Monday, October 12, 2009

My Parents Decorating Tips and Boudoir

My parents bedroom is a mix of new substantial furniture, flea market finds and one of a kind choices from their favorite talented dealers & friends. It reminds me of a yummy cream puff! My Mom has chosen soft colors of the sea for her seaside home.
Also, you don't have to do it alone. Surround yourself with talented shopkeepers or interior designers. These amazingly gifted people may search out items that may fit your castle perfectly. And, you might just make a few friends in the process! Some of the treasures in this room were found from friends Janet Solomon of Frenchblue & Co, Lucy and Tony Torres of The Paris Flea Market, Denise Lohbec of Summerhill LTD and the grand handmade white pillow with antique lace is from Karen Ewart of Bleu Gardenia. Their boudoir inspiration has always originally come from the the queen of the boudoir, Claudia of The Paris Apartment, due to her book.

My Dad loves to garden and my Mom loves the thrill of the hunt in home decor. So, the two of them sure make a powerful team. I wish I had learned more about gardening from my Dad and decor from my Mom. But, in the last ten years I have gotten my own "home" and have been playing catch up on learning how to make a house a home. So, I thought we might share a few tips with you.

Tips from my parents for decorating a home:

Learn what you like by researching decor magazines, books, blogs and your local decor shops.

Put together a binder of pictures of anything that catches your eye.

From these pictures you will see similar color palettes and styles emerging.

If you find a shop or two that fits your style or inspires you, make it a point to get to know the proprietor.

Choose three colors to use in your home, so you can move items from room to room and have consistency from room to room.

First, focus on decorating the rooms you utilize most.

Pay special attention to your bedroom and make it luxurious.

Put your money into your sheets, bedding and pillows. Their favorite shop for inspiration is Bliss Linens in Corona Del Mar, California. But, if your on a tight budget buy from Tuesday Morning.

Make your home cozy by using candles, family pictures and have personal collections.

Finally, it is all about proper lighting. Have a brighter main light, reading lights by the bed and soft lighting. All on dimmers. And, a candle or two for fragrance and ambiance.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my parents boudoir and seeing their decor tips. Thanks for stopping by... have yourself a fabulous day!


vicki archer said...

Clever parents Christina...and they have a gorgeous bedroom, xv.

Natalie said...

Oh I adore your parents' boudoir. It's so sumptuous-looking.

dancing doc said...

another fabulous post - enjoyed it thoroughly- hope you have a super week out there in Calif.
salut du midi!

High Heels and Huntin' Boots said...

Great tips! I just discovered your blog. It's quite lovely!

FrenchBlue said...

Dear Christia,

Beautiful beautiful post!! It is the Most Beautist of all!! Your photos look like YOU should be creating a book! You did an amazing job. Of course, your Mama and Dad make it easy as their home is truly a palace~ Thanks for the mention of FrenchBlue:)


Secretia said...

It's so beautiful there, I can hardly believe it!

Secretia (Secret Story Time, come and visit!)

The Haute-Shopper said...

This is some great advice! I think everyone thinks home decor is easy, but as I learned from decorating my very first apartment, it can be pretty tricky if you don't sit down and plan it a little. I just went off and bought stuff I thought would look good, but ended up with jumble of furniture, carpets and curtains!

Alexia said...

I should get acquainted with them so I'd be able to hang out in their lovely boudoir!
Contact details please...!