February 8, 2012

So I have nurseries on my mind…



I kind of woke up today and realized I haven’t really worked on the little guys nursery! I worked so hard on Caroline’s before she was born, I really have to get my act together.

I thought I would show y’all some of my favorite nursery inspirations!

This first set of pictures is from Caroline’s nursery in Atlanta. I loved this room. It was so girly and so serene. Its probably a bit too “Frenchy” for my taste now, but I still adore this room. Her changing table was from Ballard’s Backroom. Chandelier is Ikea. Window treatments are actually full size matelasse coverlets trimmed out in satin ribbon. The wall hangings are actually little vintage dresses I found and framed. The glider was my big purchase in this room, its a Serena and Lily model. I highly, highly, highly recommend investing in a good glider, especially if you are going to be nursing like I did for over a year. This glider is still the most comfortable thing ever. I also suggest a slipcover and definitely an unattached back cushion.

 

Caroline's Atlanta Nursery

Caroline's Atlanta Nursery

 

Caroline's Atlanta Nursery

Caroline's Atlanta Nursery

This next nursery is at the home of my uber stylish friend Emily. Her little girl, Rowan is destined to be quite the fashionista. The charcoal, pink and chartreuse color scheme is unexpected and so perfect. The best part? The stretched canvas of little Rowan with her big brother and sister 🙂

 

Rowan's Nursery

Rowan's Nursery

 

Rowan's Nursery

Rowan's Nursery

If I had the time and energy to completely start from scratch on Banks’ room (there, I told you his name), I would use this gorgeous nursery as my muse. My sorority sister Ellen posted this over a year ago on her Facebook page and Ive saved it ever since. The nursery actually belongs to her nephew, Jack. His mom Jennifer was also a sorority sister of mine. Im not sure I have ever seen a boys nursery I like more. Its the perfect balance of elegance, whimsy and nature. And ooohhhh… that chandelier!!!

Jack's Nursery

Jack's Nursery

 

Jack's Nursery

Jack's Nursery

 

Jack's Nursery

Jack's Nursery

Jack's Nursery

Jack's Nursery

Everyone knows I love a good monogram and my dear friend Ashley really scored big in my book with her daughter, Tatum’s bedding. I love the oversize monogram and that gorgeous shade of purple. Ashley is so lucky to have a mother in law that makes all these gorgeous pieces for her. I think the paper chandelier is such a fun touch and a great way to add some glamour in a little girls room.

Tatum's Nursery

Tatum's Nursery

This next nursery belongs to Annabel. Annabel is the daughter of one of my dearest friends in the world, Jackie. Jackie has a great sense of style and it is so evident in A’s room. Jack and her family moved into this home when she was about 6 months pregnant with Annabel, and she had to work with the unusual layout and size of this converted attic. I love how she was able to get the daybed in the otherwise unusable space on the side. Its the perfect place to crash next to the baby when you know another feeding is just around the corner. I also love how Jackie mixed the traditional toile daybed with the more modern Serena and Lily bedding and Ikea light fixture.

Annabel's Nursery

Annabel's Nursery

 

Annabel's Nursery

Annabel's Nursery

 

The rest of these nurseries are just pics I found perusing Pinterest. I love all of these for different reasons, and have them in my “inspiration” folder.

 

The pic below actually goes against one of my nursery “rules”. I am not really a fan of any primary colors in nurseries. I know some of you all will write me and tell me why I’m wrong about this, but hey this is my blog and my opinion 🙂 I feel strongly that nurseries should be soothing. I think it is mentally relaxing for the baby and helps them wind down so to speak. While the below nursery does use primary colors, it still has a light, airy, relaxing feel to it. Love that rug! And thats my Ikea chandelier showing up again 🙂

 

You may remember I posted the pic below on Facebook a couple of months ago. I love this nursery and would essentially copy every last bit of it for Banks’ room if I was this cool. I am, in fact, not this cool.

The pic below uses a similar color of aqua as the first pic and is just the right amount of funky for me. Love the rug, but cant decide how “soothing” it would be. You can also never go wrong with a Jenny Lind crib. So classic.

Love the nursery below. It is so masculine without baseball bats and sh** hanging on the wall. I have no business decorating with barn doors (some of you that know me personally know I am not so much the “barn” type), but I love this room none the less. I actually need a sheepskin rug that size for Caroline’s room if anyone has come across some?

Seagrass + fretwork = Changing Station Greatness!

Hope you enjoy these pics!!! Ill have more post on children’s rooms coming up soon! We are getting close to finishing Caroline’s right now.

If you are wondering what my other nursery “rules” are, I’ll tell ya.

“Thou wilt not buy a matching set of furniture”.

“Thou wilt not buy a convertible crib”.

“Thou wilt not have a “theme” per se.”

“Thou wilt not need sunglasses in said bebe’s room”.

And I am about to add a new rule, “Thou wilt not hang wooden letters spelling the kiddos name.”

Now don’t go getting all offended if you fall into one of those categories.  I am sure that most of my house wouldn’t appeal to some people either. As my Dad says “Different Strokes for Different Folks”! Seriously, I hesitate sometimes to voice my opinion on here, and Lord knows I have one, because I don’t want to offend, but this is a style blog and I have to stay true to my tastes.

 

Hope y’all have a great week! Happy Shopping!!!

Kristen

 

 

 


January 19, 2012

Fresh Transformations..



This business is all about seeing the potential in found objects. Y’all would be shocked if you saw some of the places I frequent to find great pieces, and you may be appauled if you could see the shape they are in when I buy. So many of you are so creative and love furniture transformations like I do, so I thought I would give you some food for thought with pics of my favorite changes.

The first set of pics are from one of my favorite Facebook stores, Stuff: Vintage.  Check them out! Melissa is in the heart of vintage furniture country up in North Carolina so she usually has amazing pieces with amazing pedigrees!

Before from Stuff: Vintage

Before from Stuff: Vintage

An "After" from Stuff: Vintage

"After" from Stuff: Vintage

 

Stuff:Vintage Before

Stuff:Vintage Before

Stuff:Vintage "After"

Stuff:Vintage "After"

Stuff :Vintage "Before"

 

Stuff :Vintage "After"

For even more awesome transformations, check out  some of local retailer Rehab Design Studio’s transformations here. Eilene is amazingly talented at the actual transformation piece of the biz. Admittedly, I would rather cut my arm off than paint a piece of furniture, but she enjoys it and is so good at it.

Lastly, I have some images of Gypsy Soul Interiors pieces that have been transformed for clients. Notice I did not say “I” transformed, I love consulting on colors, but do not do the painting, so I cannot take credit 🙂 I can always direct you to the right person though if you are interested in having any pieces transformed. Not all of these photo’s have “befores” but hopefully you can get the idea from the “afters”.

Kelley's Chest After

Kelley's Chest After

Kristen's Dresser Before...

 

Kristen's Dresser After (Still have to put hardware back on).. If you love this color as much as I do, its Galapagos Turquoise from Benjamin Moore.

 

Gypsy Soul Interiors " After". This was the piece that began and ended my furniture painting career.

 

Dawn's Headboard "Before" ...

Dawn's Headboard "After". We had the legs raised, the open space filled in and obviously it was repainted..

Lastly, this is one of my favorite transformations. My client, Grace, found a campaign desk/ hutch at Scout Interiors painted it and added wallpaper to the back (all while pregnant with her 4th child)! I usually throw the top hutch away when I find these desks, but this makes me rethink that.

Grace's Desk "After"

Hope these pieces give you inspiration as you are out thrifting this weekend!

Happy Shopping!

 

Kristen

 

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.