Things We Love: Stylish Sitting Areas

bedroom sitting area
Beth Webb Interiors

 

There is nothing that makes you appreciate your home quite like leaving it. We moved out of our house for post-Hurricane Florence repairs a few weeks ago, and I’m already dreaming of moving back in. It’s about fifty percent gutted at the moment, but that’s progress…

sitting area
Alexa Hampton via Dering Hall

 

One of my favorite parts of our 1903 house has always been the huge window seat in the bay window of our master bedroom

sitting area bedroom
Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

It is one of the sunniest spots in the house and has the best view–and was one of the first things to be torn out after the storm. Despite our intricate boarding up process, the wind and water won. 

bedroom with chaise
Isabel López-Quesada Design via Architectural Digest

 

Now that the window seat is gone, we realize how huge that space really is. And, as much as I love my window seat, I’m starting to question whether it’s wise to build it back. 

bedroom sitting area
Barbara Westbrook Interiors

 

This isn’t the first hurricane we’ve been through and it certainly won’t be the last–which makes the idea of a cozy master sitting area to replace the window seats very appealing. 

bedroom sitting area
Geoffrey Chick & Associates

 

We love the idea of having a sweet little space for morning coffee and late-night chats. 

bedroom sitting area
Geoffrey Chick & Associates

 

And there’s something luxurious about comfy, cushy upholstered items right in your master bedroom. 

sitting area in bedroom
Tom Scheerer

 

A pair of chairs with a table between them would fit nicely. 

bedroom sitting area
Meg Ryan loft via Architectural Digest -Photo: William Abranowicz

 

As would a love seat or, my personal favorite, a chic chaise. (Is there a limit to how many chaises you can have in a house before it starts to become overkill?)

bedroom sitting area
Jimmy Stanton Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But, then again, I could always rebuild those window seats… 

bedroom sitting area
Cathy Austin Design via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

What do you think? Are you a fan of sitting rooms in the bedroom

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8 Tips for Creating a Relaxing Bedroom Design

bedroom
Suzanne Kasler

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a fabulous day! With Halloween behind us, we feel like now is the time that the sprint to the holidays begins. We don’t know about you, but we absolutely cannot wait! But we know the flurry of activity can be exhausting, which is why it’s more important than ever to make sure that your bedroom is a relaxing haven. Check out a few of our favorite tips for creating a relaxing bedroom retreat!

bedroom
Alyssa Rosenheck &  Katie Gibson Interiors

 

  1. Invest in cozy covers. With cooler temperatures rolling in, we love nothing more than adding a warm, fluffy comforter to the bed and curling up.
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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

2. Create a cozy reading spot. Darker, cooler days mean less time more spent outside–and more time snuggled indoors with a favorite book or movie. Having a beautiful space to indulge in some much needed relaxation time is such a bonus in a bedroom.

bedroom
Shelley Johnstone Design

 

3. Let in lots of light

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Shayelyn Woodbery via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

4. And find a pretty way to block out extra light when the time comes.

bedroom
Southeastern Designer Showhouse

 

5. Bring the outside in with flowers, fresh foliage or even a whimsical nod to Mother Nature like this adorable owl.

bedroom
Jayne Design Studio via Architectural Digest

 

6. Warm yourself by the fire. Nothing creates a fabulous, relaxing bedroom quite like a roaring fire on a cold evening or morning. It makes getting out of bed so much easier. And the good news is that there are so many chic, easy-to-install options, your home doesn’t have to be born with a fireplace to have one now. 

bedroom
Phoebe Howard Design

 

7. Find the perfect bed. Obviously, the right bed, is one of the very most important parts of any pretty bedroom. It’s the reason we’re there to begin with! Form is, of course, as important as function. 

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Urban Grace

 

8. Keep the accessories sparse. We love a good accessory as much as the next girls, but, sometimes a cluttered nightstand can lead to a cluttered mind. For a restful night, we’d say, less is more.

 

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Milieu Magazine

 

Now we’re off to transform our sleeping spaces. Wishing you a holiday season full of fun–and a good night’s sleep!

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House Tour: Phoebe Howard Interiors

Phoebe Howard Entrance

Charlotte House

As you can probably imagine, we can’t get enough of finding new designers to talk about! 

Phoebe Howard entrance

But there are some that have a forever place in our hearts, whose work we love to swoon over day after day, year after year, whose new projects we wait impatiently for.

Phoebe Howard entrance

Phoebe Howard is one of those designers.

Phoebe Howard living room

Her style is understated, traditional enough without looking old-fashioned, modern enough without looking trendy… It is, in short, the epitome of classic southern style for the new millennium.

Even in the simplest rooms, there is a richness about Howard’s style, a sense of luxury that permeates, especially where textiles are concerned.

Her perfectly chosen color palettes draw you in, adding the right amount of warmth and interest while creating a feeling of continuity.

Phoebe Howard office

Each nook in the home is well thought out, the perfect mix of form and function that is simply elegant. 

Phoebe Howard living room

From beautiful details like this stone wall…

Phoebe Howard living room

To perfectly arranged furniture…

Phoebe Howard hallway

Simple, striking details…

Phoebe Howard bedroom

To a master suite fit for a queen…

Phoebe Howard bedroom

Phoebe Howard knows how to create spaces that are stunning in every way.

Phoebe Howard bathroom

From a bath with a view,

Phoebe Howard baskets

To stylish storage,

Phoebe Howard chaise

A cozy spot for lounging with a breeze, 

Phoebe Howard porch

To a porch that is comfortable all year long, we love every inch of Phoebe Howard’s peerless style. Are you a Phoebe Howard fan?

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Sagaponack Hideaway

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If you’re going to hide away, summer is a great time to do it! And this fabulous Sagaponack home by Architect Thomas Kligerman and decorator Elissa Cullman is the epitome of a hideaway. 

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Things We Love: Pairs of Chairs

Cullman & Kravis

We’ve always heard that good things come in threes. But, sometimes, like in the case of these fabulous chairs, we’d say some good things come in twos.

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Things We Love: Classic Canopies

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OKL

When I was a little girl, one of my friends had a canopy bed. Sleepovers at her house were always so cozy, and I thought that canopy was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I asked Santa to bring one for my American Girl Doll.

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