Hello blog lovers and decorating addicts, I am back, and I guess so are you, or you wouldn’t read this.
Astonishing talent for logic, I have! Don’t you think….
A couple of days ago I showed you this old thrifted ladder I had put up in my bedroom to test out to see if I like it there and if My Love could live with it. Well the ladder got the thumbs up from both of us, so I guess she is going to stay (or do you think it is a he?).
Of course that brought up the issue of the styling of the ladder. The few books I had haphazardly plunked on it could not really be described as ‘stylish’, and I felt the ladder deserved more. So the question was how to decorate my ladder?
As you may now, My Love and I don’t exactly share the same preference for a decorating style. We are, as you could say, on opposites of a continuum, and therefore are always looking for the place on that line were we both feel comfortable. (does that makes sense at all, it sounds very clear in my head, but that doesn’t mean much). Let’s just say we are trying to find and define OUR style.
Well some time ago I saw someone describe their decorating style as Industrial Coastal Cottage, and I thought Eureka! That’s it!
Industrial is My Love’s craving for chrome, bold colors, modern design, emptiness and artificial materials,
Coastal are all the neutrals I like to use so much, the natural materials and of course my white,
Cottage stands for my love of distressed wood, vintage items and shabby chic with a romantic touch.
So I decided to experiment with what those styles meant for me, and how they would translate in a decorative style for my ladder. My first attempt was a true Industrial style.
I looked for inspiration at my three icons for this style. Obvious color choice: neutrals, wood tones and metal.
It felt a bit strange, but once I got over the thought that I was crazy to put woodworking tools in my bedroom, I kinda digged the old tools. The tools show the signs of a life of labor, like they should. They belong to My Love who actually went to school to become a carpenter, way back when, in another life.
The rusty candle was one of his projects he made in school.
So what do you think. A true INDUSTRIAL styled ladder?
Next up was coastal.
My inspiration came from examples of coastal decorating.
Of course this meant shells, my sea star and I even threw in some mother of pearl.
Again mostly neutral colors, but colors inspired by the sea, sand and skies of a beach.
I live far away from the sea and my thirties house definitely does not look like a beach house, so I have to be careful not to over do it with this style. But for my ladder I pulled out all the stops.
Constant elements in all the stylings were books, candles and flowers. I think that are the staples of most any vignette, so I figured my ladder needn’t be an exception.
Ok on then to style number three: Cottage
Because I have a white and red bedspread, I decided to emphasize those colors.
Cottage in my book, always means pottery and fabric and a soft romantic touch to everything.
So that’s why you will find a sauce bowl in my bedroom vignette here…
I guess my new white nighty is more appropriate….
I think my little numbered pots work well here. And looking at it I think I should have waited until my flowers were blooming a little stronger. But I was on a deadline because I wanted to join in with Donna’s extra special Ladder party this Saturday over at Funky Junk Interiors.
Ok, now I want your opinion! Which of my ladder styles do you think turned out the best. Which is your favorite?
To make it easy for you, I thought it would be fun to add a poll, but I couldn’t make it work, that thing messed up my whole blog. So you’ll have to do with looking at these three pictures again and telling my your favorite style in the comments.
Can’t wait to see which one will win.
And of course now you are wondering which one I preferred. Well I am not going to tell you yet. Cheesy, I know.
But take a gamble and let me know in the comments which one you think is in my bedroom right now…
And tell me do you dig the Industrial Coastal Cottage thing…..?
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