Friday, June 17, 2016

My Ultimate Woman Cave

Hello there!  I hope you all have been doing well since last we met.  Today I want to share with you my interpretation of what my "Ultimate Woman Cave" would look like.  The lovely people over at Chairish asked me to participate in another challenge where select interior design bloggers were asked to design their ultimate woman cave using vintage barstools that are featured on their site.  I chose a pretty silver bamboo inspired pair to create a room around.  I love mixing metals and finishes in a space while striking just the right balance between them.  I hope you enjoy the design as much as I did creating it.

I had my inspiration for my ultimate woman cave; the barstools.  So, all I needed to do now was pull together a color palette that I would love to use to complement them.  For me, that was easy...gray, blue, and white with gold accents sprinkled throughout.  I knew I wanted beautiful lighting fixtures and a striking wallpaper to add the right amount of femininity.  Thinking of textures to use, I decided on a soft velvet sofa, silk draperies, and a shaggy plush rug underfoot.  From that point on it was just a matter of selecting all of the other elements that would support the design and complete the room.

I decided to use the barstools off to the side; still very much a part of the room, but allowing for a more separate moment if desired.  I did struggle with including a bar of some sort or pedestal table.  I don't think I would want a bar in my woman cave, so I resigned myself to create a timber pedestal that would be large enough to hold a tray containing drinking glasses and appetizer plates.  I like the idea of using a solid wood pedestal as opposed to glass, acrylic, or the like, because I felt that with the existing elements of the area there needed to be something with more substance to ground it and give it some visual weight.

I really love how I incorporated the barstools into my woman cave design and although I adore the entire room; I would have to say, the area with the barstools are my favorite.  It brings in a feature that you know you will find in a man cave and a family game room, but with the feminine sophistication of a woman.  I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions on what your ultimate woman cave would feature and possibly what I should include in mine. 

Make it AMAZING!

Monday, June 6, 2016

It's Best Described as Ramblings

I was just thinking, the older I get the more I value those small intangibles.  You know, those quiet moments where all you have are you and your thoughts.  I don't think we spend enough time thinking.  In fact, we spend too much time doing...we have become so task driven.  That's odd to hear myself thinking that since I am very much a "list" person.  But doesn't it just feel so good to cross even the smallest thing off of your list!  Ahhh, accomplishment...feels good.  I just recently realized, though I'm not certain why it's taken me this long to figure it out; I am an achievement driven person.  Money doesn't drive me; sometimes I wish it did, but it doesn't.  I like the feeling that I get when I achieve a goal; when I acquire a desire.  The funny thing about acquisition...I don't revel in the glory of it long enough before I'm on to the next.  So, did I really want it or am I just not taking time "to smell the roses"?  

Did you notice that?  How I went from talking about small intangibles to not thinking enough to doing too much to...okay, reeling it in.  I have fallen in love with simplicity.  I don't need a lot.  I prefer quality over quantity.  I want to be surrounded by things that make me happy; make me smile.  I seek pura vida.

This reading nook suits me just fine.  I'm curled up, comfy, and happy.  Whether I'm reading, writing, sketching, and here as of late, coloring...I'm in my place.

I've always thought if you have beautiful moldings, trim, and architectural details, whatever else you decide to put in the room is only elevated by what preceded it.

Natural lighting washing across just about any room makes it beautiful.  I'm captured by the simplicity of this living room with it's soft colors and upholstery.  There is always room for green plants of any variety, and the gold base of the table just seems to settle the space so it doesn't float away like ice cream dreams.

Natural wood finished floors, table, and cabinet are very well supported by the linen dining chair slipcovers and the natural tailored draperies.  To add that sparkle of sophistication and elegance the crystal chandelier does not disappoint.

Layers are a must, especially in monochromatic environments.  It is crucial to have different textures, finishes in degrees of the same shade, and a little shine.  Of course, the trim, paneled doors, and the comely pair of candlestick lamps ensure the rooms classic ambience.

It is so refreshing to experience rooms where the homeowner got the mix of furnishings just right.  I think this happens when they only use what they love and they have a common theme or element.  There is nothing contrived or predictable about this living room.  It's just simply lovely.

Make it AMAZING!

*Quote via my Pinterest board Words of Inspiration and Humor

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Best Way to Spend the Day

Right now I'm enjoying a beautiful sky and a gorgeous view.  It's a warm, partly cloudy day with a nice breeze.  I'm an outdoorsy kind of girl.  I love being outside.  I love the way the sun feels on my face and how the breeze feels on my skin.  Perfection!

Make it AMAZING!

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