Wallcoverings

Girl Power

We were approached by a fun client this summer to transform the shared bedroom of her two, twin girls -- a big girl, room update (if you will) -- before they started kindergarten. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity. We love a kid's project! 

  Check out the girls' room before. Purple paint, heavy window coverings made for a dark, drab space. First step was to brighten this up and bring in the natural light! 

Check out the girls' room before. Purple paint, heavy window coverings made for a dark, drab space. First step was to brighten this up and bring in the natural light! 

After getting input from the girls' (natch), we knew they wanted the room to be colorful, but not overpowering; warm and cozy, but still energetic and playful. Above all, we wanted to be make sure the room reflected the twins’ bubbly personalities.

Our design process started with what to do for a wall treatment. The slanted wall seemed the perfect opportunity to wallpaper, so we ended up with Romo’s Garland Wallpaper in Cherry that kept it girly, but in a fresh, modern way and it provided a great backdrop for the addition of some fun, bunk beds. To create a unique touch and infuse the room with a little more playful energy, we had the trim and closet doors painted in Sherman Williams Aquarium. The ceiling was painted in a lighter color to move the eye upward, toward our new, vertical furniture pieces that we added to the room -- the bunk beds and canopy for the reading nook. 

  Left: Sherwin Williams Aquarium and Right: Romo's Cherry Garland Wallcovering. 

Left: Sherwin Williams Aquarium and Right: Romo's Cherry Garland Wallcovering. 

Of course, every kindergartner has to have a spot for their studies! The homework area features an adjustable desk by Land of Nod and pink curvilinear chairs by Vitra. The gallery wall above the desk was done economical with interesting frames and sculptural pieces from Joann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby.

  Left: Land of Nod desk and Right: kid's chairs by Vitra. 

Left: Land of Nod desk and Right: kid's chairs by Vitra. 

We created a cozy, reading nook with a daybed mattress from Urban Outfitters and a soft canopy by Blue House Joys. The window treatment behind the reading nook was softened with a textural roman shade in Duralee fabric and accented with pom pom trim by Samuel + Sons. The adorable mod little X Marks the Spot book caddy is from Land of Nod.

  Left: Duralee fabric and Right: Samuel and Son's pom fringe. 

Left: Duralee fabric and Right: Samuel and Son's pom fringe. 

The corner storage bench from Ikea makes end of the day cleanup a snap and also adds a pop of soft pink to an otherwise forgotten corner.

  And after! All the gorgeous details coming together! We LOVE how this color combo turned out. 

And after! All the gorgeous details coming together! We LOVE how this color combo turned out. 

We were flattered to be asked to give this space a fresh and grown up look and we were thrilled with the outcome. Not to mention, some super happy mini clients, too! Score!

xTL 

Hidden Gems

The biggest secret to a layered and well-curated space is to accessorize. We LOVE buying our client's art & home decor from specialty shops that we've discovered through Instagram, Pinterest and of course word of mouth. Some of our most amazing finds are from artisans who work in both small and thriving and sometimes solely web-based businesses. Our little hidden gems if you will. Here are our top ten favorite pieces from our favorite artisans that you are sure to leave the blog obsessed with. Guaranteed.

From left to right: Is NG Collective Studio on your radar? They should be. Sisters, artists, best friends and creators of some pretty intense abstract, bold works. We love this Ink Nude piece. Snatch it up before we do // Two words: Cody Hoyt. Stoneware stud. His geometric ceramics will blow your mind. We need this pentagon guy on a bookshelf somewhere. Stat. // Handwoven wall tapestries are back people! In a BIG way. And we are huge fans. One of our favorite purveyors: Jujujust. We swoon over almost everything they produce, but we have our eyes on this blue ombre fella currently. 

Top: If you know our firm, you know we OBSESS over Apparatus Studio. Their censer which is just an amazingly designed incense holder is one way to break into their collection of their genius artistry. Start your collection of their objects now. 

From left to right: We are digging mudcloth lately and Loom Goods has a fab selection of toss pillows // Amber Interiors, one of our fav interior designer crushes, has an insane shoppe that feature amazing pieces like these Matte Black Coffee Spoons // Oh, and Heather Levine needs to be in your mental rolodex. This GORG wall hanging looks like jewelry for your wall. She does insane pottery, too. 

From left to right: We have adored out loud our love for Lindie + Co. and their customizable magnetboards. We try to squeeze them into all of our mini client projects because they are just so fun // Just stumbled on the NYC shop Indego Africa last week and we've already added half of their hand-made items to our wish list. We love the woven sweetgrass baskets that come in an assortment of cheerful colors. Best part? The business supports women artisans in Rwanda. // Last but not least, sweet Elizabeth Pawle and her weavings and works on paper. So amazing there is already a waitlist for her creations. We are waiting with bated breath for ours. 

Enjoy perusing all of these fun workshops!
xTaya