January 12, 2012

Folding Screen = Happiness….



I have always had an obsession with vintage folding screens. I bought my first folding screen when I was living in Boston. It was black with a green and red chinoiserie pattern on it. Unfortunately, it ended up on the street with a “Kenny Loggins and Family” rug (story for another day), because I couldn’t take the screen with me to Cali when I left. Anyway, since then, I have always loved screens.

For some reason vintage screens evoke the thoughts of old Hollywood, or even older Manhattan elite. I think of the movie Auntie Mame when she is dressing behind a gorgeous silk screen. To me, folding screens are glamorous.

I also usually fall for the patterns on the screens. Many of them are painted with gorgeous scenes, some are made with beautiful vintage fabrics and others have intricate patterns as their frames.

Screens are versatile, but my favorite two uses are for headboards or behind buffets in dining areas. The ones I usually find are pretty reasonable and its a great way to make a huge statement on a smaller budget as far as a bed goes.

I recently decided to use this rattan one as Cici’s big girl headboard. I am not even planning on painting it. She needed something that had a more organic finish, but still looked like a little girl. You can see the pink paint color hell we have been in evidenced on the wall below.

As far as headboards, I also ran across this screen at the Tuesday Morning on Inwood yesterday. How amazing would this be as a headboard?  So tall and so chic! Cant get better than Chinese Chippendale styling.

While I was in White Elephant shopping for a client, I also ran into these beauties that would be amazing as headboards or used behind a great case piece.

 

And here are a few more I found used in pics online…

Blue Rattan Screen

Blue Rattan Screen

 

Chinoiserie Fabric Screen

Chinoiserie Fabric Screen

 

Folding Screen Headboard

Folding Screen Headboard

 

I wish I could find some pictures of screens behind buffets, but cant you just imagine how gorgeous it would be. A huge screen behind a lacquered credenza, two small French chairs flanking the piece with fabu lamps????

 

If you cant live without a vintage screen now, check out the 8 foot beauty I have for sale at Gypsy Soul Interiors. Initially, I was drawn to the shape and scale, but when I picked it up, the fabric pattern blew me away!

 

 

 

I even caught a glimpse of a screen used as a headboard on my favorite show “Parenthood” last night. Excuse the pic!

Hope you enjoy! Happy Shopping!

Kristen

 

 

January 12, 2012

Vintage Fabric 8 Foot Folding Screen $595



Amaaaazzziinnngggg!

January 3, 2012

Peaceful Elegant Living in Dallas…



I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! I certainly can’t imagine anything better than waking up with an amazed 4 year old on Christmas morning. In our house the big gift was a balance beam. Ben and I searched far and wide for a pink “real” balance beam and were also notified that Santa was going to bring her a matching “Majastics” leotard as well. (Thank goodness Academy was open late on Christmas Eve, and the beam came from trusty old Craigslist and says Kathryn on the side, but she cant read yet to know.) Here is my favorite shot of our little Mary Lou Retton on Christmas morning.

 

I am always sad this time of year because I love everything about Christmas so much. This year we at least have a new baby boy to look forward to in the spring! When I am feeling blue, I tend to redecorate. I am feeling the need to clean out and make the house as peaceful as it can be before the little man arrives. Some homes are so elegantly peaceful and my friend Emily’s is the poster child for “Peaceful Elegant Living”. I thought I would share some images of her home and see if you agree with me…

Even the outside of this lovely home is calming to me. I am a huge fan of light grey painted brick with dark shutters.

Front of Home

Front of Home

I love how Emily’s entry sets the tone for the rest of her home. Her paint choices as well as interior furnishings flow so well from room to room and all are so warm yet light and airy.

Entry

I also love how the kitchen mixes traditional and contemporary elements. And more than anything, it makes me happy to see  children’s furniture in such well designed rooms. I am perpetually building my kitchen remodel book for the exciting day when we can break ground on a new kitchen. Both Ben and I fell in love with the paint colors used here and may be copy cats. In case you were wondering, the island is painted in  Benjamin Moore “Dragons Breath” and the cabinets are Benjamin Moore “Rockport Gray”. Don’t you love the combo??

Kitchen

Her family room is so livable yet so refined and elegant at the same time. And the mirror is a personal favorite, I have the same one :)


Check out the master. Im sure most of you are familiar with her side tables, especially if you are from Dallas. Just today a client mentioned ” Those Jan Showers Nightstands” and of course, she was referring to these beauties.

Emily has three precious children, all with precious rooms, but this one has to be my favorite. This is her 2 year old son’s room. Emily and I agree on not doing “themed” rooms for children, and in her case, this also doubles as a guest room so she kept it very serene and sophisticated. I am digging the trend of platform beds in kids’ rooms, especially boys, not too far to fall/ jump from!

And Tada!!! My absolute favorite room in the whole house. This dining room is perfection. Enjoy!

 

Lucky for all of us, Emily actually has a booth at the White Elephant where she sells gorgeous pillows and decor. Our living room pillows came from Emily’s space as well as one of my chandeliers in the house. Her taste is obviously impeccable, so you should check it out! Even better, her space is right next to the Scout Interiors space where I purchased our “Lady Head” lamps :) Also good news for any of you in the market for a new home, Emily and her husband are selling this home so she can work her magic in a new space. You can see the listing here http://www.virginiacook.com/homes-for-sale/mls11647249.html.

Emily's Space at the White Elephant

Scout Interiors at the White Elephant

My pillows from Emily

My lamps from Scout Interiors

Hope everyone has a wonderful start to their week! It does make me so happy to get back on a routine. I know I need to do more shopping for the store too! Don’t forget to email your wish lists of items to me at gypsysoulinteriors@gmail.com, include your cell phone number, so I can easily text pics of items as I find. Also check out the “Big A** Sale” on my facebook page at GypsySoulInteriors.

Happy Shopping!

Kristen

 

 

December 23, 2011

Global Views 6 X 9 Rug (New) – $265



Bought and never used :( Retails for $900.

 

December 23, 2011

Vintage Fabric Screens (Pair) with Wood backing $195



These are weird. And amazing.

 

December 23, 2011

Vintage Chinese Chippendale Double Dresser – $295



This guy is goooorrrgeeouuusss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super heavy. I would paint this puppy white and shine up the hardware if it were going to live at my house :)

December 23, 2011

Drexel Heritage Campaign Style Triple Dresser $295



So pretty! Loving the hardware on this one :) Needs to be painted.

December 23, 2011

Pair of Vintage Bassett Lacquered Campaign Chests with Chrome Hardware $595



Stunning! White and green lacquer with chrome Campaign style hardware. 30X30 X18! These are substantial. Delivery available. 

December 23, 2011

Lavender Inlaid Mirror – $345



Perfect condition!!! 30X44 

December 22, 2011

Kristen’s Decorating Work – Callie’s Living and Dining Room



One of my sweet neighbor friends asked me to help her with her living/ dining room a few months ago. Her home is a very traditional North Dallas ranch style with a formal living room and dining room directly off of the entry.

Isn’t the before lovely???? This would be looking into the formal living room and the dining room, with that fancy blue accent wall. FYI- I’m not such a fan of accent walls, but look for a post of exceptions soon.

Lovely formals with bay window.
Needless to say, we had a blank slate. Callie and her husband Cody wanted soothing colors and something that tied in with the rest of the home. We decided on shades of blues, creams and browns to start. Here are our original design boards for both the spaces. 
Callie's DIning Room Inspiration Board

Callies Dining Room Inspiration Board

Callie's Living Room Design Board

Callie's Living Room Design Board

We were on a roll with the larger pieces and then stumbled upon a vintage Baker Asian wet bar. Callie’s husband Cody had wanted a bar from the beginning. I knew they liked Asian inspired pieces, but was pretty sure we would need to paint this bright orange gem another color. Lo and behold, Cody loved the orange and we all agreed to live with it in the room and see how the color worked. We were so lucky to find that it worked beautifully and the rest of the rooms began to fall into place, now with a blue, brown, cream and orange color scheme!  We are still working on her entry and now also working on her family room and kitchen, which I will share soon. Until then, enjoy the pics from their completed rooms!
Formal Living Room Sitting Area

Formal Living Room Sitting Area

My New Favorite Upholstered Chair

My New Favorite Upholstered Chair

Formal Living Room Bay Area (I absolutely love the Greek Key trim application we designed on these chairs).

Formal Living Room Bay Area

Don’t you love the Greek key trim application we designed on the slipper chairs above. I freakin’ love it.

The Vintage Bar that Inspired Our Color Scheme

The Vintage Bar that Inspired Our Color Scheme

 

 

Accent Table in Dining Room

Accent Table in Dining Room

View Into Dining Room From Living Room

View Into Dining Room From Living Room

How much do you love the custom monogram on those Parsons chairs? My sweet friend Meredith Grabham did the embroidery. Feel free to contact me for her information. Her work, embroidery and painting, is amazing!

Don’t forget, in addition to full service decorating, we offer online consultations. Its so easy! All you do is send us some pics of your spaces and we will consult with you on styles then present a design board and all sourcing information. Its a great way to pull a room together at a minimal cost! Any new clients I take before the baby is born will be online room consultations or very small design projects. Ann Jane will continue full service design, so we can help with anything you need :)

 

Merry Christmas!!!!

Kristen