Cece and Elle's Room

One of my first experiences with long distance clients (true E-design/ without ever seeing the space in person) was a bedroom for twins girls. After having everything delivered and installed a while back I have been anxiously awaiting pictures. 

Last week this little gem popped up in my inbox:

First we should introduce you to the owners of this sweet room... Meet Cece and Elle (the most adorable twin girls I've seen since Mary Kate and Ashley. For reals.)

Seriously?? I know you're looking at the headboard...

For long distance clients the process is a little different. The client does a little more leg work on the front end- sending pictures, measurements, and inspiration images. 

With that information I come up with an initial floor plan and a presentation board that looks a little something like this...

I then mail samples, memos to the client to finalize colors, fabrics, bedding, etc. 

Obviously some things change from the initial plan once we get started. I always like to include atleast a few old, unique pieces and those require some searching. For example, I found these cute antique chairs at Scotts that I wanted to use in front of the window.

Perks of being a long distance client? You receive "insert Rachel for scale" pictures. Where you can really see the scale of the furniture-.... I'm basically a virtual Vanna White.

See.?? The chairs are small. Kid size.

And perfect for bla-bla dolls....

*custom game table painted "Borrowed Light" by Farrow and Ball 

*is anyone impressed that I know what a bla-bla is. 

*Headboards from Hickory Chair- available through RH, bedding by Serena and Lily, bedside table by Bungalow 5, lamp from Arteriors- both available through RH

*light from Ikea!

*view from the room- can't help you there* 

*Vintage suitcases from various different sellers on etsy. We had a mirrored top made for it. 

We are still working on this side of the room, but waiting on the right piece of artwork is never a bad thing. Chest by Bungalow 5 through RH; custom made bookcase tower, artwork through etsy; lamp base from Pottery Barn, lamp shade through etsy seller. 

I always say to keep kids rooms simple. Sure your kids will cry for a cobalt blue room and accuse you of trying to ruin their life... but that's besides the point. Think about the tone, the mood you want to set for the room. 

While the twin's room still feels young and full of life, it is also very serene and peaceful. Which is exactly what you want to encourage in a bedroom with two 4 year olds. If you took out the artwork, and a few accessories you'd still have a neutral palette to work with. And when they come in with their hot pink superman capes and polka dot beach balls?? There's your pop of color.

Ok, one more.. because they are just that cute. And so happy in their new room! :)

(Thanks to Fireflies 3 photography for sharing most of these images; and to my clients for giving me permission to show off their beautiful girls!

Virtual Vanna- don't wear it out. 


First things first-

The comments from my last post were so refreshing and honest- As I read through them all I laughed and cried. Thanks for taking the time to share the little snippets of your life that make you happy. Seriously... I am going to make y'all talk more often. 

On a totally separate note- I've been working on several bunk rooms and have been searching for inspirational images.

I'm referring to a bunk room as a room with multiple built in beds- they don't have to necessarily be stacked on top of one another. I guess I shouldn't call it a bunk if it's not stacked...OK now I'm curious...

Ahhh yes, a tier of berths. Thank you for clearing that up, Merriam

Anyway, you get the point. Maximizing the space to sleep as many children or traveling musicians as possible. Kids LOVE them.

If your budget allows I think building them out is the best solution for both function and overall aesthetic. 

Here are a few...

{above 6}; justine hugh jones; domino magazine; suzanne kasler; via material's girl; alys beach bunks via wide open spaces

{above 5}  via cottage living; via dwell; via elle decor; via flickriver/ pinterest, via swish and swanky

{above 5} giannetti via velvet and linen; bunks by Kelly Harmon; bunks by Steven Gambrel; Studio ohm via remodelista; bunks by Suzanne Kasler

{above 4} Tracery Interiors; Turner Davis Interiors; via pinterest; via nooshkids

{above 7} via marie claire maison; BPC architecture; via pinterest; Kristen Panich Interiors via twoellie; via the zhush;  Tracery Interiors; via Apt Therapy

(Bottom bunker 4 life)

Peace. Love. Les Indiennes.

Les Indiennes has been around for nearly 10 years and has made an appearance all over blogs and magazines. But it's popular for a reason.

<via architectural digest>

Their beautiful textiles have always appealed to me. It's probably because I'm so exotic.

I'm kidding.

…. I just think they're pretty

And calming.

And I don't get tired of looking at them. 

This beautiful Nashville home designed by David Netto was just featured in last month's Veranda. The matching upholstered walls and bed hanging renewed my love for Les Indiennes (hence this blog post)...

Their subtle prints fit into just about any setting...

(above rooms by Tom Scheerer

I'm thinking about incorporating it in my house somewhere. (And I might just not ask Hoyt's opinion about this one.) 

But what pattern to choose? The options are endless. These are just a few...

I really like their latest collection.

This bedcover in particular...

And I think their fabrics would make great shower curtains. Let's be honest- tasteful shower curtains are hard to come by. 

If it's in budget I always recommend purchasing the real thing, but for an inexpensive version:

West Elm has a great looking block print bedding collection

Alright, enough bohemian flare for the day.

Boys Room- Winner!

And you thought I forgot… :)

Just to recap: Two months ago (wow, that's scary) I posted a bunch of pictures of boys rooms.  If you missed it- click here. Y'all voted for your favorite(s). The judges deliberated. (my mom volunteered to count up the votes. Thanks Mom. I think she got the hint when she asked me nicely one day while I was up to my eyeballs moving the house, scheduling subs, answering millions of phone calls,TOTAL chaos-

 "Have you counted the blog votes yet?"-Mom

<insert jaw-dropping death glare>

"….. Hmmm… Ok.-Why don't I just do it."

Anyway, back to the game. If you're not familiar- I basically piece the winning room together on a budget. Yay! Game for me. Treat for you.


  A tie!!  between #6 and #17


Peter dunnham boysroom


 Kristen Buckingham  elle decor 

Nice choices!

I've noticed from past voting contests that y'all always choose the room with the best view and the most amount of built-ins. Either y'all are trying to torture me or y'all just have good taste. I'm thinking the latter… :) Obviously the #6 room is more difficult to recreate without a big window and a trim carpenter (unfortunately neither are on sale at Pottery Barn).

So, with that being said, I recreated a hybrid of the two rooms… a room that would last a while. Not too "baby boy" but still youthful and cute at the same time.

1. Slipcovered Twin Headboards in Espresso French Stripe from Pottery Barn {on sale now}

2. Garnet Hill skier sheets (Apparently these aren't available anymore? I'm not surprised considering I started this post months ago. Darn! But Garnet Hill always has really cute sheets for kids. Sheets are also the place where you can do whatever THEY want. Let the boys pick them out. If they are heinous you can cover them up!)

3. Quilted Pillows from West Elm

4. Wool coverlet from Ralph Lauren Home {on sale now}

5. Ceramic table lamp from Pottery Barn

6. Hand Embroidered Turkish Pillow by sukan on Etsy

7. Tribal prints from Panteek

8. Woven basket from Pottery Barn

9. Kilim rug from West Elm

10. Benjamin Moore HC-80 Bleeker Beige

GiRLs… coming soon.


Boys, Boys, Boys

Oh boys,…. People seem to get stuck with decorating boys bedrooms- whether they are age 3 or age 13. In fact, the difficulty increases with age. 

This calls for….. Voting time!!

Home magazine 

So, please cast your votes for your favorite boys room!

 If you missed out on the previous Super-fun game ..(-sometimes I feel ridiculous saying things like that- like I'm turning into a crazy woman who forces her internet friends to play this weird game she made up -that may or may not include quotes by Bob Barker ??)     I digress. If you missed out and want to check out what everyone voted for click on these:: (white kitchens) :: (twin bedrooms) :: (nurseries)

And like these previous posts you voted on - I will piece together the winning bedroom on budget! (to the best of my ability!)

So make sure you vote. (Even if you have no interest in boys bedrooms-(although some are clearly gender neutral) it's just fun to see what you guys like! :)

Here are the first items up for bid today  a few rooms that I think any boy (from tot to college Dude!) would like.


ANgie Hranowsky




Kids Room source unknown


Kids rooms via ivillage erin renzas


Lulu De Kwiatkowski via Lonny


Peter dunnham boysroom




Serena and lily


Victoria Borus Elle Decor 


Ashley Putman via decorpad 


Sg map boys room



  Via katy elliot


Bunny williams boys room


Tori burch sons room-



Anne Hepfer House & Home


Bilhuber kids room 


Kristen Buckingham  elle decor

Then Peter Pan is forced into to growing up… and he starts to show his true colors. (hints: wood, metal, footballs, antlers) 



Cheryl Tague



Berkus elle decor


House to home boys room

twenty- one.

Southern living boys room 



Elle decor hamptons house 


Chad Eisner House Beautiful


Via Apt Therapy 


Tracery Interiors Boys Room


Gambrel via flickr 


Which one will it be??

 Cast your votes in the comments section below.

And stay tuned- Girls Rooms are right around the corner.! 

(Come on DOWN!!!)


(Please excuse me- I didn't have the energy to cite all these but if you click on the picture the info/source should be in the window title. I'll try to fix this later.. Night!.: )

Upholstered Headboards

Elizabeth Dinkil 4-swallow-drive-bedroom
Hoyt and I need a headboard for our bedroom. I've been saying this for years- and can't seem to make up my mind on what look I want. (Yes, all day long I make firm decisions for other people but when it comes to ME I can't can't even decide what socks to wear. Makes no sense.)

I tend to lean towards simple- but maybe it's a chance to go bold!...?

Here are a few images I've gathered over the years... OK, more like 40.

The Simple

Erin martin

Headboard via domino

Via decor happy


Mary mcgee bed

Laura Day via lonny

Top Picture: Elizabeth Dinkil design; Simple: Erin Martin Designs; via Domino mag; via Decor Happy; Lee Kleinhelter via Lonny; Mary McGee via Domino; Laura Day via Lonny

The Studded


Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard via HB; Annie Selke via HB; Phoebe Howard

The Patterned

PHillip Gorrivan CHH


Hb jonathan berger


Phillip Gorrivan via Canadian House & Home; Tom Scheerer via House Beautiful; Jonathan Berger via HB; via Lonny

The Bold , The Colorful





Sasha adler hb

via Living Etc, Tobi Fairley, unknown, Sasha Adler via House Beautiful 

The Tufted



Annie selke house beautiful  Gwyneth bedroom

Tufted headboard 6

Bunny Williams via Lonny, Tracery Interiors, Annie Selke via HB, Gwyneth Paltrow's room via H&G, source unknown; Victoria Thompson via Lonny

The Shapely 

Melissa Warner HB

Katie Ridder Elle Decor



Melissa Warner via HB; Katie Ridder via Elle Decor; via BHG ; via Lonny

The Wrap-Around

Wrap around headboard- Erin Martin

Wrap around headboard hb

Wrap around headboard hb2
all via House Beautiful


Now you see why I can't make a decision.

Which look do you prefer?


Spring Awakening

Spring is upon us!! 

And the recent catalogs are showing it. 

How about waking up in one of these fabulous bedrooms?

Are you kidding?

This room is amazing. Restoration is killin' it, lately.

Bench Prod1671452
Prod1671167 Prod1608099
To shop the rest of this room click HERE.  

Meanwhile, Wisteria's latest bedroom is looking serene and welcoming...

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 To shop the rest of this room click HERE.

West Elm is going with the all-white look. Can't go wrong with that!

Wisteria room
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And Pottery Barn is pairing white, cream and a pretty pale blue.

I love these colors together... very refreshing.
Pottery barn
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A then I came upon a lovely, spring-inspired room from Anthropologie... 

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Garnet Hill's Eileen Fisher collection is one of my very faves. She's a staple in my book...

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I'm loving all these bedrooms-- but loving being outside MORE!

I hope you are enjoying the spring weather too...




Haley's Room

I've had a few people email me asking how on earth to decorate a teenager's bedroom. So I thought I would share a project I finished recently...

Haley's Room.


Take Note

Haley: age 15, cowgirl, likes bright colors, PB teen decor, her pony, lots of natural light-not to be confused with Twilight- another love.

the Mom: a western Martha Stewart with edge; Exquisite taste but does not like bright colors, patterns or anything from PB Teen. 

the Dad: a musician; in decorating words: keep it interesting. But without color, please.

Me: in over my head.

Haley room plan copy 

Let's start from the beginning: the inspiration behind this room-

{ the wings }

These angel wings were picked up by Haley's parents on a road trip out West. We all agreed they would be perfect for her room.

So I made them into a headboard... 


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They collect,

They display.

With that in mind I designed a set of bookcases with a built-in desk and had them installed on the far wall. 


At one point I had these shelves 'styled' the way I wanted them but then quickly realized it wasn't fitting unless Haley did it herself...


Much better.



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Chest of drawers from Manor in Nashville; charming chandelier by Stray Dog Designs 



The drapery panels were custom made with decorative ties to make them a little more youthful. Decorative hardware from Anthropologie.



A "boring" bench was slipcovered in a hot pink fabric. 

Custom slipcovered bedside tables- with a little feminine, bright? detail...

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And my favorite moment in the room...



1. The Painting

I commissioned a talented artist and friend, David Mcleod, to paint a portrait of Haley's beloved pony- otherwise known as Buni. He captured her perfectly... (click HERE to see more of his work)


Look familiar? You might have seen Haley and Buni in THIS famous music video !

2. The Chairs


Classy, bright fabrics?  Peter Dunham to the rescue!


Bernhardt chairs covered in Peter Dunham's Blue Kashmir Paisley. Love it. 


This cowgirl has quite the view from her bedroom... 


And quite a precious sidekick...


Fuzzy ottoman from West Elm




I recently found out one of my cousins is expecting a baby in June! She has asked me to help with the nursery and I couldn't be more excited. She lives in my OUR great grandmother's old house so it will be even more special to help spruce it up for the little one. I've been looking through my 'nursery file' to find inspiration... and I want to share some ones that have appealed to me over the years.

So, please cast your votes for your favorite nursery! 

And like these previous posts you voted on :: (white kitchens) (twin bedrooms) ::  I will piece together the winning bedroom on a budget! So make sure you vote. (Even if you aren't planning on having a baby anytime soon- just pretend you're being held at  gunpoint and you HAD to choose one room!)... Really I'm just interested to see what you guys like. :)

There are 21 total nurseries... take note.




UG nursery 1 UG nursery 2  
 three.>precious boy not included>

Picture 91 


Desiretoinspire nursery


Via EofS


Traditional home nursery 



Celerie kimble nursery 


Via domino : apt therapy


Suellen Gregory via cote de texas   





Bill kingston


Blueprint bliss tannery oc 





Eclectic nursery via ohdeedah 


Domino mag nursery1



and twenty one.

Gasl_outdoor_in_05 domino 

This post is dedicated to all of my pregnant readers and friends: Lindsay, Brooke, Amy, Grace, Kim ::  I'm sure there are many more...

Here's to nesting!


 (1) Wendy Bellisimo via apartment therapy (2) via urban grace blog (3) via paul costello (4) via desire to inspire (5) via elements of style (6) via traditional home (7) Serena & Lily nursery seen at style blueprint (8) celerie kimble (9) via domino mag seen at  apartment therapy  (10)Jenna Lyon's nursery via Domino Mag (11) Suellen Gregory nursery via cote de texas (12) via domino mag  (13) source unknown (14) photo by Bill Kingston (15) Tannery O'Conner via blueprint bliss (16) Windsor Smith (17) Serena & Lily  Nursery (18) via ohdeedoh (19) via domino mag (20)source unknown-sorry!(21) via domino mag

Twin Winner!

And the TWINNER IS........

#25!! ......Come on DOWN!
Via simply seleta, domino

Thanks for voting!! I loved seeing everyones' preferences. And, I agree. This bedroom is beautiful.
But quite a doozy to piece together... The one full of antique furniture and inherited collectibles? Sure, let's go to Target. 
Seriously, I tried my best to find an inexpensive alternative for this timeless bedroom. 
Here goes...

on sale for $10/double roll here
then paint a 4" wide stripe in Farrow and Ball's Light Blue 22


Billy bookcase
Ikea's Billy Bookcase, $59, *paint them the trim color

West elm upholstered headboard

West Elm's nailhead upholstered headboard, Twin is $329


Garnet hill ticking stripe
Garnet Hill ticking stripe bedskirt- in linen/natural, $48.00 for twin

Scalloped matelasse linensource
Scalloped matelasse in natural from Linensource, $24.00!

Get the sham to match!-$9.00

Garnet hill percale

and these sheets from Garnet Hill- in Silver Sage/Ivory- $35

and the matching shams- $35

Nate berkus crewel pillow

Nate Berkus Bria Crewel decorative pillow on sale for $9.95!
UNLESS you want to splurge on this one:
John robshaw
Picture 1
Shabby Chic's Cozy Blanket- in aqua- $49 at Target

Other Furniture
Overstock's Half-Moon Hall Table at $179

Target writing desk

Architecture print from $49.00

Rustic wood frame
in a Rustic Wood Gallery Frame from Pottery Barn, $39.00

Voila! #25 on a nestegg.

I'd like to state that I do not recommend decorating your room with really cheap furniture. I just wanted to give a new perspective on those stunning magazine pages that seem "impossible." If you were my (real-life) client and you handed me the bedroom picture I would first ask to go shopping in your attic (or your mother's) and then tell you to start reading. In fact, that brings up my last (but least $) item for the room:

That's your job. I recommend going here.
Oh, and in case you were wondering the very close runner up was: #17!!
HB- Scheerer


Here's the deal- I have so many pictures (scanned/saved/etc) sitting in folders on my tiny macbook- I mean TONS. It's gotten out of control. I stumbled upon one of my folders titled "twins" with almost 100 pictures of fraternal twins I have found on the internet.


"Twins" meaning rooms with twin beds-- and I haven't shared any of them with you!! I am guilty of hoarding and I apologize.


To mend this problem I will slowly begin to share all of my folders with you. So please enjoy some twenty-eight pictures of twin bedrooms that have appealed to me over the years. I omitted a good bit of them and was going to get rid of more but then I asked myself: Why? This is good for me and for you. (1) Whenever you need a resource for how you want your twin bedroom to look you can come here. And (2) I can finally "relocate" all of my pictures that are slowing down this computer.

So, please cast your votes for your favorite twin bedroom! 

And like this previous post you voted on, I will piece together the winning bedroom on a budget! So make sure you vote. (Even if you have never commented before! I welcome my shy readers--you can put an anonymous name if you wish.)

Warning: You will love so many of these rooms that trying to keep track of which one is your favorite will exhaust you. Just give me your gut fave- or jot some down on a piece of paper as you scroll down.


Girl meets glamour

Designer: Katie Ridder, via Elle Decor


Guest bedroom SA Mali Azima

Designer: Jacquelynne P. Lanham, via Southern Accents


Spotted via simply seleta

via Martha Stewart Living 



Designer: Lucy Allen Gillis, via design sponge


House beautiful steven gambrel
Designer: Steven Gambrel, Domino or House Beautiful? Can't remember.


Amy Lau, katy elliot

Designer: Amy Lau, via katy elliot


Little girls room pink

Designer: Tom Scheerer


HB John Willey

Designer: John Willey, via House Beautiful

nine. and ten.

SA amelia handeganAtlanta home liz williams

(9) Amelia Handegan, via Southern Accents (10) Liz Williams, via Atlanta Home


 elle decor arabesque

via Elle Decor


Bed twins domino4

via Domino mag

thirteen. and fourteen.

HB Tom StringerCottage living es

(13) Tom Stringer, via House Beautiful (14) via Cottage Living


Amanda nisbet an

Designer: Amanda Nisbet, via Blueprint Bliss


SA phillip sides

Designer Phillip Sides, via Southern Accents


HB- Scheerer

Tom Scheerer, via House Beautiful


Bed twins katy elliott

via katy elliot


Coco cozy jeff andrews design

Designer: Jeff Andrews, via cococozy



via Domino

twenty one.

ED Kristin Buckingham

Designer: Kristen Buckingham, via Elle Decor

twenty two.

Velvet:linen brooke gianetti

Designer: Brooke Gianetti, via Velvet & Linen

twenty three. and four.

Domino twinsPhillip Gorrivan

(23) via Domino (24) Designer: Phillip Gorrivan

twenty five.

Via simply seleta, domino

via Simply Seleta

twenty six.

Apt therapy via apartment therapy

twenty seven.

Kay Douglass- Coastal LivingDesigner: Kay Douglass via Coastal Living

aaaaand twenty eight.

Suzanne kasler veranda

Designer: Suzanne Kaslervia Veranda

I wish I had the time and energy* to point out why I like each room. I saved them all for a reason...but I still have a favorite :) 

Okay, maybe a few.

 I'll vote below- you should too.

I rhyme in my sleep- really, I do.


Bedroom on a Budget

Today you will find me over at Style Blueprint, home of Nashville style!  Liza, one of my super-stylish clients, put me up to a challenge to spruce up my guest bedroom on a budget. 

Here's a preview:

Also, if you live in Nashville (or anywhere else for that matter!) you need to add styleblueprint to one of your daily reads. You know those people that find fabulous deals and then keep them to themselves???? I don't either. I think it has to do with living in the south... but this blog is like a secret (southern) club that shares all sorts of deals and steals!

Liza (and Elizabeth), thank you putting me up to the challenge and allowing me to guest-host on your awesome blog!! 

To all my readers- check it out. You won't regret it!
Click HERE to see the post.


Headboard Thoughts

Last year Southern Accents had an article called "One Headboard, Three Looks." I remember this article because I always find it interesting which "look" people prefer. I also remember this article because it contained none other than: My ideal bed.

One of these pictures is what I want my bed to look like. I'll tell you at the end.
But before I tell you which one I covet- I want you to pick your favorite and let me know in the comments section.

One Headboard
(because we can all agree that it's fabulous... and bejeweled!* (with nailhead)

Three Looks
all styled by Birmingham designer Liz Woods

#1 Blanketed in White


#2 Shades of Gray
#3 An Appealing Pattern
Which one do you choose?
Or if you can't see yourself sleeping in these beds you can choose to veto all of them.

Which one do I choose?
You probably could have guessed...
#2. Love at first sight...

So I did what any scatter-brained, magazine inspired, have-to-have-it-NOW, interior designer would do:
I started shopping.
Then I quickly realized that this #2 bed would not only empty my wallet- but it would flat out destroy our nest egg.
For example:
Scroll coverlet (the beige one)- Matteo Bedding, gorgeous but pricey

And the rope blanket.... Oh, the rope blanket. You are killing me with that price tag. Not to mention the name of the color about send me over the edge: Earth.
Although it is gorgeous I knew that my cat and any other future animal would ruin it in a heartbeat. So I began my search for a more affordable version of #2.

For the scroll coverlet and shams:
 Dillards. Much better price and has the same texture to it (you can't see it in the picture so you'll have to trust me on that one)

To replace the rope blanket:
Graphite restoration
The Diamond Matelasse coverlet in graphite*- from Restoration Hardware

I also found that Eileen Fisher's collection at Garnet Hill has a charcoal/gray color that is similar:
Eilein fisher
I actually found a very similar look but it is only in throw blankets and pillows:
West elm
from west elm! in clay* color

Empire Embroidered sheets in gray.

And as for that gorgeous bolster pillow?  "Taupe Verno bolster" by Archipelago.
I"m at a loss. And I still can't find any info on it- In other words:
Drop it. You can't afford it.
Waste 3 hours of your life looking for something similar online.
Force your blog readers to come up with it.
Be patient. I'll stumble upon it (or something like it) one day.

I have a feeling it might involve some of these fabrics:
John Robshaw fabrics... Maybe this guy from his website can help me-
John robshaw
or just give me one of those bags!!!