Cap-Inspired Outfit with Bag

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An outfit to go with my latest cross-body bag project:

Cap Inspired Bag Outfit Collage

Converse Star Player Ox shoes in radio blue / white from Amazon

Fendi Unisex FE 1026 317 square plastic eyeglasses in military grey from Overstock

Unisex Cap t-shirt in heather blue by Spicetag on Etsy

I really like the coloring of Captain America’s body armor in Winter Soldier, but it’s hard to find subtler pieces I’d consider wearing myself. So much of merchandise made on the basis of superheroes or pop culture phenomena consists of cheesy or overly cartoony designs (i.e., the stuff that’s made for little kids).

The references to Cap in this outfit are basically only visible in the blue and grey color combo and a white star on blue. And the geeky glasses. πŸ™‚ Much more my style.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Room Re-Do: Daenerys’s Reception Tent

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Just about every set in Game of Thrones is meticulously designed and gorgeous. One of my favorite spaces is the tent that Daenerys uses as a reception room at the gates of the slaver city Yunkai. My description below is based on season 3, episode 7, The Bear and the Maiden Fair.

GoT Daenerys Tent Dais Seas3 Ep7

Game of Thrones, season 3, episode 7. HBO.

 

The tent is an elegant combination of simplicity and luxury. Basics like removable wall panels – it is a tent, after all – get elevated by fabulously rich accents and details. Woven surfaces of grasses, reeds or the like repeat throughout the space.

Plain panels reminiscent of bamboo shades screen the tent from both sun and stray looks, and turn the tent into a more room-like space. At the head of the room, there is a wood dais. On the floor, there is a large, undyed grass rug with a stripes-and-diamond pattern made with naturally darker materials.

The real show-stopper is the furniture: Daenerys’s upholstered sofa with lavish textiles and carved end tables on the dais, and a table and visitor’s chair off to one side. There is also a wooden chest of drawers on the opposite side, which can be seen briefly during the episode. An elaborate decorative element hangs behind Daenerys, leading the eye to her and framing her head almost like a halo.

Game of Thrones, season 3, episode 7. HBO.

Game of Thrones, season 3, episode 7. HBO.

I started my room re-do with imagining a sofa set against a window with bamboo shades to imitate the tent. The bottom edge of Daenerys’s sofa looks like leather that reaches all the way to the floor. Based on that, I went with an armless but chunky chestnut-colored leather sofa. Unlike Dany’s, the end tables in my re-do are not gilt and there’s and extra shelf on the bottom, but the general shape is similar enough. To disguide the oh-so-very-not-Westeros-or-Essos glass surface, I chose round 23” brass trays to top the end tables. An ornate mirror (sometimes called a peacock mirror) stands in for the decorative element behind Daenerys.

Other than the leather sofa and wooden end tables, it was quite difficult to match materials. I chose therefore to try and find the best pattern match I could. For instance, the rug I found is made of wool instead of reeds, and I selected a fleece blanket to drape over the sofa in my re-do.

GoT Dany Tent Re-Do Collage

  1. Arrow orange body pillow cover, 20” x 54”, Vintagechicdecor on Etsy, $50
  2. Orange sunset ikat diamond pattern fleece blanket, 50” x 60”, by JKLDesigns, Zazzle, $59. This print is missing the olive green on Dany’s sofa, but otherwise it’s close.
  3. Vintage Beni Ourain style rug, BoutiqueMaroc on Etsy, $1,211. Not a bad resemblance.
  4. Kasbah large brass trays, Jayson Home, $72 / ea.
  5. Vintage Turkish kilim body pillow, 35” x 16”, Sukan on Etsy, $290. Olive green and orange!
  6. Churchill end tables, Standard Furniture, $300 / ea. No gilding, but the concave leg shape and volute ornamentation are close.
  7. Gold velvet bolster, 13” x 36”, Monsoon Craft, $56
  8. Tuscan bamboo Roman shade, 74” long, Overstock, $29-$59
  9. Golden medallions mirror, Pier1, $100. Almost an exact match!
  10. Belgian Classic Shelter Arm armless sofa in chestnut leather, Restoration Hardware, $2,745-$4,495
  11. Large metal fruit bowl, RawRevivals on Etsy, $31
  12. Vintage copper pedestal compote bowl, Rebekahsretro on Etsy, $9
  13. Oversized pillow-bolster in veranda red, 6” x 48”, Swings ‘n Things, $60
  14. Nuno felted neck roll pillow, 6” x 13”, by AlfalfaHill on Etsy, $118

That was fun. πŸ™‚ What would you change or replace?

Geeky Room Re-Do: Maester Pycelle’s Entryway

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While I may have some qualms about the adaptation of The Song of Ice and Fire cycle for the screen, there’s no doubt that the production values are amazing. I am in awe of the costuming, lighting and set decorating departments especially. They do such gorgeous work!

Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, here’s a room re-do from season 1 of Game of Thrones: the entryway into Maester Pycelle’s room in King’s Landing.

GoT Maester Pycelle Entry Seas1 Ep10

Game of Thrones, Season 1, episode 10. HBO.

This corner of the room is seen in episode 10, and it’s where Maester Pycelle dons his official-old-dude posture. In the screencap above, the door is at the left, behind Pycelle’s back. There’s a wooden char in the lower right-hand corner and a mirror on the wall. The shelves are filled with small chests or boxes, jars, some candles, herbs in vases and other doodads.

Finding a chair similar enough was a challenge, just like the furniture in my Eddard Stark office re-do. You might find a replica by searching for x-frame (or x-form) chair, Dante chair, Savonarola chair or scissors chair. It’s much easier to find modern bookcases resembling Pycelle’s shelves, though, and I found an exact match for the mirror. Chests, wooden boxes, old bottles and vases are probably easiest to find in thrift and antique stores, but I’ve listed some online options below.

GoT Pycelle Entryway Re-do Collage

  1. The Edge Mirror, Kirkland’s, $140. Exact match!
  2. An ‘X’ Frame Moorish style chair from Spain, 19th Century, Bonhams
  3. Verona six-shelf bookcase, Cost Plus World Market, $175
  4. Antique Style Wooden Small Trunk, Wayfair, $34
  5. Pirate Treasure Chest, Wayfair, $50
  6. Vintage Polish Hand Carved Box, Ebay, $18
  7. Vintage handcarved wooden box, DragonflysVault on Etsy, $9
  8. Wood Fired Bottle, MBrownCeramics on Etsy, $25
  9. Wall paint: Behr Premium Plus Ultra Cathedral. There are also several other muted teals you could pick from.
  10. Antique Bottle With Handle, WeeLilGlassie on Etsy, $13 for two
  11. Venetian Rib Candle, Target Australia, $5
  12. Vintage Pilgrim Crackle Glass Vase, JaysRoom on Etsy, $18
  13. Light Green Vintage Glass Bottle, willandbequeath on Etsy, approx. $17

(Herb image: Stylish Spoon.)

Anything you’d add or remove?

SF/F Decorating Inspiration: Hunger Games

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Rae Nudson recently posted a room plan she created on the basis of Mary Robinette Kowal’s novel Valour and Vanity. Inspired by Rae, I made this moodboard evoked by Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.

Hunger Games Moodboard

The room plan is based on my imagining of District 12, not on actual descriptions from the books and/or movies. I tried to keep it simple and utilitarian with some creature comforts. It’s also a mix of items unequivocally from our world (there’s no way Katniss would have arrow wall hooks, for example) and the kinds of things I imagined Katniss might encounter in her daily life. I see it as a multi-purpose room: bedroom, living and dining space combined. In addition, many items would be DIY-ed or DIY-able.

Below is a full source list.

What do you think – too much? Too little? What would your version look like?

Geeky Room Re-do: Eddard Stark’s Office in King’s Landing

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I’m excited that season 3 of the Game of Thrones is available on disc now! To celebrate, here’s a room re-do from season 1: the room in King’s Landing that Eddard Stark used as his office when he was King’s Hand.

Like all the GoT sets, the space is gorgeous. Unfortunately, the room doesn’t get much screen time, but some clear details emerge. The walls are mostly bare stucco (or the like) in a muted yellowish tone. There are no rugs, drapes or curtains. The doorway to the balcony is bare like the windows, and large planters with greenery are seen through the opening. Apart from the windows, light comes from candles on a multitude of metal candlesticks.

The furniture is ornate and made of golden brown or dark wood. A desk with inlay decoration around the edges and on its legs sits in front of the windows. Compared to the elaborate chair inlays, however, the desk is staid. There are papers, supplies and knick knacks on the desk. There are also two other chairs that don’t feature prominently: a visitor’s chair in front of the desk with what looks like turned, Renaissance-style wooden legs and a wooden arm chair to the side of the room.

The details of the back of Eddard’s chair, the edge of the desk and the floor candelabra can be briefly seen in episode 6…

Game of Thrones, Season 1, episode 6. HBO.

Game of Thrones, Season 1, episode 6. HBO.

…while a wider view of the room, including the desk and a small glimpse of the chair legs, is visible in episode 7:

GoT Kings Hand Office Seas1 Ep7

Game of Thrones, Season 1, episode 7. HBO.

The main problem with a re-do of Eddard’s office is furniture styles. Comparable pieces found today are almost exclusively antiques, which are not only hard to come by but expensive. My re-do is therefore approximate and includes some DIY elements.

GoT ES Kings Hand Room Re-do Collage

  1. An Indian-style mother-of-pearl inlay wood chair, via Bonhams, $300-$500. An almost exact match to Eddard’s chair!
  2. Table accents: small wood chest, BrightwoodLane on Etsy, $18; antique toy – primitive horse with rider, YourHeart on Etsy, $38; vintage 4-arm Baldwin Brass candelabra, LampAndLightingDecor on Etsy, $95. You could add pretty much as many candlesticks as you’d like.
  3. Wall paint: Behr Premium Plus Ultra Beacon Yellow. There are also several other muted pale yellows that would work quite well.
  4. Table with DIY-stenciled Indian-style inlay decorations around the edge and down the legs: Bishop double extension dining table, World Market, $700; Indian inlay furniture stencil kit by Kim Myles, Cutting Edge Stencils, $35. Large bone inlay desks are hard to find, and if you do find one, they tend to be expensive antiques. Painting small decorations on a modern dining table is a cheap alternative.
  5. A 13-light tree floor candelabra, Koch Originals, $300
  6. Planter with lavender: Marchioro 15.75-inch terracotta planter pot, Home Depot, $25; 10 Lavender Lady seedlings, Garden Harvest Supply, $5 each. Those with a green thumb could easily plant their own lavender.
  7. Large pot with black & white DIY chevron pattern: white 17-inch fiberglass planter, Fiberglass depot via Amazon, $75; black Rustoleum plastic spray paint, Home Depot, $25; thin chevron stencil, TheStencilCloset on Etsy, $23
  8. A smattering of candles everywhere!

 

How did I do? πŸ™‚

Serving Suggestion: Green, Lime Green and Yellow

Colors, Moodboards

Mood boards are wonderful tools for collecting inspiration or seeing what an item might look like in a room. For this green, lime green and yellow decorative pillow cover

Throw pillow cover

Pillow Cover in Green, Lime Green and Yellow. Playfullygrownuphome on Etsy.

…I imagined a bedroom with a vibrant accent wall and luscious, chocolate-colored bamboo floor with a sheepskin rug:

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion for a Decorative Pillow Cover.

The accent wall is painted with concentric rectangles, separated with white lines, and a white-framed rectangular mirror rests in the center above the bed. White modern furniture is softened by the bedding, pillows and curtains in yellow and green tones. It’s a grownup version of this boy’s room, if you like:

Contemporary boy's room

Brandon Barre Photography.

Brandon Barre Photography; via decorpad.com.

Below is a full source list for my mood board:

For those preferring a little less color, I created a calmer room with just the green on the accent wall:

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion for a Decorative Pillow Cover.

And the source list:

Floor: Morning Star Click Tongling Bamboo at Lumber Liquidators

I’d be happier with the simpler room. Which one would you prefer?

Serving Suggestion: Turquoise, Green and Lime Green

Colors, Moodboards

Mood boards are wonderful tools for collecting inspiration or seeing what an item might look like in a room. For this turquoise, green and lime green decorative pillow cover

Decorative pillow cover

Pillow Cover in Turquoise, Green and Lime Green. Playfullygrownuphome on Etsy.

…I imagined a white, contemporary living room:

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion for a Decorative Pillow Cover.

I also envision a wall of tall windows and a warm oak floor. The fresh color palette nods towards the tropics; the coral red and yellow perk up the cool shades. Below is a full source list.

What do you think?