Baby Spaces :: Oh My!

First, let’s address the big news, we have a brand new look!!!! Yes, we’ve totally changed “The Ace of Space Blog”, added a few things (an Amazon store, which is still under construction). I hope you love what Heather of Viva la Violette has created as much as I do. It’s been in the works for a few months and we went live yesterday. P.S. Heather is truly beyond amazing, but I’m sure most of you will realize that once you see it. The second part of my news, we are opening an online store in Spring of 2015. It will be all about entertaining, from plates to stemware, linens and so much more. Unique offerings from all across the globe…so stay tuned. We will always be “The Ace of Space,” but we were at a point where we wanted to expand our brand to encompass “The Ace of Entertaining.” We have been planning it since mid-year and were waiting until Spring to launch the site. It’s been a lot of planning, meetings and decisions, but I am so excited for grandest of openings next year.

Now onto the topic of the day- baby spaces. I wish I could turn back the clock (what woman doesn’t?) and have another opportunity to re-design my daughter’s room. Don’t get me wrong it’s adorable, with painted stars on the ceiling, cotton candy walls, and a custom dresser in pastel tones of lilac and pink, just a whisper of color. A chandelier hangs from the ceiling wrapped in tiny crystal flowers. The bedding has changed multiple times, each change reflects my daughters emerging style, from vintage quilts to a bold zig-zag print in her favorite colours of purple and pink. There are bookshelves overflowing with treasured tomes each one having been read on multiple occasions during bedtime. While her room evolves, posters go up, and stickers of “One Direction” are placed on every conceivable surface, my dream of creating a circus tent in her room is slowly fading. A grand space is my obsession, not hers. Which brings me to a point several years ago when I had to make a decision whether to continue in design or grow my brand through this blog. I chose the latter, but the path I almost chose exclusively designing children spaces would have been an opportunity to test my imagination and explore my creativity. It is still a back-up plan if ever faced with permanent writers block.

I am fascinated with the baby spaces created by the featured designers, they border on the cusp of quiet sophistication, timeless design & if you removed the crib and replaced it with a queen bed it would take a tot into adulthood and beyond. It makes me even wish I were a child again again So while I may dream of re-designing my daughter’s room the reality is that I have too much on my design plate for 2014. This year our house is being overtaken with projects, Kohler is redoing our master-bath, the guest room is undergoing a transformation for Taylor Burke Home, and we have several other rooms under consideration. Such is the life of a design blogger; our homes become labs of constant transformation. Do I mind? Not at all, it’s part of my job. The master-bath was a huge undertaking, but in the end it’s going to be gorgeous and as of last week AllModern is on board with lighting (that is fabulous by the way). The biggest challenge is picking out the wallpaper, I want bold and whimsical (Blowfish by Walnut Wallpaper) which you can see here (Project :: Master-bath) , and Mr. B. wants wallpaper that he saw in a recent episode of “Once Upon a Time” while he was on one of his channel-surfing adventures. If you follow this series, Regina’s office is truly stunning. However, calling ABC and tracking down the wallpaper is not on my list of “impossible things to do this year.” My fingers are crossed that I win the “Battle of the Wallpaper.” Stay tuned.

So I may not be winning the battle with drywall dust or wallpaper, but I have found time to share my favorite nursery pictures. There is inspiration everywhere, and I guarantee that you’ll find something in every room that can be translated into everyday…wait until you see what one designer did with contact paper on the ceiling. So why am I writing about nurseries? You’ll see…

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Designed by Vanessa Antonelli

This is actually the home of the Baskett’s of Reality TV fame, their lives may be a train-wreak but luckily the room isn’t. 

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Caden Lane/ Katy Minard

The gold ceiling stripes are actually contact paper. This nursery is brilliant.

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 Kristina Ashley Interiors

This room is from the Blairsden Designer Show-house, and it’s the perfect blend of nursery and timeless design.

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via Maryland Design

Old world elegance meets “oh baby!”

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via thestylesalonista

This nursery takes the proverbial cake.

I hope you love our new look, and the nurseries that aren’t just for little babies, but big ones too. Don’t forget to follow us on Social Media-Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter for more inspiration and happenings.

As always,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZED.

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Affordable Luxury (Drapery) For The Home :: Barn & Willow

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A few months ago I was contacted by Trisha Roy, the founder and creative force behind the luxury brand Barn & Willow www.barnandwillow. As a design blog, I receive many inquiries, but some innate six sense of the design-kind caused me to visit her website. My interest was piqued. Her mission was clear, to redefine luxury, one room at a time combined with a belief that “everyone deserves a beautiful home,” Needless, to say our philosophies intersected at “luxury” and “beautiful home.” In an age of big box stores with big mark-ups, there are few options available to designers or homeowners who are in the market for quality linen drapery. I personally adore linen, and it’s versatility in design. It works beautifully in interiors ranging from contemporary to traditional, but the cost is prohibitive for most. Quite frankly, the designer in me always cringed when I looked at prices and there were times I was left wondering if it (linen) was ever going to be an affordable option for clients.

I think that search is over. With a keen eye for quality and a commitment to realistic pricing, Barn & Willow is simply a breath of fresh air. They are quite possibly the answer to a designer’s prayer. If you’re a designer, then you know how difficult it is to propose product that has a high price tag coupled with poor quality and a client that insists on the very best with a limited budget. It is a scenario that happens all too often. So when a company comes along that offers the finest linen, carefully crafted and fairly priced, you take notice (I know I did). I want to share with you an interview with Trisha Roy (TR) Founder of Barn & Willow (www.barnandwillow.com), I think you’ll be as impressed with her vision and products as I am.

logoforinterviewsHow did you come up with the idea for Barn & Willow?

TR-My husband and I were buying drapery for our new home, and we started our search in high-end stores. What we found was that the prices were high and out-of -range for what we were looking to spend. Everywhere we went we were pushed in the direction of in-home design and sales pitches for overpriced custom made drapery. Frankly, the whole process was exhausting, and with the high cost of linen, we were afraid that we would have to live with bare windows. This experience really motivated me to dig deeper. What ensued was months of research and meetings and visits to fabric mills located in different countries. It was through this process that I was able to forge strong relationships with some of the finest linen mills in Belgium. After discovering that mark-up on linen can be a staggering 200% when purchased through upscale stores,  I became committed more than ever to finding the finest quality linen, and making it an affordable option.

logoforinterviewsIs the linen drapery also constructed in Belgium?

TR-No. After visits to different manufacturing facilities, I found a group of skilled craftsmen in India who have been sewing drapes for generations. It was a critical part of our business model to bypass the middlemen, and deal directly with the manufacturers. I felt that the craftspeople in India had the high standards that were necessary in constructing our high quality linen drapery. They truly treat each stitch as a labor of love.

logoforinterviewsYou are so passionate about linen, what is it about this fabric that has created such a demand in home interiors market?

TR-It’s crisp, clean, soft and yet strong and durable. The best of all worlds really. I truly believe that it is the most natural fabric which brings the right amount of richness, luxury, and down to earth practicality into a space. Each of our drapes is made from 100% Belgium linen,  from the world’s finest Belgian flax fibers. These drapes are made to work well in many different interior styles.

logoforinterviewsWhat is the design philosophy of Barn & Willow?

TR-It’s simple. You shouldn’t have to overspend to have a beautiful home. Elegant design, thoughtful craftsmanship, exceptional service and realistic prices are all non-negotiable.

logoforinterviewsTell us a little about Trisha Roy, creative force behind Barn & Willow…

TR-I love exploring home décor and ideas, my friends all think we are constantly re-designing or remodeling but all I do is re-arrange furniture or add a few pieces to give a fresh look. I’m also a “foodie,” I love to try out different cuisines and experiment at home with my friends. As you may have guessed travel is in my blood, I have traveled across all continents and major countries. I am intrigued by the lifestyles in smaller towns and villages. In fact, I always make it a practice to eat with the locals in their houses. There are some sites out there where you can meet locals and eat with them. Not a bad way to travel. The one place I still have yet to visit is Morocco, I love the culture the food and the intricate designs of furnishings and textiles. When I’m not working and need a little “down-time,” I love to watch foreign films, some of my favorites are “Le diner de cons” or “Cinema Paradiso.” In fact, I’ll share a small secret I wanted to become a movie star when I was a kid (which is no longer a secret I realize).

logoforinterviewsWhat is the mission of Barn & Willow?

TR-To offer home décor that is thoughtfully design, carefully crafted and priced fairly. We are challenging convention by offering high-end, made to order drapery at reasonable prices. We believe that everyone deserves to have a beautiful home…

logoforinterviewsThanks, Trisha for sharing your vision and mission of Barn & Willow…

An “Ace” note-Barn & Willow sends out linen swatches for free, all five fabrics will be shipped to you within 3-5 business days. You can also connect with their designer for personalized styling tips http://barnandwillow.com/pages/talk-to-us . Now for a very special treat-for 30 days they are offering a 5% discount to my readers when purchasing drapery, just enter the code LINEN at checkout.
P.S. I have the swatches sitting in front of me and the quality is simply incredible.  Now for a little eye-candy…

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Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-theaceofspaceblog.com

 These are sitting in front of me as we speak…the quality leaves me speechless (if that’s possible)….

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 Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

Oh the possibilities…

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Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

It’s all in the details…

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 Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

And the spotlight is on….

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 Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

The perfect puddles….

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 Photo/ Courtesy Barn & Willow

Glam it up, or down…

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 Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

Stunning from top to the bottom…

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 Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

“Everyone deserves a beautiful home…”- Trisha Roy

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Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

Sheer luxury…

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Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

Sumptuous sheers to let the light shine in…

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Photo courtesy/ Barn & Willow

Handcrafted stitching…

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An array of eye-catching neutrals…

Barn & Willow is graciously offering a 5% discount to my readers for the next 30 days, just enter LINEN at checkout. To see the complete collection visit http://barnandwillow.com/collections/drapes

Although, we received compensation for this post, the musings & product review are entirely my own. As always, we will never review any product or service unless it meets our brand standards.

Until next time…

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZED.

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Hey There Pretty Bird! :: Peacock Chairs

Is mercury in retrograde this month? If it’s not then there has to be a reasonable explanation for all the crazy that is happening. If I were to share some of the crazy with you, I think you would agree that it can only be attributed to some seriously maligned stars. From missed flights, to head-scratching e-mails, and RAC (Random Acts of Crazy) performed by others. I know we have all had those weeks (or months in my case), and with a final vacation looming I can only hope upon my return life will fall back into place (somewhere between normal and holy &%” moments).

Although, I am on a whirlwind of non-stop summer travel with the Fashionista in tow, I did have opportunities to fill my design bucket full of inspiration. Most recently on a farm (in my red Tory Burch flats). What better place? Yes, there were enough animals on the farm to fill a fleet of Arcs, and almost an entire memory stick on my Canon. So what did I see, while everyone else was focused on cows, goats, chickens and just about every four-legged creature on god’s green earth? I saw horns for tabletop displays, bird feathers to fill a vase, chicken eggs in colors to inspire any paint palette, wool from Alpaca’s that would make cozy throws for the winter, pastoral scenes that should be painted on canvas, a herd of Scottish Highland cows with hides so shaggy that I could just hug them (no I wasn’t thinking rugs). Okay, let’s go back to the feathers, the NY farm we visited had a “muster” (hey, who knew?), of Peacocks roaming the barnyard and spreading their covert feathers for our viewing pleasure (think extravagant & eye spotted). Although, I don’t have Peacock feathers in my home (but I sure would like a “muster” hanging out in our backyard), I have a deep appreciation for the range of rich colours and the design possibilities that inspired me to write this post. So this post isn’t neccessarily about colour, but about designs inspired by this wonder of the animal kingdom, and more specifically the Peacock chair. I had one in my 20’s a gift from a former boyfriend. I coveted that chair. It made its gypsies journey with me from NY to Washington back to NY and then Atlanta in the span of 13 years. Then as luck would have it-an armoire fell on it in the moving van from NY crushing my treasured chair, and hopes of sitting in it during my golden years. So if you think the Peacock chair harks back to hippies and Woodstock, think again because this marvel of design ingenuity is poised for a comeback, or maybe, just maybe, it never really left…

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Credit/Vicki Bolick-theaceofspaceblog.com

This is the picture that started it all…and one of my personal favourite snaps of all time. 

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via biojouandboheme.com

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via annadonohueinteriors.com

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via ladolcevita.com

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Designer/ Angie Hranowsky

Angie is one of our “Ace Around Town Southern Taste-makers” this year…see our interview here: http://wp.me/p25JdX-24M

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via elledecor.com

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via Sam Durant

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 via elledecor.com

So there you have it the fabulous, misunderstood Peacock Chair…

Next up is Jane Goetz in our “Tastemaker Series” she just finished having photos of current work taken….and I can’t wait to share! I want to let my readers know that we are experiencing growing pains, and we are in the midst of adding a new section “The Ace of Entertaining.”  Also, starting in September we are going to start posting five days a week (with some very talented Contributors), I’ve got some amazing things planned, (fingers, and toes crossed)…and a complete renovation of our masterbath to share with you all courtesy of Kohler. We are so excited over at The Ace of Space to be partnering with this industry leader.

On Monday check back and read our interview with the fabulously talented designer-Jane Goetz.

Until then…

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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