Full-time mom and part-time actress, Katie Tarses, lives in this jaw-dropping 1931 Spanish-style house in the Hollywood Hills with her husband Matt, a TV writer and producer, and their three kids. Her eclectic style features mid-century touches and free-spirited boho chic elements, all the while remaining resolutely family-friendly. “My home is colorful and casual—nothing’s ever too formal or precious,” says Tarses.
From the staircase covered in gorgeous Spanish tiles, the well lit solarium filled with bohemian accents, patterned rugs, sheepskin throws, a hacienda-style wood ceiling, a great barware collection, to the lush potted plants, this home is carefree, colorful, and warm.
Of her home aesthetic: “I’m constantly moving things around to make my space seem fresh,” says Tarses. “I might stack books on my coffee table to give an item some extra height, then I’ll move them to my mantel and set candles and a plant in their place.”
“I collect items I love—with bright colors and interesting stories—and rarely get rid of anything because there’s nothing better than that eclectic, layered mix that develops over time.”
Sometimes we get so focused on making things look pretty (I’m totally to blame here), we forget to consider comfort, functionality, a good night’s rest, for example. I’ve been dreaming up a new comforter, fun pillows, and a brand new look for our new apartment master bedroom, but the truth is, hubby hasn’t been sleeping all that well on my law-school mattress, and I’ve realized it’s probably time to start considering a new mattress as well. Hubby is working at the hospital at all hours now – and by the way, he is loving it – but his sleep schedule is all messed up as a result. I keep thinking a new mattress or fancy mattress pad would probably go a long way towards helping him.
Then we heard about the newest collection of Tempur-Pedic ® Mattresses, TEMPUR-Choice™. In my mind, a Tempur-Pedic® mattress is an investment, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s just the right kind of investment. And the TEMPUR-Choice™ collection sounds perfect for hubby and me.
After coming up on three years of marriage together, we’ve definitely learned all of each others’ quirks, and crazy sleeping preferences. I am a night owl. If he’d let me, I would probably stay up until two in the morning click-click-clicking away on my laptop, blogging like a maniac. Hubby would probably go to bed somewhere around 10:30pm, like a normal person. I am not a morning person, hubby shoots out of bed when his alarm rings. I loathe my alarm, and have only now trained myself not to launch the alarm across the room because it’s on my precious phone and iphone takes priority.
But the TEMPUR-Choice™ boasts this amazing TEMPUR® material that allows each person to sleep better, is more responsive to your body and provides more personalized comfort, plus fewer pressure points means less tossing and turning, more even support means more relaxation, and less motion transfer means more undisturbed sleep (for the non-offending party, a.k.a., my poor husband who suffers from my tossing and turning.) The new TEMPUR-Choice™ mattresses also have multiple adjustable comfort zones, with the body-conforming TEMPUR® material on top. At the touch of a button, each of you can adjust the feel under your head, legs, and back, so you both get best night’s sleep. Together. And, Tempur-Pedic is the most highly recommended bed in America™. Just saying.
So have you tried a Tempur-Pedic ® mattress? Would you? All advice welcome!
And, guess what? In celebration of this new launch Tempur-Pedic ® is hosting an exciting contest in which one lucky winner will be the recipient of a new TEMPUR-Choice™ Supreme mattress, along with a personal design consultation with Grace Bonney of Design Sponge (who is by far one of my favorite bloggers).
The Choice is Yours is a Pin to Win contest brought to you by Tempur-Pedic and Design Sponge. The premise: you and your partner have different style ideas for the bedroom. Show Tempur-Pedic how your styles differ in a Pinterest board and be entered to win. Contest ends September 3, 2013.
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Pin bedroom décor representing your and your partner’s styles.
Angela Mitchell and Leah Dent, of Studio Bomba are graphic designers – turned collective brilliance. The pair decided to change Bomba-the-consultancy into Bomba-the-collective. Studio Bomba, in Australia, is now the shared home of independent creatives – working individually or together – depending upon the project, product, brand or event. The Studio Bomba shop opened in late spring 2011 to peddle artwares, stationery and designer knick-knacks from far and near. The studio also offers crafting workshops, design services, and an adorable café. Bomba enjoys opening the doors to meet more like-minded people with an appreciation for designed goods by independent makers.
The studio also happens to be lovely, and the subject of today’s design inspiration.
I can’t get enough of these copper shelves! The hanging lamps, farm-style table and chairs, chalkboard wall, rows of handmade throw pillows, and brushed cement floors are equally awesome as well.
I’ve always wanted a Moroccan wedding quilt, in a soft natural color palette. And lately, the hand-crafted quilt is making a comeback, and now I want one more than ever. Used in a variety of ways, either in the more traditional blanket or throw capacity or as a rug, headboard or wall hanging, these beautiful quilts make quite the statement. The creamy, sequined blankets, or handira, are actually a deep-rooted part of the traditional Berber culture. Known as Moroccan wedding blankets or quilts, handira are woven out of sheep’s wool, cotton and linen by Berber women in the Middle Atlas mountains of Northern Morocco. The blankets are also said to have protective powers.
Berber wedding blankets are woven in anticipation of a wedding, by the bride’s female relatives. It can take days — even weeks — of work to attach the hundreds of mirrored sequins once the weaving is complete; and it is said that during this task, the bride’s relatives teach her all about marriage. After the wedding ceremony, the bride wears the blanket tied around her neck as a kind of cape and then it is used in the home.
I fall in love with my husband a little bit more every day. And a few times each year, mostly at major life events, but sometimes when he says or does just the right thing, I fall in love all over again. And though it may not compare to the tougher times, like when I was really sick and hubby had to do everything for me; the day he told me he liked my leopard print throw, that it went with our decor perfectly, well, I fell in love a lot again. (And side note: Did you catch Courtney’s post about her animal-print hating date? Basically Courtney went on a date with a man who, immediately out of the gate, told her how much he despised when women wore leopard print. Ew. #dealbreaker)
Okay, I’m way off track. Animal prints in interior decorating. Keep it simple by throwing in just one or two bold animal print accents. That way, people who maybe wouldn’t bathe, sleep, and dream in animal print, can tolerate … nay, even appreciate, that gentle touch of chic animal print.
If you’re particularly leopard-obsessed, check out my Leopard Print Interior Decorating post, here.
This stunning Shelter Island retreat, is owned by Andrew Cogan, the CEO of Knoll, a well-known modern-furnishings company. As his wife, Lori Finkel, puts it, “Andrew’s whole life is about design.” Finkel and Cogan enlisted friends interior designer Philip Galanes and architect Michael Haverland, a couple who are occasional collaborators, to help unify and transform the nearly 4 acres of property. And transform they did. In the end, the architectural plan allowed nearly all of the rooms to be oriented toward the water to better capture views and light. Architectural genius, if you ask me (a sucker for great lighting.)