My nightstands now match, but they didn't use to. We had a small espresso-brown wicker dresser on one side and a taller blonde wood dresser on the other. I didn't mind the mis-match--even though I've switched back to matching dressers, I think mismatching is really bold!
For just a little interest, you can use the same shape of nighstand but try a different finish on each.
Or use different pieces with the same finish.
You can also go totally wild and use completely mismatched nightstands. It can look great!
Do you like the mis-matched look, or does it throw you off?
One of my biggest decorating challenges is coming up with something to fill big wall spaces. It's especially tough if the furniture isn't very tall, like many beds. Here are 20 unique ideas and new takes on old favorites you could use to fill the wall space above the bed--or anywhere else!
1. Old Doors
2. Empty Windows
3. Sheet Music
4. Trophies or Plaques
5. Split Photo
6. Framed Wallpaper
8. BIG Artwork
9. Extra-small Artwork
10. A Seat Cushion
11. Multiple Mirrors
14. Your Name
18. Reclaimed Wood
19. Layered Empty Frames
20. Nothing--which is perfect sometimes!
I hope some of these ideas sparked your imagination--
This design is for the living room of my parent's house. My mom loved the cover of this June's House Beautiful magazine and the design is inspired by it: with navy, medium tone woods, lots of white/natural, woven storage, a hide rug, and a pretty fiddle leaf fig!
If you're on Anthropologie's email list, you got this little gem in your inbox last week. Anthro's styling is lauded here, there, and everywhere, so who wouldn't want a little decorating advice from them? Here are their "Five Decorating Tips to Live By:"
1. Big pieces are a big investment: choose solid upholstery to keep your furniture flexible within an ever-changing decor scheme.
2. Color-- whether in paint, pillow, or print form-- is the most impactful element in any room.
3. Curtains can loom large (in the best way) when they're boldy hued or patterned.
4. Distinctive, seen-nowhere-else pieces are what make your home truly yours.
5. Stay focused (and sane) by honing in on a single room.
I remember sitting in a late-afternoon design class in college and staring out the window at the trees and the soon-to-be-stormy sky. I thought it was the most beautiful color combination in the world--and I still do!
One of my favorite, never-fail styles is equestrian. It is classic, preppy, warm, and very "Fall." Here are five common elements of equestrian style to help you get ready for next season!
1. Horsey Art
Photos, drawings, paintings, sculptures, saddles... anything that reminds you of actual horses.
From the horses they ride to the boots they wear, equestrian style is all about leather. It is warm, luxurious, and masculine. Cowhide (or zebra, for a fun twist) is also great.
Nothing is as traditional as a good plaid (or gingham, or buffalo check). A warm wool throw is just the thing for a warming up after a ride on a cool day.
Is there anything more preppy than a monogram? It fits in perfectly with equestrian style.
5. Brass & Gold Accents
Nailheads, brass lamps, frames and good hardware are must-haves. I love unexpected metallic pops, like the inside of this lampshade.
6. Lush colors
Deep green, pure red, navy blue, regal purple, dark browns, mustard and off-blacks. If Ralph Lauren would do it, you're on the right track.
One of the best applications of equestrian style is in the Kentucky home of fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka. It is equestrian through-and-through, but very tasteful, masculine, and classic. You can view the entire house at Elle Decor.