Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stairway to Haven

This may not be a big deal to anyone but me, but let me tell you, I was SO excited when the installation of our carpet went onto our back staircase!  I had seen this carpet in a magazine or online years ago and saved it in my "dream house" file.  When I went shopping for carpet for the stairs I decided I had to have it somewhere in my home.  I thought about putting it in our gameroom but ultimately settled on the back stairs. The stairs are at the back door just off our driveway, the one that a lot of the girl's friends will be using to go upstairs.  The antelope print is so fun and it makes the stairs just a bit more, well, special!  It also really ties well with the golden marble in our kitchen.  In case it's on your list for your dream home, Karastan, Stark, and Couristan all make this pattern.  I couldn't be happier with the look!!

Here are a few more photos of how this print could be used in a home.

Room by Jan Showers

photo by Pieter Estersohn
image via Dallas, TX MLS listing


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Turquoise Tiara ~ A Teenage Haven

Here it is, Sally!  This is the turquoise room in all it's unfinished splendor.  I am currently waiting for another side table to arrive and looking for art work for the walls above the mirrored furniture. I also plan on purchasing the IKEA white slip covered sofa for the kids to hang out on while they splash their fruit punches all over it. LOL Luckily, and smartly if I do say so myself, I found this white Shabby Chic bedding at Target, as my daughter has already gotten red marker stains on adorable is that??  I'm a huge believer that custom or expensive bedding is ridiculous for kids and teens.
I found this super fun fabric for the drapes at High Fashion. It makes the room fun for a teen.  It looks like some sort of animal print. Elissa wanted funky yet elegant~~
kind of a tricky combo but I think I've pulled it off! 
The paint was a HUGE decision as turquoise can go really bright, too blue, or too green.  Erin at Turquoise House had some great suggestions.  A few of her favorite colors were Robin's Egg Blue, Sky Blue, Seafoam Green, and Ocean Blue.  They're all really gorgeous colors! I ultimately found and fell in love with BM Blue Diamond.  I think I did it 75% to make it just a little softer. It's not hard on the eyes and goes really well with the mirrored & iron elements  in the room.
The mercury glass finials were found at Loew's, of all places! My drapery seamstress told me that they had finials and I was in a huge time crunch so I ran over there and was surprised to find these really perfect finials to go with the mirrored furniture!  Who knew?
The bed was custom made at Eloise Abbott at the Decorative Center, but there's one almost identical to it at Anthropologie that a friend bought for her daughter, so I know that one must be quality as well.  We plan to hang white gauzy fabric from the poles to make it very ethereal & dreamy.  It's on my list of To-Do's for this room. 
For the mirrored desk I plan to get a clear acrylic chair. I don't want to take away from the mirrored furniture by adding anything clunky! (I still need to hang her bulletin board :)
And how perfect is this trash canister?!  I love it!

So there you have it so far! I'll update it as it starts to take more shape but I'm really pleased with how it looks so far and, most importantly, my daughter LOVES it!  Let me know what you think! You can leave comments below~~

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