This post was inspired by the pretty little campaign chests that I was *this close* to pulling the trigger on for our bedroom. And when I went back to look at them online, they were gone, completely wiped away from the internet. (They were the blue linen ones from Pier One you may have seen. I contacted their customer service and no luck. They’re not coming back. . . ) So, I’m back to looking and thinking for now. I’ve been a fan of campaign furniture since it became “trendy”. (I’ll bet the armies it was originally designed for never used that word for it.) Its straight lines and traditional style make it so easy to blend with whatever other pieces and styles you may already have.
Since it’s gained popularity, the vintage stuff has gotten really pricey and usually needs a touch up–or two. (I do love the look of painted campaign furniture!) Although not vintage, here are a few more reasonable finds I came across in my online searching:
I know it’s crazy to think of going back to school when we literally just got out for Summer, but I also know how quickly these next months will fly by and that many of you are already scheming up dorm room and first apartment decor for your big kids. I’m teaming up with IKEA as one of their brand ambassadors to share how we recently finished up my oldest daughter’s room and to hopefully pass along an idea or two that you can use, as well.
Our inspiration was this beautiful (and ever Pinterest-popular) studio apartment designed by Lauren McGrath featured in Domino magazine. I love this layout because it offers plenty of storage on one wall and still leaves her floor space. We used a pair of the HEMNES bookcases which were a perfect fit with her (thrifted) daybed. (The IKEA FYRESDAL is another good option.) If you have less room to work with, the single HEMNES bookcase might be a better fit.
No daybed? An elevated twin mattress will work, too, and can double as a sofa/study space.
It was important to give her some hidden storage so we added several of the gray KVARNVIK boxes on her shelves and these fabric DRÖNA cubes fit perfectly turned sideways. (We also added more under her bed for out-of-season clothing storage.)
I left the shelves pretty open so that she can add her own personal touches and just picked up a few pretty vases from IKEA’s GRADVIS collection. I also added color to her neutral bedding (the TRÄDASTER duvet is a good alternative) with super affordable GURLI pillow covers. The colors worked great with the artwork that was already above her bed.
The GÖRLÖSE rug is super affordable and does a good job of sectioning off this part of the space. (A trick that may be more needed in a shared dorm room!) I floated a KVISTBRO table (with a removable lid for more possible storage) in front of the bed that can serve as a nightstand and/or ottoman.
I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.
If you’ve been on Pinterest for more than a minute lately, you’ve probably come across this amazing nursery designed by Dina Bandman for this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. I thought it would be fun to take on the challenge of “scaling down the design” to make it a pretty guest or girl’s bedroom.
Photography: Christopher Stark
This was a tricky one because that wallpaper and lucite crib are pretty amazing (and pricey) elements. But, I love the idea of taking inspiration from an over-the-top designer room and figuring out ways to use pieces of it in real life. This is my loose translation of the space on a smaller scale.
See my last “Scaling Down the Design” post here.
Summer is here–and so are my hydrangea blooms. Here’s a short list of more good things I discovered during May.
These slides are fun for Summer. (I ordered the navy.)
Also for Summer: I highly recommend this nail polish color. Great coverage. Mine stayed on almost a week.
This podcast just started, but I think it’s going to make my neighborhood walks go by in a flash.
I recently gave two sets of these personalized notecards as gifts.
I bought these inexpensive earrings–and spray painted them blue. :)
This is a great casual tank. (I had to size down, btw.)
I ordered this book for my kids after seeing their family featured on The Today Show.
I just started using this SPF 30 day cream and love the way it feels.
A great simple halter swimsuit–and it’s on sale.
I’ve had this dress (in black) since last Summer and wore it recently, which reminded me of how good it is for the price.
A reader tipped me off about this chinoiserie-inspired indoor/outdoor pillow. (On sale now.)
See last month’s “good things” here.
ONE. Caitlin Wilson knocks it out of the park once again in this family’s colorful home. (View full gallery at end of the article.)
TWO. Grab your coffee and prepare to get lost in this designer’s portfolio. (Btw, it took me a second to figure out you have to swipe side-to-side to see the next project.)
THREE. This artist is a lot of fun to follow on Instagram–especially if you were a fan of the royal wedding.
FIVE. An airy and relaxed San Diego home–and a sweet adoption story.
SIX. My top 12 picks from the Nordstrom Half Year Sale. (Ends tomorrow, 6/3.)
Summer reading is upon us and I couldn’t be more ready to plop myself down in a pool chair with a good book. (This is all in theory, of course, pretending that I’m not interrupted every 1.5 minutes to look for goggles, to dig for change for the concession stand, to wipe sunscreen out of somebody’s eyes, to watch an amazing underwater handstand, to settle a fight over diving sticks. . . I could go on, but I won’t.)
I’ve read some really good books lately and one doozy. This is where I share everything I’ve read and what I would (and wouldn’t) recommend. I always love to hear your feedback–and what you’ll be reading this Summer.
The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable I’m deeming this the book of Summer. I would consider it the perfect beach read–especially if you have even a slight interest in the Kennedy family. This fictional story is based on the real-life love affair between Alicia Darr (a Polish immigrant) and JFK himself. She was the love interest before Jackie and, according to the story (and other accounts), they were not only engaged briefly but had a child together. It’s fascinating. I read this with my phone in hand, constantly googling real images of the people I was reading about. This book comes out today and I’d love to hear what you think if you decide to read it.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng This book has gotten a lot of hype, and it mostly lived up to it for me. It’s a good dysfunctional family drama (which I always enjoy!) with a moral dilemma mixed in for good measure. (Does a baby belong with a mother who abandoned it for good reason or a family who’s loved it for a year?)
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain Although I’m not sure why, this was my first book by this author. After I finished, I immediately put two more of hers on my “want to read” list at the library. The storyline is so crazy yet somehow believable. It’s the story of how a teenage girl reluctantly gets involved in an elaborate kidnapping scheme and ends up raising a baby that’s not hers. (That’s the very abbreviated description.) It feels like a really good Dateline story. I loved this one.
Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton What a powerful story of forgiveness. This the true story of a white rape victim and a wrongly accused black man and how, after many years and a decade-long prison term, they develop a beautiful friendship. It’s hard to wrap my mind around how someone is able to extend that much grace but it’s really a beautiful picture of how Christ loves us.
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones All of the buzz has been around the author’s latest book An American Marriage, but I actually liked this one even better. First line of the book: “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.” So, there you go. The story is told from the perspectives of two teenage girls–both with the same father. One knows about the other, and the other is clueless that her dad has a second family. A great read.
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman I could just list the books I really liked but I try to save you the expense of time and money by also telling you what I would pass up. Did I think this was a literary classic going into it? Umm, no. But I did expect it to be a more entertaining behind-the-scenes look of the The Bachelor and Bachelorette. I was a little embarrassed to even check this one out; I swear the librarian gave me a disapproving look. It’s written by an entertainment reporter that somehow got kicked out of the Bachelor inner circle, but it wasn’t much of a tell-all. There were a few interesting interviews with past contestants and some funny stories of collaborations/events/etc. the contestants did after the show to make money. But the rest seemed like an attempt to fill 200+ pages. . .
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott I’ll start by saying I didn’t dislike this book. In fact, it held my attention pretty well up to the very end because the whole book felt like it was on the verge of something big happening. There are a lot of interesting things going on here: a young father-to-be commits suicide, a young widow tries to find her way and is taken in by a local convent, the baby grows up and decides to become a nun but changes her mind for love, the widow finds love with a man whose wife is dying. All of these storylines seemed like something else was about to happen, but I didn’t feel like it ever really did. It was still an interesting read; maybe just not the kind of ending I enjoy.
Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen This is the story of a marriage, a family, a neighborhood and how one event affects them all. But if I’m honest, I had a hard time believing that the thing that happened (outside of their family) could so directly affect the main characters’ marriage. The buildup and fallout reminded me in some ways of Truly Madly Guilty.
What’s on your Summer reading list?
Memorial Day sales abound this weekend, so I went through some of my favorite home decor sites and found a dozen great deals you don’t want to miss.
I’d love to know if you’re able to use any of these deals for your home. :)
It wasn’t intentional but bits of red have have been popping up around our house. I love how red energizes a vignette–perfect for Summer decorating. I used it in some of the kids’ rooms and it has slowly worked its way into our main living areas. The current red trend is bright (think vibrant orangey/tomato/etc.) and feels modern when just a small amount is added to a space. (And it just happens to work so well with all of the blue and white I love.)
I found the tassels here.
Yes, you can paint lampshades. (See my IG stories.)
A few more (small) ways you might work the red trend into your home–or closet:
Even though we’re super tight, I somehow didn’t know that Drew and Jonathan Scott (aka HGTV’s The Property Brothers) have a fabric line. I came across this fun, modern red stripe while I was looking for fabrics for the twins’ shared room:
This is me just playing around with ideas for their room. A Summer project, maybe. . .
This is “Canal” in Vermillion. I really like the basketweave texture that they used for the collection, and there are some really good color ways.
Here’s a sampling of my favorite ones:
You can view the entire Scott Living fabric collection here.