My master bedroom is a gorgeous space with a huge bay window, but I close the door whenever we have company over. Why? Perhaps it’s the bare box springs with no bedskirt on the bed. Or the curtains that no longer hang right because the dog has basically pulled them down (he likes to sleep behind them). Maybe it’s the mismatched furniture or just the lack of decorating all together.
At any rate, it’s time to be a big girl and quit hiding my bedroom in shame. This spring, my husband and I are working into finally turning “our” space, the only space without plastic toys and Lightening McQueen DVDs, into a space that we love. We have a series of projects to complete, and they run the gambit from painting, to restoring, to construction. I plan to detail them all here, step-by-step, so that you can follow along – unless they totally fail, and then I’ll just pretend they didn’t happen.
At the beginning of any major room redesign, you have to start with your inspiration. My inspiration began with a pattern.
Perhaps chevrons are passe and completely overdone in design magazines and on blogs. You know what? Who cares. I don’t live in a magazine and my bedroom is completely unlikely to ever grace the pages of one. We may end up opting for another bold pattern instead of a chevron, but this sort of geometry plays heavily into my plans. And because my husband is an engineering nerd with a penchant for over thinking everything, it’s likely going to be heavy on time, too.
Then, there’s this pot holder. Have you ever been inspired by something so odd?
I spotted it at Anthropologie (of course, I did), and fell in love with the colors. I was searching for a bold color that looked great with dark gray and white. Yellow was the first thing that popped into mind, but I thought maybe another color would look better. Still I was drawn to the yellow. Then, Rhoda convinced me that it was a color combo that’s been en vogue for many years and not to worry about it – again, who cares what’s too trendy and overdone? Thanks, Rhoda!
I brought the potholder home and worked on my color palate for the room. This is what I came up with:
And so it begins. It’s definitely not my usual color choices – no brown, no blue. I’m ready for a change, though, and I’m very excited to get started! Of course, this change may well embolden me to redecorate the whole house, but that sounds like a fun challenge!
What about you? Are you looking for a bold change or do you like subtle changes in your home? Do you find inspiration in really odd things, like pot holders?