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Guest Room Plan: Casa Covet Living

Happy Monday!  Hope you guys had a great weekend.  Karrie and I spent much of ours spitballing between San Diego & LA about how to decorate the new casa.  First order of biz was to get girlfriend a bed, since no one’s had a great time sleeping on a mattress on the floor since frat parties ca. 1998 at IU, when they were too hopped up on jungle juice to know the difference.  We did end up pulling the trigger on one, but I’ll save it for a post on the master bedroom later this week when we get it all dialed in.  But for now, I can show you the guest room (!)  Which was easy because *COUGH* since it’s (( air quotes )) “mine,” I got to pick out whatever I wanted.  AKA, Karrie’s words were, “just pick out what you normally would and do your Beautiful Mind thing,” so the only client I had to run it by was Sir Licks-a-lot (Gus).  Here’s what’s gonna go down in the front guest room at Casa Covet Living:

Guest Room, Casa Covet Living Interiors

a) Paint Color: Dunn Edwards, Icy Lavender DE5924.  This came out slightly more pigmented / more purple than we wanted, so we decided to tone the rest of the room down with a lot of neutral layers.

Wall Color, Casa Covet Living | Icy Lavender, Dunn Edwards

b) Bamboo Pendant Light: Sinnerlig, Isle Crawford for Ikea.  THIS IS UNDER $60 PEOPLE!!!  And freaking fabulous in person.  I carried it on my head like it was a 200 lb fruit basket through the sea that is Ikea a month ago when I saw it, having no idea where it would go.  If I were you, I might buy 2 and hang ’em over my dining room table.  Like – go now.

isle crawford ikea | casa covet living

c) Drapery Panel Fabric: Shibori Angle Grey by Michelle Mathis.  This chick has a TON of great patterns you should check out.  Think Amber Interiors / global style, but for closer to $20/yard.

shibori grey, michelle mathis spoonflower | covet living interiors

d) Wall Sconces: Midcentury, Lumfardo Luread “F” Sconces, 1st Dibs.  These are amazing, but too $$.  But will source lookalikes on Etsy… or just wait to snap these up on eBay.

lured sconces | casa covet living

e) Artwork: source unknown.  But every time I look at this, I get transported to a peaceful place.  On a remote lake somewhere.  In the summertime.  At dusk.  Where else would anyone ever wanna be?

art - so peaceful | casa covet living

f) Upholstered Bed: Target Parkside Button Tufted Bed.  Frankly, I have no idea if Target’s beds are gonna sh*t the bed or not in terms of quality, but I figure if Emily Henderson can do it, we can give it a whirl.  They have SURPRISINGLY bomb silhouettes… post on that later.

target parkside bed | casa covet living

g) Nightstands: Restoration Hardware Martens Round Side Tables.  Love these for their spare, rustic quality & patina.  Also always good to introduce another round shape in a space where there aren’t many.

RH Marten's Round Side Table | Covet Living

h) Euro Sham Fabric: Seema Krish “Gramercy in Metropolitan Grey”, through Nicky Rising.  Part global & part Granny.  Love the detail in all of Seema’s patterns.

seema krish gramercy grey | casa covet living

i) Throw: Estrato Oversized Bed Throw / Coverlet.  All I ever wanted was a pom pom coverlet to take naps under.

estrato bed throw

j) Rug: Antique, via Aja Rugs in La Jolla.  I’ve had this pinned for awhile but just had to email them for pricing this weekend.  These shopowners are great to work with, but this thing is a stunner, so cross your fingers this isn’t four trillion dollars.

aja antique rug | casa covet living

xoxo!

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Home Improvement

If you read this post or this post, you know I’m on a mission to get our sweet little rental house spiffed up for summer, and for my own sanity.  I’ve had 99 unfinished projects just hangin’ out since I moved in last June.  So, last night’s weeknights consisted of a lot of painting, sewing, rearranging and tweaking.  You’ll see these pics and think I spray painted my entire house in gold and decorated in lilac, but they’re just accents.  The walls are all pale, airy colors with a neutral upholstery.  Here she blows, en photos:

GUEST ROOM

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Opaline

Floral Pillow: Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock Print in Tobacco ($92 a yard?  Yeah right!  I just used the $5 swatch I ordered and made an 18×18 pillow.)

Otomi Fabric: This was a table runner I got in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Cut it in two, backed in linen, made into 2 oblong pillows.

Charcoal & White Shams:  Calico Corners Cross Section Charcoal – $17.99/yard

Bench:  I reupholstered this guy I’ve had for awhile (reupholstered = staple-gunned).  Gold spray paint.  Lilac Fabric from eBay.  Duvet from Goodwill, $2.

Bedskirt: eBay burlappy-linen I’ve had for years that I just tucked between the box spring and mattress and hand pleated it.  Idea via Rachel Halvorson.

COFFEE TABLE UPGRADE

I snagged this sweet gold tray at the Eclectiques Antique Mall for $25 bones in my ‘hood.  She’s PERFECT with peonies in a Ball Jar and plenty o’literature.  PS, look who just haaaad to be in the shot.  What up, Gus?!

DINING CHAIRS, RE-DID

Antique Louis XVI Dining Chairs: purchased YEARS ago in Charleston.  Gold spray paint.  Cestlaviv Lattice in Raspberry Linen, $27/yard.  I cheated and didn’t *fully* reupholster these guys; I just upholstery-pinned them in, since I think I was still pinning them as weekend guests were rolling into the driveway.  #whoops

DINING ROOM PILLOWS SEWN…  FINALLY.

(Is it sewed or sewn?  …ah whatever.)

Pillow Fabric: Lee Jofa/Threads, via Shannon Darby at Designer’s Attic.  I made (2) 18×18 pillows out of 1 yard for $50.  Wanted to use it EVERYWHERE.

Rug: Rugs USA Windsor Overdyed in Violet.  50% off right now, and also awesome in Turquoise.

Settee: World Market Hayden Linen Banquette.  Got it on super sale a few months back.

Wall Color:  Benjamin Moore Hushed Hue.  It’s a good, pale greige neutral with the faintest, palest hint of green.

OUR FIRST BIT OF PRESS, FINALLY FRAMED.  IT’S ONLY BEEN 3 YEARS.

I will never forget the day in 2010 when I got the most gracious email from House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief (and now Hearst Design Group’s Editor-in-Chief) Newell Turner.  I don’t think I let out a little pee, I think I let out the whole tank of pee when I saw it in my inbox.  He proceeded to say that he’d just spent 45 minutes perusing Covet Living, and thought it was “fresh, fun, and original.”  Then I proceeded to ask him to keep us in mind if they had any upcoming features we could contribute to.  And so they did (!)  That entertaining spread is MONEY – 101 genius ideas from Celebrity Party Planners like Colin Cowie, Celebrity Designers like Kelly Wearstler & Miles Redd, and then Blogger Muggles, like us perched at Tip #59.  I still keep a copy of it in my kitchen cabinet.  READ ‘EM ALL HERE.

ENTRY TABLE

A sweet little addition to the entry table, with the happiest photo ever taken from a wedding last year.  Notice our tongues are out in unison.  What a coupla nerds!

Frame: Preppy Patterns Jodie Picture Frame from Joss & Main

Lamps: Vintage Gerald Thurston for Lightolier

Curtains: I made these out of this fabric I saw on Young House Love.  I called the store and scored the rest of the bolt for $9.99/yard.

It’s gettin’ there!  Hope you guys have a great rest of the week – Happy Hump Day!

xoxo,





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