Happy New Year!!!

I’ve so missed Design Palate and interacting with fellow interior design enthusiasts! Hope to be here more this…


– From Homedit


Lost Boys: Classic, Rugged, Cool

For all the guys out there – I found a design inspiration source for your bachelor pad: Lost Boys in Georgetown (Washington, DC).

How cool are these bulldog book ends? And of course, a little Blues Brothers adds a some classic cool to the space too.

Exposed brick is hot in a guys space….giving it a classic yet rugged edge. And if you’ve got a gal, might as well show her that you’re thinking of her by framing her pic on your wall.

And these are just some fun accessories. But “rag and bone” is a design and fashion line with retail outlets in New York and Lost Boys in DC. The “rag and bone man” is actually a century-old British fixture known for the first form of recycling. Who would have thought? More about that here.

And if you’re living solo, you’ve probably got a small space. Old-style luggage is a great way to add style as well as storage to your space.

True Blue, Baby, I Love You

Madonna had the right words. I’ve fallen in love with my Sunbrella True Blue Canvas Fabric. After some agony deciding on what fabric type to use for my French Provincial Sofa, I finally settled on something simple, yet vibrant. I”m on a roll this week, let me tell you!

I decided against using a pattern so that I can easily modify the look/feel of the sofa as my life, mood, or setting changes. I really wanted some color though, particulary blue. Ever since I saw Kate Middleton’s Blue Lace Dress, I’ve had it in my head that this sofa is gonna be blue. Just a matter of finding the right shade to match our carpet and other decor. And here it is…

Don’t you just love it?

So how is the rest of this story going to turn out? Well, I have grand plans of re-painting the wood frame of the sofa…something grey-ish perhaps? Or a distressed finish? I found some new inspiration to help me out. What do you think?

From Anthropologie

I love the rainbow of blues on this Loius XV style chair. It’s a great new take on a classic. Here are some more images.

Louisa Settee From Anthropologie

From Anthropologie

From Anthropologie

Fun at The Tile Shop

Hubby and I went on an adventure to Alexandria, Virginia the other day to get our backsplash tiles from the Tile Shop. Knowing that I already did some research on this and if the look fit with our granite, Hubby had high hopes that we would be quickly on our way out of the shop. Well, who would have thought there’d be so much fun inspiration to find at a tile shop? I slowed down our exit…just a tad…so I could share these with you. Enjoy!

Backsplash Tiles Finalized!

Yay! We’ve finally picked the backsplash for our kitchen. A couple of months ago, we found three potentials (see here)…but I had to re-consider after doing a mock layout on Photoshop. (Thanks to those who voted, by the way. I was leaning on “B.”)

This was option “B,” Butter Cream Mosaic from Mosaic Tiles. I know I’ve said I wanted to have a grey-ish kitchen to brighten up the space, but this seemed to make it too grey and didn’t really mesh well with the Ivory Fantasy granite that we already purchased. So, it was back to the drawing board. I was over at Young House Love visiting with the Petersiks and noticed a link to The Tile Shop on their site, so I clicked (apparently blogvertising works with me) and found my backsplash choice.


It is $24.99 per square feet…much cheaper than Option B above. See how well it goes with our granite selection?? Now to select the type of “grey” for the cabinets! Seriously, I’m starting to get decisioned-out….Here’s another mock-up of our kitchen scheme.

Do you think it would be too crazy to paint the ceiling a muted, mustard-ish yellow? I’m really LOVING the idea at the moment. Hubby, on the other hand, is already making a face. Maybe he’ll warm up to it.

Fabrics: Zig-zags, Chevrons, Ikats…

And other geometric shapes or solids? Yes, I’m still at it! (Read my post here to catch up). Just when you think you know what you’re going for, it doesn’t quite turn out the way you had expected.

My fabric samples from Spoonflower (Etsy-equivalent for fabrics) came in the other day. Spoonflower, by the way, allows you to print your own fabric designs. It’s such a great startup concept.

Anyhoo – here they are:

This is the Chevron fabric by Ravynka. It really is a funky pattern, isn’t it!

This is the Zig Zag by Brownpaperpackages.
I’m torn because I do love the pattern. The background of the fabric is just too white, I think for the look I was imagining. I planned to paint the wood frame on the sofa with an antique white finish, which would not match the white background on either of these fabrics. I suppose one alternative would be to paint the wood frame a blue or even yellow?? But I don’t think I want to go too much on that funky route. So, what are the other options?

Country Cabin in Bluebell by Robert Allen.

Sultana Lattice in Luna by Iman.

Kalah in Blue.

Or I could go with solids. Like this Sunbrella fabric in Baltic color. I could just spice it up with pillows and accessories.

Or Endow Saffire.

Or another Sunbrella in Navy.

I was told by the fabric expert at Calico Corners that Sunbrella may be a good option for constantly used furniture. It should last a long time and deal well with everyday wear. Has anyone used Sunbrella for interior upholstery?

I think, I’m leaning toward the Country Cabin in Bluebell by Robert Allen. But not completely sure. What do you guys think?

Fabricly Lost and Confused

Soak, Serenity, Sleep

Life feels so busy the past few days. I could really use one of these…

Source: google.com via Michelle on Pinterest

Simple Bedroom Makeover

You don’t have to spend much to change the look and feel of a space. Take the bedroom, for example. Hubby and I updated our bedroom with a new coat of paint, new duvet, carpet, and simple accessories.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Here’s the before. I was really into orange a couple years back…wanted to even paint our headboard orange (but the silent gasp in hubby’s eyes stopped me). So, we settled with a duvet cover. Something about the fact that it can be easily removed, I think, comforted him.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Then I moved into a calmer phase in my life where I wanted everything else around me calm, too. What better place to start than the bedroom. We softened the room with a blue-green accent wall. Then I found this beautiful yellowish-beige duvet cover and found some accent pillowcases to match to lighten up the space and create some contrast between the dark-chocoloate headboard and my newly painted blue-green wall.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

It also better highlights our most treasured posssession: this photograph that we got in Charleston, South Carolina as a souvenir from our honeymoon 6 years ago.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

We added some warmth to the room, while creating some more definition in the space with this rug. We got in on sale in Alexandria, VA (will update this post with the store’s name). We spent close to like 4 hours in that rug store. They had piles and piles of beautiful antique Persians.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

This was a vase we’ve had in our bedroom before. But I just love the pop of salmon-pink in the space. We blended in different hues as pops of color elegantly placed here and there.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Finally, we updated the knobs on the bedside tables. I wanted something simpler to pull, not overdone.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Here’s a closer picture of the bedside table. And my latest night-time reads.

Hope you enjoyed a mini tour of our bedroom!

Close-Enough Coffee Table

I was so bummed the other day when I found the perfect coffee table style I wanted but it didn’t quite fit the budget. So what’s a gal to do when she can’t get the expensive option? Look for deals at Overstock.com, Amazon.com, Craigslist.com, and a general search on Google.com will do, too! Search terms: gold, metal, glass, coffee table.

From Becker Furniture World

And I even discovered the name of the coffee table style I originally wanted: St. Tropez Sanremeo Bunching Cocktail Table by Lexington Home Brands (aka Lexington Bunching Cocktail Table).

From CSN Stores

I wanted to get two of these and place them together like the pic above. CSNstores.com them on sale at $485.10 for one, in case you’re interested.

Well, here are alternates I found as options. Reasonably priced and still gives me the the gold, metal, glass top look I was looking for.

From Amazon.com

This is the Steve Silver Emerson Coffee Table (and End Tables) in Bronze (looks gold enough). $260.00

From Amazon.com

This one is the 3pcs Coffee and End Side Table Set in Bronze Finish by Poundex. $193.70

From The Simple Coffee Table Store

I think this one might be the winner. It’s the Ellipse Rectangular Cocktail Table by Hammary. $200.00

Kate Middleton and Chevron Upholstery Fabric

What do the Duchess of Cambridge and chevron upholstery fabric have in common? Royal and Blue. As you know, I recently couch swapped on Craigslist — selling my couch and purchasing a French provincial sofa.

French Provincial Sofa

I had not a clue of what I wanted to re-upholster it with, until I saw this:

Kate in Blue Lace Dress by Erdem

Stunning, don’t you think? It’s by Erdem. Here’s another image.

The Peach is in need of a pop (or maybe a few pops) of color, after all. The living-dining-kitchen area is so…how shall I say it…brown. So here we go with our royal blue.

Royal Blue

And the fabric pattern? Why not Chevron, which a zig-zag pattern? Here are a couple I am considering.

large scale chevron - white and navy

Zig Zag - Royal

I think it will add a more contemprary look to the traditional-ness of the sofa, don’t you think?