Well its the 5th week of my bedroom makeover. I have to admit this project is becoming a pain in my behind Having just moved into the cottage, I’m distracted by all of the other rooms. I find myself wanting to do the finishing touches in the bathroom so I can show it off. I am REALLY digging whats coming together in the kitchen and I want to talk about that too. Then there’s the living room, lounge, dining area…. my head has serious design ADD.
Also, I’m questioning certain choices I made in the bedroom. I don’t want to talk about it yet. I just need to sit with it, fill things in, edit away, and find that perfect design balance. Which is hard to do when you only have 3 weeks left and you are sharing everything along the way. Where’s my room for error?
So this challenge is a for real challenge. But it’s good because its forcing me to finish a project.
Luckily, this week was easy. I filled in the room with secondary pieces to make it more balanced and complete.
When I first discussed the furniture plan for the room I was going to put a small console table in the corner between my windows. But even after I filled in with curtains, the corner felt a little empty. A little weak, if you will.
I also found that I wanted more storage. I don’t have any shelves downstairs to display my books and treasures. So I took to craigslist to find myself a bookshelf. I specifically wanted an etagere; something open on the sides and in the back so that my teal walls would show through. As luck would have it, I found this piece for 60 bucks.
I didn’t force him to pose here. He just really loves this sheepskin.
Anywho, when I brought the etagere into the room I wasn’t sure if I would leave the wood stain or paint it. Part of it felt heavy to me and I wanted to lighten it up. But then I started styling it and realized it was perfect as is.
I like that the stained wood frame brings a natural element to the room- not just all lacquer and shine up in this joint! Also it has glass shelves which helps it feel lighter. I like that all of my pieces “float” on the glass. Now this corner feels more complete.
In other news, I’ve been using these benches at the foot of the bed. For those of you who aren’t in the know, I bought these back in the day from JC Penney. They used to look like this and then I made them over. Penney’s doesn’t sell these any more which is tragic because they were so cheap and oh so hackable.
Originally I thought I’d change the base and the fabric, but either I’m lazy, crazy or a genius cause I’m really digging them as is. I love clashing with red. I think it looks great against the teal walls. I’m also obsessed with black based floral and think they work well with just about any other pattern. I like that it’s not perfect and not matchy-matchy.
Can’t just be preppy… I need my boho too.
Also, I splurged and bought Bailey a fancy bed. He also gets a pop of red cause he’s got swagger and enjoys a good clash as well. Who am I kidding, he just enjoys a good chin rest. Find the dog bed here.
That’s it for me. Wish me luck with finishing this room already.
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