Stellar Steals *4*

It’s been a few years since I’ve been in such anticipation of SPRING!!! 

Hence this pretty Bedroom vignette by Studio McGee for our fourth Stellar Steal. So soft, so fresh, so pretty. It’s classic and crisp, yet cool and cozy at the same time. The adjectives are many.

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 Design by Studio McGee 

Design by Studio McGee 

STELLAR STEAL

 Stellar Steal Design by beam&bloom  

Stellar Steal Design by beam&bloom  

Though the bed is the star of the show, we have some super star supporting players here.

The brass lamp has mixed metals. Predominantly brass with touches of silver to tie in the gray in the room, and to give you the option of brass or silver tacks in your headboard etc. Win win. And, these lovely brass handles can replace the hardware on an existing piece, of if you buy two of these amazing steal end tables from Target, nab two of the center t-bar pull from Wayfair! Instant bling.

There are a few awesome options for headboards! I think the key here is to get a soft velvet fabric with nailhead trim. Our first choice is to keep that straight line above the pillows as per our Inspiration Room.

 

   Serta   Nova   Headboard  , King for $142.99 from Hayneedle

Serta Nova Headboard, King for $142.99 from Hayneedle

 Another great option!! $165.67 Gray Velvet Abbyson Headboard from Hayneedle

Another great option!! $165.67 Gray Velvet Abbyson Headboard from Hayneedle

Our find for the sweet little bench at the foot of the bed is a French inspired upholstered tufted bench with carved wood legs from Pier 1. LOVE IT. 

 Pier 1 Imports $199.95 Dixie Gray Tufted Bench

Pier 1 Imports $199.95 Dixie Gray Tufted Bench

The bedding is one of my favorite elements. It adds crisp clean lines and simplicity leaving room for the decorative elements to shine.

 Wamsutta Baratta Duvet Cover, KING $79.99, and Shams in Charcoal, $39.99 for King and Euro Shams

Wamsutta Baratta Duvet Cover, KING $79.99, and Shams in Charcoal, $39.99 for King and Euro Shams

Adding just the right touches of color with the subtle spring florals of our lumbar pillows was arguably the most challenging and important addition to the mix. We searched for a while for these two sweeties in place of the gorgeous (and no doubt pricey) extra long lumbar from the Studio McGee space. We think we found the perfect pillows!

 Vintage Romantic Lumbar Pillow, $38.50 from Zazzle

Vintage Romantic Lumbar Pillow, $38.50 from Zazzle

 

Adding major elegance, and assisting us in our mixed metal sort of inspiration (with lots of grays and golds) is this perfect light fixture. We love the sparkle in the glass, the brass touches, and the silky texture of the drum shade. 

 Conti 16”wide chandelier with drum shade, $174.99 from Lamps Plus

Conti 16”wide chandelier with drum shade, $174.99 from Lamps Plus

As if this room could get any sweeter, we found just the right little finishes for our end tables. 

 

PLEASE buy some pretty blooms to put in those little bud vases! And underfoot, a super simple area rug. Sight, smell and touch all get a part in this spring bedroom masterpiece

 Safavieh 8 foot square rug from Overstock for $155.24

Safavieh 8 foot square rug from Overstock for $155.24

With all of these precious and perfect touches, how can you not feel calm and rested in a space like this? The soft grays and warm wood and golds along with the freshl white and bits of sparkle create such an elegant and understated oasis. You can wake up refreshed and ready to soak up the springtime.

 

 STELLAR LOOK by Studio McGee and STELLAR STEAL by beam&bloom

STELLAR LOOK by Studio McGee and STELLAR STEAL by beam&bloom

Stellar Steals *3*

I got a little crazy last month. I think the insane wallpaper was too much for you guys. I get it.  

Worry not. This month we have a soothing, easy, eclectic, vintage vibe inspired by the incomparable Emily Henderson! I’ve been a fan of her aesthetic for years. Her style is unapologetically personal and evolving, and she is always successful in creating spaces that ooze charm and life without meeting traditional expectations. So...you need a little bit of her vibe in your life.

 STELLAR LOOK

 Stellar Look, Design by Emily Henderson, photo by Zeke Ruelas

Stellar Look, Design by Emily Henderson, photo by Zeke Ruelas

STELLAR STEAL

 Stellar Steal Design by Beam&Bloom

Stellar Steal Design by Beam&Bloom

It’s hard to pick a favorite aspect of this room. Actually....I think it’s the antique map. I found so many great options in multiple sizes. But, of course, I’m going to represent my current home state of New Jersey! If you’re going for this look, oversize is key. I think the 30”x40” is perfect to get our look. If you have the ceiling height and wall space...that 36”x48” is pretty amazing.

 Antique Map, New Jersey, Overstock 30x40 $11.99

Antique Map, New Jersey, Overstock 30x40 $11.99

What really makes this map the feature is the blue wall behind it. I love Benjamin Moore's "Gentleman's Gray."

 Gentleman’s Gray by Benjamin Moore

Gentleman’s Gray by Benjamin Moore

It's a deep blue with the tiniest hint of teal when the sun hits it. It morphs in light and dark, but always reads as a rich blue. The white and wood tones throughout the design play super nicely with it. The glass touches add some glitter and shine and reflect different hues in the blue. So so pretty.

 

 

Anchoring the space, and adding the vibrant pop of white, is our spectacular oval table. There is so much style circling this piece! It screams swanky 60's adding just the right amount of pizaz and "modern" opposition to the vintage map. This is our splurge item yet still affordable as size-able dining tables go.

 60 inch Lex Mod Lippa Oval Wood Top Dining Table in White $591.75

60 inch Lex Mod Lippa Oval Wood Top Dining Table in White $591.75

 

 

 

Dangling above our mod table, is an actual Art Deco era pendant. It is simple, elegant and totally unexpected. We found the exact model as our Stellar Look at Rejuvenation for a reasonable $650. BUT we found a smaller version with the same glamour for a few hundred less! $340 at Rejuvenation for a true vintage piece from the 1930’s!

 

The chairs. The chairs!!!! Who would’ve thunk to mix French bistro chairs with white mid century modern chairs??? Emily Henderson would!! I like to think that I would, too!! That’s why I love her style. If something looks amazing as a piece of the puzzle, and if it functions in line and color and purpose...DO IT! Do not let conventional design theory limit you.

We found a pretty amazing alternative to pricey bistro chairs, guys. They are SO affordable and so spot on with our look! 

 Structure Bistro Dining chairs in Brown $55 today!!! Usually $71, which is still super awesome. Hurry!! Buy. 

Structure Bistro Dining chairs in Brown $55 today!!! Usually $71, which is still super awesome. Hurry!! Buy. 

Let’s head back to funky town with these Eames Style white chairs from modern decor.com. $158 for TWO!!!!

 Eames Style DSW Molded White Plastic Dining Shell Chairs with Dark Walnut Wood Eiffel Legs, TWO for $158

Eames Style DSW Molded White Plastic Dining Shell Chairs with Dark Walnut Wood Eiffel Legs, TWO for $158

Throw a sweep of a blue and white stripes under the table and chairs, and you’ve got the base of your space. There are really so many rugs you could choose. Look for something in a natural or indoor/outdoor weave. It’s a dining space after all! Look for predominantly white or light neutral tones with striping with or without a print. We like the look and price of this rug

 Cotton Sky Blue area rug, Hand Woven, Joss & Main $289 for 8x11

Cotton Sky Blue area rug, Hand Woven, Joss & Main $289 for 8x11

Taking cues from our muse, we found a super cool option for all your bar and beverage entertaining needs at a fabulous price point. A little mid century, a splash of warm wood, and a mirrored bar back! My good friends know how I love a mirrored bar back. It sounds like a splurge, but trust us...this is a great price at $650. This kind of bar cabinet usually starts at $1,000! It’s not only practical and timeless in it’s “cool” factor, but it’s a conversation piece. It's design and decor in one.

We can make up for some big spending with our accessories! So, let’s dress her up.

 Gold Hammered Metal Plate, H&M $12.99  

Gold Hammered Metal Plate, H&M $12.99  

H&M has worked their magic, and made most of our finishing touches suddenly appear...though we barely opened our wallets. This golden tray adds a glint of glam and a central focal point to highlight all of our pretty little trinkets.

 

So...Line up, trinkets!

 

Vases in black and white ceramic plus a bit of glass add tons of character without overpowering the palette or the scale. And every table should have at least one vessel for blooms! But, WE have 3 vessels! And a cute little decorative bowl.

 

Stock that bar cabinet with these perfect bubble glassware pieces that H&M has decided to basically give away. And do a little diggin once you’re on the H&M site, because they have an awesome affordable selection of beauties to fill your cabinet...and your home design heart.

 

 Glass Carafe with cork, H&M  $17.99

Glass Carafe with cork, H&M  $17.99

 

 

 

 

And to literally top it all off...this tall drink of water sits on top of the cabinet, just to the right of our art print. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “Live the Adventure” by Adventure is Calling, Photo Print from Society 6, Scoop White Frame 15x21 $49.99

“Live the Adventure” by Adventure is Calling, Photo Print from Society 6, Scoop White Frame 15x21 $49.99

And what a lovely print she is! A photo aptly named after the adventure it depicts. The deep earthy colors with a bit of emerald green in their bright white frame stand out against our deep blue backdrop, and add a wealth of style to our space at a tiny cost.

This entire Stellar Steal room is under $2,600, GUYS!!!!...not including alcohol and/or snacks. Surely, you can gather those (along with your favorite friends and family) and throw some spectacular soirees or boozy brunches in this gorgeous space. 

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Stellar Steals! *2*

Here at Beam&Bloom, we specialize in making Home Design affordable, attainable, functional and inspiring...so, we’ve decided to provide a monthly copy-cat post with a Designer Space that we LOVE...but, alas, cannot all afford. We find direct links to products that will give you the look for much, much...much less. It might require some “homework” and furniture assembly...but, for those of us with the dreams and not the dollars...we’ve got this.

Click on the links or photos to purchase, and complete a Stellar look for a STEAL!!!!

The bitter January cold here in NJ has us dreaming of a comfy chair and a cozy space with deep colors and a roaring fireplace. You? 

When we came across this whimsically elegant room, it spoke our winter love language. Bold prints that meld into eachother with a comforting ease in a play on a Victorian English study. Designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller created this space for Actress Jessica Chastain’s NY flat, and now we have stolen it for a tiny, tiny fraction of the cost. 

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 Actress Jessica Chastain’s NY Flat designed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller as featured in Architectural Digest

Actress Jessica Chastain’s NY Flat designed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller as featured in Architectural Digest

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 Stellar Steal Design by Beam&Bloom

Stellar Steal Design by Beam&Bloom

Yes. We found you a FIREPLACE, People!!! Home Depot sells various sizes and styles of electric or fuel burning fireplaces for those of us without actual fire vessels and chimneys. We picked a rather fancy one as our splurgiest item  for $599 (because it so suits the style)...but there are plenty of other options for less than $200, so browse the link!

Feeling warm already?

 Southern Enterprises Jackson 70.25n Freestanding Fireplace in Espresso with bookshelves, $599 from Home Depot

Southern Enterprises Jackson 70.25n Freestanding Fireplace in Espresso with bookshelves, $599 from Home Depot

The most dynamic element (post fireplace) is the wallpaper. We found a peel and stick/removeable style from our friends at Burke Decor. It’s a deep navy blue with beautifully busy branches. 

 Branches Wallpaper in Mystery Blue by Tempaper from Burke Decor, self adhesive, $98 for 56 square foot bolt, bold darkblue and white wallpaper   

Branches Wallpaper in Mystery Blue by Tempaper from Burke Decor, self adhesive, $98 for 56 square foot bolt, bold darkblue and white wallpaper

 

 MirrorsHome Color Black Glass mirror from Houzz, $129.45. USE CODE DCC6D for 5% off! 

MirrorsHome Color Black Glass mirror from Houzz, $129.45. USE CODE DCC6D for 5% off! 

Breaking up the major patterns is this thick framed, round, black mirror is one of the surprisingly modern elements in the space. We found a killer deal on this 31 inch diameter piece! It’s strength is it’s simplicity.

One of our favorite things in this room is the chair. A French style armchair with wood trim and upholstery is hard to find for a great price! But, we did it. The blue is more of a match to our walls than a contrast, but we love the look.

 Devon Indigo Blue Chair from Pier 1 Imports, $399.95, French style armchair   

Devon Indigo Blue Chair from Pier 1 Imports, $399.95, French style armchair

 

Our second favorite thing in this room is the rug. So many beautiful and rich colors come together in a modern tribal print for a totally engaging and timeless feel. If all you get from this post is the chair and the rug...you did it right! They are a power couple. 

 Red Hamadan rug by Safavieh from Home Depot, 7x9 feet for $186! Red and Multi colored tribal print rug

Red Hamadan rug by Safavieh from Home Depot, 7x9 feet for $186! Red and Multi colored tribal print rug

 

Up the cushy comfort factor and the fun with some funky patterned and textured pillows piled on your pretty new chair.  

 Blue Metallic Target Pillow, $18.99

Blue Metallic Target Pillow, $18.99

 $45.50 Navin Print Pottery Barn 16x24 Lumbar Pillow Cover, Inserts also available

$45.50 Navin Print Pottery Barn 16x24 Lumbar Pillow Cover, Inserts also available

 Moroccan Red Garden Stool by Abbyson at Target, $110

Moroccan Red Garden Stool by Abbyson at Target, $110

 $14.24 Abstract Blue Project 62 Print, 11x14 inches from Target

$14.24 Abstract Blue Project 62 Print, 11x14 inches from Target

The garden stool adds another layer of red with more of a wine flavor. It’s elegant and utilitarian and a bit unexpected.

Another super modern touch is this sweet little print from Target! Propped up on the mantle, it adds a key focal point in the space. In general, this is one of my favorite affordable pieces of wall art, and the price point is unbeatable.

We mimicked the elegance of the marble obelisk and vases from the inspiration space with some close copies. Our obelisk is crystal, and by a company called Badash (which sounds like Badass...so that’s neat.) Ya’ll would be surprised how expensive decorative obelisks are. But, this one gives a little flash to our mantle. The faux marble vase is a sweet little bit of black to compliment our mirror and tie in the simple white ceramic vase behind it. 

 

 10inch Badash Crystal Obelisk  $69.99 from Bed, Bath & Beyond

10inch Badash Crystal Obelisk  $69.99 from Bed, Bath & Beyond

 $41.49 for a set of 3 ceramic faux marble vases 9x13inches each

$41.49 for a set of 3 ceramic faux marble vases 9x13inches each

 $16.99 White/Gray Threshold Terra-cotta medium vase from Target, 11.75x5.75 inches

$16.99 White/Gray Threshold Terra-cotta medium vase from Target, 11.75x5.75 inches

The faux marble ceramic vases come in a set of three for an awesome price. Scatter them around the house, or use them as a grouping on your mantle if you’re not into obelisks. The White/Gray vase rounds out our mantle styling, comes in various sizes, and would look fantastic on any table or mantle. 

Put it all together, Et VOILA! You have a super eclectic, vibrant, warm and comforting space with classic Victorian roots. All that’s left is to grab a brandy...or an herbal tea...and bask in the warmth and the glory of your new space!

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Stellar Steals! *1*

This is new and fun!  

Here at Beam&Bloom, we specialize in making Home Design affordable, attainable, functional and inspiring...so, we’ve decided to provide a monthly copy-cat post with a Designer Space that we LOVE...but, alas, cannot all afford. We find direct purchaseable links to products that will give you the look for much, much...much less. It might require some “homework” and furniture assembly...but, for those of us with the dreams and not the dollars...we’ve got this.

Click on the links or photos to purchase, and complete a Stellar look for a STEAL!!!!

 

We ALL love Designs by Studio McGee! The eclectic but refined style embodied by Shea and Syd and their beautiful company are universally appealing and livable! You can always visit McGee and Co. to get some of the high end items that you see! 

As we celebrate this holiday season, we could all use a stunning and welcoming entryway. 

STELLAR LOOK

 Entryway Table Design by Studio McGee, photo by Travis Richardson

Entryway Table Design by Studio McGee, photo by Travis Richardson

 STEAL

 Stellar Steal Design by Beam&Bloom

Stellar Steal Design by Beam&Bloom

Of course artisanal quality will be a bit lacking, but these pieces should hold up well until they’re ready for replacement. And when you are ready to change things up, you should be able to afford to! 

Let’s start with the console table. The “steal” scale will be a bit smaller, so, even if you have a sparse space to work with, you can make this happen! This console table that we found on Wayfair is only $107!! 

It’s 48 inches wide, so not too scant, but will definitely require some assembly. We like that it has the built in shelf for the baskets, and that it carries those straight lines from the inspiration design.

 Greenspan Console Table $107.00 in Black from Wayfair

Greenspan Console Table $107.00 in Black from Wayfair

 Brass Drawer Pull, Sumner Street hardware $3.50

Brass Drawer Pull, Sumner Street hardware $3.50

To get the important golden touch of the antique brass drawer pull, you’ll have to add it. Luckily, for about $4 and a screwdriver, you can do just that! 

 

The mirror is our main design focus here, and the Studio McGee version is a lovely large, round, weathered wood. We stole the shape and changed up the material with an All Modern find in antiqued brass metal, and a very similar shape for only $185.99. Center and hang your beautiful mirror about 5 inches above the console tabletop. 

 Large Round Brass, Minerva Mirror from All Modern $185.99

Large Round Brass, Minerva Mirror from All Modern $185.99

 Slouchy Seagrass Basket in Natural $18.99 on sale now from  Target  

Slouchy Seagrass Basket in Natural $18.99 on sale now from Target 

The baskets are another key design element. We found these lovely floppy ones from Target that give us the easy slouchy style of the Studio McGee version, and 3 should fit nicely under our console pic. 

 

 

 Crackle Ceramic, Cream Saffi Table Lamp from Target $82.49

Crackle Ceramic, Cream Saffi Table Lamp from Target $82.49

Let’s shed some light on these large lamps from Target! Their crackled beige ceramic give the earthy quality of the original design, at a reasonable price point. 

Tabletop styling has become a favorite for us at Beam&Bloom, and Studio McGee has it down. Eclectic pieces that add to, but don’t overpower the vision. We found a great standing magnifying glass that adds so much character! It’s not super cheap, but definitely an eye catcher. (Wink, wink)

 Brass Standing Magnifying Glass, DecMode from Jet.com $62.12

Brass Standing Magnifying Glass, DecMode from Jet.com $62.12

 Hammered Gold Pencil Holder/Vase $6.99 at Target! Nate Berkus.  

Hammered Gold Pencil Holder/Vase $6.99 at Target! Nate Berkus.  

Place the magnifying glass toward the right lamp, and stack a couple of your favorite pretty books to the left of it. We decided not to add the decorative box below, because we are a bit lacking in space width wise.

This cute hammered gold pencil holder by Nate Berkus for Target is the perfect mini vase to sit on top of the books and hold some pretty blooms. Pink works nicely with this color scape, and I always love peonies! But, go seasonal.  

A low and flat decorative bowl finds perfect placement to the left of your little book stack between it and the left lamp. For our design, we chose a light aqua blue (pasta bowl) option to add a bit of oceanic color. But, here is where your own personality can completely shine through! Because of the neutral palette all around, you can choose to make a color pop or blend in a variety of textures... it’s up to you. 

 Crate & Barrel aqua pasta bowl $7.96

Crate & Barrel aqua pasta bowl $7.96

As a bonus element to this design, we have added a muted beige geometric rug for those many homes that don’t have the gorgeous beige geometric tile in their entryway. This will really finish the look, and give immediate visual impact.

 Blaisdell Beige Keely Geometric rug, 4x6, $64.99 Wayfair

Blaisdell Beige Keely Geometric rug, 4x6, $64.99 Wayfair

Your new entryway will be warm and impressive, and frequently utilized while welcoming your friends and family during this holiday season and well into the New Year! 

 Classic Neutral Entryway Design by Studio McGee with a budget Stellar Steal by Beam&Bloom

Classic Neutral Entryway Design by Studio McGee with a budget Stellar Steal by Beam&Bloom

Master the Bedroom!

Years of living in "cozy" NYC apartments shaped me as a person. 

I became adaptable, creative, resourceful...and completely frustrated with the lack of space. For a few years, I had three little ones running around a tiny two bedroom!

So, moving to our fixer-upper in the burbs was an absolute dream.

 Our Suburban Fixer Upper brimming with rustic curb appeal and shabby chic charm, DIY Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green Door, black rubber front mat, barrel planters, brass mail slot, original wood door with circular window, Design by Beam&Bloom

Our Suburban Fixer Upper brimming with rustic curb appeal and shabby chic charm, DIY Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green Door, black rubber front mat, barrel planters, brass mail slot, original wood door with circular window, Design by Beam&Bloom

We finally had (indoor AND outdoor) space to breathe!!!

 Back patio, reclaimed (west elm) coffee table, Target vintage floral pillows, neutral poufs and blue and white indoor/outdoor rug, solar string lights from Amazon, Design by Beam&Bloom

Back patio, reclaimed (west elm) coffee table, Target vintage floral pillows, neutral poufs and blue and white indoor/outdoor rug, solar string lights from Amazon, Design by Beam&Bloom

We started with the oh-so-necessary gut renovation/restoration of our kitchen, which hadn't been touched since 1941. And, trust me, that's a blog for anther day.

Yet, one massively luxurious comfort was missing.

We sought the elusive MASTER SUITE!!! What a dream THAT would be! I knew when we bought our home that it could happen. I saw the potential to steal a large closet in our boys' room adjacent to the shower of a relatively large main bath. So, we saved and planned, and started the massive project.

We were able to utilize the closet space and the original standing shower to their maximum potential.

 Dark Blue and white master bath, "Gentlemans Gray" paint color by Benjamin Moore, white porcelain herringbone tile, brushed nickel finishes, wire baskets from Cost Plus World Market, from IKEA. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Dark Blue and white master bath, "Gentlemans Gray" paint color by Benjamin Moore, white porcelain herringbone tile, brushed nickel finishes, wire baskets from Cost Plus World Market, from IKEA. Design by Beam&Bloom.

 Dark Blue and white master bath,"Gentlemans Gray" paint color by Benjamin Moore, white porcelain herringbone tile, brushed nickel finishes, wire baskets from Cost Plus World Market, from IKEA. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Dark Blue and white master bath,"Gentlemans Gray" paint color by Benjamin Moore, white porcelain herringbone tile, brushed nickel finishes, wire baskets from Cost Plus World Market, from IKEA. Design by Beam&Bloom.

 Blue and white bathroom, blue mix penny tile from Floor & Decor, white porcelain herringbone tile from Floor & Decor, brushed nickel finishes, teak wood corner shower bench from Houzz. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Blue and white bathroom, blue mix penny tile from Floor & Decor, white porcelain herringbone tile from Floor & Decor, brushed nickel finishes, teak wood corner shower bench from Houzz. Design by Beam&Bloom.

We used a kit, and built and stained a barn door for the bathroom so we didn't lose any precious square footage in the room.

 "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White Hemnes dresser from IKEA, rustic farmhouse Barn Door kit from Overstock with 50/50 weathered oak and special walnut stain, Blue mix penny tile from Floor & Decor, white porcelain herringbone tile from Floor & Decor, brushed nickel finishes, teak bench from Houzz. Deign by Beam&Bloom.

"Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White Hemnes dresser from IKEA, rustic farmhouse Barn Door kit from Overstock with 50/50 weathered oak and special walnut stain, Blue mix penny tile from Floor & Decor, white porcelain herringbone tile from Floor & Decor, brushed nickel finishes, teak bench from Houzz. Deign by Beam&Bloom.

The extreme bonus is that the barn door adds so much character, warmth and rustic charm. With lots of lighting and added ventilation, the new Master bathroom feels roomy, and functions perfectly.

 Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White Hemnes dresser from IKEA, rustic farmhouse Barn Door kit from Overstock and floor with 50/50 weathered oak and special walnut stain. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White Hemnes dresser from IKEA, rustic farmhouse Barn Door kit from Overstock and floor with 50/50 weathered oak and special walnut stain. Design by Beam&Bloom.

We knew we'd need to replace lost closet space, so we utilized the incredible functionality of the IKEA Pax systems! I did tons of measuring, and concluded that our Hemnes dresser (with a few minor alterations) would fit snugly between two Pax units and under our central window.

 Modern Urban farmhouse, Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. IKEA Pax system with Hemnes door, Hemnes dresser and grey french ticking duvet cover. Closet hardware oil rubbed bronze from Houzz. IKEA storage ottoman. Urban Outfitters floor pillow with tassels on bed. Faux fur throw from Wayfair. Rejuvenation rug. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Modern Urban farmhouse, Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. IKEA Pax system with Hemnes door, Hemnes dresser and grey french ticking duvet cover. Closet hardware oil rubbed bronze from Houzz. IKEA storage ottoman. Urban Outfitters floor pillow with tassels on bed. Faux fur throw from Wayfair. Rejuvenation rug. Design by Beam&Bloom.

It created some awesome clean lines and symmetry, and LOTS of much needed storage! In fact, it was more storage than we'd had in our master bedroom with the two very small closets.

We also knew we needed to save some coin with DIY projects. We painted and painted and painted. We installed cabinets, we installed lighting. I used our beloved Annie Sloan chalk paint to lovingly revitalize a headboard that my mother had upholstered years and years ago.

 Modern urban farmhouse bedroom, dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White tufted upholstered headboard painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. Duvet by IKEA. Nightstand shelves DIY by Beam&Bloom. Antique brass plug in sconces by Build.com. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Modern urban farmhouse bedroom, dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White tufted upholstered headboard painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. Duvet by IKEA. Nightstand shelves DIY by Beam&Bloom. Antique brass plug in sconces by Build.com. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Many hours of work and quite a few bundles of dough later, we had the master suite of our dreams. It's deep. rich blue walls with bright white trim and accents of warm wood feel like heaven. The antique brass and gold touches add some elegance and sophistication. It has the feel of a high end boutique hotel, and we feel like it melds our feminine and masculine sensibilities perfectly. 

 Modern farmhouse design, Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White tufted upholstered headboard painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. Duvet by IKEA. Nightstand shelves DIY by Beam&Bloom. Antique brass plug in sconces by Build.com. Basket by Cost Plus World Market. Romantic farmhouse Design by Beam&Bloom.

Modern farmhouse design, Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White tufted upholstered headboard painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. Duvet by IKEA. Nightstand shelves DIY by Beam&Bloom. Antique brass plug in sconces by Build.com. Basket by Cost Plus World Market. Romantic farmhouse Design by Beam&Bloom.

I happened upon a boho rug with the perfect hues of the perfect palette to tie everything together, and I knew that for the small cost of a runner, I could add multitudes of color and life! 

 Dark blue and white bedroom, orange and blue and multi rug with fringe by Rejuvenation, IKEA bedding, storage ottoman, closet system and dresser and Ballard Designs bed skirt. Design by Beam&Bloom.  Illuminating the color, calm and character in this room is a whitewashed, wood beaded chandelier from World Market. The price point was perfect, the light is bright and beautiful and the space is now complete!

Dark blue and white bedroom, orange and blue and multi rug with fringe by Rejuvenation, IKEA bedding, storage ottoman, closet system and dresser and Ballard Designs bed skirt. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Illuminating the color, calm and character in this room is a whitewashed, wood beaded chandelier from World Market. The price point was perfect, the light is bright and beautiful and the space is now complete!

 World Market Stunner. Farmhouse  style with a boho flair. White wood bead chandelier.   https://www.worldmarket.com/product/large-antique-whitewash-wood-bead-chandelier.do?sortby=ourPicks

World Market Stunner. Farmhouse  style with a boho flair. White wood bead chandelier.  https://www.worldmarket.com/product/large-antique-whitewash-wood-bead-chandelier.do?sortby=ourPicks

As with a high styled boutique hotel, we didn't need tons of space. But we did need adaptability, creativity, resourcefulness...and a bit of frustration... to realize that some wishes are attainable!

 Modern farmhouse bedroom, dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. IKEA grey ticking bedding, storage ottoman, closet system and dresser. Plug in antique brass sconces from build.com. Ballard Designs bed skirt. Rejuvenation rug. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Modern farmhouse bedroom, dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. IKEA grey ticking bedding, storage ottoman, closet system and dresser. Plug in antique brass sconces from build.com. Ballard Designs bed skirt. Rejuvenation rug. Design by Beam&Bloom.

May all YOUR home dreams come true! 

 

 

Pink to Paradise

We fell in love with our 1941 Fixer Upper in the Brookdale neighborhood of Bloomfield, New Jersey.

But, not with the Pink bathroom. Or the kitchen. Or the peeling, stained and papered walls.

Those are topics for other posts!

But, the bathroom was our latest project. From pink to paradise!

Y'all just want to see the befores. 

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 To the right inside the door was an extra large original cast iron tub (that we adored despite the crumbling grout and caulking all around it) .

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There was a small original sink straight ahead, and a small walk in shower to the left.

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Peel and stick tile on the floor.  I still can't figure that one out. 

We made sure to keep it nice and messy for the before photos. Full effect family reality messy.

And yet, FULL of potential! I saw that we could steal the shower, the whole kids's room closet which was on the opposite side and part of the hall linen closet to create a boutique master bath. It would leave us with the exact footprint to keep a size-able main bathroom, and, best yet, it would give me the opportunity to design two bathrooms perfectly to my taste! So, we saved our money and made it happen.

 Fresh Farmhouse Style Bath. Black, White and Wood Bathroom. Shower Curtain: Urban Outfitters, Kohler Oil Rubbed Bronze Fixtures, Toto toilet, Somertile floor, Oyster Gray grout, originial design by beam&bloom

Fresh Farmhouse Style Bath. Black, White and Wood Bathroom. Shower Curtain: Urban Outfitters, Kohler Oil Rubbed Bronze Fixtures, Toto toilet, Somertile floor, Oyster Gray grout, originial design by beam&bloom

And, now, our Main Bath is a dream!

 Fresh Farmhouse Bath. Black, White and Wood Bathroom. Ikea Godmorgen and Odensvik, Pottery Barn Medicine cabinets, Kohler fixtures,  Ikea Picasso print, Somertile Floors, White Subway Tile, Oyster Gray grout, original design by beam&bloom

Fresh Farmhouse Bath. Black, White and Wood Bathroom. Ikea Godmorgen and Odensvik, Pottery Barn Medicine cabinets, Kohler fixtures,  Ikea Picasso print, Somertile Floors, White Subway Tile, Oyster Gray grout, original design by beam&bloom

Our three kids share the space, so double sinks were a must!

 Somertile

Somertile

This tile is dreamy...classic with major impact.

Though we certainly spent all our savings on it, this renovation made our home work for us for years and years to come.  We love it! And, we'll keep fixing the place up until it's strong and beautiful inside AND out...kinda' like raising a 4th kid! 

Restoring our home has given us endless inspiration as we design our dream space and nurture our family. It's even catapulted my career as a Home Stylist!

Stay tuned for a view of the new Master and Master bath!...and for the dirty details on the many, many...many projects we've taken on over the past 3 years.

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Farmhouse Bathroom. Black! White and wood. Pottery Barn medicine cabinets, IKEA Godmorgen and Odensvik vanity and sink, Somertile floor. 

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The Art of "The Meantime"

In discussion with two great friends, the topic of home decorating (inevitably) arose. I was listening to a sweet back and forth between two homeowners who work hard daily to provide and save and love and maintain...and who really want to find those perfect elements to make their houses homes. But, they don't want to purchase anything temporary.  They're waiting for just the right pieces, with the perfect balance of truth and inspiration and beauty. They shudder at adorning their walls with placeholders and not really meaningful art.

I understand. We all want our halls to honor our hearts and experiences, and to inspire everyone passing through. 

But, in "the meantime"...

Are we lamenting the cold vacancies? Are we comforted or forlorn about the blank slate? 

One friend feels refreshed and happy with the empty (for now) walls.  The other is more anxious to adorn. Neither want to "waste money" on stand ins.

I have an alternative perspective to share.  Until recently, I've been steeped in "the meantime" and waiting for the pieces to fall into place. I've been gifted and burdened with "hand-me-downs" and "leftovers" and I've found the beauty and opportunity in that!

If there is a longing for a stylish environment, but a lacking for the budget, I propose using your resources to carve out what you can. I encourage the concept of creating over waiting. If you see something "cheap" that catches your eye and invokes beautiful feelings or memories, then it's enough for now. That big empty space on your wall and in your heart may be better served by a piece that gets your inspirational juices flowing...then by nothing. An affordable tile or heat safe paint to cover the artificial pink marble surrounding your fireplace might not be a permanent solution, but it will save you from having to shudder every time you pass it. With a few dollars and/or a few hours of labor you can save yourself the cost of a full renovation and/or original art piece, and you can refresh your home and your comfort and sanity

...at least for "the meantime".

 

 This large chalkboard was a quick DIY project. It's an affordable option to fill a large space with changeable art.

This large chalkboard was a quick DIY project. It's an affordable option to fill a large space with changeable art.

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