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Cole & Son’s Woods Wallpaper: Yay or Nay?


When I first discovered Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper about 5 years ago, I fell in love. What a fabulous way to bring the outdoors in and add a graphic statement to you walls! It comes in seven color ways including a fuschia and terracotta as well as the classic black and white. I’ve seen it used in dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, nurseries, foyers…just about every room in the house…and in homes with varying styles: scandinavian, traditional, country, cottage chic, craftsman, modern. A versatile pattern that never goes out of style. Or does it?

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LA Apartment Project Update: Bedroom

If you follow me on social media, you know our LA apartment now has a dining table, dining chairs, and a desk in addition to our bed and plants. That’s all. We are on a limited budget with Charles in school and me on the job hunt. Although we aren’t able to purchase much furniture at this point in time, you can never start planning too early, right? Pinterest has helped keep my ideas and inspiration organized, but for those middle-of-the-night ideas, I should really keep a notebook on my nightstand. Do you do that? I may not be sleeping much (my brain never stops, people!), but boy am I dreaming of the day when our apartment is furnished and decorated! I can’t wait to see it all come together. Patience, Rachel. Patience.

I digress. On to the bedroom! A place of refuge, relaxation, and rest. Probably the most important room in the house. We have a bed, bedding, a desk, wall shelves over the desk, and temporary nightstands (IKEA Lack Side Table anyone?! Only $5 for IKEA FAMILY!). Our minimalist bedroom serves its purpose, and in time, with a couple more additions, it will be glorious!

The Inspiration:

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Ahh. Isn’t this bedroom so calming and relaxing? My favorite elements are the color combination, the mixed nightstands, the large photo print, and the wall sconces. Charles and I, luckily, have a similar interior style, which helps me when planning our bedroom. Of course, I share my ideas with him. Most often, he likes them. Score! We both have a bohemian, modern, rustic, clean aesthetic – if that even makes sense – and this inspiration bedroom fits our style perfectly! We also both love nature. He has a collection of rocks from India along with some sentimental knick knacks. I have a collection of feathers, skulls, and shells. Collectively (hehe), these accessories will be great for styling our space.

The perks of our bedroom are it has amazing light throughout the day and the walls are painted in a bright white, which we love. Even with a king-sized bed, the room feels spacious. With only a few small changes and additions, this perfectly blank slate will be good to go in no time.

The Plan:

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Before & After: Amber Interiors

If you don’t already know about fabulous Los Angeles designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, you should. You probably pinned rooms she designed or saw one of her rugs or pillows from her Shoppe by Amber Interiors in a product roundup. Amber has a comfortable west coast style with an eastern influence in color and pattern. She reminds me a lot of Jamie Meares of Furbish Studio and i suwannee in Raleigh, North Carolina, which make sense because they are friends. Amber’s designs are bright and refreshing, and she is, no doubt, an up-and-coming designer to watch.

To give you a little taste of how she can transform a space, check out these before and afters:




You can read her blog post and see more photos of the project here.

Which designers are you loving these days?