We decided to feature our own “dream” rooms as a jumping off point to introduce our personal styles, as well as show you guys how we like to put ideas together. We hope these dreams help you see not only two great spaces, but how starting with some inspiration, following some basic guidelines, and understanding your own personal values and style, can help you build the best space for you. (Side note: we worked on these independently, and then were so pleasantly surprised to see how closely our styles matched up! Friendship goals? We think so.)
My dream bedroom is inspired by the fact that Ben and I are currently in the process of overhauling our own bedroom, and it’s a space I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about. This dream room has a very similar vibe to what we’re working on for ourselves- without the pesky limits of reality. Short version: this is what we would do if our room was gigantic and light-filled. And if we were independently wealthy. Or characters living in Manhattan on a TV show.
It all started with the bed. It feels rustic but chic- which leads the rest of the room: glimmers of upscale finishes, pieces that feel global and textured and collected, balanced with simple and classic touches.
We had a few details in mind to guide the space (wood, blue, black, geometry, shimmer, texture, and woven). To create balance, we found a lot of items that incorporated multiple details (like the woven blue striped hampers) and spread them throughout the room. We really let everything come back to “balance”. This doesn’t mean you have to buy everything in pairs and create a perfectly symmetrical space, but think about having counterparts for everything.
While my current bedroom may not be this glam, or light-filled, it’s definitely on it’s way to becoming a pretty great place to dream.
I can’t wait to share more details about this room with you! (And maybe I can’t stop dreaming about a high-ceilinged loft on the Atlanta Beltline either… but one of those things will actually happen.)
My dream living room started out with a sofa I have had my eye on for a while and would love to own one day. Unfortunately, right now, I have designer taste on a bachelor pad budget. Alas. Moving on, the room started with a sofa and was created with the idea of making a place for Steven and I to relax and unwind after work so the room needed to be stylish and comfortable. End of story.
These are my two big requirements when designing for myself, or anyone else. You want the space to look thought out, put together, well designed, but not overly stylish or fancy to where you can’t live in it. Steven and I live in our living room. What a concept, I know. So, even though this is a dream room I still wanted it to be livable and reflect our lifestyle.
My personal design style is usually a good mix of traditional and modern pieces, geometric patterns and lines, a variety of textures, and a good amount of throw pillows. Remember, I said the space had to be comfortable. I also design with a lot of grays and blues, I am drawn to them when designing, and I would have to say it is because they are comforting colors. Clearly all of these aspects guided my choices in the furniture, art, colors, and accessories.
I wanted the space to feel like us and surprisingly it turned out more like us than I planned. While sitting at our kitchen table, I looked at my computer and then up at our actual living room and there are a lot of similarities between the two. This dream room is a more polished upscale version of our current living room.
So once we win the lottery and move out of our apartment, I will buy all the furniture and paint all the walls to reflect this dream of mine! For now, I will enjoy my simpler version of this room with the oversized bachelor sofa. At least that covers the “comfortable” requirement.
We both loved putting together these boards for you guys to learn a little more about us and our styles! We will drop back in soon with more details on each of these spaces and let you know if we have won the lottery to make these dream rooms a reality.