Tropical Dreams

January 13, 2016

Are you dreaming of summer yet? I didn’t think I was, but here I am designing a very tropical bedroom. Maybe that is my subconscious trying to tell me something. I usually consider myself a cold-weather girl, but maybe somewhere deep down I’m longing for longer days and warmer temps (definitely longer days, daylight savings is KILLING ME). I guess I’m just having tropical dreams.



I’ve been trying to design around navy-blue headboards lately because I happen to be the proud owner of a navy blue upholstered headboard. I love my headboard and currently I love my room design. But a move is coming in the next year for Keith and I and that means opportunity for a redesign. If we move during the summer, this look will definitely be on the short list.

I love a good upholstered headboard. This blue one has little wings that make it look modern yet cozy. The upholstered headboards always add a bit of warmth to a room, quite literally actually. The fabric will help to be a noise and cold weather barrier, which in my house is a must! I would, as always, go with a clean white quilt or duvet cover for the bedding.

PET TIP: As you may know, I have two adorable pups who pretty much do whatever they want, including getting on and sleeping in the bed. Pets make having clean white bedding almost impossible, but I’ve come up with a great way to avoid this issue. Go ahead and get that white bedding but also invest in an ‘end of the bed’ quilt that is the same size (double, queen, or king) as the bedding but maybe in a darker color. When you make up your bed, fold the quilt up and place it at the end. Don’t let the pups on the made bed. When you’re ready to get in the bed or the pups want to get up, unfold the quilt so that it covers all of the white bedding. That way, your pups never actually touch the white bedding. Our end of bed quilt is a porcelain blue and one side (the side the pups lay on) gets a little dirty but the white bedding stays pristine and I love my pups even more because of it!

I’ve been dying to have this green bench for the end of my bed. I love the pea-green color and mid-century simplicity. A ghost chair is always a great addition to a space to make it feel a bit more modern and a little retro at the same time. Throw a fancy pillow or throw on it to make it more cozy. I used a really modern white night stand with an alligator skin print on it. If this is too much for you, just go with white.

To offset the modernity, I chose a blue porcelain lamp. To accessorize, I suggest a vase of pretty pink flowers (preferably fresh), this super cool green leaf platter/tray, a fancy Diptyque candle, and this Wanderlust print. Don’t forget the palm print pillow paired with a peachy striped pillow to finish off the design and bring the whole thing together. BAM… you’re in the tropics even though its January!

Shop the look:

Headboard  |  Night Stand  |  Bench  |  Ghost Chair  | Lamp  |   Wanderlust Art

Palm Print Pillow  |  Striped Pillow  |  Diptyque Candle  |  Leaf Tray  |  Faux Flowers


  • Reply Valery January 13, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Man the quilt tip for the bedding is GENIUS! My dogs don’t get on the bed (thank goodness because they shed like CRAZY) but it’s good to know just in case!

    • Reply Kassy S Randazzo January 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks, Valery! I wish I had been strong enough to tell them NO from the start… Now it’s too late! Gotta Improvise!

  • Reply Samantha January 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    What a pretty look! I was dying for a dress in that print on the pillow last summer and now I think it’s a sign I need to get one this year if I can find one haha and isn’t moving and redecorating the best? One of the things I don’t hate about moving around so much!

    • Reply January 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      If you find one, let me know! I hope palm print is here to stay for a while!

  • Reply Kimmie Schier January 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Loving this interior style!! Ghost chairs are my favorite 🙂 This design makes me want winter to be over asap!
    xo, Kimmie

    • Reply Kassy S Randazzo January 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Kimmie! I’m with you… Where you at, spring?

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