One of my main goals when embarking on the decluttering journey, was to end up with spaces I would actually enjoy spending time in. What’s the fun in all that effort, if there is no reward?
Right now, as I’m busy decluttering, fixing mini disasters and wiping hand prints off the refrigerator I dream of creating my perfect bedroom space. Having reached the tedious, soul sucking phase of decluttering, speak all the little toy parts and loose papers, progress is a tad slower, but continues.
My dream to create an oasis, a true happy space is not a new one. Sure, it would be lovely to call a “She-Shed” my own, but lets face it, who has the space or funds for that? That leaves the next logical space: the bedroom. It is where we spend roughly one third of our life after all. The goal is to accomplish all with a fairly tight budget in mind and without settling. Settling has gotten me into decorating troubles in the past, some of which I am now slowly fixing/eliminating.
The last time this room saw a paint brush was eleven years ago. At the time I was completely exhausted from never getting a full night’s sleep. My youngest was not yet potty trained – at six years old. Another fun perk of autism, my friends! I had recently quit my high stress job at the hospital to stay home with our boys. Blue, brown and cream/beige bedrooms were all the rage of the day. Too exhausted to come up with something more original, I opted to swim with the current.
I set out on my mission to paint every piece of furniture in the room a matching espresso color, all the walls but one blue. The accent wall featured a wall of big brown and beige squares. Never liked either color, but lacked time/motivation/moolah to change it. Sad stuff, my friends.
Matching (long gone) bedding was purchased, curtains sewed. Within a short time the “soothing” color scheme lost its appeal and became flat out boring. I suppose I could have injected more color with pillows, but just couldn’t justify spending money on a room I had recently redecorated. By then, hubby had cancer and anything design related wound up far back on the burner.
That is how it often goes. As mothers and caregivers we put everyone and everything before our own needs until we are exhausted and burned out. It took me a long time before I realized it was not only okay, but absolutely necessary to take care of the mother of my children and my husband’s wife. I owe them the best “ME” I can give them. And taking care of myself includes having pleasant spaces for us all to live and RELAX in whenever possible.
So here we are. With my new found fondness for mid century design, I went about slowly coming up with a design plan that is really beginning to take shape. Let me show you the space as it is today:
Here you can see the decorative grid that was ripped of the headboard by my son’s nimble hands. Not to mention the scuffed wall behind the bed.
I opted for this bed platform, because it was perfect for my memory foam mattress and has a ton of storage space underneath. But I never quite found the bed skirt of my dreams and decided to just leave it like that until I knew what direction I wanted to go with the room.
The room is not overly huge, but it is certainly spacious enough. And yes, I did clean up before I took the BEFORE shots:)
This gives you a good idea of the accent wall I was talking about. I am honestly over it.
And here are the curtains. The grommets are coming loose and I am not loving the curtain rods or the length anymore.
The grid wall art is not much better. I love the fact that each of the frames contains a picture of one of our favorite places on earth, the overall look is just way too bland and boring.
Last but not least, there are the little nuisances that need to be swapped out!
Are you as annoyed by almond outlets with white covers as I am? Partially painted over no less!
- Paint walls
- New curtains and shades
- Add a rug under and around the bed
- Refresh lighting
- Find a wood bedframe
- Update head board & nightstands
- Create a reading corner
- Add fresh new accessories: art, plants etc.
After some serious soul searching, I decided this room would have WHITE walls. The caps are, because anybody who knows me will be utterly shocked. Because I am not usually a fan. This time around I am opting for the blank canvas and it just feels right.
One thing I have learned through the years is that my design aesthetic can easily swing from bright and colorful to neutral and muted. For this reason I prefer to keep elements like walls, most furniture, rugs and window treatments on the more neutral side – without being boring.
We are fortunate enough to have lovely wood floors in our bedrooms. I would love to refinish them, but for now they are in decent enough shape to go without. I do have some tips and tricks that make them look great and I will share those with you soon.
Room darkening shades and curtains are a must in this south and west facing room. Our neighbor on the west side also has an affinity for floodlights that are on all night, no bueno for dark loving me.
There are several go-to sources I usually stalk until I find what I’m looking for when it comes to furniture and decor. A long time fan of Craigslist, I recently added FaceBook marketplace as a go-to resource. The latter just seems much more user friendly for listing and viewing. Thrift stores as well as garage sales can be amazing for scoring all kinds of furniture and accessories like pottery, lamps and art. I hadn’t given antique malls a second thought, until I stopped by one near our house and found some really cool and amazingly affordable art!
Here are some inspiration pictures to give you a general idea for the vibe I imagine for this new and refreshed bedroom space.
Like this lovely mustard color chair. This color will look amazing with Dixie the Dresser!
I love this bed, because it eliminates both the need for a bed skirt and the temptation to store things under it. Not entirely sure about the direction I want to go with the head board. There are several ideas floating around…
When I saw this lamp at Target, it was love at first sight. Swing arm wall lamps are not only practical, but also add style. And with this plug in model, there is no need for wiring.Then there is the rug. I wanted that to be a little more on the neutral side without boring. After initially purchasing another rug that was just too beige after I saw it in the room, my luck quickly turned around when I found this beauty. Better yet, I was able to sell the unwanted rug for the same purchase price to someone who was very happy to snag it!
Just the right amount of color and the distressed pattern I was looking for! A lucky find!
I am still working on the other elements of the room and cannot wait to share them with you soon. What do you think about the direction this is going? So far I am pretty happy with my finds! Do you dream of creating your very own space to relax? What is stopping you from doing it? Or have you carved out your own little sanctuary? Do share your thoughts!
Keep it simple!
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