I have really come to love and appreciate Sunday mornings. In fact, they are my favorite time of the week. Sunday mornings are a time to relax, take your time enjoying a cup of coffee, have brunch with friends, go for a morning walk and basically just relax. I live alone and waking up on a Sunday morning, especially when the sheets have been freshly washed, with the sun peeking into my bedroom has really got to be one of the best moments. Everything is calm, quiet and light and the best part is that it is all mine. I allow myself not to feel pressured by the to do lists and all the random to dos that pop into my head, a difficult task. I try not to mindlessly jump out of bed to begin my tasks. I try not to schedule myself to be anywhere. So for a few moments, every Sunday morning I get to really absorb my environment, the sounds, the colors, the textures and truly take pleasure in my calm, little haven. This Sunday morning I’d like to share a little bit of my Sunday morning coziness with you. Happy Sunday!!!
Love the light coming into the room as well as the textures…brings me calm
After living in Morocco for a year, I fell in love with the simplicity of some of the seating in living rooms. Don’t get me wrong, Morocco is not really known for it’s simplicity in design. I have seen a lot of heavy upholstery fabrics in living rooms where colors and patterns are mixed in some very colorful combinations. There can certainly be a lot of design overwhelm–color, texture, patterns–but when you take a deeper look at things you can also find a lot of simple elements to create a truly beautiful and livable room.
One of the simple elements I came across often was the use of floor cushions. Traditional sofas are around but low seating and floor cushions are also a big thing. In a previous life, I was a big fan of low seating. I loved having floor cushions gathered around a low coffee table and using it as a more casual dining area. Now that I’m back in a place of my own, I’d like to get back to some of the low seating dinners. A few weeks ago, my crafty mother did me a huge favor and made me a pair of floor cushions. From my extensive fabric collection, I chose an embroidery with a medallion type design. This navy embroidery motif is set against a natural cotton twill fabric. Using a cotton twill fabric makes it sturdier for use on the floor. To back the floor cushions, I dug up a beautiful indigo throw that I had from many years ago. The throw had a big chunk cut out of a corner so I couldn’t really use it as a throw but I didn’t want to throw it away since it was a really beautiful fabric and color. It has somewhat of a worn in look with a soft hand. Again, it’s tough enough to end up on the floor without getting ruined. We added a few ties to keep it all together though after we finished decided we could probably add a few more ties.
I have pulled a few of my favorite floor cushion and low seating inspirations to share with you. Though I still have a ways to go, two floor cushions doesn’t really make a party, I think we’re off to a good start.
Here’s a nice black and white example where the floor cushions have just been stacked…a nice back up when you’ve run out of seating. (heltenkelthosmig.blogspot.de via Pinterest)
Another lovely example of floor cushions worked into a living room. (theyallhateus.com via Pinterest)
Here they have mixed sizes. (decor8blog.com via Pinterest)
This is a nice example of a whole seating area using just floor cushions and decorative pillows. (lolalina.com via Pinterest)
A great example of low seating in a Moroccan home. (fuckmazing.tumblr.com via Pinterest)
Ok, I know this is on a beach, but how great is that? (browndresswithwhitedots.tumblr.com via Pinterest)
A few months ago I flew out to LA to do a little housekeeping. I may have mentioned that I lived there for a very brief moment and when I left, I left a lot of my belongings in a storage space. After four years I barely remembered what was left behind but what I found was a pleasant surprise. Having worked in the home textiles industry for a long time, I had acquired a lot of fabric. Some were just little bits or cuttings and others were larger pieces I had been holding onto for the next grand project. As I sorted through the boxes, I sifted through some beauties I had worked on. One of them was a fairly large piece of linen with mid scale lace medallions embroidered on it. The embroidery was a tonal ivory color on a matching linen ground. All I have to say is, “Gorgeous”! And so glad I went back for it.
The fabric was inspired by a lace trend going on in fashion at the time. I used the fabric to make a curtain for my kitchen window. It was the perfect fit as there was not enough fabric for more than one window and it was the perfect complement to my very simple kitchen. It also does a nice job of maintaining privacy while letting in sunlight.
Take a look at how well lace looks in the home.
Close up of the embroidered lace motif on natural linen fabric
In my last post I showed you my white, rectangular dining table, two white chairs and newly painted navy bench. It’s a pretty long table so even though I now have all those seats, I still can use more. A newly married friend and her husband are in the process of revamping their apartment. Since their styles are completely opposite, modern vs antique, I end up getting first dibs on many of the pieces they are getting rid of. This time I got another chair. A black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.
I love the chair but the color isn’t quite right. The black feels too heavy and just doesn’t work with the navy, blush and gold color palette I’m going for. The plan is to strip the chair, I know, a big and not so fun job, and paint it navy just like the bench. I was already able to recruit my mom to make a new cushion. We used a pretty lace-like diamond pattern fabric in a very pale blush and matching pink velvet ribbon to make the ties. This is what it looks like at the moment but will keep you posted once the paint project is complete.
This is my new chair…..black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.
Here is the chair with its new cushion. We may need to tuft it in a few spots…looking a little puffy as is but loving the blush lace-like fabric.
Even though I have now lived in my apartment for a little over a year, furniture is still limited. In fact, all I have really acquired since last December has been 3 chairs. Though this doesn’t quite make me ready for full on dinner parties, it does mean I have been able to host a few small get togethers and that means I am definitely closer to having the dinner parties of my dreams.
Take a look at some of my favorite table and chair set ups and check out what I have so far….what do you think?
Cobalt on cobalt….what a bold look and in one of my favorite color (via Pinterest christinaebbers.files.wordpress.com)
I love the playfulness of the turquoise table paired up with natural wooden chairs (bourbondaisy.tumblr.com via Pinterest)
Fun combination of colors, textures, wood and fabrics (via Pinterest)
Here is my white table, bench and two white chairs. The table serves as my work station by day and dinner table by night. The bench was originally a pale wood but since I wanted to incorporate a bit more color into the apartment, I painted it navy. I still have room for two more chairs…thoughts/suggestions?
Here is a peek at the bench as it was transforming into a navy beauty.
I have never been a huge fan of this holiday since I have probably spent most of my Valentine’s Days as a single girl (it’s actually ok, I’m not bitter about it), but I must admit there is something I am drawn to…especially this year. Perhaps it’s all the crafty gift and decorating ideas. Maybe it’s all the heart shaped things everywhere. Maybe it’s just the sentiment behind the holiday. Perhaps, but when I really think about it, I think it’s all about the colors for me. I love seeing so much pink everywhere!
For my part, here is how I’m adding a bit of pink to the world or at least to my apartment. Carnations. I’m bringing carnations into my home. Carnations have always reminded me of growing up. My mother used to decorate our home with them. I think at the time I thought they were pretty enough but as I got older I associated carnations as being inexpensive and boring flowers you could find at a corner bodega. Well, you can find them at corner bodegas and they are still the least expensive flowers of the bunch. But, after seeing my sister create a very pretty and simple floral display using carnations, I quickly ran to the nearest bodega to pick some up. Here are some of my lovely creations….enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!
A small grouping of carnations sitting on my kitchen window sill. I have displayed them in various glass jars and trimmed the carnations to create a low cropped look….I think skipping the baby’s breath makes a huge difference in creating a cleaner and more sophisticated look.
Here is another carnation trio, I’ve even mixed up the colors a bit. Grouping them in this way adds a nice little pop of color to the room.
One of my big projects when I moved into my apartment was to make myself a bed. When I moved in, I spent the first two nights sleeping in a sleeping bag. Not comfortable. As you can imagine, my first purchase was a mattress. Since I had no boxspring (and didn’t really want one) and didn’t have a headboard (and didn’t really want one), I needed to figure out a way to get the look I wanted without all that stuff. My new mattress was great, but having it sit on the floor was not so great. I have always loved the idea of a bed that was set low I don’t like the heaviness of many woods and I don’t like the coldness of metal either. I didn’t want anything that felt or looked too heavy. What I wanted was something clean and simple.
When I began my research, I kept seeing beds and other pieces of furniture made from shipping pallets. I loved the ideas and decided that was what I wanted. But first I needed some pallets. Luckily, my good friend Markus Winter an antiques dealer and owner of Lampedo, was able to hand deliver four very beautiful pallets to my apartment so that my DIY project could begin.
Below are some of the inspiration images I came across as well as a peek at how I made my bed. What do you think?
Cool idea….pallet bed on wheels….catch a cool breeze on a spring day (Photo found on Pinterest blog.piajanebijkerk.com)
Love how the pallet bed just blends into everything else in the room….look so cozy! (Photo found on Pinterest blog.esther.com.au)
And this is the one that won me over….love it!!! (Photo found on Pinterest musesofdesign.tumblr.com)
It’s February in NYC. The last few weeks have brought us quite a few chilly days. It has been so cold that I have actually started wondering why I still live in New York. Most days I try not to leave my apartment unless I really, really have to….good thing I like my apartment so much. Today I woke up to snow falling. I must say it was quite lovely. What made it even more lovely was that after spending all day yesterday without any heat, this morning the heat was finally turned on. My bedroom felt so cozy and warm. I have always loved the old details in my apartment–the molding, the hardwood floors throughout, the curved bathtub but none so much as my heater this morning.
When I first laid eyes on my apartment, the first thing I noticed was that everything was white. Everything felt so fresh and so clean. Oh, the possibilities….my mind couldn’t stop thinking of all the possibilities. Since I didn’t have a lot of stuff and had no intention of filling my space with a lot of stuff, I wanted to fill my space with color and white was the perfect background to do just that. But, four months into living in my great white space and I quickly learned that painting was forbidden…I’m pretty sure that was the word the building owner used when I subtly suggested adding a bit of color.
Needless to say, I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I love white but I also really love pale pink or just about any shade of pink for that matter. I’ve also been obsessed with navy for a while now…have you ever looked up at the sky at dusk and seen that shade of blue? You must know the one I’m talking about. It’s not your darkest navy and not quite cobalt….it’s somewhere in between and in my opinion, it has got to be one of the most incredible colors I’ve ever seen and I wanted to bring it home with me. So this is where I was going with my color inspiration–pale pink and maybe a sprinkling of hot pink, my favorite navy with touches of gold and silver and of course, white.
Here are some of my color inspirations….
I actually have a similar bedspread…washed pink velvet on one side, stonewashed cotton on the other….an ABC Carpet & Home warehouse sale find. (image from lola-and-daisy.tumblr.com)
Hmmm, this could very easily be my next decorating project…(image from myidealhome.tumblr.com)
Dusk….this is what I’ve been dreaming of! (image from urbanbarbies.tumblr.com)
A golden pouf like this one is waiting for me in Morocco (image from houzz.com)
So how am I supposed to tell this beautiful story when painting is forbidden? Accessorize. That’s right. My colors would just have to come in through the use of accessories. Slowly but surely, this is what I have been doing. My bench got a navy paint job, though it could use another coat of paint. My kitchen glasses, cooking utensils, kitchen towels are all pale pink….and there really is a golden pouf with my name all over it just waiting for me in Morocco…stay tuned for more pics of what’s about to happen…
After three years of wanderlusting and roaming, living in small villages, apartments that were too big, too cold and might I add, badly decorated, sleeping on friends sofas, pull out beds and air mattresses, I finally have a home of my own…again. And it’s just right.
From the moment I saw it I knew I had to make it mine. It was everything I had been dreaming of–sunny, white, spacious, molding, hardwood floors and what would be and now is my bedroom was a corner room, so three windows…how lovely! December 1st I moved in. My landlord was concerned about me moving in with all my stuff and scratching up her walls, but what she didn’t realized that all my stuff was really just a couple of suitcases and a few boxes mainly filled with papers. Absolutely no furniture.
Ok, so my apartment is a little empty but it’s almost perfect or at least it will be once all my decorating dream boards become a reality. You see, three years ago I made a cross country move that turned into an overseas move and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t possibly take everything with me. A difficult decision it was but it had to be made. So, my cool flea market coffee table find and sofa went to my sister and brother in law (eventually they ended up getting rid of the table). My beautifully curved, velvet upholstered chair went to my other sister (would it be terribly rude to ask to get it back?) and she also got my antique dresser. Most everything else got sold or sadly, tossed.
And so I now find myself incredibly happy to have my own place again but I also find myself starting from scratch. Here begins my new decorating journey and who better to begin this journey with than with my former roommate and current design and decorating sidekick. Let the decorating begin…one little detail at a time.