Sometimes a house tour showcases a home that's very much reflective of the homeowner's personality. Caitlin Wylde's home, with its flea market sensibility, is such a house. Deceptively simple and casual, the house reveals a space with an artist's eye for balance and light, for color and pattern, and, perhaps most importantly, a unique way of looking at the world. Her bedroom, with its blue and white palette, is especially inviting.
Start with simple distressed pieces
: Sticking to a range of natural wood tones and worn finishes (nothing too light or dark), chose furniture that is Shaker basic, the more imperfect the better.
Pick your indulgences
: On an inexpensive bed (like this one from Ikea), high quality linens make it not only look luxurious but feel luxurious too.
Layer color lightly
: Though blue and white forms the basis for the palette in this room, it's used sparingly -- picked out on one lampbase, washed over another, the throw's stripes another echo -- with each shade of blue echoed at least twice to provide balance.
Fill in with personal objects
: strip away the personal objects and this room would lose its magpie charm. If this is your style, let your interests and collections -- books, rocks, childhood toys, flora and fauna -- run wild. Corral it in baskets, pile books on the floor, be creative displaying treasures. Here, Caitlin stores necklaces by hanging them over the lampshade, providing an extra bit of sparkle.
: Ikea carries many simple bedframes although in this room, where the bed lacks a headboard and the bed's feet don't show, you can even slash more off your bed budget and use the metal frame that is often thrown in with the purchase of a mattress and boxspring. If you can't find simple furniture to your liking at local flea markets, try Another Country
and Shaker Workshops
for simple yet strong-lined pieces.
: Caitlin's bedding is from Matteo
and is made of linen. Though initially expensive, two sets of linen sheets (one for the bed, one for the wash) will last for years, getting softer with each washing.
: John James Audobon's bird prints are still considered the finest ornithological drawings and encouraged hundreds of imitators. Find modern reproductions of his original work here
: Asian style lamps can be found in Chinatowns in most major cities. Swap intricate shades for simpler styles. If you can't find bases you like, consider this tutorial to create your own
from favorite vase.
: West Elm
is currently carrying a particulary good selection of large and small baskets.
Image: Marcia Prentice from Caitlin Creates An Artist Retreat In The Hills