Aug 28, 2015

affordable find: marble column table

a cute little money saver for you today:

although the tables aren't EXACTLY alike, they definitely have the same vibe.
simple, modern, marble column accent tables with a metal top supported by a metal rod.
i actually really, really want one of these tables for my master bathroom!

phoebe brass top table

cuff link marble side table

happy shopping!

Aug 25, 2015

before + after: 2 teen sisters. 2 rooms.

last fall, a neighbor of mine asked for some help to update the bedrooms of her two daughters. the rooms were originally designed when they moved into their house, about 6 years ago, when the girls were 7 and 9. now that they are both teenagers, the decor and bedding felt too girly and both spaces needed a refresh!

the 13 year olds room BEFORE:

the 15 years olds room BEFORE:

as you can see, both rooms were done in very saturated tones of pink and green.
both girls now "hated" the color schemes, and wanted their spaces to feel more simple and crisp and to fit their personalities.

the refresh rules:
*ALL existing furniture had to stay and could NOT be painted. yep.

*the walls could NOT be painted (they were considering keeping the accent walls in both bedrooms, but i "gently" talked them into painting them) we eventually compromised and painted the back wall of the younger sisters room the same color as the rest of the walls, and repainted the accent wall in the older sisters room a medium gray.

*they wanted all additions to be budget friendly

*the light fixtures could NOT be replaced (including the crystal chandeliers in each room)

*the younger sister loves animals, and wanted blue in her room.

*the older sister wanted a soft pink + grey scheme.

here are the AFTER pictures!
(all images taken by sara boulter)

the 13 year olds room AFTER:

what we did:

*removed the super-girly, frilly window treatments and rehung some simple white panels with pom fringe on just the large window

*replaced the bedding + added accent pillows

* added wall sconces to both sides of the bed

* added art to reinforce the color scheme of blues + greens

*purchased a new chair, ottoman and side table to create a reading nook

*added accessories

* made a custom fabric covered cork board


the new bedding from west elm (sorry, no longer available) helped add pattern and a grown-up vibe.

we used several shades of blues to make the space a little more interesting and less "planned".
 for instance, the shams are a nice bold royal/navy blue, and both the bulletin board and the the leather ottoman are teal blue. both the bed pillow and the chair pillow incorporate several shades of blues and greens.

the new wall mounted wall sconces free up space on the nightstands.

to create these three "matching" art pieces over the bed, we simply purchased a single print from minted, cut it on three pieces, and placed them in individual ikea frames. this is a great way to create a structured gallery wall on a budget!

 the new sheers are lightweight and feminine and the pom fringe on the edge adds just a touch of whimsy.

the reading nook gets plenty of light and (according to my client) gets some HEAVY use from her book-loving daughter!


these bulletin boards were a diy project. we simply had plywood and insulation board cut to the same size, glued them together and wrapped them in fabric. super easy and WAY more affordable than buying something! just to give you an idea...each of these large bulletin boards cost us around $50.


the 15 year olds bedroom AFTER:

what we did:

* replaced bedding and added a single accent pillow to the bed

*had a roman shade made, recovered the window seat cushion and added new pillows

*added another nightstand/desk to the right of the bed, and paired it with a small ottoman that can be moved around the room for seating, or used as a footstool while seated in the window seat (before, there was nothing on this side of the bed, which felt odd)

*added art

*hung a custom made cork board

*purchased new table lamps


new knobs were added to the existing dresser to break up the expanse of white wood.
(the old white wood knobs just felt a little too "vanilla")

new bedding from west elm and a new lamp scored at home goods help to update the room to a space more fitting for a teen girl. we splurged a bit on the pillow, but since its the only one on the bed, it was well worth getting a designer fabric in the perfect shade of blush pink!


new knobs from anthopologie make a statement on the nightstand, and help break up the look of the matching bedroom set.

new pillows add texture, pattern, personality and a splash of pink.

both the contrast welting on the window seat cushion and the accent banding on the roman shade are made from a charcoal gray linen. 

we added this mirrored console table-turned-desk to the side of the bed, with the gray storage ottoman. it is now the perfect place to perch and check emails and scroll through pinterest!

the relaxed roman shade is tailored yet feminine!

the art from minted, in frames from ikea, create a simple, structured gallery wall.

once more, quick before + afters of both rooms:

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Jul 28, 2015

design crush: the royalton white sands in jamaica

earlier in the year, my husband and i challenged our oldest daughter, olivia, to maintain her perfect 4.0 GPA through the last semester of 10th grade. (she had managed to pull off a 4.0 her entire 9th grade year, and was halfway through 10th grade with straight A's)

as a reward, we told her we would plan a trip for just her and one (or both) lucky parents. she worked her tail off, and pulled through, getting straight A's!

we had several options that we were considering for the trip, but in the end, olivia chose jamaica. last weekend, she and i took off for our adventure.

once we narrowed down the area and type of resort we were interested in, (all-inclusive but not too expensive and not too old, with good reviews) the final choice was easy to make!
 i chose the royalton white sands in montego bay jamaica, not only because of the trip advisor reviews, but also because of the modern, updated design.

here is a peek at the resort, starting with the lobby:
as with many carribean hotels, the lobby is compteley open air.  the lobby at the royalton has a round center area with and enormous glass sculpture in the middle. (sorry i didn't get a better picture, i was too busy gawking!)

the columns light up in the evening, which gives the entire lobby a soft glow.

these live edge benches were really beautiful.

loved the wood treatment on the reception desk!

there were so many whimsical, sculptural details that were so well done and added so much to the space! the gold wallpaper was subtle and added just enough glimmer.

i really loved the applied organic-looking treatment on the facade of the halls. 

just like the lobby, the hallways were open air, which provided for some amazing views we were walking to and from our room.

look at that view!
it never got old.

the resort was laid out really well. it was easy to get around, felt very upscale and tropical and we could get anywhere in just a couple minutes walk.

the hotel was actually purchased by new owners and extensively remodeled recently. they kept the same "x" shape of the original main building, but completely revamped the exterior, and added on several other buildings, . i think they did a tremendous job of tying the old and new buildings together architecturally, and adding character and interest!

 the room was pretty simple, and well thought out.

the built in along this wall had a desk area, a fridge, as well as a place to put luggage/bags and shoes.
i wasn't 100% on board with the lighted coral thing above the bed, but it did provide a nice effect when it was on.


the bathroom was also really modern and well designed.

a few other details i LOVED:
the ceiling in the buffet restaurant. so fun!

 the tufted harlequin treatment in the sports bar.

 the play of textures and neutrals in the coffee/ice cream cafe. and the lighting was perfection!

totally cool outdoor seating.

 and i LOVED the pool bathrooms! the paneled doors were so great....

and i gasped when i saw this vignette on the wall!

isn't this awesome?

i also loved that the mirror was layered...i mean, who really wants an accurate reflection of how they look after a few hours at the beach and pool? complete genius.

each of the stalls, had a framed shadow box with shells or starfish.

the "zen" restaurant was set in the middle of the resort, surrounded by water. there was a bridge that you crossed to enter.

the lighting was insanely good!

the carved wooded screens were painted gold.

and...HELLO! this mosaic was breathtaking!

i really loved the exterior details. wood planking + stucco + raw wood awnings.

the exterior walking areas were covered with this porous limestone that occasionally had shell and leaf fossils. 

the view from the pool wasn't so bad either!


this wall treatment in the hallway on the main level always made me smile.

the ceiling was super fun too!

the design team did an amazing job of dressing up the ceilings in here.

the lighting was nice too!

these lights, in the same area, but above a bar are meant to resemble bird cages.
how fun is that?

 the italian restaurant was in a large pavilion, pretty close to the beach.

(aren't those "pods" great? they create intimacy, and add texture and interest.)

it was hard to get a great shot of the scale of these lights. they were tremendous!

cement tile on the wall, also repeated in the entry.

i think some people get really hung up on mixing patterns and textures, but if you look at the tile, the ceiling and the wood screen in this alcove, you can see that while there is "a lot" going on, the overall effect is really interesting and beautiful!

overall, the trip was amazing! olivia and i made some great memories, and i loved the service and design of the resort.
hope you can get some inspiration just like i did from this stunning place!