Monday, September 19, 2011

A "Woodland Chic" Sleeping Porch

Yes, I admit it....."Woodland Chic" is a term I just made up (In case you were wondering, that is). I had to come up with a title for this blog post somehow. Woodland chic is a design style that uses objects that can be found in nature, out in the woods. The woods used on furniture is rough hewn or in their natural state.... just really woodsy with a casual elegant twist. We are not going for a lodge look, although we may borrow some ideas from that design style.

Your next question might be "what is a sleeping porch?" Well, back before air conditioning was available, people would build their homes with an enclosed screen porch, where they would sleep on hot, humid nights.

For our virtual sleeping porch, we will actually create a small sleeping area and seating area for guests. Let's start with the wall color. Since this is a porch, there is really just one full wall to speak of - the other walls are windows for the upper half. we will add paint to the minimal amount of wall space. Our paint color of choice is Sherwin Williams SW6408 Wheat Grass. This green is the perfect tone for a woodland inspired room.

We'll add our window treatment at this point. We will keep them as simple functional panels that can be drawn close for privacy at night. We will use this cashmere color solid linen sheer without lining.

Next we'll move into our sleeping area. We will bring in a full size iron canopy bed. This beauty from Sundance Catalog is a great start.

Our bedding will definitely be influenecd by our woodland surroundings. Our duvet will be made from this beautiful nature inspired fabric from Calico Corners called Woodland Moss. The other fabrics will be made into pillows and shams.

Next we'll introduce our nightstands for either side of the bed. This sketch of a  solid wood nightstand from La Lune Collection in Wisconsin is the perfect woodland inspired piece.

For our dresser, we chose a weathered teak sideboard from Sundance Catalog

Next we will add an area rug for some warmth underfoot and to define the sleeping area. This wood grain patterned rug is a great choice.

Next we'll add lighting and accessories. We'll add this mirror above the dresser with the sconces on either side.

Floral is always a nice touch in any room. This waterlike hydrangea bouquet is from NDI. No one can tell that it's not real

We'll add a grid of these bird drawings by British artist Robert Clarke on either side of our canopy bed.

Now for our seating area. We'll add these two rustic wood chairs from La Lune Collection. We'll reupholster them in a solid green linen fabric with contrast welt.

We'll add a pillow to each chair

We'll bring in a small sleek sofa for some additional seating. We will keep this Kravet sofa in the same mushroom fabric shown.

We'll add some pillows o the sofa as well

Now for our area rug. this wool rug from Safavieh is a comfortable and natural choice

Next we'll add our beautiful cocktail table from Sundance Catalog

Next we'll add the light fixtures for each area. This twig chandelier from Shades of Light is the perfect woodland chic choice for the sleeping area and the lantern below is for the seating area

Two of the lamps will flank our canopy bed

This floor lamp will be used in our seating area

It's refreshing to decorate a room inspired by nature. Hope you are inspired to create the home of your dreams.

My Top Fun Finds Of The Week:

These gorgeous needle point and embroidered pillows from Peking Handicraft Inc

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