Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Modern Bathroom Designs

This post is sponsored by ModernBath.com. All opinions and thoughts expressed within are my own.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might be aware that my style is a little all over the place. I like to mix some traditional elements with more modern ones, maybe throw in a little bit of bohemian or Chinoiserie. In short, I guess the best way to describe my style is "eclectic.”

I’ve designed a lot of living room mood boards and a few bedroom and office boards, but I’ve never done a bathroom design. So when the people at ModernBath.com reached out to me about reviewing their site, I thought it would be a fun challenge. Instead of sticking with a certain style I combined several products I absolutely love. I guess you could call this room “feminine rustic glamor.”

For my dream bathroom I started with this Rustic Chic vanity from ModernBath.com. I paired it with one of my favorite wallpapers (which I’d balance by adding white beadboard on the bottom half of the wall), added a pretty bone herringbone mirror, a two-toned metal chandelier, the most amazing soaking tub, and a tribal stool that can be placed next to the tub for you to set your wine and book on. Now tell me that this doesn’t sound like the perfect bathroom.

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Fairmont Designs Rustic Chic 48” Modern Bathroom Vanity, ModernBath.com, $1852 // Parsons Small Wall Mirror – Bone Inlay, West Elm, $299 // Currey & Company Fairchild Small Chandelier, Layla Grace, $1320 // Neptune Wish 01 Freestanding Oval Bathroom Tub, ModernBath.com, $4541 // Vanuatu Twilight Wallpaper, Anthropologie, $198 // Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table, World Market, $149

ModernBath.com has everything you’d need to design your dream bathroom: vanities, showers and tubs, lighting, etc. And they come in every style: modern, transitional, and traditional. I will say that the prices on their pieces are quite a bit higher than you’d pay at a big-box store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, but their options and quality contribute toward the higher prices. This vanity, for example, is made of solid wood and features dovetail drawers, a feature I doubt you’d find in a much cheaper option.

What features would you choose for your dream bathroom? Would you have a whirlpool tub or a clawfoot bath? A killer chandelier or marble tile? Leave a note in the comments!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

TV Favorite: Regina’s Office from Once Upon a Time

You guys, do you know what tonight is? The season premier of Once Upon a Time! I really enjoy this show and their modern take on classic fairy tales.

I recently re-watched season 1, which is the best season in my opinion, and I was struck at how lovely the sets are. I really like Mary Margaret’s shabby chic apartment and Granny’s diner, but I especially adore Regina’s glamorous black and white office. (P.S. I’m pretty sure no mayor, except maybe the mayor of a huge city like New York, has an office this nice.)

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! Now, all the black and white might be slightly over the top for a real-life room, but I think it is absolutely perfect for the show. And how amazing is that tree wallpaper?!

I love this room so much that I decided to recreate it for you. I’m pretty sure the wallpaper, table lamps, and dining chairs are exact matches, and the rest of my picks are as close as I could find.

Regina's Office OUAT

To see the sources and prices of everything pictured above, check out my Polyvore page here.

Are you into the chic black and white theme? And will you be tuning into Once Upon a Time tonight? Leave a note in the comments!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites 9.26.14

Happy Friday, loves! Here are a few of my favorite links from the week.

This House Tour

Lauren Conrad - The Fireplace

Lauren Conrad’s house tour in In Style is to die for. Somehow she transformed herself from reality TV star to my generation’s lifestyle icon, and I’m so jealous of her style, both in clothing and in her gorgeous L.A. home. It’s the perfect blend of California and Parisian style, casual but sophisticated. See more photos here.

This Sofa

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I popped into Anthropologie last weekend to take a break from the Plaza Art Fair crowds (so much fun, but so many people!), and this navy velvet chesterfield sofa literally stopped me in my tracks when I saw it. It’s that gorgeous in person. It’s not exactly cheap ($2498), but it is stunning. It also comes in a ton of other pretty colors, including teal, yellow, and rose. Check it out here.

This Kitchen

White Kitchen with Gold Hardware

I love a bright, white kitchen, so it’s no surprise that I love this kitchen remodel by designers Owens + Davis. What is surprising though is that according to their instagram page, this is an Ikea kitchen! And obviously I also love the colorful kilim rug by Amber Interiors, it goes so well with the white cabinets and counters. Owens + Davis are seriously talented, see more of their gorgeous rooms here.

This DIY Project

copper glass lantern centerpiece

The lovely Erin from House of Earnest (who I had the pleasure of meeting at this year’s Go Blog Social conference) comes up with the prettiest, expensive-looking DIY projects, like this copper rimmed glass candleholder. It looks seriously sophisticated and high-end, don’t you think? I think it’d be perfect for a modern fall centerpiece. For more photos and instructions click here.

That’s all for today friends. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. to see more Friday Favorites from past weeks, click here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Client Living Room Inspiration

I mentioned yesterday that I’m working with a friend on redecorating her house, and I am so excited for this project! I went over last week and we worked on picking out paint colors for the downstairs rooms. She loves cool colors, like blue and gray, but she also isn’t afraid to have some fun and go bold. After talking things through, here’s what we came up with for her living room:

Living room colors

A medium gray (sea haze) for the living room walls, a bright blue (electric blue) for the accent wall around the fireplace, and a coral (summer sun pink) for decorative accents (all paint colors are Benjamin Moore).

My friend and her husband already bought a charcoal gray couch and loveseat and they’d like a black leather ottoman for the coffee table (something soft that their little girls won’t hurt themselves on), so I used those in my room design. I added a gray and white rug, some fun throw pillows, curtains, and some patterned stools for extra seating that won’t block the fireplace.

Gray, coral, and blue living room

Verano Sofa, Crate & Barrel, $1799 // Safavieh Large Square Ottoman, Target, $262 // Oversized Chevron Pillows, Target, $22 each // Geo Floral Pillow, Target, $15 // Ranarp Floor Lamp, Ikea, $60 // Nate Berkus Area Rug, Target, $110 // Agate Serving Tray, Target, $20 // Ombre Window Panels, Target, $25 each // Threshold X-Stools, Target, $48 each

*prices current as of 9/23/14*

My friend doesn’t have a large decorating budget so we’re shopping at inexpensive stores like Target and Ikea for most of the items. By the way, Target is having a fantastic sale on a lot of their furniture and home décor right now, if you’re in need of any new items for your home you should check it out!

Monday, September 22, 2014

DIY Blog Tour

Happy Monday! If you’re an avid blog reader like I am you may have noticed other bloggers participating in a DIY Blog Tour. Well last week the sweet girls at My Only Sunshine posted their blog tour and tagged me to do my own this week, so it’s my turn to give you a little peak behind the scenes of Blue 11 Interiors!

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1. What are you working on?

October is going to be a super busy month for me! I’m attending the KC Bloggers Workshop on the 4th, going to Go Blog Social’s pop-up conference in Chicago on the 11th, and spending a week in Washington D.C. with my hubby later that month! I’m also focusing on getting my decorating business going. I’m taking Kirsten Krason’s e-design business course so I hope to start offering that service very soon. I just started working with a friend from college on her new house which I am super excited about! I’ll be posting about our ideas for her house this week.

Before we sell our house in the spring, I’d like to tackle a few projects, like replacing the backsplash in the kitchen, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted on that!

2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?

Blue 11 Interiors is primarily a decorating and design blog, but I, like most people, don’t have a ton of money to spend on decorating, so I like to share budget-friendly finds and ideas. I also throw in a few lifestyle posts about what I’m up to and liking at the moment (books, movies, etc). I have a lot of local readers, and I adore Kansas City, so I like to highlight local places and events as well.

3. Why do you write/create what you do?

I became hooked on design blogs several years ago. I would read Apartment Therapy and see the home tours and DIY projects and just feel so amazed and inspired at others bloggers’ style and creativity and I wanted to be part of that world. I started Blue 11 Interiors around the same time I was transitioning out my job at a bank and into interior design school, which was also around the same time we bought our first house, so I had lots of inspiration/ideas/projects to share. Two and half years later, I love blogging even more and I’m still finding lots of fun stuff to post about.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

I’d love to say I’m very organized and plan out my posts weeks in advance, but that isn’t true. For the most part I really just post whatever I’m working on or liking on that particular day. I do keep track of ideas that pop into my head by keeping a list of post ideas on my iPhone and by pinning ideas onto a secret board on Pinterest.

I have a nice office that I should work from but most days I blog from the couch while watching reruns of Gilmore Girls and How I Met Your Mother (although today I’m proud of myself for taking my laptop outside and working from the deck while listening to my Backstreet Boys Pandora station Smile ).

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That’s it for the tour! I’m tagging Erin from Color Me Styled to participate in the tour next Monday.

I met Erin at Go Blog Social in April and she is as cool in person as she seems on her blog. She focuses on fashion but she does a few DIY projects as well, including this hanging geometric wall art project that I adore:

DIY Paper Cut Out Wall Art Craft Easy

Thanks so much to Brittnee and Skylar from My Only Sunshine for tagging me in the tour! Make sure to check out their blog for all kinds of cute DIY projects. These girls have only been blogging for a couple months but they are seriously talented. And also make sure you pop over to Color Me Styled and look out for Erin’s blog tour post next Monday!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites 9.19.14

Hello friends! Sorry for the slow week, I’ve been pretty busy the last few days but I promise I’ll have some good posts to show for it soon. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite things from the interwebs I’ve found lately.

This Blog Post

My friend Kari  at This, Too wrote the sweetest post this week titled “The Ladybug.” It’s hard to describe, but I promise it’s worth checking out.

This Collection

nate berkus fall collection

The Nate Berkus collections at Target are always amazing, and this fall’s collection is no exception. There are so many killer items that would make any home gorgeous and glamorous. Check it out here.

This Facebook Account

Smart Girls

I, like most women on the planet, adore Amy Poehler, so I obviously had to check out Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls when it popped up on my facebook news feed. The Smart Girls group, according to their fb page, is

“an online community for young girls and the young at heart, which encourages women in volunteerism, activism, cultural exchange, and self-expression through the arts. Founded by best friends, comedian Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, the organization is dedicated to helping girls cultivate their authentic selves. Our motto is: You Change the World by Being Yourself.”

What a great mission! They work towards this vision by sharing articles every day about women doing interesting and inspiring things in their community. I don’t read every article they post, but I really enjoy the ones I do read. I’d definitely recommend following along!

These Rooms

JA rooms

I have a deep, undying love for anything and everything Jonathan Adler, so of course I love following him on Instagram. I’m obsessed with these rooms he’s posted recently, they’re so pretty! For more prettiness follow Jonathan Adler on Instagram.

 

That’s it for today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’m hoping to check out the Plaza Art Fair, what do you have planned?

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Perfect Kansas City Saturday

This weekend I got together with some of my closest friends from college for a book club weekend. We’ve been doing a book club for a few years now, which serves two purposes: we get to read and discuss a new book, and (more importantly), it gives us a reason to get together.

Since my group of friends is spread out across Missouri we usually choose to meet somewhere in the middle, but this weekend we gathered in Kansas City. I hosted the group, and as the host I wanted to make my friends feel welcome and show off some of my favorite spots in KC.

A few of the girls met at my house Saturday morning for breakfast. I made these pumpkin muffins from Today’s Momma to go with our coffee. I also decorated the house with this Oh Joy! banner and some dollar section chalkboard coasters, both from Target.

muffins and coffee

us at home

We met up with the rest of the group for lunch at Chez Elle, the cutest and most delicious creperie ever. We each got our own savory crepe for lunch and then split three dessert crepes between the group. If you haven’t been there yet I highly recommend it, everything was amazing!

chez elle

savory crepes

dessert crepe

For the actual book club part of the day we headed to Amigoni Urban Winery to discuss The Mark of the Dragonfly. Amigoni is housed in a gorgeous old building that is perfect for spending an afternoon in whilst sipping wine. Wine + good friends + discussing a great book, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Book Club Group

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We finished up the night with dinner at Jerusalem Café followed by more wine and games back at my house. I had such an enjoyable weekend, I’m so thankful that I was able to get together with my friends for our book club.

Are you part of a book club, or another “club” that gives you and your friends a reason to get together?