For me, the crucial aspect of any design is durability. Having four kids, a husband and two inside cats, the items I use in my home décor must withstand traffic, be easy to clean, serve a functional purpose and be affordable.
Right now, I am into what I like to jokingly refer to as “Compulsive Chic” style. Similar to “Cottage Chic” but with rigidity thrown in. Being a Virgo, I find it somewhat difficult to sway too far from my interpretation of what I believe to be a perfect balance. I can’t handle the effusiveness of the Shabby Chic style, or the shoreline-ish décor of “Beach Chic” – sand dollars and dried starfish are not my cup of tea. I like what others have done but I am talking about what sets my tone for a peaceful haven so bear with me. I need nice clean lines and things to be pulled together. Everything must coordinate PERFECTLY (or what I PERCEIVE as perfect).
I draw my decorating inspiration from childhood memories of the wonderful summers spent at my grandparents’ home in
For my bedroom, I began with a palette of muted colors; pink, ivory, yellow, sage and of course, white. My bedroom carpet is a durable looped Berber in sage( not exactly my first choice in carpet BUT it was brand new when we purchased our home a few years back and I don’t want the expense of changing carpet just for the sake of change!)
Next, I wanted my bed to be a soft place - - to fall. A sanctuary. My own beautiful escape from the harsh realities of life. To provide extra softness, I added a featherbed top to the mattress. I then draped the bed in soft pink ruffled cotton sheets and matching ruffled pillowcases by Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic line ($64.99, Target Stores). I also added a white plush blanket with satin borders which is also part of Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic collection ($49.99, Target Stores).
During a recent shopping trip, I found the most gorgeous patchwork quilt. It features quilt blocks of ivory chenille, pink velvet blocks and gorgeous cotton blocks of roses. The quilt is edged in a sumptuous border of pink velvet. The quilt’s reverse features the tiniest pink rosebuds and also features a pink velvet border. To that, I added the coordinating shams with the same delightful quilt blocks. (From Vintage Victorian’s “Elyse” collection, $59.99,
I am still looking to add a crocheted afghan to drape at the end of the bed to keep out the cold on those chilly winter nights! Next time, the rest of my bedroom!