Lights!

Having gone to fashion school and working in the textile/home furnishings industry for many years, I have been very lucky to become friends with other design lovers.  Some of them are even quite crafty so when my friend Markus offered to make me a lamp for my bedroom, you better believe I didn’t say no.  The lighting in my room was not the most flattering.  My light source came from a ceiling fan.  Yeah, not so great.  I shared my dilemma with Markus and that’s when he proposed his design.  He had an idea in mind for a small hanging lamp that would incorporate brass and a colored cord.  We thought the placement could be on either side of my bed or maybe even centered on the wall behind my bed.  Either way, it could be a nice reading lamp that would create a much nicer environment than the ceiling fan did.

Take a look at the lamp…and I think he may be taking orders….

Simplicity at its best

Simplicity at its best

Would it be too much to ask for another one for the other side?

Would it be too much to ask for another one for the other side?

Finished Pallet Bed 4

View from above

View from above

 

 

 

 

Have a Seat….

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)

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)

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)

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 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.

Here is a peek at the bench as it was transforming into a navy beauty.

Acrylic anyone?

Before I moved into my apartment, I inherited an acrylic occasional table that had been used as a display table at a boutique/spa where my sister had been working.  By inheriting, I mean that the boutique it had been living in was closing and the table was going to be dumped if no one took it.  The table was way too beautiful to just be thrown away and though I had no apartment at the time and no idea what I was going to do with the table, I knew it was too good to pass up.

Basically I had one day to decide I wanted the table and even less time to figure out how I was going to get the massive table home. Though the table was not what you might consider big, it weighed a ton! I was able to convince and hire the two movers to bring it to my sisters apartment where I was living at the time…a four floor walk up. What an experience that was….I honestly did not think the table was going to make it. But after much huffing and puffing and other unmentionables, it did. The table stayed under plastic wraps for over a year until I could give it a proper home.

Lucky for me I have good friends who seem to be just as crazy as I am when it comes to design and projects.  These friends always seem to help me out when I most need them.  Once again my friend Markus Winter, owner of Lampedo, came to save the day. Markus and I got to work and somehow managed to bring my super heavy occasional table down four flights of stairs and up to its new home in my second floor apartment. Here are some pics of how we did it and what I did with it…I think I made the right decision, don’t you?

We made it to my building....

We made it to my building….

The table...ready for the last leg of the adventure

The table…ready for the last leg of the adventure

Yikes!

Yikes!

Let's try it here...

Let’s try it here…

Hmmm?

Hmmm?

Let's try this wall instead

Let’s try this wall instead

I think this table just found a new home

I think this table just found a new home

Take it off!

Take it off!

How do I look?

How do I look?

How To Make A Bed

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)

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)

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)

And this is the one that won me over….love it!!! (Photo found on Pinterest musesofdesign.tumblr.com)

First step....getting 4 pallets into my apartment

First step….getting 4 pallets into my apartment

Next, a paint job

Next, a paint job

Here's a sneak peek...

Here’s a sneak peek…

Here is the finished product...not bad

Here is the finished product…not bad

Here is another angle of the bed

Here is another angle of the bed

And that's all....what do you think?

And that’s all….what do you think?

Color Inspiration

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….

Pink Bedspread (image from lola-and-daisy.tumblr.com)

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)

Low Pink Bookcase (image from myidealhome.tumblr.com)

Hmmm, this could very easily be my next decorating project…(image from myidealhome.tumblr.com)

Dusk Blue Wall (image from urbanbarbies.tumblr.com)

Dusk….this is what I’ve been dreaming of! (image from urbanbarbies.tumblr.com)

The Golden Pouf (image from houzz.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…