Skip to main content

Elizabeth Lamont's Interior Design Blog

Your bedroom is your sanctuary and a quiet space for you to rest after a long day, and re-energize for the next one. But occasionally the bedroom can take on a neglected look, making it feel drab. Here are some easy tips to instantly refresh and recharge the energy of your bedroom!

Flowers
Seasonal fresh flowers bring instant life and color to your bedroom. Cut flowers short and arrange them in a small mercury vase to create a luxurious hotel atmosphere. For an arrangement that lasts longer, consider Forever Orchids – they are a beautiful touch that will instantly transform a room.

Bed Linens
Luxurious bed linens are a way to pamper yourself and create visual interest in your bedroom. Change up your linens by season with light colors for spring and summer. January is a good month to invest in new bed linens since many stores will hold white sales with heavy discounts on fine linen. Look for high thread counts or a sateen weave where the weft thread goes over more than one warp thread, creating a luster on the front side of the fabric and a silky feel that drapes gracefully. I prefer using color on duvet colors and accent pillows against a crisp white sheet backdrop.

Throws
A draped throw creates and inviting mood and sets the scene for relaxation. Heavy faux fur throws against crisp white linens create a nice juxtaposition and is inviting to curl up under for a nap or to read a book. Lighter throws in linen or alpaca are perfect for an fresh spring or summer look.

Candles
Candles are another great way to create a sense of luxury and relaxation in your bedroom. Look for lighter scents like lavender or floral candles so you don't overwhelm the senses. Then grab a book and curl up under a throw to enjoy your latest book.

Accessorize
A quick fix to update a room is to move in a piece that you would normally keep in another room. Take a look around your living room for a piece that would bring a different look to your room - a buddha statue, picture frames or an unusual lamp can change up the look of your bedroom and inspire you to do something new in your living area in place of it.

Ultimately your bedroom should be a place where you can retreat at the end of the day and feel at ease. Surrounding yourself with your favorite things will create the ultimate relaxation spot that we all crave.

Some of my favorite bedroom items:

Luxurious Throws

Stop by the store for 25% - 50% off towels, comforters, pillows and many other items from January 31st - February 15th.

xo, Elizabeth

We're incredibly honored to be selected as one of the top shops in LA by LA Magazine in their December issue. What a surprise! The Best of LA feature is always one of our favorite reads so to see our own name in print was like Christmas and New Years all at once!

The article covers LA from Eastside, South Bay, Midtown, Downtown and Westside and there are a lot of our favorite stores on the lists like French Lessons in Santa Monica and Stacey Todd in Studio City. Pick up the December issue now and head out to the world of amazing shopping that only LA has to offer!

The two festive holidays of Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlap this year and you will want a good plan to make the perfect holiday party. Below is so a handy countdown check list to prepare and a few ideas of ways to combine the holidays.

  • Take out all your good silver and get it polished. This includes salt and pepper shakers, trays for serving drinks, and so forth. I'm all about keeping it simple, but the holidays are special and give a perfect reason to make your party elegant.
  • Order your turkey - personally I splurge on an all organic bird... After all he is the guest of honor! I also order a 10 pound turkey breast to cook the night before so there is plenty of white meat and leftovers for great sandwiches.
  • Review your tablecloths and napkins. Do they need freshening up? If they do, make sure to send them to the cleaners or press yourself ahead of time.
  • Check your stock for the following: cocktail napkins, serving utensils and serving spoons, cheese knives, candles, matches, turkey platter, cake plates for desert, salt and pepper bowls for the table, a runner for your bar area, cloth and paper guest towels for the powder room, and diffusers to scent the powder room. Try to think through anything you were missing last year and add it to your collection.
  • Decide your menu and write it down. Keep it simple. If family and friends have offered to help, let them know now so they have time to plan and be very specific on what you want them to bring. You don't want five plates of mashed potatoes and no veggies. Think about mixing traditional foods with Chanukah favorites, like making potato latkes as your starch for the meal.
  • Do some pre-shopping. Think olive oils, vinegars (I love apple cider vinegar, especially at this time of year) and refresh your spices. How long has that nutmeg been in your spice drawer?

As always my shop, Room at the Beach, and website, Roomatthebeach.com, have lots of beautiful accessories for your Thanksgiving and Chanukah tables. Visit us online or at my store located in Malibu Country Mart.

Happy Planning!

xo,
Elizabeth

Friday November 2nd, 4 pm - 8 pm we are holding a pre-season Holiday party to thank all
our customers for their support throughout the year.

Join us for refreshments, music, and specials to give you a jump start on your Holiday shopping. We will be taking orders for personalized Holiday gifts. We hope you can make it and look forward to an evening of celebration with you!

From the entire Room at the Beach team,

Elizabeth, Nona, Tom, Norma, Bridgette and Matthew

The crisp weather has returned and leaves are scattering across the sidewalks. The kids are back at school and it is time to reward them and yourself with some Halloween magic! Start early this year and enjoy your the fun this holiday brings to all ages.

String Lights

First let's spook up the house: The outside is always where I start.  My neighborhood is in the country and we don't have street lights so I like to put orange lights on my fence so people can make their way to our house for some treats. I also like to add one big surprise element, so I put a giant fuzzy spider just where the fence curves just where the fence curves. Even the dog barks at it!

Floating Ghosts

I'm thinking of doing something a little scarier this year in my courtyard.... graveyards are SO last year. Maybe some ghosts floating through the trees? I use odd shaped helium balloons that I buy  at the market, they last for at least 4 weeks. Put one under a sheet and tie fishing line around the bottom of the balloon. Using  a scissor, shred the ends of the sheet, suspend the ghost in the trees and make a few fly towards the top of the house. I also love to sit some ghosts at the table on the porch or on the couch in the back yard.

You can have some fun with leaves too. Gather a full basket and before you spread them out spray paint some of them black. Scatter them out as a trail leading up to your house but leave the black ones for the front door. It makes a sinister impression.

Set the Mood with Music

I love using music to create a spooky atmosphere too. With all the small portable ipod stands and speakers you can place them anywhere. Stream Pandora on the Halloween station and it will surprise both you and your guests.

Ok so let's conquer the inside: One of my  Halloween favorites is to cut out silhouettes and attach them to the mirror. Find some great portraits on the Internet and blow them up. Cut them out if black construction paper and attach with tape to the mirror. Add some hairspray to the edges to give t a ghostly effect. This is such an easy and cheap activity and fun for the kids to be involved in.

Mantle Drama

My mantle is always decorated for each season. I like to incorporate lots of pumpkins and gourds so the decor lasts me thru Thanksgiving. No need to redecorate between the two Holidays! I use artificial pumpkins as it can still be very  warm in Southern California at this time of year. I use branches and vines from outside to create a base and then layer the gourds. All shapes and sizes look best. Next layer in spooky, ravens looking g down on the fireplace, spiders climbing over the branches.  Stretch out the white spider web and carefully place over the top, remember not to let any hang down near the fire.

Some more fun decorating ideas 

  • Spray paint small pumpkins in silver or gold and then using adhesive spray and sprinkle foil confetti on top.
  • Cut paper luminary bags with words so as people walk up to your house to trick or treat they can read a message.
  • Using colored paper plates and colored construction paper - make different "masks" of scary faces to hang on the wall or suspend in your entry way.
  •  If having a party - get a large piece of plywood and paint a stack of pumpkins with jack-o-lantern faces - then cut a few out so that kids can get their picture taken as a pumpkin head.
  • Make a ghost cake (make one rectangular cake and two round cakes) Cut in shape of ghost  and cover it with icing. Use M&M's for the  eyes and cover with plastic spiders.

To me, decorating the for the season is almost as fun as the Holiday itself. Make yourself a pumpkin latte and get into the mood for one of the most spooktakular Holidays! For Halloween party ideas, check out this article with me on ehow.com or check out my shop for lots of great decorations.

xo,

Elizabeth

Recent Blog Posts