Friday, October 12, 2012


Hello Readers!

It's been a while, but we're back in action with a new Phone-A-Friend! If you're new to the blog, check out our library of Phone-A-Friends here.

Anne (and her partner Meredith) are our dear friends in Maine, you may remember them from this post. They've just moved to a lovely new home in Portland, ME and want to punch up their bedroom. And that's just our style.

Here's what they're lookin' for...

We need your help!  As Blythe knows, we just moved into a house we affectionately call the Purple Wonder.  Besides the color, it’s a pretty basic 1930s New Englander on the outside, with some Craftsman features inside, which are what really sold it for us.  That and the location: it’s close to a cute, dog-friendly beach.

I start with that description because those are two themes that we’re trying to maintain as we set up our bedroom.  We want to stay consistent with the Craftsman style and color scheme, but also love the beachy/nautical feel of our neighborhood.  Can the two coexist?

We have a few ideas for the room: the one I’m really excited about is having a bed frame made out of old wooden doors from the house that I found in the basement.

Okay, I’ll leave you to it, with one last thought.  We cohabitate with two professional shedders and bed hogs: Marley the cat and Hamlin the dog.  As gorgeous as white bedding is, it is totally impractical for us.  We’re so excited to see what you two come up with.  Thanks in advance for your help!!

Anne (and Meredith!)

Here are photos from the sale of the house. Important to note, none of the furniture is theirs. We narrowed down their list to a few specifics: paint, rug, bedside tables, bedding and lighting. And of course, we threw in a few extras for good measure.

Because we wanted to keep the Craftsman feel of the house, which includes all that gorgeous wood trim, we started looking for an inspiration photo that had some beach/nautical components (not too themey though!), but plenty of wood accents.

Here's what we came up with...

Photograph by Paul Castello via One King's Lane

And here are our finds...

  • Paint: With all that beautiful wood trim, we decided to keep the walls really crisp. Benjamin Moore Super White (RMI-02) is just that. Deweese and the bossettes just painted their office Super White and can assure you, it's crisp, not clinical.
  • Don't forget the accessories. This lovely reclaimed ring box is a great example of bringing more natural elements into the room to reinforce that beachy feel.
  • Our favorite fiddle leaf fig is a must to bring the outdoors in, and oh so chic!
  • For the window treatments, we went with a very basic matchstick roman shade. You can find these online and in your local home depot. The Shade Store also has some great options.
  • We sourced this rug from Indian Dhurries, but there are lots of options online. A big bold white and navy stripe is a must to complete this look.  
  • Ok, so this Gumball lamp is from a children's store, but that doesn't make it any less awesome. It's simple and fun.
  • Sham: Navy Border Frame Standard Sham from Serena & Lily (white, we couldn't resist!) But a navy one works, too. 
  • Green table like this (sorry, but the one we sourced is no longer available!). It's a little less modern but still gives that lovely color. 
  • Accent pillow to pull in some more green. 
  • Quilt. We like the muted/antique look to this quilt in contrast to the rug. Hopefully this look is pet-friendly!
  • Wicker stool: We like the idea of doubling this up and placing two at the foot of the bed! 

Hope you like it! Pretty please show us what you end up doing? 

PS: Anne and Meredith were in an incredible video that we'd like to share. It is important to us to keep this blog mainly about throw pillows, but this was just too special not to share:


  1. Thanks, ladies! These are great ideas! Meredith and I are so excited to get started... We'll keep you posted. xoxo

  2. Love these ideas and the pictures of the new house! Can't wait to see the changes!

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