Elemental Design: Parisian Parlor through Balance, Repitition & Symmetry

This post is all about a project I just completed for a class.  I was charged to turn my classmates study into a parlor where she could have private conversations with friends, read and write letters.  With only one teen at home and the other two away at college she can finally have the space to do something for herself.  I created a Parisian Parlor with a little Moroccan flair.

Here’s what her place looks like.


Here’s what I did.

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Perfect reading nook.

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Here’s some fabrics I used too.  The wood would be used for the insert into the tray ceiling.  I don’t want to use recessed lights but rather have a glowing ceiling.  The ceiling really helps to balance out the built-ins and flooring.

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The far green micro suede is for the chaise, the next two are for the chairs, cushions and pillows and the striped linen is for drapes.  I want drapes over the paned doors, as well for extra privacy.  The wall you see as you come into the space will be a gallery wall with black, gold and wood frames to repeat the patterns created by the windows and doors. This was our inspiration for the room by Charlotte Moss.

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So glad that’s over but loads of fun!


Elemental Design: Styling with Balance and Symmetry

I’ve seen a lot of posts on how to style your mantel for the fall.  Well, I’m one of those unfortunate few that doesn’t have a mantel to style.  I styled a few other pieces of furniture that everyone has in their home using balance and symmetry, as well as, fall pieces that I featured in my post yesterday.

Here’s a few ideas how to use these elements in your own home.




Bowl / Copper Vase / Pink vase / Media Console /

Entertainment Center / Baskets / Pumpkin

Tricks of the Trade: Awkward Bedroom Windows

Everyone has that one window in their home that is totally awkward and you can never figure out what to do with it.  I have one in my bedroom and so does the Decorator’s Show House that I mentioned yesterday.  I peeked just to make sure.

Here are a few ideas on how to make that awkward window beautiful!





Hope you can draw some inspiration from these ideas!

Bed / Bamboo Shade /  Chevron pillow / Ikat pillows / Floor Lamp / Table Lamp / Sunburst Mirror / Drapes / Night Stand / Floral painting / Bird Embroidery / Black & White Photography / Top Landscape / Landscape Photography