{Trendspotting} Whimsical Design

If you follow me on instagram {AmberBInteriors}, then you know we just got about 6 more inches of snow last night! Really?? I am definitely ready for spring. So even if we don’t have spring weather here yet, I can think about warm days through design ideas. The new trend in interiors is leaning more towards whimsical florals. I love the sweet, inviting charm of flowers in any form. Here are some great ways to splash some whimsical design into your home…

Not many people can pull off florals as well as Bailey!
Flowers can also be incorporated in just the accessories, like the two images above. The above living room is awakened with vases of fresh flowers!
 Our foyer
Have you embraced the floral trend?? Large or small doses?
When I presented my dilemma HERE about what to line the back of my secretary shelves with, blog friend Emily suggested in her comments to find a bright floral paper to brighten up the dark wood. I love the idea and I’m on the hunt! 

Mood Board Monday Over at Pewter and Sage

Happy Monday! I am so excited to be participating in my first Mood Board Monday party over at the great blog, Pewter and Sage. For this link party challenge, Cathy from Room RX and Sarah from Pewter and Sage have teamed up and challenged readers to come up with a room design based around some beautiful wallpaper selections! To participate, you have to choose one of the wonderful wallpapers given and design a room around the wallpaper! I’m up for the challenge and love the idea. I chose this gorgeous lace inspired wallpaper from Layla and Grayce:

I loved this choice because it reminded me of a rustic, elegant print- and I love that design combination! The colors are also a challenge for me and gave me an opportunity to use some hues I don’t normally put together. I decided to have this wallpaper placed on one wall in a living room, as the focal wall. I picture this wallpaper placed on a fireplace wall, with a soft creamy neutral on the rest of the walls. Here is what I came up with:

The background color of this board is the wall color in the rest of the space, while the wallpaper takes center stage on a focal wall. I chose some rustic elements, such as the leather sofa, coffee table and pendant. I also thought the space would work with a nature inspired piece, like the birdcage accessory. To help balance the rustic qualities, I wanted to incorporate some delicate, pretty pieces to compliment the lace detail on the chosen wallpaper. So, I chose a wingback chair in a soft neutral color to help bring some feminine qualities to the room. I also chose shiny, silk drapery to add an extra hint of warmth to the space. The rest of the accessories and rug bring a contemporary flair to the room and help to add a touch of whimsy. Overall, the wallpaper is fun and delicate with a hint of rustic- and I hope my room reflects that!

paint color for other walls- Elmira White by Benjamin Moore
sofa- pottery barn
pillow fabrics (bottom of board)- Martha and Ash on etsy
coffee table, rug, drapery, pendant, wing chair- west elm
starburst mirror, garden stool- wisteria
hand sculpture, birdcage- z gallerie

Thanks so much to Sarah and Cathy for putting this idea together! And definitely check out their blogs- they’re great! If you would like to participate in this fun mood board challenge, stop by and link up your design here!

Hello Gorgeous Wallpaper – Remember Me???

A while ago, I wrote a post about our new wallpaper and I mentioned some other gorgeous prints that they offered. I came across one print in particular that I loved! My mind started spinning, and I started to imagine an entire room built around this wallpaper:

I love the fun, whimsical feel of the traditional print. In this previous post, I wrote about wanting to design a room using this paper. So for this Thursday, I created a design for all of you with this gorgeous peacock in mind:

I imagined a living room with traditional, modern and whimsical elements. The peacock wallpaper would go on one main wall in the space, while the rest of the walls would be a light shade of blue/gray. The sofa and armchair are traditional with a modern twist and are paired with the modern zig zag rug. The whimsical feather chandelier was chosen to compliment the peacock wallpaper. The rustic, weathered coffee table reminds me of nature and works well with a nature inspired wallpaper. The fabrics in the space help tie the paper’s colors together and give a modern, fun twist to the space. That’s my design thought for the day! 

Have you ever thought of  designing a space around one object or pattern?

To see the source list for this room, go here.