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Seeing Double :: The Twin Bed Trend (and why I'm totally on board!)

When I first started out as an interior designer, there were a set of pre-conceived notions that I had in my head which were quickly squashed through experience out in the real world. Just as I believed you shouldn't wear white after Labor Day (all of that went out the window as soon as I moved to a coastal town), I thought that you were never to paint your ceiling anything other than the trim color and that twin beds were specifically for children. 

Boy was I wrong! First off, the ceiling color thing is just preposterous and now I even have the itch to paint the trim the same as the wall color. I love that look right now! But this blog post is about twin beds...not ceilings...so I am going to try and stay on track, and go into a little more detail about why this is my current obsession when it comes to guest bedroom design and functionality.

Let's take it back to the 1890's for a minute when interior designers made twin beds popular (way to get outside that box designers!) Anything that had to do with "the bedroom" back then...especially in mixed company, was very controversial. So when designers started suggesting that couples replaced their double beds with two twin beds, all hell broke loose!

However, thanks to a group of (obviously genius) physicians (kidding), who stated that the double bed was "unsanitary" (even going so far as to condemning them due to fear of couples injuring one-another while sleeping), the new twin bed idea became a hot trend! 

Fast forward a bit to 1930s-1950s Hollywood, where there was a Production Code requiring married couples to sleep in separate beds to uphold that time period's moral code! The only way to get around this was the good old "one foot on the floor" loophole where both stars had to be dressed and at least one of them had to have a foot grounded on the floor at all time. My how times have changed! 

So now that I have filled your brain with pointless fun facts, I want to talk about why I think every household needs a set of twin beds. 

1. Because you never know who is going to stay at your house and who really wants to sleep together

Okay maybe you do, but recently, I had a couple who sleeps better apart because of lots of movement, snoring etc. I also love to have friends over for girls night in. Sometimes, if the vino is flowing, my friends will stay over. No matter how much you know a friend, it's just less awkward to sleep in separate beds.

2. They are great for kids

We have nieces and nephews visit from out of town, friends with their kids and one hopefully one day will have kids of our own. I love already knowing that they will be set up when they visit (and when our kids live here). Just make sure the beds are sturdy enough for some good old fashioned jumping because that's very important! 

3. They look great! 

I love the look of a room with a two twin beds! I love being able to have a pretty chest or desk in between the bed and love all of the wonderful design ideas that flood my brain when two twin beds adorn a room! 

So all that being said...will we ever go from a King bed to two twins in our Master Bedroom? Tempting...But no way...

The dogs just wouldn't fit! 

XO,

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Red, White and Blue Chic - Patriotic Rooms All Year Round

I can't believe it's almost the 4th of July already!  This means that we are only six months away from Christmas (Call me Hobby Lobby, but I start the count down after the 4th).  The 4th of July is a great time to get together with family, grill out and wear your red, white and blue.  But many people think that this color combination should only be admired this one time of the year.  However, I would like to show you all how wonderful and chic red, white and blue can be year round, with these amazing examples below by some very talented designers. 

{Designer  Tobi Fairley  - Richmond Symphony Showhouse} 

{Designer Tobi Fairley - Richmond Symphony Showhouse} 

{A beautiful and more literal patriotic living room from House Beautiful}

{A beautiful and more literal patriotic living room from House Beautiful}

{Photography by Patrick Cline for    Lonny  Magazine }

{Photography by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine}

{The Manhattan Living Room of Brazil designer  Sig Bergamin } 

{The Manhattan Living Room of Brazil designer Sig Bergamin

{I love this and especially adore the  Rose Cummings navy "Zebrine" wallpaper}

{I love this and especially adore the Rose Cummings navy "Zebrine" wallpaper}

{I love this the large print drapery panels and the beautiful grass cloth wallpaper.}  

{I love this the large print drapery panels and the beautiful grass cloth wallpaper.}  

{I adore everything about this space! }

{I adore everything about this space! }

XO,

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