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Design Challenge #2

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on August 31, 2009

Because of the love I got for my previous design challenge (Yes, a few comments equal love.  I’m a blog whore.  Show me a little attention and I’ll totally put out.), I decided to do a numero dos.  (sidenote: I sometimes speak in Spanglish.  I have never taken Spanish.  I have about 8 years of German under my belt (Gutentag! Tchus! Ich habe hunger!), but I don’t know how to spell in Spanish.  In general my Spanish knowledge consists of Cerveza (sp???), Camarones (it’s shrimp people.  shrimp tacos are awesome), and botana (Technically I’m not sure if this means “appetizer” or a specific appetizer.  I just know that if I say it the waiter brings me grilled jalapenos, onions, and potatoes with avocado and tomato.  With the aforementioned cerveza, what more could you need?  Dang. Now I’m hungry.)


Anyway, so I’m taking on the 17 year old boy’s love of baseball room challenge.


I kind of agree with a color choice the Design Star contestant made.  Navy blue.  So I’ll start with a color like this:


Midnight Navy, Benjamin Moore

Midnight Navy, Benjamin Moore

This rich blue floor to ceiling on all FOUR walls.  Sheesh.  NO ACCENT WALLS.  I mean, never say never, but my god I’m over accent walls.  I’d also paint the weird ceiling that seems to be varying heights, and I think I’d paint the woodwork too, but in gloss.  Blue everywhere.

The floor the actual contestant put in works for me.  Is it laminate or real wood?  I also like her window shade choices.  They adds some nice texture while staying pretty minimal.


Another idea would be to put curtains all along the headboard wall.  Here’s a fun print from Urban Outfitters.  The wall is so small you could probably do the entire thing for under $200.  Then you could center the bed on the newly curtained wall to add a little symmetry to that wonky room.  Oh, and you’d probably need another set of panels for the other window.  Ouch $78 more dollars.  Find them here.

Up next, my favorite part of the design, and what got me excited about it in the first place:


Stricken by Don Hamerman

Stricken by Don Hamerman


Thread 2 by Don Hamerman

Thread 2 by Don Hamerman


Rawlings by Don Hamerman

Rawlings by Don Hamerman

All images from Jen Beckman’s 20×200.  If you’ve never checked it out and you’re at all interested in art or up and coming artists, you’ve gotta check it out.  Jen offers prints of new editions twice weekly at very reasonable prices: $20, $200 and $2000 depending on the size you choose.  I am generally of the opinion that bigger is better, especially with these beautiful photos.  I saw them months ago, and they were literally the first thing I thought of when considering how I would design a teen boy’s baseball room without going all theme-y.  I’d put them in brushed silver, super minimal frames and let the kid take them with him once he moves out of the dorm.


Moving on.  Bedding.  Ugh.  

Osborne 13-Piece Complete Queen Dorm Room Ensemble

This option is reminiscent of Yankee pinstripes, which is kind of cool.  If the navy on the walls is the right color, this might actually look kind of baseball chic.  It’s only $119 AND listen to everything that comes in the set:  comforter, one standard sham, one standard pillowcase, fitted sheet and flat sheet, one standard bed pillow, two black bath towels, one dry-erase board with marker and one large black hamper.”  Wow.  Just add a six pack and you’ve got everything you need for college.  

I worry that this room is getting depressingly gray.


Do you think his friends would make fun of him if he had a zebra rug?  I can’t help it.  I like the pattern and the natural element it adds.  100% wool 3 1/2′ x 5 1/2′ rug from Bed Bath and Beyond.  I’m really curious what this looks like in person.  Though I think if we add this, we need to go back to the bamboo-like window treatments or find some more simple panels.  Maybe a simple ticking stripe.  Maybe in red.  That could be cool.  Not sure about mixing that mod 60’s gray and white pattern with the zebra.  This is the kind of thing that makes it hard to design online.  If the rug reads neutral enough though, it’d work.

For bedside lighting, howserbout we reduce the clutter of the tiny room and add two pendants on either side of the bed?  Again, adding more symmetry to the wonkiness of the tiny room along with a little industrial chic.  I need to stop using the word chic to try and convince you this room is fabulous.


Bed, Bath and Beyond at $59.99 a piece.  I’m sure they’ll get yanked of the walls in the midst of a WWE marathon. But I hope not.

Parsons Desk With Drawers, Wheatgrass

The classic West Elm parson’s desk.  $299.  In green, or black, or white.  Glossy.  Why not?

JULES Junior desk chair

Ikea Jules chair. $39.99  Cause sometimes you just have to do homework.  Or roll back and forth across your new wood floors until your mom yells at you to stop.

I like the locker looking shelving that the kid had to begin with.  I would’ve kept that.  I guess he probably needs a little more storage/places to hide contraband, but I think that maybe painting the clearly hand-me-down furniture he already had would be a decent and money saving idea.  What about painting it the same glossy blue as the woodwork?  Would that be weird?  I think white would be too feminine, but grey would probably be okay.  I’d also do some interesting/manly hardware.  I’ve seen really cool leather pulls before, but I bet those would be too expensive.  Here are some cool Ikea options:

GREJ HandleGrej $6.99 for a two pack

 SPÄNN HandleSpann $9.99 for a two pack

Picture 9These are actually my favorite, but they don’t seem to be available.  Maybe lucite isn’t manly?

And two tiny night stands:

RAST NightstandIkea $14.99

I do not love this nightstand, however it reminds me of a bench and has the appropriate bat-like wood.  Is that lame?  I think it’s kind of lame.  It looks like something the kid built in shop.  I’d be okay if it was something he built himself.  How about a pair of these instead:

ODDA NightstandOf course, it’s $49.99.  


Okay, this is not my most fantastic room ever, but I feel like it’s a little more sleek and symmetrical than the design star.  I tried to get a cohesive feeling going, rather than just throwing a bunch of random stuff in a room.  And seriously? Big flat screen?  Is this what the world is coming to?  I hope I don’t put TVs in my kids’ rooms.  Maybe not till they can buy it themselves.  You’d have to mow a lot of lawns to buy a flat screen that size.  But if you ARE going to have a flat screen.  Don’t put it on the desk where you’re supposed to be doing homework.  Hang it on the wall or stowe it away in some furniture of some kind.  Sheesh.



Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on August 30, 2009

This is beautiful.


Leontine Linens Monograms
Leontine Linens Monograms

Just a small sampling of the beautiful monograms available from Leontine Linens.  These are so artful.  It’s the perfect mix of tradition and creativity.


The master bedroom at Casa de Corbyn is beyond sad.  Part of that is because I have a hard time corralling my clothes into the closet.  Part of the problem is the total mish mash of hand me down furniture, a cheap wrought iron headboard and mismatched sheets.  Our bedding is far from grown up and far from purposeful.  We’re actually using a Marimeko comforter I’ve had since the late 80’s.  It kind of looks like an old school composition book.


composition book
composition book

(image credit: flickr, Mike  inbet_1979)


All purchases for house related items are on hold until a new house can be found.  I am sooooo ready for an upgrade.  I think something like this, but in less girly colors, would be fantastico.  I do actually like the color combo; it’s so cheerful! 




At once this satisfies both my orange and linen addictions.  The linen pillows feel a bit puny to me though.


Leontine Orange and Linen

Leontine Orange and Linen

This is subdued and fabulously symmetrical.  Very boy friendly.




Yes, I very much enjoy the fresh take on tradition at Leontine.  What a great way to display my newlywed monogram I’m so enthusiastic about.  I’m going to start saving my pennies.  Here’s one last look at Leontine’s applique monograms.



Picture 7








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I Need This

Posted in Uncategorized by laurencorbyn on August 28, 2009


Eduard Garza Black Snake Tray

Eduard Garza Black Snake Tray

For sale at One Kings Lane

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Posted in Uncategorized by laurencorbyn on August 27, 2009

So this is kind of beautiful and amazing, huh?  Thanks Dooce.

Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear. Video by crazy creative Gabe Askew

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My favorite and MY best

Posted in Uncategorized by laurencorbyn on August 26, 2009


Inspired by this post at My Favorite and My Best, a blog I look forward to reading daily, I have decided to flex my decorator muscles and create a Modern Princess room.  I have no desire to be on Design Star.  I don’t even watch Design Star (I have a pretty strict reality TV schedule and my standards are high.  I need fabulousness mixed with a little (or a lot) of crazy.  Design Star hasn’t made the cut yet (I’m not even going to take the time to link to its lameness!).  Rachel Zoe, Flipping Out,  Project Runway… each of these has the requisite amount of fabulous.  And of course, then there’s the Real Housewives.  Whole ‘nother level.


So since it’s a modern *princess* I’m starting with a serious dose of graphic pink from Jonathan Adler.  Holly at decor8 tipped me off to the new custom options at JA, and I’ve gotta say it’s fun.  Of course I’m a little irritated because I NEEDED these options for a client a month ago, but must’ve just missed the new designs.

ANYWAY.  Starting here:


Jonathan Adler Zig Zag Custom Rug

Jonathan Adler Zig Zag Custom Rug

Jonathan Adler “Design  Your Own” Rug $1620 for a 9×6′.  I’d like to use the 9×12′, but at a price over $3000 that eats up too much of the $5000 budget  I am vaguely trying to remember.


Next: a headboard.  I like headboards.  They feel so much more finished, especially if you don’t have massive pillow frouf piled up against your wall.


Tufted Headboard, Target

Tufted Headboard, Target

A mere $299 for queen size!  No the fabric isn’t going to be fabulous, and the shape leaves a little to be desired, but it’s soooo much better than the awfulness that I saw in images from Design Star.



Slideaway Desk, Polished Dove Gray

West Elm Desk in Dove Gray, $199 without the hutch.


Wisteria Venetian Glass Mirror $189.  To be propped on the gray desk for use as fabulous vanity/face making distraction while doing homework.  Of course, the mirror should probably be hung on the wall rather than propped because kids are crazy, and should this modern princess decide to have a Flashdance reenactment/performance in her room, I’d hate for her to get 7 years bad luck.


Wall color:  I kind of like that color behind the Wisteria mirror, however, I was initially thinking a nice pale gray with a touch of blue would be good.  The gray will last longer and fit with more styles as she grows up into the super-fun and not at all obnoxious teen years.


My total thus far (not including paint) is $2307.  Already I feel light years ahead of Design Star in class.  But of course, I am a mere decorator, not a *designer*.  (I think there was a knock on decorators from the guy that designed the terrible princess room, but I’m not sure.  Anyway…


Next up: nightstands.


On one side I’d add a pop of color with one of these garden stools.  It’s just the perfect size to stack a few books or magazines by the bed.  There’s something kind of fabulous about that yellow.  



On the other side of the bed:

This night stand is symmetrical enough to the garden stool that the two sides will feel balanced plus it’s got a nice curve to it and will relate well to 

the vanity/desk chair.  Not so much my style, but its laciness plays up the whole princess vibe.  $199

For windows, how about something fairly tailored, like this:

Domino bedroom, violetAdds a dose of color coordinating with the zig zag rug.  I’ve decided this girl’s mother sews and they found the fabric on sale, so this window treatment only costs $150 (I can cheat. There are no judges here).  


Bedding.  This isn’t exactly what I was thinking, but yay for Dwell Studio for Target, $89 for the bedding $24 for the yellow pillow: 

Can I just note that my total thus far is $3118?  For that price I can go ahead and do custom bedding.  A simple white duvet with pink piping.  Much like this fabulousness from Diane Bergeron as featured in Vogue Living:


Girls' bedroom, rubie green+stripes

Diane Bergeron



I’d like to add in even more pink.  Let’s see what Jonathan Adler can do for us.

We could have a little of this:


Pink Union 1

Front Side



Which flips to a little of that.

We could also add in some of this and this.


Pink Zebra

Pink Zebra

Pink L

Pink L

And woah, it’s getting too pink in here.  I just had so much fun designing the pillows on the Jonathan Adler site!

I would really like that zebra pillow to be black and white.  There definitely needs to be some more black and white in this place.  How about a couple of Ballard Design’s Parsons benches at the foot of the bed?  Maybe in a simple black? 

And one pillow I can’t believe I forgot:


Peace pillow

Peace pillow

So I’m feeling pretty good about this room.  Maybe it’s not princess enough, I don’t know.  

Would the mini roses light from Stray Dog Designs help?

Perhaps with the roses in yellow or pink?  Just an idea to add some flowers.


I would say for artwork that this girl is pretty damn creative and likely has done her own artwork.  If she’s more into soccer than art, let’s travel to Etsy (you can click on the images to head to the artists’ etsy shops): 

For more flowers


Break the Routine

And last but not least, should this girl need a dresser for her clothes, how about a simple painted white dresser (PB Teen has some on sale I think, dressed up with some fun knobs from anthropologie.  I’d go glossy black, or maybe even yellow.  I’m sorry, I don’t know why I’m typing inside this picture box.  I’ll learn how to better use wordpress.  I promise.

Black Glass Knob, Anthro


Yellow Ceramic Knob

Yellow Ceramic Knob

I know.  I stopped counting.  That’s probably the fear of anyone who hires a decorator.  I’m just saying, you could have a FABULOUS room for under $5000.  Much better than the Design Star disaster.


Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on August 26, 2009

So here’s the thing.  I have this other blog that I have recently been neglecting, but none-the-less has posts dating back a while (though mysteriously some seem to have vanished.  Fabulous.).  I have decided not to transfer the old posts to the new blog.  If you’re interested in those old posts, please click here.    I can’t promise this link will ALWAYS work, as I am planning to switch over to WordPress 100%, but for now, there you go.  Gracias.

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