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London Calling | Inspired by the British

I was definitely feeling a little UK love today when I entered the Poshtots Children's Bedroom Challenge on Olioboard.  (Head over and vote for my entry, pretty please!)
Even though I designed the set for a kid's room--specifically a sophisticated little British girl--I thought it was a perfect inspiration board to also share here on LU.

The room began as an empty exposed brick space with beautiful hardwood floors.  The major inspiration piece was the "Up, Up, and Away" pillow.  And since I love how bold red complements pale blue, my color scheme was set.  I threw in an aged ivory tone for a neutral.  The bed is a simple corner daybed, which I dressed with red sheets and an assortment of pillows featuring map prints and floral patterns.  What better nightstand for a travel-inspired room than a vintage suitcase on legs?  A big dresser painted robin's egg blue steels the show with a red mirror hung overhead.  An ivory and red desk is decked out with a map, lamp, and old books... with a galvanized can nearby for trash.  I threw Brit-love all over the place--the rug, a cute little boat accessory, and an art print.  On one window I hung solid red curtain panels, while I went with a fun floral panel for the window nearest the bed.

I've always wanted to go to London... and looking at this room makes me want to go all the more!




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.