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A little Halloween Inspiration

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on September 28, 2010

Apologies for the bad blogging.  I’ve been busy, but it’s no excuse.  Busyness means I’ve been seeing lots of cool stuff I haven’t been sharing with you.  Today I told myself that I’d blog the first cool thing I saw.

Well this, my friends, is cool.  I LOVE Halloween.  In fact, I love it so much that I’m a little bit cranky that I haven’t heard of any fun parties this year.  Step up friends! I need an excuse to dress up.  This year seems to be double lacking in Halloween spirit, no party and we’ve moved to a trick-or-treater light neighborhood.

Any neighborhood is light after where we’ve been living.  Hundreds and hundreds of trick or treaters from six to eight or nine (can’t remember) .  The police have to turn on  their lights and cruise the streets to tell people it’s time to go home.  Children were literally bussed in to the neighborhood.  Adults would trick or treat, or hold bags for the “sick child in the car.”  It was insanity, but it was a piece of insanity that my husband and I will no doubt miss.  The biggest problem with a light flow of trick or treaters?  I have absolutely no concept of how much candy to buy.  I always bought several bags of good stuff, and then several more of filler.  We ALWAYS ran out of candy.  I actually hoarded a few pieces of my favorites so that I would have some leftovers.  The night would always start with us giving away several pieces of candy to each kid.  Quickly we’d realize that wouldn’t work and we were down to one a piece.  Insanity I tell you!

Anyway, on to the inspiration.  Even if I don’t have a party to go to, I’d love to rock one of these glamorous leather (!) masks.  They’re beautiful, but just enough creepy, which is really crucial to a good Halloween.  These seem spectacular for a fancy masquerade ball.  Created by Tom Banwell, for sale on Etsy.

A few of my faves.

This raven is just spectacular.  It is my absolute favorite.

A not at all too sweet rabbit.

A simple, kind of old fashioned, take.

The muse mask.  Such beautiful cut outs!

Flame mask. Another fave. It could be really fun to put together a fire costume.

Love the Queen of Hearts mask too. And those roses in her hair! Perfect!

Okay, there’s a bit of Halloween inspiration to get you through this last bit of September.  Back to our regularly scheduled programing now!


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.