Florida Room Challenge with Douglas Elliman

Have you been craving a way to infuse summer into your home year-round?  Adding in some key beachy elements can keep your home feeling bright and cheery even throughout the cold winter months.  We were recently contacted by Douglas Elliman, global real estate firm, to participate in a style board challenge focusing on Florida style.  Read on for our tips on curating a cohesive space and see our take on a Florida-inspired bedroom design.  Here are some Florida properties if you’d like to see some of our inspiration!

Lighten up the Walls and Floors

White and light walls make a space feel fresh and crisp.  Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White, Chantilly Lace and Simply White are some of our go-to paints to consider.  Adding a plank treatment to the walls is a great way to add interest and texture while maintaining a neutral base.  Flooring and large furniture pieces are also best when lighter in color.

Add Natural Elements

Ground your space with a sisal rug.  This natural textile will provide warmth, texture and durability to your space.  Other elements such as a driftwood sculpture, rattan chair, or natural wood dresser will remind you of the beach and provide the layered look you’re after.

Infuse Color and Bold Accents

Have fun with sea-inspired artwork and decor.  Blue is an obvious reference to the sea and sky and can be found in most Florida inspired rooms.  Displaying a collection of sea glass, a fun piece of art that pops, or a pillow with an organic pattern will all help to enhance your space with color.  Lighting is another great way to have fun with the theme, whether it be a coral shaped chandelier or capiz shell fixture, it will certainly make a statement (Check out the driftwood fixtures in the below photo #swoon!)

Exercise your Green Thumb

Plants are so important to design.  Not only do they bring a touch of nature indoors, but they also better the air quality of your home.  Adding plants to every room will infuse so much color and softness into your home.  In last week’s post we professed our love for tropical plants, so we suggest trying a potted banana leaf plant or a simple palm leaf in a colorful vase.

Florida Inspired Bedroom Design

Our inspiration piece for this bedroom design was the beautiful four poster bed.  The light wood stain, bamboo-detail posts, and scalloped headboard make for a perfect beachy bed.  Crisp white bedding is complimented by blue shagreen and floral pillows.  The scalloped detail on the sheets mimics the shape of the headboard.  We kept the walls white with a plank treatment and the floors are a nice white oak.  A chunky wool and jute rug grounds the space and adds another layer of texture.  The white-washed dresser, blue grasscloth nightstand and seagrass chair round out the furniture pieces for this space.  The collection of seaglass, a large-scale painting of a ship, and brushstroke pillow add color to the room as does the banana leaf plant.  And you can’t overlook the fun sea-urchin lamp that sits atop the nightstand!

Do you have a favorite beach-inspired piece?  How would you incorporate this look into your home?

Cover Images via Elle DecorBeautifully Seaside and Cottages & Gardens

Trend Watch – Welcome To The Jungle

I don’t know about you but I am currently loving the resurgence of this tropical trend in decor and accessories. And its a good thing because I can’t open a magazine or my Instagram feed without being overwhelmed with designs or accessories embracing this element.

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

The banana leaf was made popular in the 1940’s when decorator Don Loper designed and installed over 5 1/2 miles of the now iconic, Martinique wallpaper, in the Coffee Room and the hallways at The Beverly Hills Hotel. At the same time Dorothy Draper was beginning a major renovation at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia giving us the iconic Brazilliance wallpaper. Truly standing the test of time, the wallpapers remain in both hotels today.

The Beverly Hills Hotel | The Greenbrier Hotel

TROPICAL INSPIRED DECOR

If you would like to embrace this trend but aren’t quite ready to make a full commitment, here are a few of my favorite examples of ways to introduce the element into your space now –

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Palm Frond Bedding | Banana Leaves in Planter

FASHION & DECOR COLLIDE

While there used to be an almost 5 to 6 year lag from the runway to interior showrooms we now see an immediate correlation between the two. This is due mostly to the popularity of blogging, social media and communication between the creative minds in each respective field. Here are a few tropical inspired examples of what happens when the world of fashion and decor collide –

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What are your thoughts on this tropical inspired trend? We would love to see how you are embracing this in your everyday life!

Chairish Challenge: Mismatched Chairs

We were recently contacted by the company, Chairish, to participate in their latest Style Challenge:  pairing mismatched chairs. Chairish is a company that makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. They have tons of unique vintage pieces that easily coordinate with several styles.

The mismatched dining chair look has been on trend for quite some time now. It’s a great way to add interest and dimension to a space and give it an eclectic, lived-in feel. Achieving this seemingly effortless look is easier said than done, but it helps to remember this tip:  All chairs should have a distinguishing feature that allows them to work together nicely. (Examples:  similar height, shape, color, style, material, etc.)

When first faced with this challenge, our perfectionist minds were a little weary of not having uniformity in our space, so this was truly a test!  There are several ways to achieve this look (as we stated above) but we chose to stick with a mid-century modern vibe in black and brown tones.  The chairs are all different but have that simplistic MCM style.  We paired our chairs with a beautiful Carrara marble table.2016-07-013

The walnut credenza is topped with a pair of Jana Bek’s brushstroke lamps and a simple round mirror.  To finish the space we added a colorful Persian rug, a linear brass chandelier, decorative dough bowl filled with succulents, and a rubber tree.

SHOP THE LOOK

Danish Modern Chair

Danish Modern Chair

Danish Modern Chair

Danish Modern Chair

Modern Key Hole Chair

Modern Key Hole Chair

Bow Tie Ladder Back Chair (similar)

Bow Tie Ladder Back Chair (similar)

Niels Moller Rosewood Chair

Niels Moller Rosewood Chair

Modern Bent Wood Chair

Modern Bent Wood Chair

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Carrara Marble Table

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Vintage Persian Rug

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Kichler Linear Chandelier

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Dough Bowl

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Rubber Tree

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Walnut Credenza

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Navy Brushstroke Lamp

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Looking Glass Mirror

What are your thoughts on this trend?  Would you try it in your home?  Chairish has endless options for dining chairs that you should definitely check out!

Cover Images via Domino & Decouvrir Designs

Saint Louis Artist – Ted Collier, Ted Collier Fine Art

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GET FAMILIAR

If you don’t know who Ted Collier is, you really should.  Best known for his abstract acrylic paintings on canvas and signature circles he refuses to be defined by one style or medium.  An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, he is inspired by the patterns he observes in nature as well as the space his art will occupy.  Ted is an artist in every sense of the word. His passion and intensity are infectious and he happens to be a super cool guy!

ARTIST EVOLUTION

A lot has changed for Ted Collier in the past 5 years. The story goes something like this- boy meets girl, girl encourages boy to pursue his life long passion, boy listens to girl (good boy) and leaves his career in commercial real estate, boy and girl get married, open a restaurant (Katie’s Pizza & Pasta in Rock Hill), and boy achieves international success.

GRATITUDE, DRIVE AND FOCUS

Ted Collier is proof that with enough hard work and determination your dreams can be achieved. His new 2,500 square foot studio/gallery space in Creve Coeur is a far cry from the corner in the auto repair shop he was painting in just a few years ago. Today his art is featured in countless private collections in Saint Louis, Switzerland and Australia to name a few. Ted is also experiencing commercial success. Most recently he was commissioned by Nordstrom to create 18 pieces for their Los Angeles Flagship Store and Vancouver, BC stores. He is truly humbled by all the support and encouragement he receives. Lucky for us that only fuels his artistic fire. The sky is the limit for this Saint Louis artist and I personally can not wait to see what his future holds. #stlproud

Ted Collier Fine Art is located in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Viewing is by appointment only. Prepare to be inspired!

Ted Collier Fine Art | Saint Louis, MO 63132 | 314.803.7727

www.tedcollierart.com

UNINTENTIONAL ART

I recently visited Ted’s studio and while we were viewing and discussing the available pieces I couldn’t help but notice the paint splatter on his black boots. I joked with him that the splatter on his boots even looks like a piece of art. When I told him I was going to mention them in the blog he sent me a photo. Guess what? Even the photo he sent me of the paint splattered black boots looks like a piece of art!!!

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Ted Collier in action | aforementioned boots