A Mini Bedroom Make-Over


{My Bed featuring the new Coral Frame Duvet and Euro Shams along with the Gobi Embroidered Sheet Set in Coral}

While it is still technically winter, I have a major case of spring fever and that means lots of design projects around the house and the infusion of color in everything from my wardrobe to my bed. Luckily, my fabulous sponsor, Serena and Lily generously sent me some beautiful goodies recently that I immediately put to good use in order to carry out my mission for color.

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{You may recall from our last “He Said, She Said” post on beds that I was using these custom-embroidered linens. While they are undeniably gorgeous, I had been dying to infuse some color into my bed. I am very much a “crisp white linens” kind of gal, so the coral border on the new Serena and Lily linens provides the perfect touch of color.}


{I already had the Serena and Lily Pondicherry Headboard with Nailheads from a while back, so the new bedding is the perfect complement.}


{The coral is such a pretty color and I love the embroidered detail on the sheets. I am tempted to have the duvet and shams embroidered too. I can’t help myself. I just love a good monogram.}


{Serena and Lily also sent me a set of their gorgeous new Silk Shantung Panels in Putty. They just introduced a beautiful collection of window panels this season, so I was very excited to try them. They are even prettier in person. The Putty colorway looks so great with our wall color, Benjamin Moore’s Plymouth Rock—there’s just enough contrast. By the way, I am SO over our “For Like Ever” print from the Domino days several years ago. I think I’ll keep it in case we ever have a little girl, but I am currently on the hunt for something more refined and timeless.}


{A Close-Up of the Pretty Drapes}

Thanks to Serena and Lily for freshening up my bedroom!

{All Images by Paloma Contreras for La Dolce Vita}

Get The Look: Brown and White Bedrooms

Hola! Arianna of Arianna Belle here, back with another ‘‘Get the Look’‘ post. A brown bedroom may conjure up images of a dark, heavy, uninspiring space, but when done right, the look can be stunning. Case in point, these beautiful bedrooms below by Tom Stringer (top) and Phoebe Howard (bottom):

In each space, the rich brown walls add a warmth and create a dramatic background for the white bed linens, which look extra crisp thanks to the color contrast. The patterned rug adds a graphic punch and balances out the walls. Here’s how to get the look in your own home:

1- bedding, 2- paint, 3- pillow, 4- rug

Would you do or have you done brown in your bedroom?

Dissecting the Details: Bedrooms by Sarah Richardson

Hello lovely LDV readers! It’s Nancy of Marcus Design here, back again with another ‘Dissecting the Details’ post. In the winter months we tend to spend many more hours indoors – and the master bedroom is a chance to create a serene sanctuary. Today we’ll be taking a look at the work of Canadian designer Sarah Richardson, one of my favorites! She’s known for her soft and soothing palettes, and keen sense of mixing textiles. Let’s have a closer look at the makings of a Sarah Richardson master suite:

Whether patterned or solid – a fabulous headboard can be the show-piece of the space. I particularly love the detailed sillouette’s Sarah tends to use – the above examples are her own custom designs.
What’s more inviting than a cozy reading nook for you and your partner? It’s a good idea to choose chairs that look as appealing from the back as they do in front if the seating will be placed away from the walls.
Sarah once mentioned she uses a minimum of 12 patterns per space she designs. This would include everything from pillows, bedding, rugs, curtains, headboard & furnishings. Amazing how a mix of 12+ patterns can still look so subtle and serene!
From a delicate desk chair, to crystal-studded pillows, to bundles of white flowers – a feminine touch makes the room. And a little dose of pink never hurt anybody either!
Panelled walls and plastered ceilings create good bones in a space, and it’s those kinds of classic details that set a room apart. If this type of detailing is not in your budget, try adding a mirror or artwork with architectural interest like the one seen aboveI think this is one detail I will be attempting to add to my own master suite. Any of these on your list? To see more of Sarah’s lovely work, visit her portfolio here.

Get the Look: A Modern, Glamorous Bedroom

Hi all! Arianna of Arianna Belle here, back this time with a new series focused around how to ‘get the look’ of our favorite inspiring interiors.

I’ve had this bedroom saved in my inspiration file for some time now. I love that it evokes a sense of clam and coziness and at the same time, is chic with a touch of glamour. The overall neutral color palette is tranquil, the grasscloth on the walls brings in beautiful texture and warmth, while the details throughout, such as the nailhead trim on the headboard and the greek key design on the nightstands, add interest. Below I’ve sourced pieces that would help achieve a similar look:

bedroom image source: lonny magazine

Setting the Stage: Guest Bedrooms

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{I’ve taken a similar approach with our guest bedroom: fresh flowers, crisp linens, bottled water, and some personal touches.}

One of my dearest friends is arriving from California today to visit for a couple of days. While I have prepared an itinerary filled with fun activities that I know she’ll enjoy, one of the most important things I’ve done in anticipation for her arrival (or that of any guest) is preparing the guest room. A guest room should be comfortable and should be a welcoming expression for your guest. An air mattress or your old comforter from college simply won’t cut it! You should put thought and effort into the space where your guest will be spending their visit. For example, I recently purchased a new embroidered duvet cover and made sure that all of the linens were pressed and crisp. I also made sure to include bottled water, fresh flowers, and a travel alarm clock. To add a few more personal touches, I wrote a handwritten note welcoming my friend and included both national and local Houston magazines, so that she can get a better feel for what is going on around town. I’ve included some beautiful examples of guest rooms, but what I really want to know is: what do you do to make your guests feel especially welcome when they come to visit for a few days?

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{Mary McGee}

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{The look of Francisco Costa’s bedroom is pure perfection. I love it!}

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{Monelle Totah via ELLE DÉCOR}

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{Ashley Goforth}


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{Nuevo Estilo}