Loving Lately: Repurposed Furniture as Vanities

Repurposed furniture, such as credenzas, dressers, desks, etc, are great pieces to incorporate into your bathroom that add to the personality of the room. One of our favorite ways to see these pieces incorporated is by transforming them into vanities! The versatility and customization that using furniture, instead of traditional vanities, brings to the table make this process a desirable choice for homeowners. When selecting a piece of furniture that you’d like to use for a vanity, however, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind. Let’s take a look!

1) Consider the height of the piece

Standard vanity height is anywhere between 30″-36″, depending on the height of the user. If you find a piece that you love, stand in front of it to see if the height is comfortable for you, or if any adjustments would need to be made. 

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One way to get away with a slightly shorter piece is by removing the legs and having it mounted on the wall, as seen below:

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2) Choose your sink type accordingly:

A vessel sink will sit on top of your vanity, giving it extra dimension:

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While an undermount sink will provide the maximum amount counter space for your vanity:

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3) Consider your countertop material:

Countertop materials such as quartz, granite or marble are great options for mounting on top of your furniture vanity, as they’ll be the most durable long-term:

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If your piece has a top that is in good condition, and you don’t mind the extra bit of maintenance, leaving the original wood top can be beautiful. If you do go this route, however, make sure that your wood is properly sealed/protected.

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If you have a piece of furniture in mind that you’d like to repurpose as a vanity, it’s always a good idea to talk with your plumber to find out the best way to maximize your storage during the transition. What do you think about repurposing furniture as vanities? We’d love to know!

Pops of Color in Neutral Rooms

Neutral rooms often times get a bad rep for being ‘boring’ and ‘lacking of personality’, but with the right amount of added color, a neutral room is anything but! Adding pops of color to a neutral room can bring it to life. By sparingly using colors with neutral furniture and paint selections, you can create a space that is both warm & inviting. Neutral colors in your major selections, such as wall color and large pieces of furniture, are a great base to creating a personable space all year around. Take a look below for a few amazing examples of neutral spaces with pops of color, and easy ways to achieve this look!

Adding Color Through Art, Pillows & Accessories:

With your key neutral pieces in place, it makes it easy for customization throughout the year- it’s much easier to switch a colorful vase or pillow out for a different one than it is to reupholster your sofa! Artwork is especially great to get color inspiration from- picking out hints of color in a piece of art that you plan to use in your room will make it much easier to create a color scheme to base your textiles and accessories off of. 

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You always want to match your accessories to your artwork and not the other way around!
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The shades of greens and blues in this otherwise neutral space gives the room so much more personality:

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Adding Color Through Rugs:

Rugs are a great way to incorporate color throughout your space. As with art, this is a bigger ticket line item, so it’s best to find a rug that you love and match your accessories to it. 

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Adding Color Through Accent Furniture:

Adding accent furniture to your space, such as benches, stools, ottomans, etc., is another great approach to livening up a room!

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Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE color, but if your tastes lie on the more neutral side, and incorporating a ton of different patterns and hues makes you feel overwhelmed, adding small pops of color throughout your home is a great way to get the best of both worlds!

Effortless Bed Styling: Lumbar & Bolster Pillows

Lumbar and bolster pillows are two easy additions to your bed that add major style without the hassle. Don’t get us wrong, we love throw pillows and use them often in our bedroom projects, but we understand that taking them off every night, piling them up somewhere, then arranging them neatly the next morning can get old. Pull up your duvet or comforter, fluff those shams/cases, and throw a long, stylish lumbar or bolster pillow in front for an easy, time saving & beautiful bed! Take a look below at some of our favorites, as well as some inspiration pics for your Friday viewing pleasure!

These two extra long lumbars from The Citizenry make such an effortless statement!

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LOVE the bold pattern and indigo hues on this one- this would make such a statement on an all white bed!Pillow_Nizado_1_1024x1024

 

Such a beautiful soft floral pattern in this kumquat colored pillow by LuRu Homeluru

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If you’re looking for pillow to make a statement on your bed, look no further than Eskayel’s fun pattern/color combos:webWIDE_clemente_canyon_pillow

 

Coral & Tusk always has the most beautiful embroidery on their linen pillows:ct1

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We design a lot of custom bolsters both for our full bedroom projects, as well as for clients and customers who are just looking for that one piece to tie their bedroom together. We have a ton of fabrics to choose from in the shop, making the whole process very easy! Below are a few that we’ve had made recently:

 

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This beauty really helped to tie this little girl’s room together in one of our recent projects:isa1 isa3 isa2

 

If you’re wanting to spruce up your bed without purchasing multiple items, consider a long lumbar or bolster! They really are the easiest way to put the finishing touch on any bed. If you’re interested in a custom pillow for your own bed, stop by the shop or give us a call! We’d love to help 🙂

Color Crush: Coral

Coral is a color that we associate with summer, so it’s fitting that we’re totally crushing on this hue right now! This beautiful shade of pinkish-orange emulates warm weather and beach days, and can be seen all over from home decor to fashion. Take a look at some of our favorite uses of coral!

Coral accent walls- for the bold at heart. These two examples are SO good.

Loving the green right up against the wall, and the complimentary shade of coral on the chairs!

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The combination of the contrast of white and coral plus the leather seats make this dining room so amazing. 

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Loving these coral tufted chairs from one of our recent projects!

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This chair from Anthropologie is made with it’s sweet, petite form and gold legs:

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And this coral campaign dresser from Land of Nod would be perfect for a little girl’s room!

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If you don’t want to commit to a piece of furniture or paint a whole wall in this hue, try incorporating it through textiles or art. We’re loving the coral accents in these two rugs:

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And as always, John Robshaw comes through with these gorgeous corals in his designs:

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Obsessed with these three pieces from Leslie Weaver (left), Renee Bouchon (top right) and Sally King Benedict (bottom right): 

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Um, how delicious do these look?! The perfect looking summer cocktail.

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Peach Side Babe from Essie is the perfect shade of coral polish:

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Our favorite Italian Herringbone throw from Lands Down Under (available at the shop!)
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And Pehr always has the cutest color and pattern combos in their bins and hampers:

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What color are you crushing on lately? Let us know!

Friday Favorites – June 2017

We’re so excited to start a new monthly series called ‘Friday Favorites’ where we give you a taste of what we at Isabella are loving at the moment. Going into the last weekend of every month, we’ll be posting a list of a mix of the products we’re into lately, clothing & accessories, inspiration pics, recipes, books, home decor finds..the list goes on and on! We hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together! Here’s what we’re loving heading into the summer months ahead:

Erin’s Faves:

Selamat Tassel Chandelier: “Fell in love with this tassel chandelier at market and had to order two for the shop!”

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum: “Can’t go a day without this Vitamin C serum!” 

 

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Summersalt One-Piece Swimsuit: “Super cute suit for summer! Made of recycled materials and UPF 50+” 

 

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The Laundress Sport Detergent: “This detergent smells amazing and is a must have for summer laundry… bathing suits, coverups and work out clothes!” (available at Isabella!)

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J.Crew Tassel Tunic: “More tassel love!”

 

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Bryn’s Faves:

Marysa Swim Swimsuit in Black Laser Cut: “I’m a sucker for anything feminine and the eyelet and scallop detail on this suit is perfect!”

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Target Straw Bag: “Such an adorable bag for summer, and you can’t beat the price!”

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Zara Embroidered Top: “This top is perfect for our hot Carolina summers.”

 

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Circa Hampton Sconce: “I’ve been eying these gold sconces for my living room… I’m also a huge fan of them in white!”

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Susan Conner Lumbar Pillow: “I love Susan Connor’s unique patterns, especially when they are asymmetrical like on this lumbar.”

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Mara’s Faves:

Free People Pretty & Free Off the Shoulder Romper: “I live in rompers during the summer and Free People’s are always my go-to’s!”

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Gaia for Women Margaux Clutch: “I’ve been obsessing over this clutch, such a statement with a LBD!”

 

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Billy! SI-NO Edition Silver Tag Necklace: “Love this brand and this simple necklace is no exception!”

 

 

 

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Beauty Counter No.3 Balancing Facial Oil: “Swear by this essential oil!”

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ShopJosieB on Etsy Doormat: “But really.. 🙂 ”

 

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Look out for more posts like this the last Friday of every month! Have a happy fourth!