Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I live here, part two: Bedroom

This is my bedroom. Come on in and take a look!


Art: DIY
Headboard: DIY
Pillows: DIY
Blanket: Target
Lamps: TJ Maxx
Nightstand (left):  Great-Grandma's
Nightstand (right): Thrifted
Paint: Behr's Burnished Clay

 Let's continue the house tour that left off here.
I don't know about you, but I don't just like to see the finished product.
I like to know why people made certain design choices, and how the room came to look the way it did.
If you like that too, let's talk...

Move-In Day
February 2007
July 2007
In February 2007, I painted the bedroom periwinkle before I moved in. That limited my options, so I chose a simple black and white damask motif because I thought it was sophisticated. I made an upholstered headboard, painted the furniture black, and bought a white matelasse bedspread and some black and white throw pillows, and LOVED it. But by 2009, the walls were turning Pepto-Bismol pink, damask was done to death, and it all felt too precious and matchy-matchy. The black and white motif was stifling. I wanted color!

November 2009
In mid-2009 I painted the walls gray. I wanted a neutral background that would allow me to use more color elsewhere. Everyone told me the walls would turn out darker than expected, so I chose Burnished Clay by Behr, a very very light gray. MEH. It's too light. I didn't like it then, and I'm still not thrilled with it. I wish I'd chosen something darker. After painting the walls, I experimented with bright bedding. Nothing struck my fancy because I hated the walls, but I wasn't in the mood to repaint. I waited for inspiration until early 2011. When I found the perfect fabric for my headboard, everything fell into place. Turquoise and mustard? Yes, please! I sewed some matching pillows, made some new art, and voila!

I love these colors. But I wish there was more contrast between the bedding and walls. I'll paint the walls darker gray soon.
I need curtains. I'd like to make navy panels with mustard gold pom-pom trim.
I love what a coat of shiny black paint can do to a thrifted piece of furniture.
Dresser: Craigslist
Mirror: Pier 1
Bookshelves: Target
Chair: Grandma's house :)
Jewelry Box: Bombay Company

Thanks for visiting! It's always a work in progress, but it's fun to live in a three-dimensional collage... right?

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