Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bedroom tour



This little lady was my Christmas present from my husband, but in all reality she was really for the two of us. She now lives in our backyard and this moody pic was taken one of the snowy days over Christmas by my husband. I'm cold just looking at her :)

I've had such a productive time while I was off and that little bedroom re-arranging I mentioned last time we spoke kind of turned into a full on crafting/redecorating marathon and I'm here to show the results of my labor (even though it's not really finished).

Presenting the enchanted place my husband and I now jokingly refer to as the boudoir!

This room faces south and is bathed in bright sunlight for most of the year so the moody colors and sun make for an interesting juxtaposition. And just as a contrast - this is what it looked like before.

 The arches are gone, the bed has been painted finally, the bedding has changed some, the lampshades have been recovered in twine, the roller shades are replaced by global inspired folding screens and the sunburst mirrors have been added, among other things. (The transformation of the secretary can be found over here, the arches over here, the making of the bed here and the sunburst mirrors over here.)

 The folding window screens make me so happy! I was inspired by Indian/Moroccan lattice jali screens but made it in my own simple fashion.

 The sun shines through these perforations in the morning in the most lovely fashion :)

Although this room has many flourishes there is still room for my husband as well. His side is filled with some of the things that matter to him in life. The moody colors in here and the black bed definitely appeal to male sensibilities as well.

His bedside table (which is an ancient hand me down) still needs to be painted. I just added a shelf for the basket to stand on and elevated the whole thing to be even with the bed by adding fence post finials as table feet.


 The floor mirror has been residing in the bathroom since I made it (here) but I decided it needed to be in here to balance/"mirror" the window on my side of the bed.

My side of the bed has another window screen. I will most likely add a hanging plant to the top of the window.

The design is a lotus flower which I copied straight from my Bible cover here.

 This pass-though area of our bedroom got a little bit of a tweak as well. More "stuff" added, mainly :) The before and instructions on how I made the console over here.

 That curtained doorway had a flimsy plastic folding door there before that wasn't doing anything but annoy me so I just threw this left over curtain panel and scarf up there on a whim. Way better than before and it adds some well needed color contrast to all the grays, blues and greens. The colors in here kind of went a completely different direction than I had originally planned, mostly due to the hand me down rug that threw me for a loop. But I intend to bring in the vibrant orange/red/pinks somehow to balance the moody, somber colors of the bed and window screens.

 This is what our neighbors see at night.

 And here's the twine wrapped bedside lamps at night, providing lots of texture.

What I have left to do in here is:
*paint the walls in a very light grayish lavender
*work on the bedding, it's all a hodge-podge right now
*hang the plant in the window
*reupholster my chair and slip cover it
*paint the husband's bedside table

I'm considering something like this for the walls. Or maybe something vaguely pink, now that I'm thinking about it. We'll see.

So it's far from finished but it's soooo much better than what we had. I'll try to give you more details on the window screens and the canopy in future posts even though they won't be full tutorials. I was afraid to stop and take pictures for fear of losing my momentum. (It was so much work!)

So what do you think? Is it magical or over the top? To me it feels kind of Balinese in a quirky way. And it makes me very happy to cocoon in here now :) The husband likes it as well, but if things are practical (which they are) he's usually ok with it almost no matter what it looks like.

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