I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’ve decided to decorate the master bedroom–something we haven’t ever done in our entire decade of marriage! We have dark wood furniture that we plan on keeping, and we still love the gray paint we chose for the walls. We’re planning on going with white bedding and accenting with navy blue, a look we’ve seen all over the internet lately and really loved. I have a really hard time making decorating decisions, but an easy place to start is throw pillows! They’re fairly inexpensive and can be changed out whenever you want, so they’re the perfect place to begin decorating a room if you’re a little indecisive like me.
I’ve been hunting down my favorite inky blue throw pillows from around the web. Some I’ve already purchased, some are on my wish list, and some are just really cute. Which are you favorites?
1. Oluwa and Juma pillows made from African mudcloth, from Mae Woven on Etsy (I bought these!! They should be here any day now, and I cannot wait to see them in person!)
2. Threshold Bandana Print pillow from Target (I bought this one too. I didn’t know it was supposed to be a bandana print until I was researching it!)
3. Division pillow from CB2
4. navy pillows from Nena & Co.
5. Azure pillow from CB2
6. Embellished Monogrammable pillow from Pottery Barn
7. Ikat Dot embroidered pillow from PBTeen
8. Handwoven Mayan pillow from Schoolhouse Electric
9. Rose Twist pillow from PBTeen
10. Silvia embroidered pillow from Pottery Barn
11. Leigia embroidered pillow from Pottery Barn
12. DL Rhein Etoile embroidered pillow from Lulu & Georgia
13. Pom Pom organic pillow from PBTeen
14. Market pillow from Lulu & Georgia
15. Dearsley embroidered pillow from Pottery Barn
16. Trina Turk Maze embroidered pillow from Lulu & Georgia
17. Tessa embroidered pillow from Pottery Barn
18. Pinwheel pillow from Lulu & Georgia
19. Elsie pillow from Lulu & Georgia
20. Star Diamond pillow from Lulu & Georgia
21. Geo Repeat decorative pillow from Pottery Barn Kids
22. Josie Ikat embroidered pillow from Pottery Barn
The master bedroom is probably the most ignored room in my house when it comes to style. In our old house, the master bedroom was upstairs with all of the kids’ rooms, so aside from the hours we spent sleeping and getting ready for the day, we really weren’t up there much. But in the Dream House, the master bedroom is on the main floor (and oh my gosh, I LOVE IT!), so I actually spend quite a bit of time in there. Since my office in the basement is still a work in progress, when I have time to work, I go to my bedroom. When I have phone calls or video conferences, I go to my bedroom. If I just need a second to relax, I go to my bedroom. So it has started to occur to me that my bedroom is pretty hideous and that it is in dire need of some TLC.
I’ve been really enamored of navy bedrooms lately. I know our walls are gray, which I don’t plan on changing because I love them, but I think gray and navy make a swell color combination. Here are just a few of the bedrooms that have had me swooning over navy lately…
photo from House and Home
I love the brass sun burst mirror paired with the navy walls in the photo. I’ve discovered during my extensive navy bedroom research that at least 75% of navy bedrooms contain at least one star burst or sun burst mirror. I’ve already started looking for mine in preparation.
photo from West Elm
As much as I love the navy walls, I don’t plan on painting my bedroom blue. I spent a lot of time choosing that beautiful gray paint, and I’m gonna keep it! This bedroom is probably more the direction our master bedroom will take, with gray walls and dark blue accents. I love the color combination of dark navy and foggy gray.
photo from Pottery Barn
Here’s another beautiful room with lighter walls and rich navy accents. I love how the dark blue rug under the bed helps anchor the room, and really highlights those blues.
photo from Steven Ford Interiors on Houzz.com
I think this bedroom is so beautiful. The walls are navy and the bedding is navy, yet the room feels light and airy and open. Note to self: achieve this in the Dream House master bedroom!
photo from Lesley Graham
photo from Hello Lidy
These two beautiful bedrooms belong to my friends Lesley Graham and Lidy Dipert. While the walls in both of these rooms are black, they have the same dark wall/bright room effect as the navy rooms that I love.
What do you think of this trend in navy bedrooms? Do you love it as much as I do?
Have you been enjoying the Olympics as much as we have? With all the exciting events and the corresponding footage/history/details about London and the UK, I can’t help but be inspired. (And on that note, did you know that the name “London” is now in the top 100 baby names for girls and it’s climbing the charts for boys, too?) In that spirit, here is a board paying tribute to that fine city.
(1) Big Ben; (2) Hammered Gold Pendant; (3) Kings Cross Sign; (4) Love Sign; (5) Vintage London Map; (6) London Photo; (7) Picadilly Tube Print; (8) the Guard; (9) Tea Time; (10) White Sparrow Crib; (11) Gold Branch Lamp; (12) Sweep armchair; (13) Union Jack Dresser; (14) Jubilee Pillow; (15) the Queen Pillow; (16) Navy & Natural Rug; (17) This is London Book; (18) Double Decker Mirror; (19) London Illustration
Go U.S.A.! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Chip and I recently went out to see the Avengers, and it was every bit the summer blockbuster I was hoping for. Below are some ideas for a nursery inspired by this motley gang of superheroes (among a few others as well). I’m certain there are more than a few little boys who would love to have an Avengers inspired bedroom or playroom, and this could easily be turned into a toddler/big boy room (maybe a man cave?) with just a few updates, by adding some more storage and a big bed. That shield is a bit pricey, but could be a fun DIY project.
Sources: (1) Tiered Brass Shade; (2) the Hulk; (3) Gold Wings; (4) Iron Giant; (5) Thor Illustration; (6) Fortune Favors the Brave; (7) Captain America’s Shield; (8) Space Ghost; (9) Captain America Baby Hat; (10) Captain America Diaper; (11) Joya Rocker; (12) Gamma Gun; (13) White Sparrow Crib; (14) Custom Comic Book Letter; (15) Shiny Sphere Lamp; (16) Red Star Crib Sheet; (17) Yellow Spirit Cushion; (18) Mid Century Dresser; (19) Super Star Rug; (20) Herringbone Curtain; (21) Captain America Close-Up; (22) Thor Silhouette
Hope you love it! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Tory Burch’s Resort Collection 2012 highlights one of the hottest colors of the year: navy blue. She turned up the heat on the blue and then swapped a predictable red pairing for coral. Let’s see how these colors shape up in a living room.
Sofa upholstery: Twilight Blue 2067-30
Armchair upholstery (try two!): Peach Cloud 2169-60
Drapes, pillows (in a fabric that mixes this golden yellow with other colors in the palette): Yellow Highlighter 2021-40
Accents: Flame 2012-20
Walls: Snow White OC-66
(All paints Benjamin Moore)
photo: Tory Burch Resort Collection 2012 from Style.com
– Joanna Linberg, Assistant Editor BHG