Relaxed, natural, neutral, soft, the softest, rumpled, wrinkley, French/Belgian/Italian linen bedding. I want it. A mix of tones and colors is good to me. As an upgrade. For a birthday? An anniversary? I’m not sure, but I am planning on pulling the trigger for my own bedroom soonish, maybe when there is a sale. I have these bookmarked.
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How to achieve that clean, modern, yet rustic bathroom:
- lots of white : white penny tile, Carrera marble stone, white hex tile, white ceramic sinks and plumbing fixtures
- vessel sinks and wall mounted faucets for the modern touch
- salvaged wood for the rustic and warm feel: shelves, vanity cabinet, even toilet seat cover.
Take a look at this gorgeous vanity from Matteo Thun. So easy to recreate with a nice slab of salvaged wood and the right plumbing fixtures.
Its really hard to find the vanity you like for your vessel sink and wall mounted faucet. And custom vanity cabinets are quite expensive. Make your own, just like this converted dresser via Color Me Carla.
In fact, check out the rest of this handsome room.
This model home in Echo Park, LA has been covered by Apartment Therapy and The Brick House, but I just had to do a post too. I love the clean, open, modern structure decked out with more earthy and tactile materials. Its the perfect combination of modernity and vintage/up-cycled, feeling fresh and clean. The homes built are environmentally conscientious to boot. A quality project all around.
Inspired by Emma’s beautiful version revealed this morning, I was wondering if there was still tile to put together a quick crafty version before December 1, which is 2 days away. No sewing. Not much painting. I’m new to Christmas and never had an advent calendar, but I can see what a delight it could be to open a new small package every day and learn about counting down in the process. It might be tough just to pin down all the components in time. I could just save this post for next year and try again. Here are some simple ideas that all seem to be composed of the same building blocks.
The Marion Housebook: my current inspiration. The full DIY tutorial is provided.
Nuvo Nova: numbered small sacks, kind of like Emma’s
Pinterest: twine, wood clothes pins, masking tape
Prudent Baby: an Ikea frame, decorative paper, and more small (numbered) envelopes hanging on twine.
A Few Things From My Life – monochromatic and pure
Shim and Sons Small gift boxes glued to a poster board
Whatever Dee Dee Wants: more little boxes
The Pretty Blog: small envelopes and more clothespins.
Atypical A: up cycled letterpress tray drawer
Lately I am drawn to images of peeling plaster exposing beautifully aged brick walls behind it, or just peeling paint. It must be a carry over from the industrial salvage look of taking over abandoned urban lofts. If by some chance you have inherited this rare situation inyour homes, don’t repair it. Instead, embrace the texture and layered architectural look it provides.
House Beautiful via Farmhouse Urban
Marina from Switzerland wrote in to ask about all wood floors: “We’re building a new house and need some advice on flooring. We’re going for a wooden floor look – it’s called Vinylan and looks just like real wooden floors. We would like to carry this look throughout the house (except bathrooms) – upstairs and downstairs. Should we be including this flooring on the staircase as well? I am not sure if it will be overkill. We are going for a medium – light colour or something which suits most of the furniture we have.”
Marina: Congratulations on building a home and getting to pre-select every finish yourself. That must be a treat. Wood or well engineered wood floors are my first pick because they are easy to maintain and provide a uniform and fairly neutral canvas. Carpet and tile styles come and go, but who ever ripped out a wood floor? Your wall colors, rugs, and furniture can change but you won’t need to change the wood floor along with it to maintain a contemporary look.
To answer your questions:
- yes, continuity is very important so please do install the wood in every room except the bathrooms. The stairs too. Nothing bugs me more than a patchwork of different flooring materials in every room.
- Stay in the medium range to be sure your floor won’t look outdated in 5 years. Dark espresso woods, Cherry reds, and light blonde woods are “out”. Medium woods like Oak or Walnut are good because they will go with light or dark wood furniture. Don’t be afraid to mix woods types/colors in one room.
- If you can, go for wider planks for a richer look and so that the wood grain can be appreciated. Pair it with a thicker floor base at least 6″ tall (15 cm)
- Think about the distressed look. It adds character to an otherwise uniform floor and I know some engineered wood floors are able to replicate the look pretty well.
And here are some beautiful wood floors that match my criteria above in different type rooms to drool over. Thanks for your question.
Nursery: Wee Decor – this looks like engineered wood to me
Kitchen: Pretty Introspection
Dining Room: Remodelista
Continuity: Emma’s Design Blog
Reading corner: Alvhem
Entry: House Beautiful
I seriously love every square inch of this event planning office for all of its DIY goodness, vintage treasures, bright happy appeal, awesome and inventive mix of eclectic furnishings, and crafty girliness. Featured in Rue magazine, more eye candy at the girls’ blog. Their effortless style is apparent in all the events and venues that they do once you check out their website.