Sleeping in style

Yesterday I added some links on the sidebar with ways to link up with me on social networking sites like Pinterest and Instagram. If you are enjoying what’s happening on this here blogaroo, please do feel free to follow me over on those sites as well!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite bedroom inspiration photos from my Style Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Many of my favorite home design blogs stress the importance of knowing what you like, so I have been pinning home design images that resonate with me to see if there were any similarities. Here are some of my favorite bedroom images:

I’ll admit it: This photo makes me sleepy. But in a good way! This has got to be my favorite bedroom inspiration image of all time because I love how cozy and lived in it feels. I imagine myself just diving into the bed, sinking down into the mountain of pillows and snoozing away, not having a care in the world.

Realizing my love for this image led me to discover that there are many, many rooms on my list that have a lot of the same qualities, like:

Big, graphic, monochromatic patterns

Soft, white, fleece-y fur elements

Bright flashes of color in the pillows

Neutral, textured wall and duvet

And others like polka dots, ottomans, and flowers near the bed.

This is really a great exercise to get to know your personal style. Looking at all those pictures together, I never realized they had so much in common. And now that I see it, it’s easy to understand why I like them and how to make my own bedroom inspire the same cozy feelings that these pictures give me.

Anyone else inspired by these bedroom images? Do they make you sleepy (in a good way)?

And if you care to see more Pinterest favorites like these, feel free to follow my Style Inspiration board.

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We’ve got pipes of steel

Rolan and I are still nursing me back to health, but I wanted to show you guys the progress we made on the curtains in the bedroom.

If you remember from my bedroom moodboard post, we are planning to put galvanized steel plumbing pipes up as curtain rods in all the rooms with windows. Rolan ordered 2 33.7mm steel pipes that were exactly the width of our rooms plus a few extra centimeters (just in case). We also ordered 5 rail supports and 4 plastic plugs for the ends. All in all, the total came to just under €100 — and they delivered!

The only trouble was, we didn’t anticipate how to get the nearly 6 meter long pipe up to our apartment. It wouldn’t fit up the staircase and certainly not in the elevator. Luckily, the nice Dutch delivery man spoke enough English to help me stash it here, next to the parking garage, while I waited for reinforcements Rolan to come home from work and solve the puzzle.

Luckily, he remembered we have a balcony that overlooks a garden and we live on the third floor, so we were able to pass the long pipe up from the garden to the balcony and then into the living room. I wish I had a picture of this, but sadly my hands and mind were occupied making sure the pipe didn’t fall on and/or impale someone. I’m sure our neighbors were scratching their heads in confusion if they saw the scene, though.

The predicament did allow me to take this funny Instagram picture after our trip to the Gamma to buy some fail-safe precautions:

I am seriously not reading that 50 Shades book, but I couldn’t look the cashier in the eye for wondering what she must be thinking of our purchase.

Anyway, once the pipes were all safely in the apartment, Rolan did some measuring and some calculating and some re-measuring and then got out his power drill and went to town on the ceilings.

We found out that there are a couple places in our ceilings that are not, erm, drillable? Is that a word? No, probably not, but… that’s what they were: undrillable. So we remeasured and recalculated and tried again. It was a trial and error process. Very scientific.

Once we got the holes drilled, the new challenge became getting the screws into their anchors. Rolan battled the ceiling on that for awhile and came out victorious once again, so the only thing left to do was measure the length that the pipe needed to be and trim it down to that size.

Safety nuts, avert your eyes! We realized after this project was over that safety goggles and a mask to cover your nose and mouth are ESSENTIAL. But my man managed to manually saw the pipe down to size, apply the plastic plugs and hang the curtain rod like a pro — with hopefully no damage to his lungs and eyes.

The next fun challenge will be finding curtain rods that are big enough to slide easily over these pipes, but that is a story for another day. Today we are basking in all the glory that comes with privacy from our neighbors!

If any of you are from the Netherlands and wanting to tackle this same project, we highly recommend Steigerbuis-online.nl. They were WAY cheaper than Gamma and Praxis and their selection is unbeatable. The delivery is fast and the nice delivery man will even speak English to you while you chat nervously on the phone to your boyfriend about what to do with the 6 meter long pipe he ordered. Any American readers can check out Simplified Building for a similar service, though I can’t vouch personally for this site.

And lastly, here are some places I found inspiration (and motivation) for this project:

Have any of you tried any unconventional ways to hang curtains in your home? Please leave a comment with a link so I can check it out!


Recovering

I had a tonsillectomy two days ago and I’m still feeling it. So while I work on a speedy recovery, here are some awesome links to ramp up your weekend!

Keep Calm and Heal On print from TheKeepCalmShop


A home away from… normal

It’s almost vacation time for us and we’ve been pondering about where to go.

I’ve explored some options. We could spend a night in a giant French wine cask, should we want to.

The  De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel is a hotel in The Netherlands made from four salvaged wine casks. Each wine barrel used to hold 14,500 liters of French wine, but now is home to a modest two-person room with standard amenities, attached bathroom and sitting room.

And if the wine fumes start to give us a headache, there’s always the Controversy Tram & Train Inn — a hotel made from an old railway carriage!

Because you spend most of your work week trying to sleep in a train, why not spend your vacation doing the same?

You gotta love the tire sink in that last picture. It looks like it could be quite cozy, until you wake up in the middle of the night in a panic that you missed your stop!

Also, a hotel for goldfish in Amsterdam!

Images of De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel via Inhabitant.com. Images of Controversy Tram & Train Inn via Controversy.nl and DecoratingDesignInterior.com.


Dutch catalog living

When we first moved into our apartment, there was a mountain of mail waiting for us in the mailbox. Some of it was important, but most of it was unsolicited junk mail. Normally I would be all upset about wasted paper, but it was hard not to appreciate this gem of a home design catalog I received.

The pictures in it were so odd. Not because of the home decor, but because of the situations they put the models in. I couldn’t help but think of Catalog Living and the great captions they would add.

Here are some of my favorites:

“I wish I could remember how I took that giant picture behind me…”

In this scene, we have a man making a slightly amused face holding a camera with what can only be assumed is a camera instruction booklet next to him.

“Honey, the dogs are whining. Can you go see if they scaled the table again?”

Next up, a problem many of us are familiar with: where do you put a litter of puppies? Seems like “on the table” is an obvious choice. Maybe those two puppies are the ones they have bred for super-puppy skills in jumping and climbing?

“Herman was thrilled with his new fighter jet sticker. Now he just had to make sure Anne never turned around…”

I know that stickers on the wall are a popular thing nowadays, but… I just can’t even… I mean… what in the world?!

“Ironically, Sara was the only thing in her living room that wasn’t white.”

I love how they even decided to put milk in the little glass jar to really drive the color scheme home.

“After months of denying it, Rita finally admitted to herself that the slanted floors were getting to her.”

Every photo in the catalog had a normal horizon. And then there was this one. I love how the model is looking straight at the camera as if she is thinking, ‘Whoa. He just took the camera off the tripod. This catalog shoot just went high-fashion.’


Setting the mood in the bedroom

When I dreamed of what our bedroom would look like, I couldn’t think of much else besides the sea.

We met on a cruise ship, where Rolan was finishing his study to become a maritime officer. Rolan went to school near the sea on an island in Holland called Terschelling. Our first vacation was to an island off the coast of Holland where we camped in a tent and “swam” (brr!) in the North Sea. Rolan loves fishing and even keeps an aquarium. Besides all that, we both love the sea and feel calm and at peace when we are near it. It only followed that our bedroom should bring us those same feelings of serenity.

My design for the bedroom actually started with a bright orange velvet curtain as its foundation, hoping that the orange would remind us of the sky at sunset in the picture above. But when we borrowed some orange velvet curtains from Rolan’s uncle, I felt like the orange was just a bit… too much for the room. It wasn’t serene or calm. It was more like the feeling I’d imagine you’d have if you ate a package of cookies, downed a Red Bull and then jumped into a pool full of ice water.

Little bit of a jolt there.

So I went back to the drawing board where the textiles were concerned and this, I am happy to say, is one mood board I have been consistently happy with for just over a week:

So, without further ado, the breakdown:

  1. Rolan has had his heart set on having steel pipe curtain rods because it’s a.) inexpensive, b.) “cool-looking” and c.) strong enough to span the entire width of our bedroom without sagging in the middle or needing a center support bracket. I like it much better than those track systems and I do think it will “man-up” this bedroom a little. Win-win-win.
  2. The Ikea Maskros lamp. I’ve dreamed of the day when my bedroom could have one of these babies. I don’t even care that it’s everywhere nowadays. I think it’s beautiful and simple and, if its popularity is any indication, the public is nodding in agreement with me.
  3. Ikea Premiär picture. I don’t know if this is the exact picture we’ll hang, but I do know that I want something big, beachy and with a lot of that beautiful turquoise you see in this picture.
  4. Chiasso flock wall art set. I wanted something reflective in this room, because it’s a little on the small side. I think any little touches of mirror that we can add will do wonders to amp up the light in the room. I like these little bird mirrors because it stays true to the beach feel, can be hung anywhere in the room and is also a nod to one of Rolan’s grandfathers, who photographed birds as a hobby.
  5. Our bedroom is severely lacking in clothes storage and I’m pretty sure we’ve nailed down the Ikea PAX system as our weapon of choice to eliminate that problem. Rolan really loved the look and feel of the Pax Birkeland white door and I’m inclined to agree with him.
  6. Ikea Henny Väv duvet cover. This duvet cover was in our favorite bedroom in the showroom at the store. Rolan bought it for me as a Welcome Home surprise after my last trip home. I really love how much texture is in the pattern. From far away it looks grey and closer it looks white. It’s the best of both worlds.
  7. I plan to bring in a lot of color and pattern with the pillows on the bed, starting with this beautiful Cotton Starfish pillow at Delinda Boutique’s Etsy shop.
  8. The nautical colors and shapes in these pillows from Posh Street Pillows Etsy shop will bring pops of orange, turquoise and navy into the bed.
  9. I’ve already mentioned my intense LOVE for these prints from Seaside Prints. Here I picked 5 that would coincide just perfectly in this bedroom.
  10. There is A LOT of light coming into our bedroom at night from the garden outside so we went with these beautiful and heavy dark blue Ikea Sanela curtains. Luckily, we found all three of our curtains in the bargain bin at the end of Ikea, so we saved a BUNDLE on these curtains!
  11. I love how this Ikea Ofelia blanket calls to mind the soft sea foam you see on the beach. It looks comfy and warm, too!
  12. This Ikea Branäs laundry basket has a beachy feel to it thanks to the handwoven rattan exterior. And it’s big enough to hold a lot of dirty laundry!
  13. This rug is very reminiscent of a water ripple and I like that it’s neutral with just a hint of blue instead of the other way around. This Ikea Eivor Cirkel rug should be a nice, soft feeling on our toes in the morning.

We all scream for Ikea!

By now you have no doubt already seen the new 2013 Ikea catalog that popped up online today. You haven’t? Okay, go look. I will wait.

Ikea 2013 catalog

So many great ideas, right?

I have been flipping (virtually, of course) through it all day, so I will cut straight to the chase.

This Trådklöver fabric:

I want to buy a whole shipment of it and staple it to my walls so they will look like this:

Image via paloma81.blogspot.com

I’m also a big fan of this black and white graphic Lappljung Ruta rug.

It’s tres 8-bit chic, non?

These new Överens dishes are really beautiful and, thanks to their neutral coloring, could easily work themselves right into your everyday dishes:

Or they could be a fun new take on a Thanksgiving table setting.

It doesn’t say how it does it, but this new Jubel self-watering pot supposedly “helps your plants thrive”:

I guess it’s worth a try if it means I can stop buying plants over and over again. (I’ve a terrible black thumb.)

Not necessarily a new item, but I really love this idea from the catalog (haha) of taking pictures of the PIECES of something and framing them in a gallery on the wall, like so:

You could easily do the same thing with a puppy, a baby, your significant other, your family. Such a great way to cherish the details.

Finally — an organic way to hide a power strip in the nightstand:

I tried to hack my Malm nightstand drawers for this reason to no avail, so it’s nice to see this Nordli nightstand embracing the age of cell phone alarm clocks.

These new Skäret bath towels are cute and a half:

And such a good price!

Holy beautiful, affordable armchair, Batman!

Those shiny metal legs are calling to me.

There was so, so much new stuff that I loved. I will probably flip through it about 10 more times tonight.

Was there anything in there that caught your eye?