home decor

Chic Femme Bedroom Moodboard

I know that I’ve been a little MIA lately, but life has been busy around these parts lately and my other project has kept me glued to my computer. Besides working on Covered Style, I’ve also been having fun helping a friend with her house remodel. She has beautiful taste and her house is going to be gorgeous. I honestly can’t wait to show you all of the rooms that we’re designed and put together. Enter the chic femme bedroom and a whole house full of gorgeous rooms!

Unfortunately, the house is still very much under construction, like the flooring and cabinets aren’t installed yet, so I thought that I’d post some of the moodboards that I put together. My client wanted her bedroom to be modern, yet feminine so we’re balancing the crisp clean feel of the black and white look while still keeping it soft, light, and chic.

As a warning, this is not some gorgeous moodboard where everything is completely in place and proportionally correct- it’s just a general feel of the room. I promise that once we get everything set up and styled, I will post

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Lamps, Nightstands, Bed, Bedding, Art, Rug (Fun Rug), Curtains, Blush pillow (cheaper option), Gold pillows, X Bench, Dresser

So what’s your favorite piece? Do you love the more stark, modern look or do you lean more towards a warmer, cozier bedroom?

You know I’d love to hear our thoughts!

-Katy


Falling Water- Frank Lloyd Wright

Hey guys. I’ve really sucked at posting lately. I could give you the typical excuse that I’ve been busy but who wants to hear excuses? Yeah, exactly. Anyway, I went to visit my in laws this past weekend out in western Maryland and has the chance to go and check out what’s arguably Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous work.

Black and White Falling Water

We mostly went because it’s the most famous thing out that way and it’s on the husband’s bucket list. I think we’ve talked about how he loves all things modern and especially anything that could be classified as mid century so this was pretty much his heaven. And doesn’t he look so handsome in that picture? Still pinching myself that he’s mine. Oh, and the house was pretty too. Can you call Frank Lloyd Wright’s work pretty? I’m not quite sure but oh well.

Falling Water in Autumn I wish I had brought my camera on this trip because my iPhone photo definitely didn’t capture all of the beauty of the house and it’s environs. I also wish that we could have taken the in-depth tour but you have to book far in advance and we went kind of on a whim and tours were all sold out. Turns out over 1,000 people toured the house that day which is pretty nuts when you realize it’s about 2 or more hours from any major city. There’s no photos allowed inside which is a shame because it looks like this:

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It’s amazing and was painstakingly curated by Wright himself, supposedly down to the last vase. The was cost over $150k back in 1936- expensive and truly before it’s time. I’ve compiled some cheaper but still modern and fabulous finds that have a similar look and feel because having modern pieces shouldn’t always cost an arm and a leg.

Falling Water Inspiration

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So have any of you been out to Falling Water? Now that I’ve been to this one, I’m thinking we need to head to Chicago to see more of his work. Any other Frank Lloyd Wright homes that you love? And those wood chairs are from Target- can you believe it? I might have to pick some up for the husband’s office.

Have a great day!

-Katy


Bedroom Updates and Nate Berkus Crush

So this weekend I had my casual and cozy housewarming party. I thought about taking pictures but I really wanted to be present so alas, you’ll just have to imagine how fabulous it was. Hint: not that fab, mostly just fun. Anyway, I needed to make some changes to my master bedroom before I let anyone see it because it looked like this:

Before Master Bedroom

Not the absolute worst picture you’ve ever seen but definitely sterile, boring, and outdated. It’s hard to tell in this photo but the walls were a matte purple which again, wasn’t completely awful but wasn’t good either. And the furniture and accessories just blended into the walls and got lost. So I decided to do something crazy and paint the walls slate. In a gloss. I don’t have any “during” pictures because I don’t wear camera appropriate clothes while painting and the Internet really doesn’t need to see THAT much of me. Plus, who knows if I’ll try to do something of merit one day or run for office and then *BAM* this post comes back to haunt me.

But back to the room, we (and I did get husband’s approval) bought the one-coat-can’t-change-your-mind paint from Behr and got to work. And now our room looks like this:

 

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Here’s the same angle as the “before” picture:

 

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And my little afternoon reading nook.

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Doesn’t that just feel so much better??? I love going to bed now because it feels so intimate and cozy. By no means are we done, or even half way done with this room because we need to put more art on the walls, change out the ceiling fan, buy a more modern bed and end tables, and of course add about a million more pillows BUT even with that mile long list of changes, I feel like the room is finally at a place where I can stop and breathe and decorate more slowly and intentionally.

Now just because I’m taking my time doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking around. I’ve got to tell you that in my online and in-store wanderings, Nate Berkus’ line is killing it this season. Here’s a few things that I’ve had my eye on:

Nate Berkus New Line

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All of them are from his new line minus the bed (Ethan Allen) and they are fabulous and crazy inexpensive compared to similar finds. As you’ve probably already noticed, I already bought the throw and it’s wonderfully soft and less than $20. The throw or the marble ring holder would be great Christmas gifts because we’re only 8 weeks out. #Yikes!

So what are your thoughts on the new dark color? Fab or drab? And anyone else have a design crush on Nate Berkus?

-Katy

 


Another Reason to Love Target

Liberty Hardware Pulls

If you’ve read my blog at all you know that I have a crazy love for Target. We’re focusing on getting the repainted cabinets up and I’ve been scouring the web for beautiful glass pulls. Liberty makes the Victorian glass pulls above and quite a few stores sell them. What makes Target awesome is that their pricing on these (and other) items. Home Depot carries these pulls for $6.99 each while Target sells them for $5.69 each. Add on the Target’s 10% discount with your Red card and you just saved over $1.50 on EACH ONE. Buying just ten of these (which happens to be how many I need) saves you over $15. It’s not a million bucks but it’s basically like getting three for free! When you’re desperately trying to bring your home out of the late 60’s, you’ll take any savings you can get!

Glass Pulls

Don’t you love how they look here? The painted drawer blog refinished her drawers as well and the glass knobs look gorgeous!

The glass knobs and pretty traditional feeling and my husband is only now warming up to them. What’s your take- love’em or leave’em? And have you had similar experiences with saving cash by shopping at Target? I’d love to hear any deals you’ve scored!

-Katy

 

 


Look For Less: Marble Lamps

Well, I think most of you have probably heard enough about Ireland for the next little while so I’ll cease with all things Emerald Isle for the time being, but if you have any questions about anything else trip-wise, send me a message. Thanks for all your sweet comments and I hope all of you who’ve asked about the trip get to make it out there! But until then, let’s talk about lighting.

You can ask my husband and he’ll verify that I have ‘small’ obsession with lighting. I also have a thing for marble so marble lamps are pretty much pure heaven to me. I’ve had my eyes on a few but haven’t broken down and purchased one and now I’m so glad I haven’t. I was strolling around Target today and came across their new beautiful marble lamp.

Marble Lamp Look For Less

Lamp 1, Lamp 2

The lamp on the right is basically a third(!) of the price of the one on the left and their styles are so similar and classic. Now if only I could convince the husband that I need new marble lamps for the bedroom’s new paint…

Have a great hump day and wish me luck!

-Katy


Love It or Hate It? Fur Ottoman

Fur Ottoman

Guys, I wasn’t planning on posting again before I left for Ireland but I saw this and had to talk about it. This fur ottoman is sold by my beloved Target and I just don’t know how I should feel about it. In some ways, the texture would be perfect in the right room but then I look at it again and think it’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. So ladies and gents, what’s your take on this? Happening or hideous?

Let me know your thoughts!

-Katy


Lovely Links

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Here are some interesting, beautiful or inspiring lovely links from around the web this week as I’m hurriedly packing and trying desperately not to stress about leaving in a few days:

We love inviting people over but haven’t really had almost anyone over since we moved. I’m sure we’ll get back into the grove and have parties again once we’re a bit more settled because it feels so strange to not have them. But then I read that dinner parties a thing of the past?

The Pope chuckles meeting his tiniest fan- how adorable!

Trying to fit most of my previous apartment’s decor into the new house has been a bit of a challenge, especially when it’s already time to start decorating for the holidays. I’m trying to keep my decorations more muted and “grown up” this year so I loved these brilliant fall decor ideas without a single pumpkin in sight.

I’m leaving for Ireland Friday and packing this and this to help my skin stay fresh with all of the travel.

Every home decor blogger has mentioned this ottoman lately and it’s life changing (OK, maybe just room changing) abilities.

This FREE printable is beautiful and would be perfect to pop into a frame and give as a gift.

I’m not normally a hat person but I’ve seen everyone wearing these lately and it might be prudent to have something to cover my head out in windy Ireland.

Trying to talk myself out of buying this for our bed, especially since it’s still over 90 degrees here! But oh, the knit!

Self worth vs self esteem– which one we should actually strive for.

What awesome things have you found on the Internet lately? Make sure to check in next week and follow on Instagram and Facebook as I’ll be putting up posts and pics from beautiful Ireland!

-Katy


Mad For Plaid: Autumn 2015

It’s still above 90 degrees here in Austin but since I’m headed to Ireland in a week (I’m not even close to ready) I’m dreaming of brisk weather and falling leaves. There’s not a whole lot more autumn-y than plaid so I thought that I’d put together some of the cutest finds under $25. Even if it’s not cool enough to wear the sweaters yet, the plaid decor is enough to satisfy my craving.

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All of the decor items are from Target and they’re 10% off online with the code “FURNITURE” at check out which makes them an even better deal.

Have a great weekend!

-Katy

 

 


Moody Bedroom Inspiration

In my non-blog life I run a marketing consulting company and we have been super busy which has put me a little behind on some (OK, a lot) of home projects so I’m going to have just salivate over other finished, beautiful spaces in the meantime. Blogger, SFgirlbybay posted a great home tour and I fell in love with this moody and beautiful bedroom.

Moody Bedroom

It’s moody, dark, edgy and yet somehow, a little romantic. It’s a beautifully styled room that would have intimidated me in the past until I started breaking down designer rooms the room piece by piece. I love this room and would love to take pretty much every single piece but I’m not entirely sure that the husband would be OK with the neon sign.

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So what are your favorite pieces? Would you put a neon sign in your bedroom? I’ve already convinced the husband that we should paint our room the glossy flint color, now to cajole him into agreeing to the swan print.

-Katy


Tips and Tricks For Decorating Small or Awkward Spaces

The new place isn’t exactly small, coming in at just under 2,000 sq feet, but a few of spaces are small, or even just a bit awkward. I’m sure I’m not alone in having a few tricky spaces so I’ve put together a few tips to help others out there who may similar problems.

  • Decorate with pieces that are clear or have thin profiles. This little desk area is functional without creating a cramped feeling because the designer went with a ghost chair. Great seating with out breaking things up visually.

Ghost Chair Office

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  • Use mirrors to reflect light. Mirrors have a magic ability to make pretty much every space feel lighter, brighter and larger. The general rule of thumb is the bigger, the better!

Wall mirror for small spaces

(Image Source) (Mirror Options 1,2,3- under $100)

  • Look for alternate solutions. This next one is way more practical than pretty but sometimes your staircase is just only so big. Find furniture that can fold or be disassembled so you can actually get it into the space. This guy below is actually headed our way as I type.

Foldable Box Spring

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  • Use large art. Sometimes people can think that using smaller art in a small space can help the space feel larger when really it does the opposite. Large art can help a space feel bigger and more interesting.

Large wall art

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Obviously this is not an exhaustive list of everything that you can do to decorate in small spaces but using just one two can make a huge difference in a room. Anyone else out there have issues with a space? Also, how magical is that folding box spring?

-Katy