likely acquired while traveling and have been stashed in a closet because you didn’t know what to do with them once you got home)

(2)  a vibrant bedroom with a global feel

Why does this look work and not look like a dorm room?

- the textile is firmly and evenly attached to the wall….no saggy centre

- the symmetry of the side tables and the oversized lamps

- consistent colour scheme

(images: 1-elle decor)

[room of the week] modern headboard

Whoops. Just realized I’ve been neglectful of my [room of the week] posts. Fear not. I’m back with a goody from the most recent issue of Lonny Mag.  I have been an admirer of the nail-head trimmed headboard for some time (see post on the “new traditional” trend here). Usually, the nail-head trimmed headboard is a fairly traditional look but check out this modern artful twist:

Love it.

To see more photos from the sophisticated and unique home of Lauren Gold (design director for Nate Berkus Associates) and tons of other great features, hop on over to the July/August issue of Lonny.

[room of the week] soho loft

This post started out as a [room of the week] feature, but after I saw a few more photographs of this reclaimed industrial loft, I couldn’t decide which one to show you.  From the pages of Elle Decor….

Isn’t it gorgeous?!



(images: photography by William Waldron, November 2010 Elle Decor)

white & bright week- reality check

I hope I’ve dazzled you all week with beautiful images of beautiful, bright, white spaces -so gorgeous and inspiring.

White expands the space, it creates the sense of having no boundaries. White makes a strong foundation.” (Vincente Wolfe)

White provides a gallery-like backdrop for you to display your art, it highlights architectural details, it reflects light to make a small room feel larger, it can unify an eclectic mix of furniture, and it provides an uncluttered look to calm a space.

But it is time for a reality check – Is white achievable for everyone?

Sadly, the answer is….no.

You may have noticed one common theme this week – most of the spaces had huge, un-adorned windows that provide tons of natural light.  If your space is lacking ample natural light, white walls may look downright dingy.

Do you have kids? Dogs? You may want to think twice about going all-white, as things are bound to get messy pretty quick. Still, if you are willing to give this look a try, think about using white materials that are easily cleaned – white tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, semi-gloss white on the walls,  white slipcovers over furniture, and good quality white bedding that can be bleached again and again.

If you want more advice on choosing the perfect white, check out this great post over at 10 Rooms: Getting White Right.

And in case you missed any of this week’s previous White & Bright posts, here are the links: white & bright [room of the week], white & bright: bedroom, white & bright: nurseries & kids rooms, white & bright: living room.  And a few other old favs: elements for the perfect white kitchen, more white kitchen inspiration.

(images: 1-dwellings, 2-one hour, 3-rue mag, 4-pinterest)

white & bright week- nurseries & kids rooms

If you already have white walls and white furniture, don’t stress over which colour to paint the walls in your child’s room or nursery -consider keeping the room fresh and bright with white.  Neutral doesn’t mean the room will be blah.  As a matter of fact, white is a fantastic backdrop for a rainbow of colour and loads of personality.

How stimulating!


(images: 1-pinterest , 2-elizabeth sullivan design, 3-milk magazine, 4-nickey kehoe, 5-covet garden issue 1)