Still Some Summer Left

You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! – Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society

Still Some Summer Left | jimmyschonning.com | design-vox.com Still Some Summer Left | Country Style Australia | design-vox.comStill Some Summer Left | stylemepretty.com | design-vox.com

one Jimmy Schönning via desire to inspire
two | Lisa Cohen and Heather Nette King for Country Style Australia via dustjacket attic
threeLa Fete + Alixann Loosle via Style Me Pretty

Children’s Room Designs

Children's Room Designs | christinedovey.com | design-vox.com

Well if that isn’t the most glamorous child’s room I’ve ever seen. It could easily be an adult’s room; the dolls on the bed tip us off to the true occupant. Doesn’t this design just make you smile? Perhaps you have to have a certain level of girliness in you to appreciate it. I qualify. I love how it is largely neutral yet plenty playful.

Children's Room Designs | sarahlavoine.com/fr/ | design-vox.com

Just plain old good, adorable design. Again there is a lot of neutral white in this room but it is more than adequately punctuated with colorful elements. I love the framed photography. It gives the room an unexpected maturity that really elevates it. Kids’ rooms deserve art just as much as the rest of the house and it doesn’t have to be “kiddy” art either!

Children's Room Designs | peppermintbliss.com | design-vox.com

This looks like toddler heaven. What can I say other than “bravo” about this design? Wonderful colors and plenty of whimsy. Appealing to both children and mom and dad. That’s the goal!

one | Christine Dovey, photo by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty
two | Sarah Lavoine via desire to inspire
three | Peppermint Bliss

Simple Style for the Bedroom

Simple Style for the Bedroom | missclarahotel.com | design-vox.com

It doesn’t take much to make this bedroom feel so classy. The winners for me are that wonderful industrial style sconce (an excellent solution if you don’t have room on a bedside table for a lamp) and the plants. Over and over again I see how much life and texture plants bring to a room and yet I’m still still totally failing at using them in my own home.

Simple Style for the Bedroom | aliharperphotography.com | design-vox.com

This is just simple loveliness at its best. While stylistically it’s a little tame for my tastes, I love all the texture in the window treatments and bedding. I also completely approve of unmade beds, you just need the right kind of bedding to make it look romantic and casual instead of just a mess. Say yes to linen.

Simple Style for the Bedroom | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

Ah yes there’s the touch of edginess I was craving. Not only are the walls dark, they’re textured which is a treatment I love almost every time I see it. It seems like something that would be harder to pull off than it looks though. Eye catching art and layers and layers of what looks like a treasured collection of blankets and pillows make this bedroom cozy and unique.

P.S. I went temporarily insane earlier this week and painted my entryway and living room all by myself in just two days. FINALLY. I am currently grappling with how to rehang art (I tired of the gallery wall arrangement I had previously) so I will probably wait until I’ve got that figured out to share the before and after with you. Eeee!

one | Miss Clara Hotel by Est Magazine via dustjacket attic
two | Ali Harper via dustjacket attic
three | Sibella Court via the design files

Add a Layer to Your Decor

Add a Layer to Your Decor | lonny.com | design-vox.com

Something that was a bit of an epiphany for me when I first learned it was the importance of layering when decorating. This can be taken rather abstractly but also very literally. Literally speaking, it’s not only okay to place items in front of each other it’s really quite a good thing. The mantle above is an excellent example. Frames in front of a mirror and figurines in front of frames, etc.

Add a Layer to Your Decor | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

Have you ever noticed this aspect of well decorated rooms? You very rarely see things lined up in neat little rows never overlapping each other. That can look forced and boring and is just not very appealing to the eye. Instead pieces of varying size and height are layered, overlapping each other and even covering whole portions of something behind. As long as you’re not awkwardly completely covering up something, it almost always works and does not diminish the appeal of whatever’s being partially obscured. You would be amazed how easy this is. Some aspects of styling are really difficult but once you realize you can and should overlap things in your vignettes it has an immediate and wonderful effect. Try it!

Add a Layer to Your Decor | abigailahern.org | design-vox.com

A more abstract way of layering is simply not being afraid to add more stuff. Certainly not for the minimalist, but truly something to consider if you feel your space is lacking life or visual interest. Have you got a vase on your console table? Great, but does it look a little sad all by itself? I think too many people stop decorating too soon and miss out on creating cozy, lively, personal spaces. It takes some skill undoubtedly to keep adding without verging on it being a cluttered mess. That’s the part of styling that isn’t so easy! Thank goodness we have pros like Abigail Ahern to emulate (that’s her home above).

one | Lonny mag via dustjacket attic
two | the design files
three | Abigail Ahern

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