Creating a Suite Retreat…

We talk often about creating the whole package when designing your home…you’ve got to pull all aspects together for a peaceful and harmonious balance in your life.  So what better way than keeping this philosophy in mind as you go about designing and decorating your Master Bedroom.  It often is the last place in your home that you tend to…it’s understandable that you want your public living areas to be finished first as this is where your guests gather.  But it is so important to have a restful, peaceful area to go to at the end of a busy work day!  So don’t cut yourself short…whether you are living in a tiny apartment, or enjoy the luxury of a large estate home, be sure to pay some attention to your Master Suite…a sweet retreat!

Photo Courtesy of Design Connection, Inc.

In choosing your color palette, as always, choose colors that envelope you with a peaceful feeling.  So popular now are the pale aquas and silvery greens, or a shade of champagne…what could be more relaxing (and romantic!) than champagne…whatever your choice, choose colors that you love.  Layer on shades of similar color choices in your bedding and accessories  for a serene look.  Different textures of materials will add interest, but keeping the same colors sends a relaxing message of not being too busy and crazy—the last thing you want at the end of a nutty day!

Photo Courtesy of Beyond Drapery

In choosing materials to finish and furnish your bedroom, check out the ever increasing range of allergen-free products.  If you’re prone to allergies, you are better to eliminate carpet out of your plan, and go with a hardwood surface.  If hardwood isn’t in your budget, check out the many great alternatives…there are some vinyl products that mimic hardwood that are fantastic.  Blackstock Leather is a fabulous eco-friendly product that I am considering using my own Master Bedroom.  It can be applied as flooring, or onto walls (yes, walls!!)  How about that for a feature wall behind your bed—even as a headboard it looks just great!  I am NOT in love with my current shag carpeting that was existing in our recently purchased home, and think this might be a great replacement option.

 Photo Courtesy of Candice Olsen

As a long time fan of Candice Olsen, the above Master Bedroom Suite is a perfect inspiration for a restful, luxurious retreat.  Layers  of patterns and textures in shades of blues.  Carrying the draperies right to ceiling height add height to this already grand room and highlight the architecture of the ceiling.  It is always nice if you can incorporate a chair into your bedroom if you are lucky enough to have the space.  Can’t you just picture having morning coffee here?

Photo Courtesy of Style North

Don’t have enough in your re-decorating budget for all new furnishings?  Consider spraying your current furnishings to coordinate the look.  Many people have collections of mis-matched nightstands, dressers, and such.  Choose which pieces you really love that will fit in with your new design plans, fitting your storage requirements, and furniture layouts.  Have your pieces all painted in one color coordinating with your room.  By keeping the color consistent, you maintain a cohesive look, and you have done a great thing for both the environment and your pocket-book!

Wishing you Sweet Dreams!

Stacey…

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Summer’s Past…and so nearly has Fall!

It’s been so long since my last post…I can blame a hectic summer filled with a busy schedule and much travel…and learning all the way!  Fall is upon us with its beautiful colors, chilly mornings, and a return to routine, which is something I think we all crave after holiday time.

I am always looking for ways to improve my craft and business.  This summer was filled with a love of design and a love of learning.  I had the privilege to tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius property, Taliesin West.  Situated in the desert of Arizona, it is surrounded by the absolutely glorious colors and textures of the landscape and the never-ending sky.  It, by design, blends seamlessly into its surroundings.  The thought came to mind that, indeed, this man was a genius…

How thrilled I was to see the same architecture and design elements Frank Lloyd Wright created and used so long ago still being used today.  All through the landscape of Arizona, and even on our travels through Southern California, the use of his clean-lined, geometric was apparent…some were new buildings and homes, and others dating back a few decades.

The gardens and use of landscape to compliment and enhance the site of Taliesin just melded together with the home.  How lovely to have a tiny little courtyard garden right outside your bedroom, with a view of the horizon and sunset as the backdrop?

It’s the planning and design of your home and its surroundings that are crucial.  I loved that this home was built so long ago, and yet so much of it was still current and used  today.  Even its decor had me thinking of all the resurgence of up-cycled, vintage pieces that are so popular now.  Thoughts of that funky sideboard your mom has from the 50’s, the china cabinet begging to be re-purposed, and the happy feelings we get when something comes back in style for the second (or third) time!

Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes and buildings with a timeless brilliance.  Be sure to create brilliance in yours…

 Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Photo courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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