Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Can't get you outta my head...(nah, nah, nah)"

I was flipping through an ever growing pile of magazines this weekend and I picked up the Country Living from October.  Once I saw this chick's pad I couldn't stop thinking about her bedroom.  Don't get me wrong, the whole place is Bananas, especially for 1,000 feet, but-- MUST. PAINT. SOMETHING. GRAY.  Take a looksey...

Lizzie Carney's Advice:
Old Rule: Small places require small furniture.
New Rule: Bitsy is busy. Instead, opt for fewer, larger pieces. The queen-sized bed, a French antique, makes a big statement. Behind it, gray curtains mask an oddly placed window.

Old Rule: Have a guest room double as an office or den.
New Rule: Turn the room into a single indulgence, like a walk-in closet.
The house's second bedroom is used as a dressing area. Carney covered the ottoman in pink denim from Walmart and spray-painted an outdoor rug.

Old Rule: Hidden storage is key to keeping a tiny house tidy.
New Rule: Don't waste space; kill two birds with one stone.The basement was converted into a dining room and wine cellar by stacking Belgian grape-gathering crates.

Old Rule: Cramped quarters call for clean lines.
New Rule: Ornate, embellished details give even the tightest spots a sense of grandeur. Carney found this opulent chandelier in Belgium and the vintage refrigerator at a Texas flea market.

Old Rule: White walls are a must when square footage is limited.
New Rule: Dark colors create the illusion of depth in small rooms.  Every wall is painted the same charcoal hue. In the living room, pink pillows and weathered woods offer contrasting colors and textures

All images and captions credit Country Living and Lizzie Carney

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