Design Inspiration: Soft Chic Luxe Bedroom


I’m 24 years old and single, so I don’t have to worry about making my bedroom mesh with a man’s tastes just yet – and I plan to take full advantage of that when our family moves into our new house. Want to hear about some of my ideas? Okay then. πŸ™‚

Firstly, the theme… when I was brainstorming about my next room, I KNEW I wanted to make it feel glamorous and expensive (even if the actual budget for the decor is next to nothing) so I quickly decided on golds and metallic accents. Keeping the colors all light and soft will make the space feel larger, airy, and feminine. More on the colors I selected later.

Firstly I give you exhibit A, in which it is painfully obvious that I cannot draw. At all. But these doodle-sketches serves as a bare-bones view of what I am envisioning.


The room has two nice blank walls for placing furniture. One wall has a window on the right side, and the fourth wall has a long closet and then an alcove with the doorway.


Um yes, my crooked furniture drawings have achieved funhouse status…


The great thing is I already have many elements for this room. Namely:

  • Queen-size bed with a padded creamy leather headboard studded with rhinestones
  • Large white dresser with glass diamond knobs
  • White Billy bookcases from IKEA
  • Two silver lamps with crystal-trimmed linen shades
  • A pretty nightstand, 2 drawers – but it needs repainting

I also have a pink lamp that I plan to repaint, a too-large desk with not-enough storage that I think I need to replace (I need to see how it fits in the room first) and several mirrors and frames – plus a large piece of bound carpet I’m wondering if I can dye or paint a greek key design into.

Now for the inspiration!

Room Inspy
So – BLUSH, SOFT PEACH, GLIMMER-GOLD and CREAM are the main players in this color scheme. Honestly, doesn’t this look like heaven?

{Pictures: Source, Source, Source, Source, Source, Source) – Pinterest, ya’ll.

I plan to incorporate these colors in some new pillows on my bed – I already have a cream-colored quilted bedspread as a perfect ‘blank canvas’.


Room Inspy 2
A sparkly chandelier is a must!!! I’m determined to find one for a steal and either paint it white or update it in some fashion. Look past those busy shelves to that wall pattern – I want to do the wall behind the bed like that, with the other shelves just the warm latte color. Ruffled curtains at the window, and then I’m GOING to find an old student desk on craigslist or at a yard sale and refresh it with new paint and hardware… I’m just not sure what color yet, white or a blush or peach color.

{More Pictures: Source, Source, Source, Source, Source) – *hint* if you want to follow me on Pinterest, you’ll get to see all the great stuff I pin! πŸ˜‰

LOVE it? Or does all the sweetness make you gag? I can’t wait to create this dreamy bedroom. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to moving day!




Studio | Design Inspiration

Ah, all the fun details of buying and selling houses. We’re having a home inspection done on our log home as I type this! (Praying for a stunning report… but I’m not concerned. Everything works. πŸ™‚ )

I thought I’d share some of my design ideas with you before we even get to London Lane. Because the thinking and planning process is just as fun as the hard work (if not more so, because you can get as creative as you want!)

One of the greatest things about our new house isn’t even a part of the main house. In the backyard, across the lawn, tucked into the trees, sits a workshop building already wired with electricity. It’s the size of a 2-car garage. And it already has a pipe running out for plumbing should we need to install it. (And we do, because we’re planning to add a small bathroom in one corner. Walking all the way into the main house in the middle of the night to use the toilet would get old quickly!)

It’s hidden behind the arbor swing in this picture, but this is the side of the workshop facing the house.
Garage Door Side of Studio
It’s full right now, but will be cleared out when we move in! This garage door will have to be removed and a new wall with some nice HUGE windows put in its place. The wonderful thing is that my dad (a landscape designer) has some contacts who are ready and willing to help us with these projects.

Another view…P1015854When planning out a room, a good idea is to use graph paper and calculate one square per square foot. Then you can measure the furniture pieces you want to arrange in it and cut those out from separate pieces of paper and slide them around until the space looks workable. πŸ™‚

Here’s my sketch of the floor plan. (My dad did the bathroom size, it may end up being smaller with a step-in square shower) It has a kitchenette area, media space with comfy couch, and lots of room for my brothers’ favorite hobby – LEGOS.

A quick note here. When I mention LEGOs, I’m not talking your average little house made with blocks. Mark and Steven have become internationally famous LEGO builders with their work appearing in various magazines worldwide and at several LEGO conventions in the US. Check out their flickr photostreams here and here if you want to see for yourself!

This is their current LEGO room (and Steven’s bedroom) – See the boxes of bricks? Yeah. Those need a home.


Therefore: the space I help create for them to build with LEGO has to be epic. No pressure, right?

So, let me tell you about my inspiration for this new space.Β Firstly, the wall color. Behr: “Essential Teal”


I ADORE IT. Ignore the furnishings in that space, just soak in that deep, fresh, intuitive, imagination-enhancing wall color. Perfect.

In fact, I noticed this color IN THE SKY above a football game I was attending. (A sign from the heavens, perhaps??) It looked something like this:


I know that doesn’t look like it could be real, but that’s honestly the color it was! Perhaps it had something to do with the setting sun and the stadium lights I was beneath, but there it was, staring me in the face, crying out to be on the studio walls. πŸ˜€

I mentioned it to Mark, who was sitting next to me, and he just looked at me as if I had spoken to him in Klingon instead of English, but that’s okay. He’s liking the color now. πŸ˜€ A good thing, because it’ll be his bedroom as well as the LEGO studio.

Aside from the color, the general style of the room will be “Contemporary Masculine”. Here are a few photos with the right mood, if not the exact furnishings we’ll be selecting. (Source: Pinterest)

Love the pot lights in the ceiling! We’re definitely doing those. I also like this rug. And the bed pillows. πŸ˜€
I may do one wall white to add freshness to the space. We’re also installing larger windows to add natural light.
While I want the room to feel contemporary, I don’t want to take it to quite the limits like this in a monochrome look – too stark. But this is the right style for Mark, who is most definitely a sharp guy.
I also REEEEEAAALLY want to blow up and frame some of the dynamic artwork Mark has been creating as part of his Graphic Design degree in college. It’s in abstract shapes and black and white, which will be a crisp contrast against the teal walls.

I plan to hit IKEA for many of the pieces we’ll need for this space. We already have two white IKEA worktables, which will look fabulous with some new IKEA light fixtures hanging over them. We’ll probably end up using IKEA kitchen cabinets and countertops for the kitchenette and I definitely want to grab some of their bathroom organization pieces.

Upper two: IKEA-styled bathrooms. Lower two: kitchenettes!

Eventually, when Mark moves on to pursue his Graphic Design career, driving off into the sunset in his black Maserati sports car, (Haha πŸ˜€ ) this will become a functional guest suite, something I know my parents will enjoy having! πŸ™‚

So there you have it! Not sure how many of these inspiration posts I’ll have time to do before the move, but I couldn’t wait to share the ideas for this fun Studio!