Read and Relax Room Inspo

Read and Relax Room Inspo

I’ve been pulling images and creating some inspo collages for my office, which I want to turn into a reading/ relaxation room.

Since I’m still working on my thesis, I’ve been thinking about keeping a desk in there, but a much smaller desk than the original dark wood monster that was in there before.

Here’s what I’m feeling as of now:

I love the look of this room from Pinterest.

I pulled the photo above from Pinterest and was surprised that I loved it so much because it is not as pared down as the rest of my house. I like that the white keeps it bright and the sideboard at the bottom provides storage.

Reading Room Inspo

 

I liked the sideboard at the top if I decide to go with the look above. I also like the idea of a storage space that can double as a seating area under a window, since I have a big window with a good view. I would probably have a linen cushion made to put on top to make it more cozy and inviting. I like the idea of this “bar table” as a standing desk, and I especially like that the cubbies provide a place to keep my computer and office supplies.

Reading Room Inspo

Since it is a “read and relax” room, I definitely want some bookshelves. I have a ton of books! I know the wood shelves are the opposite of white, but I’m in the early stages of inspiration here! I saw these at Room and Board recently and they look great in person. Plus, there is no wall mounting necessary!

Reading room inspo

Finally, I like the idea of having a couch or chaise in the room to lounge on while reading and relaxing. I pulled these options from West Elm.

Dressing Table Dreams

I recently read something that said you shouldn’t keep your makeup in the bathroom. In general, I try to keep it under the cabinet, but that got me thinking. Would I use makeup that wasn’t right there when I was getting ready? Would it just sit in my drawers unused until I had to throw it out? I’m already pretty lazy about using all of the stuff I have, but that could be because I have everything in makeup bags under the counter and have to pull it all out when I’m getting ready or else deal with a mess on the counter.

Then I realized a perfect solution: a vanity area/ dressing table where I could sit to get ready, lay out all my stuff, and feel like a 1940s screen goddess when getting ready (okay, maybe the last part is a stretch, but you get the picture!)

So I started collecting inspiration photos on Pinterest, and here’s what I have been dreaming about ever since:

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I love the idea of using pieces that aren’t “vanities,” per say. The photo on the left is Ikea’s Malm desk. I love the way Forever Amber kept it clean and simple with the plain lighted mirror and clear chair.

The table in the photo on the top right is called a “vanity desk,” and I love that you fold it up for the mirror so the mirror isn’t always on display. That means you can also use the vanity as a desk (points for double usage!) I also love the Eames-inspired chair. Here’s the whole room from Cara Loren.

The stool in the bottom right is just my style. I pulled the photo from Blog Lovin’. I love the idea that you can mix old an new and still achieve a clean, modern look.

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As you can see from the photo above, I’m loving the idea of a “girly” and “glam” vanity space. The pink tufted chair is so inviting (photo pinned via Decor Pad.) I’d be happy with acrylic or glass storage boxes for makeup and certain pieces of jewelry (inspo via Savor Home.)

I love, love, love Dazzle-n-Sparkle’s idea of using a vintage silver treat tray for storage. It plays right into my latest antique silver hoarding collecting obsession.Slide1

I like these ideas for a dressing table because they aren’t quite as girly.

The photo on the left (A Merry Mishap) mixes shapes and color for a clean, modern effect. I love it. I love that the table is so small, it looks like they used a console. I’m not bothered by the difference in stool height and table height because I have a super long torso, but this option probably wouldn’t work for a shorter person.

I love the way the blue balances the style of the vanity on the top right. While it wouldn’t work in my home, I had to post because I love the “rehabbed” feel.

The photo on the bottom right is the stuff dreams are made of. It’s a vanity from Pinch Design. I love that it’s modern and feels a bit French. It’s way out of this rehabber’s price range, but I had to include it. Hey, a girl can dream!

I hope you guys enjoyed my inspo collages and are feeling inspired to set up a vanity area of your own!

Flea Market Finds: Rose Bowl

Sometimes (okay, usually) you see those things at the flea market that leave you feeling inspired.

You’ve already seen my suitcase haul from Sunday, but here are a few of the other things I was loving this weekend:

Vintage Baseball Gloves and Masks
These masks and gloves would be awesome in a boy’s room, in a playroom, or even as a display in a library.
I loved this tiny settee. It would look awesome with a little rehabbing. I would love it spray-painted black and reupholstered in a pretty navy or grey linen.
I loved this tiny settee. It would look awesome with a little rehabbing. I would love it spray-painted black and reupholstered in a pretty navy or grey linen. It would even be great on a patio if you covered it in a sunbrella fabric.
This type of chair isn't normally my style, but the fabric on this collection was so pretty, I considered buying one.   I settled on ordering one of these pretty striped linen pillows, which is much more in line with my style (and the style of my home.)
This type of chair isn’t normally my style, but the fabric on this collection was so pretty, I considered buying one. That being said, consider before buying if something is very different than what you’d normally choose. Yes, we all evolve in what we like. So if you like something, but aren’t really sure, walk away. Give yourself some time to consider if you were caught up in the emotions of the moment or if you truly love it and want to start creating a new look. Here,  I was caught up in the moment of loving the fabric.
That being said, I settled on ordering one of these pretty striped linen pillows, which is much more in line with my style (and the style of my home.) 

 

 

 

Nate Berkus Spoke to Me Through the Pages of BHG

I love this quote I found while flipping through Better Homes and Gardens.

You don’t have to have the most expensive pieces to have a great room, and this is a great reminder of that fact! It may take a little more time to find or make pieces that are truly great, but if you can honestly say you love everything in a room, it is so worth it!

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Another Imaginary Room!

I’ve probably been spending a little too much time online because I have so many photos to create imaginary rooms with! This one started with the chair. I love the pops of red, white, blue, and green!

I’ve got a chair I’ve been working on, and it just hasn’t been going anywhere because I’ve been waiting to find that perfect fabric. I keep flip flopping between something traditional (because it does have cane backing) or something a little funkier (I’ve looked at tribal prints, monkey prints, sea horses…) After creating this board, I think I’ve decided on a funky pattern in traditional colors, like red or blue.

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Natural Elements for Fall Decorating

I love decorating around the house using natural elements… especially in the Fall. It is a surefire way to change the whole vibe of your space with minimal effort. There is so much more you can do to get ready for fall than adding an old tired wreath of fake orange and red leaves.

I have been saving so many photos of pretty flowers lately, I just wanted to share a few that I find inspiring.

I love the idea of a wreath made out of cotton bolls. I found this photo on Pinterest.
I love the idea of a wreath made out of cotton bolls. I found this photo on Pinterest.
This is just so pretty and not too overdone. I love the idea of fresh flowers above the bed. Unfortunately, I did not save who posted this photo, so if you know, let me know so I can give them credit!
This is just so pretty and not too overdone. I love the idea of fresh flowers above the bed. Unfortunately, I did not save who posted this photo, so if you know, let me know so I can give them credit!
I am obsessed with this wreath from "Finding Home." You can find Laura's tutorial here.
I am obsessed with this wreath from “Finding Home.” You can find Laura’s tutorial here.
I love this wreath that I found from @mooncanyon on Instagram.
I love this wreath that I found from @mooncanyon on Instagram.
This photo of dahlias in a prep bucket from @hedgerow on Instagram is magical.
This photo of dahlias in a prep bucket from @hedgerow on Instagram is magical. Their arrangements are also magical.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my inspirations for Fall decor! Don’t forget to check me out on Instagram @Chair_candy to see all the awesome chairs I find!

Fun Finds Online

I’m loving these funky online finds from Joss and Main and One Kings Lane.

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This chair is fun and is a steal at $329. I know the print is bold. Once you get tired of it (which would be after about 6 months if you’re anything like me!), it would look great with a different fabric. The shape is great!
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Fun shape, fun fabric.
Vintage+Inspire+Accent+Stool
This garden stool would make a great side table.
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Love this shape.

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Love this mirror and shelf with added storage.

School’s Out!

Well, technically school has been out for a while now, but I just recovered from what seems to be the requisite flu I get the week after finals. I guess it must be all that stress and lack of sleep… and it probably didn’t help that I spent the weekend right after finishing at Stagecoach (country music Coachella!)

Last night, I sat down and made a list of projects… looks like it’ll be a busy summer. I also need to clean out the hoarder’s nest (my house!) and sell some of my recent projects.

That being said, here are some things I’ve been loving lately:

I love this set... I also love the idea of finding an old ratty metal set and spray painting it a bright color with Rustoleum... easy and inexpensive!
I love this set… I also love the idea of finding an old ratty metal set and spray painting it a bright color with Rustoleum… easy and inexpensive!
I came across these lights on Pinterest. Love how they look like icicles! Kinda magical.
I came across these lights on Pinterest. Love how they look like icicles! Kinda magical.
I don't love this console, but I love the two-tone idea. The color of the wood on top is SO pretty. I think this idea could easily be applied to any thrift shop piece!
I don’t love this console, but I love the two-tone idea. The color of the wood on top is SO pretty. I think this idea could easily be applied to any thrift shop piece!

 

That’s what is inspiring me right now! I will have more projects posted once I get my rehab factory back to up and running status.

Just for fun, here’s the stagecoach crew–

Yee-Haw!
Yee-Haw!

Also, be on the look out for a big article coming out soon!!!