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SPACES | The Ultimate Lady Cave aka Ladies Salon

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The Ultimate Ladies Salon Essentials

The Ultimate Ladies Salon Essentials

I was recently asked by Chairish to create a post that would reflect my style if I were to create a Lady Cave or as I'd like to consider it, a ladies salon (pronounced as the French would, Sah/lohn). What would the essentials be to design a space specifically for myself and perhaps my girlfriends to spend time, chat, relax and drink in... Such a fun project and concept, considering I'm now in the midst of designing our new home in Seattle. I have been canvasing both Chairish and other sites discovering my favorite items that I'd love to scoop up if all the money were available to make it happen. 

Coco Chanel's Apartment | Photo by Brittany Abridge | Domino Magazine 

Coco Chanel's Apartment | Photo by Brittany Abridge | Domino Magazine 

My personal style is quite ecclectic and I tend to border the line of horder with the amount of layers I like add in. I do love that push and pull of masculine and feminine by layering textures, finishes and materials. Also pairing both soft and hard with darks and lights. An inspiration would come from the salon of Coco Chanel. That room with it's layers of gold, chinoiserie elements and deep handsome hues is assuredly a room where I could find myself and my ladies enjoying a few drinks. To make it my own, I would add some of the elements found in Chanel's salon, however I would love to give it a touch more of a modern edge. Here's how...

First I would anchor the salon with these chic yet handsome bar stools. They are an iron rebar structure is hard and their leather upholstery is masculine. However, pairing them with this French style settee below, in a dusty, Wedgwood blue says, I have edge yet I'm also a sophisticated lady. 

The next big item I'd like to bring in would be the lucite and brass bar cart to store all my favorite liqueur, glasses, bar utensils and books. A cart with at least two tiers is more functional, allowing for more storage.

For glasses I would layer a mix of dark, light and color. I love the combination of the wine glasses next to the gold striped high ball glasses and the rich cobalt blue tumblers.

Cobalt Tumblers

Cobalt Tumblers

I chose this shaker because it's handle reflects the silhouette of the sofa and also has a nod to chinoiserie. Plus I'm a fan of the pop of red bakelite in the handle. Bar tools are essential and this vintage chrome set with a marble stand references once again handsome with the hard, heavy material. 

Other items to add to the bar cart would have to be my favorite printed cocktail napkins in red from Scalamandre, and my go-to cocktail books, because I don't consider myself the best mixologist. 

Items not included in my board, but would be added layers to tie the whole room together; throw pillows covered in the Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Alabaster print, a counter height round bar table for two, in walnut wood and brass, and lastly, a gilt French style mirror as an homage to Coco herself. 

Round Bar Table

Round Bar Table

So, with all that, who's coming over to my salon of or a drink? Anything that you'd add to the mix? 

A New Favorite: Crane & Canopy

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I recently discovered this new bedding company called Crane & Canopy. They specialize in high-quality, luxury fabrics, innovative bedding and contemporary designs at attainable prices. Which is just up my alley. In addition to sumptuous duvets and pretty prints their line of embroidered designs is absolutely stunning. My favorite designs by far are the classic crisp sheet sets with the colorfully embroidered scalloped edges, available in an a range of colors the coral and mint are my favorites.  Inspired by the mint embroidered sheet set, I pulled together a room that would surely welcome Spring.  I may have to make a few changes to my bedroom in order to make room for one of these sets in my home.  Please enjoy! Crane & Canopy

1. Watercolor Peony Wallpaper / 2. Sunburst Mirror / 3. Anthropologie Curtains / 4. Swing Arm Wall Lamp / 5. John Derian Tray / 6. Creed Cocktail de Pivoines Candle / 7. Nate Berkus For Target Urchin / 8. Ethan Allen Chest / 9. Rug  / 10. Headboard / 11. Crane & Canopy Embroidered Scalloped Sheet Set

 

On another level, Crane & Canopy is committed to making a positive impact on the community. Recently they held an event with the non-profit group Safe Horizon in NYC.  They toasted to “A Safe Night’s Sleep” Initiative where from February 26, 2013 through May 30, 2013, Crane & Canopy will donate a complete bedding set (duvet cover, shams and comforter) for every bedding set (duvet cover and shams) purchased to Safe Horizon’s shelter residents as they leave the shelter to begin a future free from violence as part of the organizations.  The evening was spent sharing the amazing work Safe Horizon does all throughout New York City and sharing the impact their partnership will make in the lives of domestic violence victims. For more information on Safe or Horizon and Crane & Canopy's partnership, please follow these links:  Safe Night's Sleep & the Press Release for the event.

 

Are you planning to make any bedding changes for Spring? My best, Lauren