I’ve been trying to get outdoors more often, or at least thinking about it. Oftentimes I work in front of a window with a view that makes me happy, whether it’s the architecture of the Back Bay, Florida palm trees, or the Cape Cod dunes, and on a clear day, the Atlantic Ocean. Usually, I feel like that’s enough. But really, of course, it’s a lot better to actually BE outdoors. (Well, except for the heat, sunburn, bugs…) Still, when I make an effort to go out, I’m always glad I did (assuming I have a beach umbrella, sunscreen, bug spray.) Yeah, I’m the ultimate Princess and the Pea.)
Last night, I walked on the beach after dinner with the boys. They were running like little mad men, frolicking—actually frolicking—in the waves. We stayed on the beach til almost sundown; end of day is my absolute favorite. Today, we are going back for more. If I can convince them, I thought they could take a surfing lesson. Here are ten beachy exteriors complete with surfboards, to get me in the mood.
The white and pale wood decor combo has been going on for a while, but I still really like it. I decided to do our Delray Beach condo (where we are right now, for two weeks!), in that scheme with pops of color. So far, no color, but lots of white and wood. The CB2 Woody dining table designed by Lime Studio arrived (it’s half price now; not sure why nobody wants it, I love it), along with a pair of natural beech Family Chairs by Lina Nordqvist for Design House Stockholm. Plus we did a multiple hour IKEA shop and brought home four VILMAR chairs, two natural birch, two white laminate. The KARLSTAD sofa in white with birch legs will be delivered on Friday. (I’ll post a photo later this week, if you promise not to retch at the still not torn up white wall-to-wall carpet.)
In the spirit of spreading the white and wood love far and wide, I also posted “Design Trend: White and Wood“ on the Lamps Plus Style Illuminated blog, which I hope you’ll check out. But first (finally) 30 white and wood rooms.
As a less expensive follow up to last month’s Montage: 47 Upholstered Headboards, I want to share this collection of headboards that are re-purposed, up-cycled, and the like. There are headboards fashioned from doors, decals, mirrors, mantles, tapestries, chalkboards, room dividers, architectural elements, iron gates, pegboard, plywood, and more. DIY and v intage aren’t really my thing, but there are some good ideas here.I know this topic has been done, done, and done, but I hope a number of these images are new to you.
I think this may be the most comprehensive look at plywood interiors on the web. I tend to get carried away with my Montage posts; obviously this is no exception. And I left out at least a dozen. (I’ll eventually use them on Design Milk.) I began collecting plywood images about a year ago when I started noticing them, and lately, there’s been an explosion of them, as well as plenty of blogger round-ups.
But that’s not the only reason for the post. We’re actually planning on installing a plywood floor in our new Delray Beach condo. We had the contractor quote a price for tile, which turned out to be quite high, although we sourced an inexpensive tile ($1.99/sq.ft). We MUST change the floor; there’s ivory carpet, that upon close inspection reveals pastel pink and blue flecks. Not only is it ugly (though it IS clean), it breaks up the space awkwardly. When I asked about a plywood floor, the contractor was intrigued. He’s never done one, so he’s started researching and is excited. Even better, it should cost only half as much. I PREFER wood. Very psyched.
He wants to do 4′x4′ squares rather than 4′x8′ boards in order to avoid a Vermont feel. I had initially thought we’d do planks, painted white (remember all the white rooms with color pops for inspiration?), but I’m coming around to the idea. Anybody have thoughts? Also, if we do squares, do we just seal it, without painting it, for the full-on unfinished, natural effect? I’d love your opinions on this!
As you think, scroll through these plywood rooms. All au naturel.
As my friend (and new interior design client) starts thinking about transitioning her two-year-old to a big boy bed (baby #2 is due in August), we’ve been exploring cute non-crib rooms for kids. I have a lot of photos of great rooms with two twin beds, but I’m holding those back for another time. These rooms are one-bed-only spaces, but include a mix of toddler beds, twins, and doubles. Also, you won’t find any tired, kitschy kid themes here either. Sports bedrooms, sailboat bedrooms, no way. A well-designed room with human decor is the way to go. A few might look familiar, but hopefully there are plenty of new rooms too.