Really Cute (And Reasonable) ART on One Kings Lane

Do you shop on One Kings Lane?  It’s one of those sites that I will completely forget to check for awhile and then I’ll head over and be blown away by the selection.  Over this past weekend I found myself drooling over the art collection.  They have some really beautiful prints and photographs and they come framed (and ship cheap!!)  I LOVE using original art in my client projects, but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for every piece to be a custom creation.  I love the idea of mixing in a few of these pieces with a few original pieces of  and creating an amazing art collection.

Some of my Faves (All Under  $375 Framed)

Design Manifest Loves One Kings Lane Art

Horses / Sunset / Skirt

Flowers / Feathers Triptych

Nude / Black White Scribble / Pink Gold Abstract

Ballerina / Nude / Balloons

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Why are we so Afraid of Color? {In Kitchens and Bathrooms}

As much as I love decorating (textiles, chairs, lamps, mirrors oh my!) kitchens and bathrooms continue to be my favorite spaces to design.  Perhaps it’s the blending of architectural elements with more decorative softer touches.  I love specifying millwork with special details, laying out tile patterns, accentuating lighting with the perfect pendant or sconce.  Compared to a living room with lots of textiles and furnishings, these spaces usually have less materials, making each selection more profound and important.

Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be more “permanent” renovations.  Remodels are lengthy, messy and expensive.  I find that people tend to be much more risk adverse when remodeling these rooms.  There is a much greater concern over creating a timeless look vs a trendy design.  After all, changing out a pillow in a living room is no big deal, but swapping out a tile backsplash in a kitchen is not so cheap or easy.  I totally GET wanting a kitchen that will look classic in 10 years, I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money to then have it look dated within a decade.  Buttttt does classic have to mean a white kitchen?  I often wish I got more calls to do more colorful kitchens.  People are open to color in other areas, so why not in the heart of the home?

pink and orange bathroom

As much as I love a bold statement of color and pattern,  you can add a special punch to your kitchen or bathroom without going 110%.  I adore the bathroom above…. but not for my home.

So how do you add more color into these functional rooms in a smart and dare I say “safe” way?  Here are tips to be classic yet colorful in your kitchen and bathroom.

 

#1 A colorful base cabinet paired with classic white backsplash tile (or light wall.)

I think of this as updated classic.  Keep the architectural lines clean and let the color on the cabinets do the talking. The light walls keep the room from feeling overly saturated.

blue base cabinets

I love this kitchen so much!  The choice of a navy blue base cabinet is so rich and warm.  White counters, subway tile, a traditional beaded inset cabinet all give this kitchen a classic look.

green base cabinets

orange vanity

Hallie Henley Design

#2 Mix white perimeter cabinets with a bold colorful island

When the majority of the kitchen is clean and crisp, you can go a little bolder on the island!  You can even pair the white perimeter with a special tile or wallcovering that ties into the island.  The white cabinet will help balance the space and keep it from feeling too busy.

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Our Bedroom Update {85%}

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on the progress of redecorating our bedroom.  What was supposed to be a 6 week makeover (remember the ambitious One Room Challenge plan? hahaha) has turned into a never ending, ass-dragging, spare moment kinda renovation.  Unfortunately free moments are few and far between right now.  Between interior design, custom furniture and construction projects, both George and I have our hands full day and night.  I feel super guilty nagging him about things like closet door handles when we both have so much on our plates.  But you know what?  Forget the aesthetics of wanting a pretty closet, its hard to open doors without handles.

Luckily we have made some real progress (including the door handles!) and we are almost done.  85% looks good to the unknowing eye, but to me it’s still missing so much to be a pulled together “finished” room.  Photographing the space actually helps me look at the space with a more critical eye.  What is needed? What is missing?  What should I take away?  Oh and then there’s George to consider…. I suppose it’s his room too.  I tolerate sharing the design process to a certain point.  Actually I really enjoy collaborating with the boy.  But I also like to believe I have the final say.  What can I say, its the control freak decorator in me.

When I last did a proper update was had just painted the whole room BLACK.  My initial design scheme (see it HERE) was mostly  white with a bit of black and coral, but  I had to adjust the textiles slightly when we changed the nightstands to green.  That was an impulsive yet defining moment in the design planning.  Adding just a bit more color does feel more true to my style.  Its easy to get seduced by a look that you want, but isn’t necesarily you, but I find I’m happiest when I do ME.  That seems especially important in the bedroom, right?

design manifest bedroom- green nightstand, curtain wall

I added in my fave black floral pillows to unify the scheme.

George hates these pillows, but I adore them, so that was a battle I won.

I just thought it was necessary to bring the green into the room and I love how pillows have so many great colors.

Plus I love the balance of the more girly floral paired with the tribal mucloth and faux fur blanket.

(Floral and White Pillows will be available in our shop we are opening soon!)

green nightstand black floral pillow coral fretwork pillow design manifest

This is my side of the bed and due to the ceiling slope, there is no room for a table lamp.  I may hang a light or use a floor lamp to the left of the nightstand…. still working that out.

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Favorite Finds of the Month- Soft, Sweet and a little Exotic

I tend to vacillate between a few design moods- loving bold,dark and exotic, favoring neutral, layered, and textural, etc.  This month I’m really feeling color, but in a very soft way.  I want pale pink, coral, soft blues, grays, maybe just a touch of yellow.  I like the sweetness of pastels balanced by touch of global influence: a bench that looks like it belongs in Morocco, a gilt mirror with an Italian flair, a chandelier with an exotic shape.  Pastels can get so girly and that’s just not my thing.  You need to throw in something rough, patina, something not so perfect.  Finish off with a few modern and masculine elements and you have yourself a winner.

Here are a few pieces that I am totally crushing on this month.  They all fall into this soft, sweet spot I’m loving with interiors.

DM faves soft and sweet

pillow / chandelier / painting

rug / bench / mirror

And a few rooms I’m feelin’…

colorful melbourne home

{Miranda Skoczek’s home}

nuevo estilo space pastels

{Nuevo Estilo}

soft pink boho room skona hem

{Skona Hem}

ellen pompeo trailer

{Ellen Pompeo’s trailer}

Goes so well with my fave vintage flatweave rug we have for sale on our instagram (@designmanifest)

armenian vintage flatweave rug design manfiest

striped multi-color vintage flatweave rug- design manifest

38″ x 102″

$400 with free shipping to US

email naomi@designmanifest.com if you would like to purchase!

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Petite Master Bathroom BEFORE & AFTER

Happy Hump Blog Day!  That sounds a little weird right?  I’ll have to come up with a more catchy term for blogging Wednesday.  This week is a busy one for us and the next three days are looking to be long ones.  Now that we’ve fully recovered from the holiday season we are diving full force into the first of the new projects for the year.  I’m REALLY pumped for what we are working on right now.  I feel lucky to have clients with such a diverse variety of  taste and wants.   We’ve been having lots of fun with tile (mostly marble,) wallpaper, fabrics, rugs, leather, wood, metal, lighting, lighting and more lighting.  It’s a droolfest over here between me and my assistant, Rachael.

Speaking of drooling, today I have a little treat for you.  My favorite teeny bathroom yet! Design and built by Dad and me!  And No I don’t say that about all of them.  This is a project we completed last year that I teased a few weeks ago.  Calling it a master bathroom is kinda funny because its the size of a postage stamp, but alas Philadelphia is full of old houses with teeny bathrooms and we have to do the best we can to steal inches and make them as efficient as possible.

Here are a few BEFORES.  Be warned, they ain’t pretty…

master sink

mast med cab before

And the AFTERS…   Click HERE TO SEE THE REVEAL

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