monday makeover: a blue and white nantucket bedroom


Or, I should say, monday makeunder. I haven't done one of these in a while, and since my last monday makeover post, I have given myself my own mood board makeover of sorts, so this post features some serious saves (the priciest item in here is $339!).

Coastal Living's covers have been very festive lately, but not exactly recreatable as rooms. But I was inspired over the weekend when the magazine's "room of the day" featured a beautiful blue and white bedroom in designer Elizabeth Georgantas' restored Nantucket summer home.

The fabric in this room is the key for recreating the look--the creamy upholstery against the dark wood is just as important as the patterns of the accent fabrics. The curtains in the Georgantas' bedroom are Scalamandre's "Ingrid", while the stool and accent pillows are upholstered in Schumacher's "Cable Stripe Matelasse."

The room:

The recreation:
from Target





prices vary

from Attiser

from Rakuten


from BJ's

from Bellacor

from Brookstone

from Wayfair

from Chairish

$109.00 from

from Wayfair

from L.L. Bean

from ebay



from Overstock

The result:



get cozy with kalyana


In case Monday's post didn't make it clear, I am obsessed with John Robshaw--well, with John Robshaw Textiles. But as beautiful as his line of Eastern-inspired prints is, his pieces can be a bit pricey (king quilts get up to $425!), and therefore--dare I say--impractical for parents of both human and fur babies alike (I identify with the latter and can confidently say it'll be a while before our poor little pug makes it back onto the bed with our new headboard upholstered in John Robshaw...).

So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered a line of linens with a similar look and comparable quality, but lower prices! Launched in 2012, Kalyana Textiles is a new company offering a collection of handmade textiles that combines traditional Indian printing methods and motifs with modern style...and manageable pricing! Equally as exciting, Kalyana textiles are 100% cotton and--wait for it--machine washable! 

A fellow John Robshaw fan, company owner Aparna Glynn has traveled to India frequently throughout her life and grew up in a home adorned with Eastern accents. Kalyana--or “lovely” in Sanskrit--linens emit the vibrant, earthen feel which characterizes Indian home furnishings. 

Aparna's time living by the beach has also influenced her style; the collection's coastal color palette of blue and white lends a clean and crisp look to its small-scale motifs, sweeping florals, and lively geometric patterns. So Kalyana's cozy block print quilts will remind you of the beach while they keep you warm in the winter! My favorites are the Ellora and the Naya, both of which happen to be reversible:

Kalyana Textiles

Kalyana Textiles

I have also added the Mansi cushion to the top of my Christmas list, which--might I add--is quite long! I love how the simple and serene print stands out, but in a subtle way:

Kalyana Textiles

Kalyana Textiles

Kalyana Textiles

In addition to the cushions and quilts, the collection also includes colorful table top linens and tea towels:

Kalyana Textiles

If you are a blue and white enthusiast like me, but are looking to add some warmer colors to your home for the cooler months, consider Kalyana's Pink Ikat Kantha Quilt or the Flower Garden Kantha Quilt:

Kalyana Textiles

Kalyana Textiles

All Kalyana products are handmade by a group of independent artisans, designers, and crafters made up of multiple generations of families in Sanganer, India. The group practices block-making, dyeing, printing and stitching to perfect their beautiful product.

I am in love with these linens, but perhaps my favorite part about Kalyana Textiles is the company's aim to develop a sustainable source of income for these families and to ensure that the cultural heritage of hand block printing continues to flourish. Now that is the spirit of the season!

Kalyana's online shop launched only weeks ago--just in time for some holiday shopping! In the meantime, be sure to like Kalyana on Facebook, and follow Kalyana on Pinterest.



missing maine


It was almost 80 degrees again in South Carolina today and I am really struggling to get in the holiday spirit. Days like this I miss New England, and especially Maine--a state which holds particular sentimental value for me. Luckily You May Be Wandering provided me with the perfect opportunity to reminisce at their "no passports required" link party. Come stop by the party and see what I had to say about a special trip to The Tides Beach Club...



monday bedroom makeover: john robshaw to the rescue

Alright ladies (and perhaps some gentlemen?)--grab your Gingerbread Lattes--this is a long one!

Between visiting Boston and then hosting visitors in our my father's home--aaand maybe becoming a bit distracted by daydreaming about a home of our own--this bedroom makeover is taking a lot longer than I had hoped! But I got motivated the other day and made some progress:

First up for today is a little makeover for my nightstand lamp:

As you may recall, the lighting in my bedroom is in need of a big makeover, but unfortunately--until I find a job here in South Carolina--little changes will have to make big differences for now! The lamp on my nightstand is nothing special, but I spruced it up a bit with some brown paint that I bought from a craft store:

Now I need to makeover the nightstand itself--bleh :-/ But in the meantime...

Next up is the headboard...finally!:

If you have been following my my bedroom makeover posts, you have probably sensed what a headache this silly headboard project became, but alas, the project is done! Read on:

It all started with my desire to disguise the original iron headboard with an updated, upholstered one, which I crafted out of plywood and poly foam. I hung the new headboard on the existing one and planned to upholster it with pretty fabric...:

...but first I practiced with some ugly fabric, which I refused to reveal at the time for fear of inflicting trauma (or just nausea) on my beloved blog readers. However, I have decided to expose you all to it, but only because I have the new, pretty upholstery to show you, too! 

Practice upholstery=hideous headboard:

My apologies, but at least you didn't have to sleep under this eyesore for a month! And for those of you who are still you reading: 

As you may remember (how could you forget?), I found "a few" fabrics that I was considering for the cover, but I struggled to make a final decision. After over a month of soliciting advice from you all (thank you!!!) and mulling it over, I finally decided to commit to the beautiful blue fabric below:

I was confident that the fabric would compliment the bird prints I bought, and help the room reflect the natural island habitat surrounding our my father's home. 

So off I went to buy the blue fabric, only to be talked out of the the saleswoman! Much to my dismay, she insisted I needed to purchase at least 4.5 yards of this $20+ per yard fabric in order to successfully upholster the headboard! I hesitated and explained how I had successfully sewn the practice cover with 3 yards (of a solid fabric), but she continued to claim that I needed more because of the pattern repeat. I couldn't rationalize spending that much money on upholstering a headboard (I might as well buy a new one!) or really even giving her my business after she used some serious seamstress jargon to confuse me out of my method, which I took to be her failed attempt to make more moolah! So I left the store empty handed, and practically in tears...

I think we can all agree she was likely right, and that I shouldn't cry over a fabric fail, but clearly I harbored some resentment regardless.

But when one fabric store door closes, another one opens! 

The other day I happened to drive by another fabric store that I hadn't heard of until I caught their big, yellow "UPHOLSTRY" sign out of the corner of my eye (OK--it was hard to miss). I safely swerved across a few lanes of traffic and screeched into the unassuming strip mall (like a glove) with barely any hope left for finding my fabric...until I walked through the door into Charleston Fabrics

In the best possible way, I was overwhelmed by the options, but I beelined for the following so quickly that I didn't even realize it was John Robshaw until--spoiler alert--I got all the way home with it (and anytime there is a car, ferry, and golf cart involved, it is a long way home...):

I was in love. The blue fabric was but a mere memory. I held my breath and asked the (very sweet) salesman how many yards I would need for my project, and he reassured me that--despite the pattern repeat--3 would be plenty, and thank God because it wasn't cheap (although for John Robshaw fabric, is was affordable!), but it was worth every penny... Once the salesman sensed my pattern repeat PTSD, he even offered to sew it for me for free if I had any trouble on my own. That gesture sealed the deal--I had finally found my fabric! And beyond that, my fabric store!

So off I went with my 3 yards of pure fabric perfection to spend my Saturday night sewing...:

(...and drinking wine...)

And finally--the moment you all have been waiting on the edge of your seat for--behold my headboard masterpiece, thanks to a certain Mr. Robshaw...and  Charleston Fabrics!:

The headboard evolution that has finally come to a happy ending:

I complimented the blue and brown print with a bedskirt I snagged from Target (following the John Robshaw splurge...):

And we went from green...: gorgeous!:

The End. 

For now...stay tuned for stenciling!



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wishlist: fireplace


Today is the first truly cold day here in South Carolina, and I am secretly really excited about this, as I have been homesick for the seasons we had in Boston. There's nothing I want more than to curl up next to a fireplace, which is at the top of my wish list for our future home.

Upon meeting our realtor, I explained that--unlike the floorplan, or even the number of bedrooms--a fireplace is non-negotiable; I may have to give up some seasons (or some bedrooms!), but I refuse to give up my future fireplace!

I love the following stone fireplaces, but for our first home, I'll take what I can get! And I suppose a similar look can always be created down the line...

In the meantime, I will continue to curl up next to my computer with warm wishes for these fireplace finds:

Designer Carolyn Espley-Miller


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