Bamboo Day Bed


Small bedroom idea:
I have a small extra bedroom that I sometimes use for guests and occasionally use as an office.  It is only 10x10 so it seemed out of the question to even try to put a standard sized bed in here.  I opted instead for a day bed.  I tried out three, only to find each time that they could not get into the space because of a weird door/corner that needs to be negotiated before you actually get into this room.

The best solution or perhaps the only solution was to find something that came apart in small pieces and could then be reassembled inside the room.  I found this wonderful bamboo day bed from a company called Padmas Plantation.  It is real bamboo and was a snap to put together.  The other nice thing is that it came with the mattress.  I really like the sides and top canopy. While its not the most comfortable for a good nights sleep it will work in an pinch and is great fun to sit on

I next added a large back cushion in down and covered it in a vintage linen sheet with fabulous embroidery.  It is a natural flax color and really nice with the grass cloth wall paper.  The bolster came next.  Also down filled, they are from Matteo bedding and are done in a black ticking with woven cotton ties on the ends.  I have used these bolsters on beds and they work great for that as well.

A few more ticking pillows added to the cushy little nest.  I put a vintage french suitcase filled with dried hydrangeas above the bed.  The basket was cut out along the top ( I hated to do it but sometimes you need to sacrifice for beauty) in order to get the flowers in. 
After trying a few more accent pillows including this vintage french floral, I just couldn't seem to find the right balance.   To the right is the hydrangea bouquet and the colors needed to sort of mimic that of the basket.
Below is a detail of the vintage sheet used for the back cushion.  The embroidery is really super!

Using ticking again to tie this room together I added some pretty tie backs to the drapery.

I ended up with the strong blue floral pillow in the end.  It has touches of yellow and coral as well.
For the desk lighting, two large natural wood lamps from Wisteria were used.  I am actually redoing the shades as we speak because I'm not crazy about the shape but the lamps are great.
The ceiling fixture is a little more feminine.  I found it at a small local gift store and it worked out beautifully.  It is made with sea pearls and glass beads on a white metal chandelier style frame with little beaded votive caps.
The art work on the opposite wall is actually reproduction "oils" from done on canvas and framed out in heavy deep black. is one of my "go to " resourses for less expensive art work.  I particurlarly like to do the prints on stretched canvas if that option is available. Grass cloth wall paper from Philip Jeffries.
I found this old suitcase years ago and and had my upholstorer make the base for me.  It mimics the bamboo and makes a wonderful coffee table.  The rugs are Ralph Lauren flooring.
The work desk is also in the faux bamboo or Chinese style, with black lacquer detailing from Milling Road.
The chairs are done in vintage feed sacks.  I did a post about these a while back.  Really nice structure and they are small so they fit well in this room.  A vintage peg rack for guests jackets on the wall to the left and some small plant stands with chinoise jars round out the colors and tie the theme together.

Here is the bed again almost done! The little green boat dock sign I found on ebay and it looks cute and the color is great with the trunk coffee table.

All finished.....I like bamboo and this bed is tons of fun!!!
Happy Friday~*~kelley

Weekend Getaways Update: Catalina


Catalina Island Getaway:  Part II

I really hadn't planned to do another post about Catalina but we just got back from a really fun weekend there and I thought I would share a bit more about the fun things you can do in just a couple of days.

So we will start here at the Pleasure Pier in its bright green paint with its famous neighbor the Casino to the right.

This is pretty much the heart of the action on the water,  whether you are just here for a day or have come by boat for the weekend.

Above is the Holly House also known as Look Out Cottage.  Built for a potential wife that alas told her beau she would never live on an island.  It is said that in later years the builder of this wonderful home posted signs around  the property that said " No Women Allowed".  I guess it was that little thing about her marrying another guy, that sort of sent him over the edge.

On the pier you can buy tickets for all the fun activities that Catalina has to offer.  It is sort of like Disneyland except the nature show is REAL.  The glass bottom boats and Submarines are really popular.

You can also rent a boat or kayak here, for the day

I love this U-Drive sign....hmmmm would that look great in my family room or what!

Parasailing is really popular too.

Moving right along lets get to some of the good stuff like drinking, eating and shopping.

This is some serious fried fish heaven.  It was closed for a while this summer and is all new and spiffy with the same menu.  One of the things I can honestly say about Catalina is the food is not really very good given the fact that you can catch a fish about 5 feet from where you are dining.  Having said that it is also not all that expensive to eat here either.  There is alot more junk than healthy,  but you can't miss with this little outpost.  I want the "Seafood" sign sooooo bad.

Note combo #1 which can be shard and you get fries and coleslaw with it!

Eric's is the best for people watching.  They also serve food and have great Margaritas.

Lets do some shopping.  Well, how about the House of Wood?  What's in the House of Wood you ask...well, lots of uumm well thingys and sort of wood like uumm stuff.  I'll just show you.

I actually like stores like this because there is something for anyone.   Even Pirates (top left corner)

And well..yes that is a tree coming out of the wall and yes it is wood.  Well, OK then!

This is a great little breakfast spot right in the middle of town.  Really an old school fun coffee shop.  

 There are also dozens of Ice Cream parlors that sell waffle cones, freshly made and the smell is wonderful.  It is sort of a waffle-palooza.

This is the best Mexican food in town and it is really cute and over decorated on the inside, which is precisely the way I like Mexican restaurants to be.  Lots of mini lights in the shape of a chilie peppers and plastic flowers and did I say great food?

      I think we need more to drink.....hic up

A young couple own this business called The Dingy Dock.  They sell organic produce and staples as well as meat, fish and chicken all frozen, but this is great if you are boating or camping and we found the produce to be the best in town.  Another plus is they sell boat parts.  For example:  when your generator impeller breaks, you can get one here and also get some organic beets.  Soooo cool!

Another great find was this new store called Golden State.  It is located in the El Encanto building in town which is one of my favorites.  The owner, Meg is a wonderful artist and silkscreens clothing, cards, and textiles.  She also carries jewelry and pottery from local friends.  She is planning an Etsy shop soon and I will be sure to link you to her site as soon as it is up and running.

Heres a shot of the Casino light fixtures at night.  You can pay for a GPS guided walking tour but I think
most people can figure out where to go without it.  It is really almost more fun to explore on your own and come arcross something really interesting.

Another shot of the Casino murals.  My photography does not due justice to these.  The colors are just amazing and they are about 30 feet high.

The Blanch W, the longest tour boat ever!

So I will end this post with a few more shots of the lovely lady Catalina.  I came to this island  for the first time when I was around 5 years old on a charter boat owned by my Uncle.  I have been back many times over the last 30 years but always as a tourist and observer.  The colors and activity of the island are what make it so special and beautiful.  The island is vintage and new at the same time.  I hope you will make a point of visiting here too if you can. 

 Off to the mainland~*~kelley

Vintage Fabric: Color and Contrast in Pillows

I recently purchased a wonderful set of French drapery panels from Wendy Lewis at Textile Trunk. They are an amazing vibrant teal with really rich deep blues and pinks. I maximized the use of the fabric by backing them in a solid linen and then tried them in various locations in my little media room. Much to my surprise they felt really warm and cozy without being to feminine.
I have had the chairs in the teal damask for a while. They are Barclay Buttera Home. The punch from the floral was really interesting.
The Chinoise lamps also compliment nicely. I had the shades done in purple, yes purple linen.
The starting off point for this room was really the purchase of the oil above the fireplace by Jean Jack. I own two of her pieces and I love them both. She paints primarily houses and barns and uses bold angles and colors. You can visit her web site to view more of her paintings or visit her gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Here's another view of the lamps with the purple shades. The console is an antique pine cupboard with a black stain.
The sofa, also from Buttera is tobacco linen and pairs nicely with the teal colors and the use of baskets. I used grass cloth on the walls from Phillip Jeffries in a natural color and simple weave. The basket coffee table is Ralph Lauren
Yes those are bread boards....a new collection. I know, kill me now...please!
The little reading lamp is Fortuny. It was a splurge but is an amazing piece and just glows in the evening. The sisal rug is from the Ralph Lauren flooring collection and can also be installed as carpet.

Here are some other shots of floral mixed with ticking and feed sack fabric. I am especially fond of the sweater weave pillows as an addition to groupings because of the texture.

The texture of the Orkney chairs with the ticking is very simple but nice as well. Chairs are from Mainly Baskets.
The floral pairs nicely with these simple pillows too. I got six pillows out of the 2 drapery panels.

While not vintage, the velvet add to the softness of the room. I added the faux animal print pillows as I would use a floral but it is not quite as busy. Note the colors of Jean Jacks painting over the mantel. It has the chartreuse and purple I used in the fabric choices.

Yes that is a picnic table in my living room! I'll save that for another post! Well I guess that's enough pillow talk for today. I need to go make my bed! Happy Tuesday~*~kelley