Archive: interiors

design your own rug.

{ image: a rug designed by clayton junior through node }


I think I’ve just discovered the coolest thing. Node is an organization that connects a worldwide network of designers and artists with traditional Nepalese carpet makers to create beautiful handmade rugs. Using their grid system, you can design your own rug, send it over, and fair trade rug makers from a school called Kumbeshwar will create it and send it back 3-4 months later. It costs a pretty penny (although not much more than buying a nice rug), but it all goes to a wonderful cause – education and fair wages for the employees who create the rugs PLUS their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage. I love this concept and would personally love to have a rug of my own design in my home. And what’s better than knowing that it also supports so many people?


{ image: a rug designed by lesley barnes through node }



{ images: rug designs in the making – left: design by petra börner
/ right: design by clayton junior }


{ image: clayton junior‘s signature on back of his design }


>> I originally found out about the wonderful work of Node from Pikaland.

color-filled rooms.

Colorful Room


Hello, lovely Half Asleep Studio readers! It’s Mari here from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful place to find beautiful and interesting home decor inspirations. I’m so excited to be visiting with you today to share a guest post about color-filled rooms.


Every year, I wait with anticipation to learn what gorgeous hue, the color experts at Pantone will present as their color of the year. For 2013, it’s the gorgeous jewel-tone Emerald. Last year it was the luscious citrus hue Tangerine Tango. I can’t forget 2011′s lovely Honeysuckle pink.


What is your favorite color?  Can you ever settle on just one? I can’t. Sometimes I think I love them all. Here are five rooms that I hope will inspire lots of colorful decorating ideas for your home. Please enjoy!


Here in this vintage living room (above), color is all about decorative accessories. From embroidered toss pillows on the sofa to the chartreuse potted hibiscus, color fills this charming space. The tiny colored glass table decorations would be pretty with or without the fresh cut blooms. I love how brilliant hues are carried from the room outside to the deck. What a happy look!


Colorful Room



What a clever use of color blocking – so easy to do with the white shelves as guidelines and such stunning results. A mix of pure white and colorful accessories adds even more magic to the space. A bright and cheerful way to greet the day!


Colorful Room


With clear crisp colors, this bath feels like an inviting vintage retreat. Even the linens on the open shelves get into the color act here, but the turquoise embossed wallpaper sets the tone for the entire room. And, of course, no vintage bathroom design would be complete without the iconic claw foot tub.


Colorful Room


This raspberry and chartreuse bedroom is one of my favorites. It’s colorful and soothing at the same time. I love the repetition of a large floral pattern on the floor. How quirky and unexpected is chartreuse on the little tabletop light fixture?


Colorful Room


A rainbow of primary colors is just right for this Mid-Century modern room design. And what can wake up an already color-filled room? Yes, you can with a graphic black and white rug that makes the other colors pop even more. Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


>> What do you think of these colorful rooms? Leave your comments below, and visit us for more home accessories, lighting, and interior inspiration!

katie daisy for pottery barn teen.


Katie Daisy is definitely one of my most favorite artists – I love all of her colorful, painterly, prairie-loving, nature-inspired goodness – and that is why I was so happy to see that she has teamed up with Pottery Barn to create an utterly lovely range of products for the home! Now you can not only have Katie Daisy’s work on your walls (I have this print from her Etsy shop), but on your couch, too. How wonderful!




blog love: house of turquoise.

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I find myself becoming more & more inspired by interior design this year. Maybe it’s because I myself am faced with the overwhelming prospect of an entire house to fix up and I find solace in looking at homes that are not only finished, but absolutely gorgeous. When it comes to getting my interiors inspiration on, there are a lot of blogs I turn to, but the one that gets me more often than not is House of Turquoise. Go figure! I am an enormous fan of turquoise (my entire studio has been bathed in it) and the fact that each and every one of the homes featured on the blog contain quite a bit of it is glorious. So, today I have for you some of my favorite shots from Erin’s beautiful blog, House of Turquoise.


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>> Check out more beautiful imagery at!

10 things.

Happy Friday everybody! Here are 10 things that made me smile this week:


1. Caitlin Wilson Design on House of Turquoise (above!).
2. Neighborhood walks for coffee on the last nice days of the season.
3. Reading a nice article about weaver Hermine van Dijck in Frankie and then discovering her blog.
4. The story of Trophy Wife Nails on The Design Files.
5. Australian blogs in general… and Australia in general!
6. Listening to dreamy music.
7. These cookies from this book.
8. Decor8′s compilation of blog mood boards.
9. Breanna Rose’s be free, lance & Designlovefest’s Advice articles for freelancers.
10. The new collection coming to the Half Asleep Studio shop on Monday! ;) Yay!


>> Have a lovely weekend everyone! And don’t forget – newsletter subscribers will rceive shop news this Sunday along with an extra goodie or two, so make sure you’re on the list – otherwise I’ll see you Monday!

dream home: for the living room.

Last week, I came downstairs from my studio to find Max tearing up our ugly old living room carpet. “I’m just so sick of it!” he said. We had been planning on doing that forever, but never quite worked up the motivation to move every single thing out of the room to do it. But now the carpet is finally gone and we have a grungy looking floor and walls that beg to painted and windows that beg for better treatments. If I’m being real, it will take about 2 more months for us to get around to painting the walls and about 25 months to actually make it cute in there, BUT a girl can dream and that’s what I do, so I’ve put together a little collage of some of the things I would have in there if money were no object!


{ image sources: chairs / lamp / books / curtains / pillow / flower vases / coffee table / couch / end table }


>> Find out what I would put in my dream kitchen here.

gift idea: pillow party!

These pillows from Leah Bartholomew’s shop, Beneath the Sun, are so much fun! They’re like comfy little pieces of art that you can relax on. How great is that? And they’re part of the Spring/Summer collection since Leah is based in Australia, so they’d add quite a bit of sunshine to those of us who have our homes in the Northern Hemisphere where it’s getting darker & colder each day…




>> Find these and many more bright, colorful things for the home in Leah’s shop right here!

gift guide: office chic.

I miraculously stumbled across this amazing office supply store, russell+hazel, while I was catching up on my blog reading yesterday, and it turns out that their one & only flagship store is based right here in Minneapolis!  I would love a shelf full of those cute patterned binders, and how fun would it be to whip out that cute hot pink leather business card holder during a meeting? I absolutely love stuff like this… having bright & colorful office supplies really does make doing business a lot more fun, don’t you think?


{ product key: 1. colorful page tabs, $14 / 2. black + white mini binder, $12 / 3+4. mini pattern binders, $16 / 5. organization gift set, $48 / 6. swarovski crystal pencil set, $72 / 7. tassel key chain, $30 / 8. leather business card holder, $21-28 / 9. quips+queries cards, $12 }

inspired by: beautiful bouquets.

pretty flowers, room brightener


If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you’ll know that I’m a complete flower junkie. I actually have somewhat of a problem. When I go to the grocery store, I can’t walk past the flower section and say “no.” I have to buy something. Some weeks I’ll be good and just get one bouquet, but other times I go just a little bit crazy. Today was one of those days where I had to get three, as you can see above. I grouped them together to make enough to fill two vases – one for the kitchen table and one for the living room. I’m telling you, it makes such a nice difference having fresh flowers all about the house.


Here are some of other people’s bouquets that I really love:


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>> Want to see more? Of course I have a flower board on Pinterest

inspired by: house beautiful (again!)


I was planning on featuring a different magazine today, but then the new House Beautiful came in the mail and it just couldn’t wait! I really like the overall essence of this magazine – how it’s laid out, the creative articles, and of course, the incredible homes. This issue has inspired me to be a bit bolder with color in all areas of life, collect as many strange house plants as possible, and to dream of living in some crazy unaffordable studio loft with amazing puke green walls and books stacked inside the staircase (not to mention that epic gallery wall!). This issue is definitely worth a deeper look if you find yourself near a shelf of magazines for sale. Here are a couple of my favorite scans:



>> Now all I need to do is find a way to take my new-found inspiration and apply it to my real-life (not in my head) house…

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