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Pittsburgh Magazine // Vintage Charm

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Happy Friday!! I just wanted to take a moment to formally share the article Pittsburgh Magazine put together featuring a project of mine for their October home issue!  The article was published online a couple weeks back but the printed copy arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  I've got to say it's pretty freaking neat to see some of your work in a magazine for the first time.  

Studio 1049 Pittsburgh Magazine October 2015


The story was about re-using and re-purposing vintage furniture and home accessories, something very near and dear to my heart!  Pop over to read the entire issue, it's full of great tips and tricks on how to incorporate family owned or thrift store finds into your home!



A special thanks to everyone at Pittsburgh Magazine for this awesome opportunity, and a congrats to my fellow article partner Morgan McCollum


Introducing // Studio 1049 Builds

Studio 1049 Builds

Back when I was deciding what to call this business of mine, I knew I wanted to stay far away from "Bethany Williard Interior Design".  Something about naming the business after myself made it impersonal to me (go figure! right?).  What I did know is that I wanted the name to be a little more abstract.  I loved the idea of one day being able to bring on new talent outside of my own skill set or explore different artistic ventures.  To give myself that freedom, I wanted an umbrella under which all things creative could fall…thus Studio 1049 was born.  

Fast forward roughly two years, countless hours of hard work, research and a few mishaps along the way- and I'll tell you I couldn't be happier!  Sure, Studio 1049 has a hell of a lot to learn but I have a sneaky feeling I'm on the right path to figuring it out! 

I thought with Fall approaching, now would be a great time to introduce a new project that developed over the past few months.  I've decided to introduce a Builds category to Studio 1049's list of services.   


It all went down a little something like this:

Client: Hey Beth, can you help me design and furnish my totally awesome and super cool loft apartment downtown?

Designer: Can I?! I would give up chocolate for life to be a part of this project!

Client: Okay, cool.  By the way we have 20 foot ceilings and an 8 x 8 foot mural a friend did for me that I would like to hang.  Can we find a table that sits under the mural that's roughly 9 feet long x 12 inches deep? 

Designer: Sure, no problem! How would you feel if I just built you a custom console table?

Client: Sounds great, do whatever you want, I trust you.

Designer: Can I keep you forever? 

And that my friends are what Designer dreams are made of.  

So behold the first commissioned piece of furniture built by yours truly! 

Studio 1049 Console Table
Studio 1049 Console Table
Studio 1049 Console Table

I shall call her Allana.


Like I mentioned above, the clients have this awesome loft downtown with killer city views.  Their style could be described as a mix of industrial steampunk while remaining very soft, warm and casual.  They don't like a lot of accessories or clutter and hoped to have a piece of furniture that would pair nicely beneath their mural. 

For me, this project was heaven from start to finish.  I loved working on the overall design of the space, but then being able to sit down and create a piece of furniture specific to the needs of my client was a real treat!  

It all started by having this vision of the perfect table for the space.  The dimensions were very important and a huge reason why we decided to go custom.  After we figured out how large the piece needed to be I ventured out to source materials.  Keeping with the rustic industrial feel, I knew a refurbished wood table top was right up my clients alley.  I'm a huge fan of Construction Junction, and found various widths of wood planks that I ended up puzzling together to create a gorgeous pattern of different textures and sizes.  I wanted the legs to be supportive (obviously!) but also minimal in appearance so the table top seemed to float under the artwork.  I've used steel plumbing in past projects and found the material to be the perfect pairing alongside the warmth of the wood.  

I just loved the entire process, from start to finish, it was about creating something gorgeous out of what could look to be a pile of forgotten parts.   

Studio 1049 Console Table

So now you may also be wondering "Why the heck is your big ass beautiful table sitting in the middle of that foggy field?"  

Well, I'm glad you asked!  

I needed to take photos of this beast before I shipped her off to live out the rest of her wonderful life with my dear clients.  And my super stylish friend Megan Zotis, of Blue Bells & Lipstick decided she wanted feature the table in her Wonderland blog post.  So together we trekked out into the wild unknown at 6:30 in the morning to capture a little design & styling magic.    

Studio 1049 w/ Blue Bells & Lipstick
Studio 1049 Builds
Blue Bells & Lipstick
Blue Bells & Lipstick

Honestly, we were like giddy school girls when we rolled up at the location and saw the fog! It was the perfect backdrop to let our creativity shine through.  

For more images from our early morning excursion, pop over to Meg's site and get the latest trends for fall!


10 Must-Have's for a Bedroom

I did a post on 10 steps to a Stylish and Functional Entryway last month and heard from a little bird that she found it to be helpful in organizing her home, so I thought I'd finish off this month with a list of Must-Have's for a bedroom.  

Hint: It doesn't have to be your bedroom, this list is also great for guest rooms!

To me, your bedroom is a place in your home you can escape to; whether it be from work, your family or roommates, or even your own over active mind. I believe this space should be your ultimate happy place!

Here is my list of Must-Have's for every bedroom.


10 Must-Have's for a Bedroom


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1. Great Bedding - I feel like this is something you grow to appreciate as you get older.  College is long gone and along with it should be sheets that feel like sandpaper. Yuck! Treat yourself and invest in some higher quality linens.  I prefer a crisp white sheet set, it's easy to keep clean and it allows for some variety in your duvet cover if you like to switch it up throughout the seasons.  

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2. Bedside Lighting - key word on this one is BED. SIDE.  How do people ever find their way back to bed in the dark if the only light switch is all the way over by the door? Save your toes some pain and make sure you and your guests have a light nearby.  It's also great for reading in bed! (because you're already one step ahead and you don't have a TV in your bedroom :)

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3. Area Rug - All I'll say is this, a few months ago I invested in a pair of faux fur area rugs to place on either side of my bed and my outlook on early mornings have changed significantly for the better.  Whatever your texture of choice may be, an area rug adds warmth to any room.  

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4. Mirror -  Unless you're one of the lucky ones who are fortunate enough to have a separate changing room, most likely you also get dressed in your bedroom.  You'll need to make sure you look your very best to tackle whatever the day decides to throw at you.  A mirror will also reflect any natural light the room gets- place opposite a window for maximum effect.  Just remember to open your blinds every once in a while!

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5. Bedside Surface - This doesn't have to be a table or traditional night stand, just something off the floor for a book or a glass of water to rest.  I've seen a lot of cool rooms that take a unique approach to this bedroom staple.  An old trunk, a small chair or a stool are all great substitutes in my book. 

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6. Window Treatments - The darker the better. I love natural lighting as much as the next girl but, Sun, please do not interrupt my slumber! I'll wake up and appreciate you when I'm rested and ready, thank you very much. 

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7. Seating - Whether you're reading, talking on the phone or putting your shoes on, I think it's important to have somewhere other than the bed to sit.  I'm a big fan of a bench at the end of the bed... Or bonus points if that bench is actually a chest, then it doubles as storage!

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8. Catch all tray - Just a little something to place on your dresser or nightstand to keep yourself organized.  Like I mentioned in my 10 Steps to a Stylish and Functional Entryway post, your clutter can look a lot more intentional if it's organized and displayed the right way. 

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9. Art / Inspiration / Books - This is your space so let it reflect what you love.  I say you can never go wrong with a well executed gallery wall.  If that's a bit too busy for you try just a few special pieces spread throughout the room that hold sentimental value.  But be careful with pictures of family! You and your honey are okay, but no one wants Aunt Maude staring at them while they sleep.

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10. Pillows - The more the merrier. And in contrasting colors, prints and textures, please!  I know some people are probably thinking "What do you need all those for? Half the time they end up on the ground!"  But I love the way it looks with rows upon rows of pillows, all plush and fluffy.  It just makes my heart happy to see a beautifully made bed!  


* bonus tip - Do you want to know how you can take a great thing and make it 1000% better?! (I'm talking fresh sheets, people!)

11. Pillow Spray -  Go out and get yourself a tiny bottle of this stuff, it's about $10 bucks, or make your own, but the next time you change your sheets spray a little between the top and fitted and again on your pillows and I guarantee when you crawl into bed that night you'll think you've died and gone to heaven!


And because it might be hard for some to see what's stopping you from having that calm, serene oasis I thought it might be helpful to include a small list of what to keep out of your bedroom.

5 OH-NO-NO's!

1. Television - I'm confident enough today to say I used to be one of those people who "thought"  I needed the TV on to fall asleep, but ya know what? It's just not true.  It's a nasty added distraction that keeps you up way later than you should be.  I challenge you to remove it from your bedrooms for a month and see if you miss it! Read a book, talk to your bedmate, sing a song for crying out loud, just get rid of it!

2. Desk / Work Space / Computer - I'll be a little more lenient with this, mostly because Pintrest, but honestly work has no business being a part of your "happy place" and I'm someone who loves what I do for a living!  Unless you're putting pen to paper and writing actual letters to loved ones, I say keep desks and work stuff out of the bedroom.  

3. Exercise Equipment - I've seen it all.  Treadmills and gym equipment should not be in the same room where you lay your head down at night.  Pee-yew!

4. Food - Pretty self explanatory, but try and keep the midnight snacks in the kitchen. 

5. Clutter - Look around, if there is anything in there that doesn't bring you 100% happiness and joy move it to another room.  Your bedroom is a space to clear your mind and recharge, how can you do that when you have piles upon piles of nonsense stacked up against the walls.  


I hope this helps, just remember your bedroom is an oasis, a place to rest your feet and an escape from the day.  And if you have any suggestions of topics or need help with rooms in your home please let me know in the comments, I'm always listening! 

DIY // Pillows

Last year, after moving into my new place, I was on the hunt for some killer throw pillows to spruce up my existing grey living room sofa.  I searched high and low and just couldn't find anything I liked (that was in my budget) so I thought; "I'm a crafty girl, I know someone who's a wiz on the sewing machine, BOOM- let's make some!" 

I had originally fallen in love with and was inspired by the gorgeous textiles and designs by Rachel Atwood. Having had some previous tie dyeing experience from my time with Urban, I set out to save myself a few bucks and make my own pillows.  Along the way I ended up creating a few different styles, playing with fabric combinations and have got to say I'm pretty happy with the final collection! 

Blue tie dye
gold zipper detail
Purple tie dye
Grey Herringbone
Blue and Grey pillows
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Purple tie dye and white striped pillow
Purple pillow pile
Blue tie dye & patch pillow
Blue and white pillow pile
3 pillows stacked

I knew I wanted to keep the color pallet somewhat limited so I chose Rit Dye in denim blue and black.  As you can see the "black" turned out a little more purple than I had expected so, I experimented and tried to leave the fabric in the dye longer but I the color stayed the same. I also decided to go with a white denim as the base fabric to keep the overall look somewhat consistent between the two dye colors.  I backed all the pillows with a contrasting light grey linen and added a gold exposed zipper for a tiny touch of pizzaz.  

My living room scheme is still a work in progress or else I'd show you the pillows in their natural environment.  But, rest assured, after I added in a faux fur pillow the amount of texture is just right for me! 

A huge thanks to my Mum for her sewing skills and for sticking by me as we constructed the grey herringbone pillow!! It's by far my favorite one :)

What do you think?! Could you incorporate tie dye into your home or is it just a little too Dazed and Confused for you?

10 Steps to a Stylish and Functional Entryway

As promised this post is really a part II to last weeks entry where I introduced a monthly series titled "Room of the Month", if you're a new reader I recommend you checking out this post before moving on! But if you're up to date and ready to learn more about Entryways... WELCOME BACK! 

In my humble opinion entryways are a part of the house that should not to be overlooked in the styling and functionality of your home.  To most it's the first thing you see after a long days work and it sets the tone of your home to guests.  It's one of those spaces that require a few key pieces that without can lead to many moments of frustration!

Now I'm aware not all homes have a formal entryway but with smart placement of furniture anyone can give off the illusion of having a separate entryway. 

Here are 10 items, I believe, every Entryway should have:

1. Console Table- this offers you a surface to place your things as soon as your walk in the door.  Where does the mail go everyday, to your kitchen counter? NO! What about your sunglasses- who knows how many pairs you've lost over the years! If you're a mature adult you have important things that deserve a safe and proper home.

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2. Seating- another functional piece of furniture this space needs.  Give yourself and your guests a place to sit while you put your shoes on.  How awkward do we all feel trying to do just that while simultaneously continuing our goodbyes and avoiding blinding your host with your rear end high in the sky? It's just not a good look.

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3. Rug- a rug adds some texture and softness to your entry and provides floor protection from harsh outside elements.  If you're from an area where is snows you know how unfortunate it is after coming inside, taking off those snow covered boots and immediately experiencing the horror of a wet sock! An area rug will soak up some of that water, it's up to you to avoid the puddles. 

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4. Lighting- I'm sure we're all familiar with that dreadful time of year when we leave for work before the sun comes up and return home after it has gone down.  Personally, I think that should be illegal for our sanity.  But until that happens go ahead and get yourself a light timer (no, I'm not 80 years old) it will just do wonders to the feel of you home when you're not coming into a dark house every night. 

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5. Mirror- A mirror will not only help illuminate any natural light the space has, but right before you walk out the door everyday you should take one last look yourself and say "You are beautiful, you are smart, and gosh darnit, people like you!!" 

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6. Tray or Catch All- This my friends is what I'm talking about when it comes to saving time and frustration.  Do yourself a favor and find a tray or a small dish of some sort to place on your console table.  Keys, sunglasses, wallet, metro cards- all the super duper important tiny itty bitty things can be stored on your tray to make the next exit that much smoother.  Not to mention all that "stuff" will look much less like clutter and like a more intentional styling move on your part.  You're Welcome!

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7. Storage- It could be a built in closet, drawers that are part of your console table or a stand alone basket; but you need someplace to hide away all the unsightly things.  Everyone does it differently depending on the layout of the rest of your house, but maybe that's where you have a mail/bill organizer, or you store cold weather items like hats, gloves and scarves in a basket.  However you stay organized it's up to you, but keep it contained! 

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8. Art- 100% decoration but should not be overlooked, this is where you get to show off your personality a little.  Remember when I said the entryway sets the tone for your home, this is the first space guests see so give them a little teaser of what's to come throughout the rest of your home!

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9. Plant- I'll be the first to admit I have no green thumb, that's why I suggest using an air plant or succulent, but adding a plant will give you a tiny splash of color and bring a little life to this space. 


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10. Candle- Again, more for styling purposes but if your having friends over let them be greeted by your favorite scent.  I know there's some study out there that links the relationship between smells and memories- make it a positive one!

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There you have it- 10 simple items to build yourself a beautiful and functional entryway!  Most likely you already have at least half of these items in your home.  It's all about reusing, repurposing and letting go of the idea that just because something has lived on a certain shelf since you bought it doesn't mean it has to stay there forever.  It's your home so play around with different configurations to see what works best for you!