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Interiors: Neutral Nursery

We don’t know the gender of our baby (due any day now), and it’s doubtful I would have gone about designing the nursery any differently had we decided to find out if we were having a boy or girl. The goal for this design was to create a calm, well-styled and comfortable setting with durable pieces that can transition into other rooms over the years.

Prior to sourcing fabrics and furniture, I was positive that I didn’t want any of the following cliché nursery elements: an overuse of pink or blue, baby’s name spelled out on the wall, painted murals, a plastic crib mobile, or baby-specific artwork.

I decided on a dark green, ivory, and light blue color palette and then layered various neutral pieces for dimension.  These are colors found in nature and I was inspired by Robert Allen’s Perryhill fabric which was used for some pillows.  I wanted to keep the overall feel of the room very light, so I decided to go with a darker ceiling using Benjamin Moore’s Jack Pine.   I added some antique hardware to a pine chest that was painted in a high-gloss lacquer with Benjamin Moore’s Greige Avenue.   Antique pieces like the oval mirror, regency lamp, and wood carved book ends were essential in adding character to the space.

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 {Sources for the following items below}

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Larkin glider, Bell jar lantern, Fiddle leaf fig tree, Hollywood Regency lamp, Kendall crib, Hyacinth bins, Potted plant artwork, Roman shades

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Pony artwork, Jute wall hook, Moroccan ottoman

Interiors: Take a seat

An easy way to add comfort or attitude to a space can be as simple as finding the perfect chair.  These would add sleek glamour and sophistication to any sitting room:

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The perfect windsor chair can give a kitchen or dining table an element of classic tradition:

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Windsor benches can be both modern and antique: windsor2

Adding a flare to your upholstered look can give your living room a unique point of view: upholstery

Distressed leather is timeless, both in the living room and the office: leather

Etsy finds: Discovering artists

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Etsy is such a great resource for all things handmade.  I love discovering new niche vintage collectors and artists.  Three artists and their paintings have recently caught my eye:

Greg Hargreaves does a fantastic job depicting abstract landscapes.  You can find Greg’s work via his etsy shop HargreavesArt

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Borina Mahailovska has a great collection of abstract figurative art.  Using mostly monochromatic palettes, these prints would add a touch of modern to any space.   You can find Borina’s work via her etsy shop here.

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Clare Elsaesser’s paintings are a ray of sunshine.  Her use of vibrant colors and feminine energy would light up any room.  You can see more of Clare’s work via her etsy shop ClareElsaesser

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Interiors: Wood beam ceilings

Adding overhead wood beams can make a space appear more welcoming and refined.   Achieving refinement with something so rustic as an exposed piece of wood is such a great balance to design from.  Several types and shapes of wood (including faux wood) can be used to accentuate your ceilings.  Whether vaulted or flat, painted or unfinished, the looks are endless.  Keep in mind the architecture of your home, you may be able to conceal unnecessary geometric lines (think homes built in the late 80’s and 90’s) or add some depth and symmetry to a large multi-used space in the home.

If the chosen look is a darker unfinished wood, stick to lighter walls in the ivory family.  If the choice is a painted wood beam, seek contrast in paint but not too much.

Classic spanish beams via georgiana design.  To see previous post on spanish inspired design click here

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Rustic and traditional via remodelista
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Two toned wood beams and panels 
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Lighter oak wood used to anchor the living room vaulted ceiling
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Wood panels and beams on a raised bedroom ceiling 
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Interiors: A built-in, 2 ways

Millwork brings stability into a room. You can customize the look by working with paint colors or finishes that aren’t dominate throughout your home.  I designed my built-in with the purpose of accentuating character and adding versatility that would allow for interchangeable settings.  The paint color used is Benjamin Moore’s, Wrought Iron.

I’ve styled the environment around my built-in in a few different ways,  each with a slightly different function.

First, as a library sitting room.  A tranquil place to relax and read:

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Next, as a breakfast nook.  A casual place for coffee, tea, and breakfast:

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Global Inspiration: Swedish Gustavian

Swedish design in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s brought a touch of femininity and lightness to furnishings.  Several antique shops today feature brilliant Gustavian pieces. There are also manufactured retail options that embody this genre in their designs.

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone, located in Maryland, specializes in 18th and 19th century painted Swedish antiques.  They have a large selection of cabinets, chairs, clocks, settees, tables, and accessories.  Their website is updated weekly. Here are some beautiful pieces from Tone on Tone:

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Cupboards & Roses

Cupboards & Roses, out of Massachusetts, are known for their extensive collection of 18th and 19th century painted furniture from Scandinavia and Europe.  They have a variety unique case pieces, mirrors, and chairs as displayed below:

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Layla Grace

As a retail option, Layla Grace features a collection of various manufactures who create furnishings rooted in traditional Swedish design.  They have many antique-inspired pieces, some of which have custom upholstery options.  Below, I’ve featured some of their Gustavian chairs & sofas:

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Julie Neill Designs

Julie Neill Designs, out of New Orleans specializes in hand crafted lighting.  They use various finishing techniques such as: painting, glazing, gilding, plastering, and antiquing.  Their pieces can be customized to order in any size and finish.   Several of her designs appear to have Gustavian influences, I am especially fond of her one of a kind sconces:

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If you chose to create a Swedish inspired kitchen or breakfast room in your home, compliment the light hues with soft blue linens, checkered prints, and patina accents.

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Vignettes: Add some artwork

Artwork changes rooms.  It’s also a great way to bring color into your vignettes.  I have a few antique oil landscape paintings, one of which my grandmother painted, that I used to style the same shelf as I previously styled here.   You can go from contemporary to eccentric, and from vintage to rustic with just the swap of a few key pieces.

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{Table lamps are great add for a symmetrical look}

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