6 Wood Pallet Bed DIY Inspirations

Aug 29, 2012 by

We have an extra guest room in our house, but no one would know it, as it is currently our free-for-all storage mess.  I’m slowly beginning to bring sanity to the room, and the first step is to decide on a guest bed.  A fantastically budget-friendly option I’m considering is pallet beds, although I am also in love with the style of the French Loire style beds from www.wooden-beds.com too.  I’ve written on the toxicity of pallets before, but if you wear proper protection when you sand them down, it should minimize any of the chemicals and bacteria present on the wood.  Nonetheless, I would not use repurposed pallets in my son’s room, but since a guest bedroom is rarely used, I feel more comfortable with it.  Here are six wide-varying inspirations for DIY wood pallet beds, ranging from masculine chic to minimalist and all the styles in between.


One of the first ever pallet beds I saw, this comes from a stylist’s beautiful apartment in Paris, as showcased on DesignSponge.


I love the wabi sabi feel of this pallet wood bed seen via Bodie and Fou, which has been left au natural.  Keep in mind that not all pallets are created equal; some are meant to be thrown away after a few uses, while others have higher quality wood for long-term pallet use.  The latter is most ideal for a DIY bed project.


Who knew that a pallet wood bed could be so masculine chic, as seen via Platform Bed?  I love the rich wood colors of the pallet here, which has also been extended into the DIY nightstand.  So lovely!


Whether Scandinavian or shabby chic, a wood pallet bed can be the perfect accent painted in white, as seen via Vtwonon.  It would also look lovely in a Belgian soft gray.


While firemen may not approve of the candle setup of this bed, and it is not particularly my aesthetic, I do love the inspiration via Indulgy nonetheless!  Using pallets larger than your mattress gives you a convenient space to stash your bedside treasures – and a few extra  candles too (perhaps fire-safe LED ones).


Pallet beds can also be brought outside as day beds!  This is a brilliant DIY by Prudent Baby with step-by-step instructions on how you can achieve the look at home too.


While totally different in design, this is the French Loire bed style I really like too, and it would give my guest room a completely different feel than if I went with the pallet bed.  What do you think?  Should I be budget-friendly and have a pallet bed for my guests, or should I splurge and pamper my visitors and the room with a French style bed?  Decisions, decisions!


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5 Mid-Century Paint Ads for Huetastic Inspiration

Jul 25, 2012 by

Now that we are a bit more settled in Los Angeles, we are contemplating painting some of the rooms in our home.  Despite all of the vintage furniture pieces I have liberally painted, I have very little experience painting actual walls.  Where’s a gal with a vintage soul to start?  Vintage paint colours, but of course!  Vintage inspired paint hues are enjoying a tremendous revival, but what better way to find inspiration than the original ads and paint swatches?

I love the cheerful hues in this 1956 Benjamin Moore paint ad (found via vintageadbrowser.com), although I am positively sure it would be impossible for me to look as graceful as the lady on the left painting the chair.  Or maybe if I buy myself some Benjamin Moore paint, I could look so ladylike!  The subliminal advertising is working on me…

How fabulous (slight pun intended) is this house and advertisement from the 1950s?  I would have never independently picked yellow trim and red roof, but it is the perfectly daring combination for a mid-century modern home.

Speaking of wall colors, here is an advertisement where the toilet seat complements the bathroom wallpaper.  Why didn’t I think of this before?  Joking aside, the combinations are quite sweet and cheerful.

If you are planning or have recently painted your home, please let me know what colors you picked.  I’d love to hear and see photos too!

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Vintage Dressing Tables Inspiration from the Silver Screen Era

Jul 18, 2012 by

As a small child, I always loved watching my glamorous, high-society grandmother getting ready for the day at her well-stocked dressing table.  She would pick out the perfect red for her lips, delicately dust her face with a pink pouf, and choose the perfect sparklers from her mind-boggling jewelry collection.  While not used often today, dressing tables are feminine, chic, and most importantly of all, far more comfortable and flattering than our bathroom countertop!  If you are looking for a way to tame your makeup collection in your powder room, consider adding a dressing table as part of your collection of fashionable and luxury bedroom furniture.  If you’re still not convinced, be inspired by these silver screen dames who look simply marvelous getting primped at their dressing tables.

Yes, this is Betty and Marilyn both at a dressing table together.  The trio looks so gorgeous!

I’m in love with the French Provencal lines of Carole Lombard’s dressing table.   Even if you have no where to go, at least where you get all dressed up is fabulous!

Sweet Audrey Hepburn’s dressing table is organized, simple, and shows how little makeup this true beauty really needed.

Barbara Stanwyck’s dressing table has just the right touch of functionality and Hawaiiana.

Today, we have YouTube and our favorite fashion and beauty bloggers for makeup advice.  However, decades ago, there was only beauty school, taught by men, but of course!  Nonetheless, I love the curvy lines of these dressing tables that are petite, perfectly charming, and lovely inspiration to help you  find a modern dressing table.


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Card Catalog: Transformed into an Air Plant Cabinet of Curiosities

Apr 25, 2012 by

After living in Maui, right next to the rainforest on the Road to Hana, I became enamored with bromeliads, and specifically, air plants.  After all, what’s not to love about a plant that seems to spring out of thin air, requires no soil, and only needs watering in the sink once a week?  Air plants are the “it” plant for 2012, as they have endless display possibilities.

For my first air plant display, I decided to go all out, and I have a dozen air plants, technically called tillandsia.  I have displayed all of them in one of my vintage library card catalogs, and I think the end result is a botanical cabinet of curiosities!  What do you think?

Here is a closer view of the air plants.  There are so many different species, each with its own texture, color, and style.  I only put the air plants in the top section of the card catalog, as I didn’t want my little one bumping his head on any of the drawers.

And here is a card catalog of mine from many years ago.  Clearly, I’ve always loved putting plants in card catalog drawers, but air plants have allowed me to take it to another level!

Have you too been bitten by the air plant bug?  I’d love to hear!

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4 Charmingly Vintage Laundry Rooms

Apr 10, 2012 by

Laundry rooms and I have always had an eclectic relationship.  When my husband and I lived in the Hollywood Hills, our laundry room was outside on our deck, which was tucked into a gorgeous hillside with trailing leaves and lush foliage.  I loved doing laundry there – until the raccoons decided to live under our deck and torment our dogs.  When we lived on the slopes of Haleakala on Maui, next to the rainforest, our laundry room was also outside, which was fabulous unless the trade winds were not blowing – meaning the mosquitos were biting me as I was sorting our colors.  Now we have a somewhat “normal” laundry room in Los Angeles, which is jammed in a tiny room that dumps us out into the garage.  At least we have garage doors by Garaga!

Did you know that the average American household does 400 loads of laundry every year, according to the California Energy Commission?  That means we spend an inordinate amount of time washing, drying, folding, and ironing!  To help make our time in the laundry room as pleasant as possible, I’ve rounded up four charming, vintage inspired laundry rooms that can easily take the pain out of cleaning stains!

From Southern Living comes an enchanting laundry room in a relaxing soft blue (specifically, Sherwin-Williams Waterscape) that is especially lovely on the wood plant walls and ceilings.  Vintage charm from the porcelain enamel pendants makes laundry time lovely both day and night.  Using open shelving with glass jars makes the room feel airy, while lending aesthetic appeal.  With the washing machines and dryer tucked neatly under the black soapstone counter, I would not mind laundry day so much if it were in this charming room!


White and light grays are the perfect backdrop to clean laundry, as beautifully showcased by Cabbages & Roses.  The vintage accents, ranging from the tin sign and wash board to the metal canisters artfully holding detergent, can infuse personality into any laundry room.  I especially love the curtains below the counter, perfectly accenting the deep farmhouse sink.


The vintage industrial ambiance of this laundry room from Elle Décor tops my list!  I just love how the garden room and laundry room can live together so harmoniously.  The deep trough-like sink, vintage bottle drying racks (perfect for drying intimates – genius!), and the fantastic collection of galvanized watering cans make me swoon.


Home & Harmony  has created such a warm, relaxing, and achievable laundry room, and I especially love the vintage industrial touches throughout the room, like the galvanized locker-style baskets and the hanger, which are such genius organizing ideas.  Even the fruit baskets tie in beautifully with the entire feel of the room, along with the warm texture of the Roman blinds.

I’m inspired to transform my laundry room dungeon into a place that can cleanse my soul – and our family’s socks.  How about you?

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