Since our last renovation to make rooms in our house for our toddler, I didn’t pay attention to my master bedroom. Frankly, it lack style. I use the excuse that it is too small and that we don’t spend a lot of time there. Now that my son is almost 2 years old, I would like to take the time and redecorate our master bedroom. So I started to look at new bedding.
Although the Catalina quilt at Anthropologie will not suit my needs — we have two cats who enjoy sleeping on our quilt, this classical bedroom is lovely. It makes me think that I’m staying at a nice bed and breakfast hotel in the European countryside.
Does your linen closet betray your otherwise neat-and-tidy home? It can be a challenge to keep sheet sets organized amongst duvets, towels and blankets, but leave it to Martha (who else?) to find the smartest, simplest solution.
Just place your folded sheet sets inside one of its pillowcases and stack. Voilà! A perfectly presentable linen closet you won’t mind showing off to guests. Now, how do you fold a fitted sheet again?
+ Photo: MarthaStewart.com
I update my bedroom bedding almost every year. Therefore, I do not wish to pay a fortune for my duvet cover set. One store where I often find stylish and affordable comforter and pillow shams is Maison Simons.
Maison Simons operates stores in Quebec city, Montreal and Sherbrooke. The good news is that they now have an online store with shipping across Canada. Maison Simons carries their own brand, La Lingère, and selects every season a few models from international brands.
Bamboo Rayon Bedding
A few months ago, I bought a nice green bamboo sheet set. It is made of 60% bamboo rayon and 40% cotton. The softness is absolutely divine. My husband and I even preferred it to our Egyptian cotton sheets. I wished I bought more than one set. Right now, they carry a 100% bamboo rayon sheet set in neutrals.
+ Building Block Duvet Cover Set $130 to $190 CAD at Maison Simons
+ Roxy “Pop Goes The Polkadot” Comforter Set $200 to $270 CAD
This simple yet strategic nursery addition from Aubrey and Lindsay of Little House Blog proves how a little creativity can improve a ho-hum space.
Not only does this DIY headboard help the room feel finished, it adds function too. By adding the headboard on the longer side of the mattress, it transforms a boring twin bed into stylish seating cozy enough for cuddling with baby. This project would work well in any room that does double duty, especially an office/guest room.
The best part? Aubrey and Lindsey provide clear, step-by-step instructions and materials sources so you can re-create this project on your own.
+ DIY Headboard Tutorial on Little House Blog
Chick Advisor gave us 6 steps to an Organized Closet. One suggestion is to place your hangers in backwards after every big cleanup. Flip the hanger the other way once you worn something. After a few months, you can get rid of the clothes that are still backwards since you clearly do not want to wear them. You should do that every season.
Knowing what fit you well and what is in your closet that you still like can save you money. This way, when you go shopping you can look for fashion pieces that will complement or update your style. Plus, a neatly organized closet means that you will lose less time finding an outfit every morning. For more on that topic, read the Evolution of a Fashion Recessionista, a post written by Yael Panet.
+ photo: Chick Advisor
I like to shop at Umbra’s concept store in Toronto for inspirations. Plus, Umbra enables you to bring modern design in your home at an affordable price. It is a good option for home accessories and gift ideas.
Wall art is popular. And you know how much I love word graffiti. Anyone could recycle Umbra’s front store design on the wall of a teenager bedroom or you could write Welcome in your entrance. Simply write down the word with a light pencil as a guide for tracing the word with Umbra’s polypropylene flowers.
Wallflower is a wall décor designed by Marion Lanktree for Umbra. it comes in a set of 25 polypropylene flowers that attach to the wall with a snap. The flowers on a set are distributed in 5 sizes, which create a more organic effect. Wallflower is available in white, black, pink, kiwi and chrome finish.
+ Umbra Wallflower wall decor designed by Marion Lanktree $26.50 CAD
Country Living shared easy holiday snowflake craft projects that triggered the idea to deck your guest room. I never deck a bedroom but since your guest room is the private living quarter of your guests during their stay, why not add a winter touch to their decor? The snowflake pillows are cute. Do not forget to add some shiny touches. The silver lampshade is a superb idea to achieve it.
Since your guests may be hungry when they arrive, leave on their room a coconut frosted cupcakes with its beaded snowflake topper. You simply need long and short clear beads and some wire to make your own topper.
+ photos: Country Living
If your little girl is into Barbie, know that Pottery Barn Kids is launching an exclusive collection of bedding and room decor inspired by the famous doll. When you go for an obvious theme like that, I advice you not to buy the entire collection. This way, the result will look more sophisticated and more original.
The Art of Mixing, not Matching
Select the one or two items you like the most and build around your decor around it. Say that you go for the prints, you can display a few barbies on a shelf and then, opt for a pink stripe bedding. Soft greens and yellows goes well with pink. They produced a more refined look than pink walls.
Pottery Barn Kids have many beautiful bed covers and sheets in the pink family. See how the Emily Quilted Bedding mixed floral embroideries with plaid pattern sheets.
There is also an economic reason to do so. Since kids get fairly quickly tired of a theme, you would not have to replace everything to update the look.
Barbie Dream Room In-store Parties
Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide will host Barbie Dream Room Workshops September 12-13, 2009 with craft sessions where little girls can design their own dream room.
There is also a sweepstakes with a $5,000 gift card from Pottery Barn Kids as the grand prize. Second prizes include a Barbie Three-Story Dream Townhouse and Barbie Fashionistas dolls. To enter and for official rules, visit www.potterybarnkids.com/Barbie between Aug. 27 and Sept. 24.
+ Barbie Collection at Pottery Barn Kids
+ Emily Quilted Bedding $32-$179 USD
+ Isabelle Embroidered Dot Duvet Cover $18-$149 USD
From what I have seen, the August 2009 issue of Living etc is still about how to get the best out of summer. I am looking forward to their ideas for alfresco dining and outdoor decorating. Here are a few pictures that you can see online on their outdoor space gallery.
They talk about trends for bedrooms and showers. They round up the best coffee tables and wardrobes plus bring you 25 ways to use mirrors to create illusion of space.
Living etc showcased clever space saving solutions for outdoor and indoor rooms. Students living home to go to college or university can find good design ideas for their bedroom. Fashionable rooms continue to be filled with bold colors or soothing pastels. Have you noticed how pastel hues often replace white on rustic or retro style kitchen cabinets?
+ Flip through a preview of August 2009 Living etc – see the magazine for the photographer names – rights reserved pictures
A walking closet like that is every woman dreams. It reminds me of Carrie’s super dressing room that she never used in the Sex in The City movie. It is fun to get ready for a party or in the morning in a spacious dressing room. I used to have one before I converted the space into my home office.
If you are a Greater Toronto resident, you can enter the $10,000 Dressing Room Makeover on Canadian House and Home. For the rest of us, we can take clues on how to organize our closet by exploring the different displayed elements. This is an installation made by California Closets.
+ Enter via Canadian House and House
The Spring 2009 collection arrived this week at PBteen. I was curious to see what they concocted for the girl teenagers. I cannot identify with boy teenager style so I omitted that section.
For the Bedroom
Their new line or organic bedding proves that you can be cheerful and eco-friendly. I really enjoy the look of both the Paper Collage and the Mariposa Garden Organic bedding collections.
Their pillow collections mix with several patterns. The Eco Message Pillow Covers send the right message. For their more grown up look, opt for Pom Pom pillow cover and throw.
Studying in More Colors
The Chalkboard Speaker Shelf is available in more colors. The iPod docking station comes with two integrated, chalk, eraser. The shelf is big enough to hold a few study books, comic books or manga.
Both the table model and clip model of the Hi-Light Task Lamps are not available in yellow, a hot color for 2009.
+ Paper Collage Bedding from $19 to $119 USD
+ Mariposa Garden Organic Duvet Cover & Sham from $29 to $119 USD
+ Candy Pop Finials $25
+ Turn Over a New Leaf Pillow Cover on sale at $25
+ Love Your Planet Pillow Cover $39, available Feb. 27, 2009
+ Pom Pom Organic Pillow Cover $29
+ Pom Pom Organic Throw $79
+ Hi-Light Table Lamp $79
+ Hi-Light Clip Lamp $39