Maui wow! The sun is always shining in this Hawaiian beach-inspired bedroom. Makes every day an exotic vacation ...
First off? Dunk those bunks. The lackluster frames had to go--but the mattresses made the cut. The twins were placed in an L formation to provide a sofa-like lounging pad for hangouts--plus, keeping the extra bed is a sleepover-perfect strategy. "By removing the bunks, we made the room appear taller," says Lane. She picked out mango-tinted comforters for the beds, and painted the walls in a bright coral color to reflect the hue of an island sunset.
BLUE BY YOU
Room accessories in shades of blue are a pleasant contrast against the vivid orangish hues, and they complement the antique mirror above the desk. Ice-blue pillows adorned with small mirroring details were tossed onto the twin beds to add a bit of sparkle. And a soft striped rug was placed in front of the beds to finish off the cozy sitting area.
ON THE SCENE
A wallpaper mural gives the illusion of a blue-shuttered window overlooking a serene waterfront view. The "lookout" beach scene creates depth to the small room. Lane also hung a bright-orange surfboard on the wall. "Displaying large items high on the wall saves space elsewhere for more storage," she explains.
Bamboo swing-arm lamps mounted at the end of each bed give off a beach-resort feel and provide perfect lighting for reading. "This is a great solution for freeing up space on end tables," says Lane. A starfish-and-seashell garland above the desk is a finishing touch.
Put the surf in your turf without going over-board. Pick out some fab tropical fabric, then use the Surf's Up Pillow pattern ($9.95, moresplashthancash.com) to make a funky throw pillow. We're givin' 10 away! To enter, write to Project Pillow, GL, 4529 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21214 before July 16. And as a special offer just for GL readers, get free shipping on anything you purchase from the site by Nov. 1.
Snazz up a plain ol' table with a grass skirt and floral details. You can also cut Hawaiian skirts (most party supplies stores carry 'em) to fit as window valances or dust ruffles.
WHAT YOU NEED * unfinished side table * fabric * two grass skirts * staple gun * silk flowers * hot-glue gun * scissors
1. Wrap the fabric around the top of the table, pull it taut, and staple it underneath. Trim edges of fabric.
2. Cut bottom of skirts to match the height of the table, then staplegun the skirts around the outer edge of tabletop.
3. Hot-glue flowers around the rim of the table to cover staples. Now, you have a place to set your tropical smoothie!
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|Title Annotation:||GL MY ROOM|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2007|
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