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Upholstered Dreaming

How many of you are getting excited for the holidays?  Personally, I’m getting really excited for Thanksgiving, because with Thanksgiving comes…BLACK FRIDAY.  And Black Friday is basically my favorite day of the year.  I may be exaggerating slightly, but I really do love it.  Especially when you have things you want to buy. 

This year, I’m hoping to buy a lot of our furniture on Black Friday, so I’ve been planning out what I want to buy and focusing on our bedroom.  Normally, when it comes to beds, Noel only likes modern wood platform beds, especially if they sit low to the ground.  However, when we were on the parade of homes earlier this year, something magical happened: Noel saw an upholstered bed that he really liked.  *Cue angels singing*  Now my style and Noel’s style overlap a LOT.  But there are definitely some things that each of us like that the other doesn’t.  And up until that moment, upholstered beds fell in the category of “Kirsten likes, Noel doesn’t.”

So what’s the issue here?  Why don’t we just buy something like our last bed again?  Well you see, we have wood floors in every room in our house.  And we have tons of (gorgeous) dark trim.  And dark wooden doors.  Basically, I feel like our entire house is wood.  Which I love, don’t get me wrong.  But, with all this wood, I was hoping to warm things up a bit by bringing in softer materials wherever possible, with one of the main pieces being an upholstered bed.  So before Noel had his, “I actually like upholstered beds” epiphany, I was trying to figure out how on earth I’d get him to go for that idea.  Luckily, once he realized he liked them, and I told him my reasoning for wanting one, he was completely on board.  Bingo.


1. dCOR design Malibu-X Platform Bed $800 – $980 | 2. Restoration Hardware Sullivan Upholstered Platform Bed $1525 – $3060 | 3. Crate & Barrel Colette Bed $1,799 – $1,999 | 4. Room & Board Wyatt Bed $1099 – $1499 | 5. dCOR design Venice-X Platform Bed $750 – $932 | 6. Casual Elegance Manhattan Storage Bed $899 – $1049 | 7. Room & Board Avery Bed $1299 – $1799

After agreeing that the bed would be upholstered, there were a few other items we agreed to:

  • No footboard (Noel isn’t a fan of footboards, and in smaller rooms, not having one can help the room feel bigger)
  • Clean, simple lines
  • No super pouffy tufting (simple tufting was alright)
  • Must be a platform bed (because we don’t have a box spring)
  • The shorter the headboard, the better
  • Light sand or light gray in color

As you can see, all of the beds above meet our criteria.  So which do you think is our favorite?  Well, Noel hasn’t seen them yet, but I would bet his favorites are #2 and #4.  They are the most simple/modern, and they basically sit on the ground, which he loves for whatever reason, so that’s the route I think he’ll go.

As for me, I’m torn.  I love the looks of #2, #3, #4 and #7 (I know, so decisive).  In my defense, #2 and #4 look almost the exact same, so without seeing them in person, the two are a toss up.  As for #3 and #7, what I love about them is they have clean lines overall, but they have a little more detailing.  For our house as a whole, I’m going for a mix of old + new in the decor, and I think #3 & #7 address that.  The detailing (like the tufting in #7 and the nailhead trim/silhouette in #3) is like what you’d see on more traditional furniture, but it’s executed in a more modern fashion.

So which is your favorite?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

designer spotlight: jeff andrews

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to kick off what is sure to be a fabulous year. I’m not a big resolution maker, but I am excited to work towards accomplishing more of my goals this year, one of which is to get back to the basics with this little blog of mine. There won’t be any big changes: I’ll still be sharing my projects, fun DIY’s and pictures of gorgeous homes, I just hope to do so on a more regular basis so you all know what to expect.

One thing I plan to do a lot more of is highlight the work of designers I find inspiring. From small boutique firms to high profile, celebrity designers, you can expect to see it all, starting now.

Today I’d like to shine the spotlight on Jeff Andrews of Jeff Andrews Designs. Based out of Los Angeles, Jeff’s client list includes some big names such as Ryan Seacrest, Bruce & Kris Jenner, Khloe & Lamar, and Kourtney Kardashian. Along with his impressive client list comes impressive spaces, but surprisingly enough, one of my absolute favorites is this cozy little nursery in Beverly Hills.

Image Credit: Jeff Andrews Designs

Why I love it: Despite being a space just for kids, it isn’t over the top in any way. The space is warm, comfortable and inviting…I mean, who wouldn’t want to snuggle up on that couch and get lost in a book?

Why it works: By using long, linear furniture and artwork, the horizontal lines of the rooms are emphasized. This, combined with the large light fixtures, makes the ceilings feel lower, which causes the room to feel as if it’s at a “kid scale.”

A simple color palette with a minimal number of colors is used which prevents the space from feeling overwhelming. The neutral furnishings are complemented by fresh green paint on the walls, which creates a space that is playful, yet has a touch of sophistication.

Make it yours, for less (similar products):
Paint // Benjamin Moore Gumdrop
Green Throw Pillow // Etsy Maria Claire Interiors // $30.00
Peach Throw Pillow // Striped Moroccan Pillow One Kings Lane
Light Fixture // Ikea Vate // $9.99
Wall Shelves // Ikea Lack // $14.99
Green Throw Blanket // West Elm Favorite Throw // $29.00

office paint

Today I’m reaching out to you for your advice.  I finished the bookshelves this weekend, so they are bright and shiny and white.  I need to paint the backs of them still, but I haven’t decided what color I want to use as an accent in the room.  Where I need your help is with the walls.
As much as I would love to come in and paint them a fun color, they are going to have to stay neutral.  Our plan is to sell the house within the next year (hopefully), so there’s no way I am going to want to repaint in that short of time.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, neutral paint sells houses, so we’re sticking with a neutral color.  
My original plan was to paint the office walls gray, and most likely a slightly darker hue.  I am a sucker for contrast, and I knew that would make the white bookshelves pop.  However, the space is rather small, and although one wall is almost all window, I’m a little afraid it’s going to make the space feel almost cave-like.  
Gray is huuuuuuge in the design world right now.  I love gray – it’s fresh, contemporary, and gorgeous.  My only concern: gray is becoming somewhat of a norm, and I like to be different.  We’ve already painted our bedroom gray, and Noel does not like the idea of having every room the same color.  That doesn’t bother me though…because I think it is ridiculous when every room in a house is a different color: houses need to flow and feel cohesive.
When I got out my fan deck and starting looked through the grays, the color that actually jumped out at me wasn’t a gray at all – it was greige.  For those of you who don’t know, greige is a mixture of gray + beige, hence the name.  It is a gorgeous color, and has a feeling of warmth to it without looking too beigey.  Greige isn’t quite as popular yet, but is definitely making a statement.  I think it won’t be long before grey and greige are battling it out for the top neutral paint color.
Just as I was starting to really like the idea of greige, I turned to my pinterest page for inspiration.  To be more specific, I starting searching through my home office board.  When I got there, much to my surprise, do you know what I found?  A lot of white on white.  And for me, that’s rare.

Source via Kirsten Danielle on Pinterest                       Source via Kirsten Danielle on Pinterest
Source via Kirsten Danielle on Pinterest                                Source via Kirsten Danielle on Pinterest
I talked last week about how much the color orange terrifies me.  Well, here’s something else you don’t know.  White walls scare me just as much.  With white, you run the risk of looking empty and unfinished…but as I was looking through my board I saw image after image of beautiful, all-white spaces…and my mind started racing.  
My plan for the office is to have a very neutral, monochromatic palette in terms of the walls, furniture, and curtains.  Then I would add pops of color through the accents, artwork, and the back of the bookshelves.  By painting the walls white, literally everything would fade into the background, making the colored pieces stand out so well. 
But white is scary.  I’ve always painted over white rooms.  I don’t want my room to feel unfinished.  So what should I do?

Choice #1: Gray.  I know I’ll love it.  It’s gorgeous, fresh, and will provide the contrast I want.  Yes, it’s done all the time, and yes, I’ve done it in my house.  But I adore it.

Choice #2: Greige.  It isn’t as common as gray, it’s slightly warmer, and will still provide the contrast I want.

Okay, this color looks gross.  The swatch I have on the wall looks much better than this – I blame the limited color selection in SketchUp.

Or do I take a huge risk and go with Choice #3: White.
I’m just afraid of it turning out like this image below.  They have all of the components for a GORGEOUS room…but it doesn’t have that wow factor.  Something is clearly missing, and I think it may just be some color on the walls.

Which would you choose?

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