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Hi friends! I’m excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge. Over the next six weeks, twenty Interior Design bloggers will completely transform a room from start to finish, blogging progress updates every Wednesday. The One Room Challenge was started a few years ago by Linda of Calling it Home. It’s a fantastic idea that I am thrilled to be apart of! So here’s the breakdown of my ORC-

Client- My assistant, Janna.

Room- Master Bedroom.

Challenges- Small yet quaint space.

Features- Lots of windows and natural light.

Needs- Updated furniture. Fresh, modern colors. Art. New bedding and accessories.

Below is a peek of what I’m planning to do. It’s going to be a fresh and clean space with lots of artistic details and beautiful textiles. One key element will be a striking, deep, accent wall that will hopefully take our breathes away!

via simply grove

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Check back next Wednesday for WEEK TWO’s update! And make sure to check out the other bloggers participating in this challenge, listed below. Also follow along on Instagram using #oneroomchallenge

 
Trademarked by Calling it Home

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Mar

2015

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This Toronto house tour, seen on Style Me Pretty Living, was actually posted last year but I’ve come to appreciate the pops of color and soothing bedroom. I’m also loving the nursery. It’s calm and cool. The home itself is 107 years old. Amazing! See more here.

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28

Jan

2015

House Tour via Simply Grove

This house tour is deeply rooted in scandinavian design. The simple neutral tones and textures throughout this home create a relaxing yet stylish space. And I love all of the simple art and pattern choices!

House Tour via Simply Grove

 

House tour via simply grove

House tour via simply grove

House tour via simply grove

House tour via simply grove

House tour via simply grove

House tour via simply grove

House tour via simply grove

House tour via simply grove

House tour via simply grove

 

Images: Alvhem

See the entire house tour here.

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Jan

2015

High ceilings and large windows create the most beautiful spaces. This particular neutral home (via Entrance) has that, plus modern and classic details weaved throughout the home. And there are plenty of raw wood moments to keep things casual. I love homes like this that keep you guessing as you view each room.

You can see more here.

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Nov

2014

It’s been freezing temperatures here in my hood. It’s so cold that all I want to do is stay in my bed and not face the cold cold world. These bedrooms are looking mighty cozy comfy to me. The bedding is what immediately caught my attention. The look of basic, organic linens are everything. These 3 rooms are casual yet beautiful. I would take all 3!

Images: Coco Lapine Design, Lobster and Swan, 79 Ideas.

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Oct

2014

I was browsing Derek Swalwell’s photography portfolio and fell in love with some of the bedrooms that he has shot. They vary from warm to stylish to just really really relaxing and cool. Bedrooms can be easily overlooked, but my belief is that bedrooms should be a priority since you spend a whole lot of time in that space. Here are some simple tips to help take a bedroom from boring to beautiful.

1. Paint your bedroom a dark, moody color. Even if it’s just an accent wall, that will immediately create ambiance and drama.

2. On the opposite side, paint your bedroom bright white. And then layer patterns, textures and color around the room.

3. Invest in great linens. What makes your favorite hotel, your favorite hotel is most likely the bedding. Create that same feel by updating your sheets and comforter. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more. You won’t regret it.

4. Create your own abstract art. If you are wanting a large piece of art but can’t afford to invest in one, make your own. Use colors and shapes that you are normally drawn to.

5. Add gold and a hide, and you are set. Gold makes any space look fancier and cooler. And a hide will bring warmth.

6. Pastels are still cool. And they look oh so lovely in the bedroom. Make sure to pair them with neutrals.

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Jul

2014

Blankets are an investment that keep on giving. I bought my favorite wool blanket a few years ago and still use it frequently. Milo and Mitzy and Forestry Home have joined together in an exclusive design collaboration. The Circle/Grid blanket is 100% New Zealand wool made in EU. You can purchase it through Piece Makers and or Forestry.

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I am so thrilled to be featuring Cori Magee’s apartment on Simply Grove. Cori Magee is an amazing graphic designer who has an eye for everything cool and stylish. Her scandinavian design inspired space feels so comfortable yet so put together. Cori’s space is also relatable and doesn’t feel stuffy nor too proper. I asked Cori a few questions. Enjoy below.

What inspires you when decorating your space?

I find so much design inspiration on-line, both digital-magazines and design blogs. I also enjoy a handful of printed mags, like Dwell, Living Etc., El Mueble, Elle Decoration UK and Habitania) Also, museums, restaurants, the sidewalk….inspiration is everywhere.

How would you describe your interior aesthetic?
Not an easy question to answer. I pull my ideas from so many places and then I decide what works for me and the way I live. Ultimately I think I enjoy a modern aesthetic mixed with old and new, warm wood finishes mixed with a black and white palette… Modern Merger? Can that be a thing? Sort of like personal labels, I think interiors should just be what they want to be, typically it won’t just be one singular style, but a combination. And no matter which styles are combined, it should always represent your personality.

What are your favorite home decor shops/websites?

I want all kinds of things from One Nordic, a blanket from Ferm Living and a rug from Loom. I need lighting from One Forty Three and Patrick Townsend. Our place should have a few pieces from Norman Copenhagen and Moorea Seal has pretty home accessories. I have fun shopping Society6 for art and accessories, and I really want a large Britt Bass piece when we have more space. If I could, I would buy-out Bodie and Fou, they’ve done a brilliant job curating lots of my fave shops into one. Lastly, I’ll never stop shopping Ikea, love it. The list does go on, but I’ll stop.

Visit Cori’s awesome blog here. Thank you, Cori!!

Photography by Alyssa Ratowski.

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This is one of my most favorite home tours, ever! The modern lines mixed with the soft, cool tones mixed with natural elements….amazing. See the entire tour here.

See you next week!! I have some DIY’s and styling tips to share with you all!

I’m also over here and here. And also thank you ForRent.com for this interview.

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I know that you’ve seen quite a few images of my bedroom recently. Mostly because I’ve been putting a lot of attention into creating exactly what I want for my bedroom. I’m loving my latest addition, the Imperfect Plus Duvet Cover from Schoolhouse Electric. The fern-green plus signs are designed by Portland artist Ashley Goldberg. I’m totally digging this look! And I’m digging the mix of the plus signs and striped sheets, also from Schoolhouse Electric. Thank you Schoolhouse Electric for being awesome!

Shop Schoolhouse Electric here.

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I hope you all had a fantastic week and an even better weekend! Next week is a brand new week full of endless possibilities and new beginnings!

BTW, do you love my new Schoolhouse Electric brass sconce? I can’t get enough of them!

I am also over here, here and here.

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Image: Sfgirlbybay. Photos by martin sølyst for bolig magazine.

Maybe it’s because spring is here but I am craving color right now! I love the look of a clean space with a splash of bright, beautiful color. I’m normally not a purple or pink fan but done right, I’m in love!

What are your thoughts on color? How much is too much>

Image: Apartment Therapy. Designer: Sarah Stacey.

Image: Home Life. Photography Armelle Habibs and Styling Julia Green.

Image: Livet Hemma

Image: My Paradissi. Design by Mim Design, photo by Derek Swalwell.

Image: Pinterest

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Apr

2014

Image: The Style Files

Happy Easter weekend everyone!! I am sure that you are all busy with easter hunts and easter services, but just in case you are surfing the web, here is a lovely spring inspired bedroom that makes me want to use a little pale pink in my home. Check out more of the home below.

BTW, you can also find me here and here.

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Apr

2014

I’ve had a lot of clients request more and more DIY’s in their homes. Of course it brings down costs dramatically. It also brings uniqueness and character. I always suggest pairing a DIY with a modern piece just to neglect looking too crafty. Above is a DIY headboard slipcover. The color is right on point and looks so nice with the marble top side table. Bedrooms (like these seen over on Wren) are always a fun place to practice our DIY skills. Just remember, less is always more.

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This beach house is exactly what I would want in a beach house. Relaxing, colorful, serene and fun. The color choices are not overwhelming but still playful enough for a house by the ocean.

See the entire tour here.

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