I was at the Kravet Showroom at the Washington Design Center the other day and I was so drawn to some of the furniture they had out.  Kravet is mainly known for their textiles but they do have a line of furnishings which I am a big fan of.

I loved both these two blue couches but the navy one below was my favorite… probably the rich, deep navy color.  I also liked the frame of it better than the other.

I really liked these chairs too- I liked the deep yellow color and straight lines.  I would even buy them off the showroom floor with the KK on them (because you know they’d be cheaper).

I loved this headboard.  I’ve always loved this style of headboard, tall, tufted, a light white variation.  Restoration Hardware has some similar ones which I’m sure I’ve written about before, they just seem so sumptuous.

I always love going to the design center, I feel like a kid in a candy store… all the best fabric and furnishing lines in the country in one place… I know the DC design center is small beans compared to the NYC or Chicago ones which I’d love to get to see someday…

Dining Room Chairs Facelift

My dining room chairs are hand me downs from my parents… they had the potential to be cute chairs but they were covered in some not so hot fabric.  My step mom had recovered them a few years back in yellow tea cup fabric…maybe they fit in when they were in my parents house but I was not feelin’ the teacups in my house.

It was a quick as 1, 2, 3 to recover them as I had this beautiful Tiffany’s blue fabric on hand and a staple gun.  The annoying part was ripping off about 4 layers of fabric from them as they had been recovered many times.  It took a little elbow grease, a hammer and pliers to rip off the old staples that held the fabric on.  But in under 2 hours I had new-to-me chairs!




(Forgive the poor quality of the photos, I was lazy and took them with my iPhone).

Putting It All Together: Living Room

What a dreary, rainy day.  Here is a cheery inspiration board for you:

Ideas for My Living Room, April 2009 (Double click image to enlarge)



1.  IKEA Merete Curtains in Dark Blue

2.  Bamboo Insulated Roman Shades from Country Curtains

3.  Canvas Buckets from Pottery Barn Kids- Perfect to hold newspapers and dog items

4.  Rattan Pouf from Urban Outfitters

5.  Fresh Scallops Mirror from Land of Nod

6.  Avery Antique White Gel Fuel Fireplace from who knew you could buy a fireplace and just plug it into any old outlet?

7.  Wire Wall Letters from PB Teen- I’m not sure what letters I’d get, but they are cute

8.  Balk veneer flooring in brown from IKEA- to replace the icky carpet in my living room.

9.  Kravet Beige Fabric to Reupholster my couches

Site of the Week- We Are Slip

We Are Slip has some funky and whimsical lamps and fabrics.










They are really fun- almost seems like something you would see in a Dr. Seuss book, or like Gaudi designed them (BTW- if you are ever in Barcelona you MUST go see some of his buildings!).

Site of the Week: Madeline Weinrib

I stumbled upon an ad in this month’s Elle Decor for Madeline Weinrib Atelier, she designs the most gorgeous textiles.

I love them, here are some of my favorites:










Putting It All Together: Ikea Bedroom

What could be better than a whole room with everything from Ikea?

My housemate just bought this lovely dresser from Ikea.  The Hemnes Chest With 8 Drawers is a lot larger than it looks in the picture.


I think this Inger fabric would look absolutely lovely next to the dresser.  The more I look at it the more I love it:


Add in a little curtain rod- nothing too fancy cause we want the attention on the lovely curtains.  Skuggig from Ikea:


And a bed of course for the bedroom, Sorum:


A touch of color on the walls, Benjamin Moore Delano Waters 766:


And last but not least, how about a rug: Bettan Linge


That’s about it for now, I may just add some more in the morning…


Putting It All Together: Ladies Boudoir

Definition of Boudoir from Wikipedia:

“A boudoir is a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. The term derives from the French verb bouder, meaning “to pout”.

Historically, the boudoir formed part of the private suite of rooms of a lady, for bathing and dressing, adjacent to her bedchamber, being the female equivalent of the male cabinet. In later periods, the boudoir was used as a private drawing room, and was used for other activities, such as embroidery or entertaining intimate acquaintances.”

Try This:

Overture Chaise from Kravet:


Upholstered in Giovanna Fabric from Kravet:


With the Gramercy Park Cheval Mirror from The Mirror Lady:


With wall color Westminister Gold 200 from Benjamin Moore:


Andhe Hudson Colonial Revival Bowl Shade Chandelier from Rejuvenation:


And Candlesticks to add a touch of elegance and soft light:

Panna Cream Pillar Holders from Pottery Barn and Ridgeway Candle sticks from Ralph Lauren Home:



And lastly these Glass Canisters from Crate & Barrel to hole cotton balls and such:


Putting It All Together: Master Bedroom

Greenwich Tufted Headboard from Target:


Upholstered in this Kravet Fabric:


With Kimura wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper on the wall behind the headboard:


The Master Bedrooom should evoke a feeling of romance.  Avoid pictures of your kids staring at you while you are in bed.  I like Antra from Ikea: