Monday, January 26, 2009

My Latest Obsession(s)...


The New Year always makes me eager to change things up in my home. As you may have read in November, I've been redoing my guest room in a major way. I felt terrible that every time someone came to stay with us (often to take care of my kids when I was out of town) they had to sleep in this depressing, messy room. So, I've been hard at work to create more of a sanctuary than it's been in the past. One great thing about that room is that it is an addition and doesn't have the massively thick brick walls that the rest of the house has. Okay, so maybe not so great in terms of heating and cooling, but great for laptop users who might get better wi-fi reception in that room. Oftentimes, when Mimi comes to visit she needs to be able to work on her laptop. Plus, I'm dreaming of a white Mac laptop for whichever holiday comes next :). So....I decided to put a little desk in the guestroom instead of a dresser or some other piece of furniture. Besides, nobody ever really stays long enough to need to fill a dresser (atleast, they better not!).
I scoured local antique and thrift stores and found a great little desk. I've spent the weekend stripping and sanding it. Then I had to decide what color to paint it. I wanted something fun...something funky. The rest of the room looks like this so far...





I decided to take the tropical punch pink color out of the window treatment fabric and go with that for the desk. Dr. Daddy was stunned to say the least! He thought I was painting it white. Oops! I'm in love with the result but it's not quite ready for the room yet so you'll have to wait for pictures.

While looking for inspiration I stumbled upon the website of Annie Selke. I've always LOVED Pine Cone Hill and Dash and Albert but I had NO idea that they were part of the same parent company. Now, Annie Selke, the creator of said company, has created a line of furniture with Vanguard Furniture. It's bold, it's fresh, it's light and airy but strongly sophisticated. It's traditional but whimsical. I LOVE IT! I am most obsessed with this bed...



Complete and utter genius. Almost makes me willing to let the kids swing from the top of my Baker rice bed until the posts fall right off and I need a new bed!

I also love these pieces...



This wing arm chair reminds me so much of the chairs at BG, the uber gorgeous restaurant atop Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Another fabulous space by Kelly Wearstler.







I love that her pieces are so versatile. I feel like any one of these could be put into a super traditional room or a super modern room and be right at home.






Also, thanks to Eddie over at Eddie Ross for turning me onto these gorgeous prints from Artaissance. I already have my gorgeous chair prints from Anne Harwell. Now I can add to my "furniture art" collection with these gorgeous prints...







Apparently, each print is custom made to order and you can change up the colors to coordinate with your style. Here's a picture of Eddie with some of his faves...



Great choices Eddie! I'm thinking a lime green for the background on my prints...

Don't forget to check out Eddie's Blog. If you don't know Eddie already, he was one of the contestants of Top Design and used to work for Martha Stewart. His blog is full of great ideas!

9 comments:

Kappa Prep said...

I LOVE the look you are going for. That wall color really allows the curtains and prints to pop. I would gladly come stay in this little sanctuary!!

Preppy 101 said...

I can't wait to see the desk! The guest room looks so inviting! And you make your own window treatments?
I love seeing the things that you do with your home!!! Yes, that bed is amazing - to die for really.

The Mrs. said...

I think it's great you are giving attention to the guest room. We will be losing ours when baby girl arrives and I am sad! Loooove Eddie from top design!

CeCe said...

Your guest room looks AMAZING! What is the paint color? I am loving thd tone/depth of it.

3 Peanuts said...

I just learned that Annie Selke is selling at Horchow now

SCB said...

Hi I'm commenting for the first time to say that I love your decorating posts. Thanks for posting about Anne Harwell. I had seen her work on other blogs and couldn't find the source! Thanks.

Vineyard Vogue said...

How fun! I love your style!

Where did you find those adorable paintings of the chairs above the headboard?

Muffy said...

GREAT POST!!!!

News Readin' Wife said...

That bed is gorgeous! Dash & Albert rugs are favorites of mine for our kitchen floor. I have three that I rotate.

Great post!