The Perfect Bedside Vignette

Sorry to leave you hanging the last few days without a blog post after I introduced you all to the beautiful Room of the Week.  I had one of my favorite friends in town and we were busy running around this new city of mine with our 5 kids in tow, which left me little time for blogging!

But, I’m finishing the week with my favorite details in the room…the perfectly styled bedside table.  So many things to learn from a quick study of this set-up.  Here are my 5 tips to take away from this photo.
5 Tips to a Perfectly Styled Bedside Table| www.theanatomyofdesign.comI hope you have a great weekend!  I may or may not be back here next week.  We finally got the keys to the house we are renting this week, but our stuff doesn’t arrive until next Thursday.  And, with moving comes the inevitable problems with Internet!  So, if I haven’t posted here check Instagram where I’ll share snippets of paint colors and little corners as they get filled.  Be back soon!

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28 Beautiful Brass Lamps

We’re gonna spend the next few days talking about this little vignette in the Room of the Week.  It’s styled so prettily, don’t you think?

The colors in the room are fairly soft, so I love the pair of bold shiny brass lamps in the room that add another layer of color and texture and sophistication to the room.  It used to be that brass lamps signaled a space that hadn’t been updated in some time,  but not anymore!  Brass table lamps now come in every shape and style and style imaginable, and I think this particular metal is here to stay.  If you are looking for a way to add warmth and shiny to a room, try one of these brass beauties!

28 Beautiful Brass Table Lamps | www.theanatomyofdesign.comSOURCES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28

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The Anatomy of a Colorful, Airy Bedroom

I’ve been living here in Seattle for a few weeks and loving every minute. My family and I are living temporarily downtown and are spending every day exploring our new city.

I’m also slowly getting my feet wet in the design world here in Seattle. As I learn about the best design shops and sources here in the city I’ve also been investigating other Seattle interior designers. And, I thought I would spend August introducing you to some of them. First up, the talented Brian Paquette, an up and coming designer, who designs homes that are thoughtful and livable. This bedroom I chose as the Room of the Week is one of first projects I noticed on his site a few years ago, but it’s still one of my favorites.

brianpaquetteroomoftheweekI hope you had a great weekend and are ready to dive into this room this week!  See you back here tomorrow.

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Throw the Perfect Book Club Party

A few weeks ago Paperless Post (my favorite way to send a pretty digital invitation) asked me to design my perfect summer party and share it with them and you!  I thought this week’s Room of the Week, designed by Amy Sklar, would be the perfect spot to host a small summer book club party.  The room is arranged perfectly for good conversation, and the airy mood of the room would put everyone at ease.  Plus, that monochromatic room is the perfect base to inject color with fun party decor and delicious food.

If I were going to throw a summer book club in this room here’s what I would do!

The Perfect Summer Book Club Party | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

I’m not a party expert by any means, but I do have a few tips that I find helpful no matter what kind of party I am throwing…baby shower, bridal shower, birthday party, etc.

1. Buy one nice white tablecloth that you can bleach.  I bought one from Amazon a few years ago and have used it over and over.

2. My favorite inexpensive way to add pattern and color into the room is to make a runner with wrapping paper on top of the white tablecloth.  The glasses pattern in the image above is wrapping paper from Spoonflower.  But, you can find cute paper at Target and HomeGoods.

3. Unless you have a big party budget, hit up thrift stores for fun dishes and vases to make your party look fantastic for a small amount of money.

4. Fresh flowers or live plants will take your party to the next level without breaking the bank.

5. I love to have finger-food desserts people can snack on throughout the party…good chocolates, small pastries or cookies, favorite candies.  They seem special, are small enough you can sample everything, and you can please a large amount of people.

SOURCES: Everything pictured here can be found on my party Pinterest board right here!

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Traditional + Modern Mix

I just couldn’t go this whole week without showing you more pictures from the rest of the house the Room of the Week is from.  Designer Amy Sklar sure does know how to seamlessly blend modern and traditional elements to create a room that looks both fresh and comfortable.  Let’s take a little walk through the house, shall we?  (Full house tour photos here.I promise it’s worth clicking that link!)

A  Mix of Modern and Traditional Details | www.theanatomyofdesign.comDid you spot any details I missed? Anything jump out at you?

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