Hey Hey Hey! Guess who’s not dead? It’s me. I’ve been consumed by a dozen or so amazing design projects and using my free time to enjoy my delicious little life. I must say, I’m very happy right now with my personal situation and I think it has taken a toll on the blog. Don’t be a jealous girlfriend quite yet though, I promise to be better to you in upcoming months. March and April should be an exciting time for DM, the online version.
I’m coming out of blog winter hibernation to take part in the One Room Challenge NOW linking party. Linda, creator of the ORC, has come up with a great idea for the past participants of the decorating challenge. The idea is to share how our rooms have evolved since the 6 week makeover. What worked, what didn’t, etc. Some of you may remember that I decorated my Master Bedroom for my first challenge last February/March. It was a manic, rushed, and overwhelming project as I attempted to finish my bedroom and move into my house while construction was happening all around me. To say that I was thrilled with the result would be a big overstatement (LIE) and the room has continued to evolve over the past year. It’s still not “right” or “done” in my mind, but at least it doesn’t keep me up at night any more.
So let’s quickly reminisce, shall we?
At the end of the ORC, I had my bed on the long bare wall and I had whipped up a slip-covered, shapely headboard as the focal point…
BEFORE- Bed on Bare wall, Bay window Open.
Well the curved headboard lasted about 10 months before I just couldn’t take it anymore. As much as I am incredibly grateful to my father and sister for making it, it looked like a DIY and didn’t have the feeling or quality I desired in my bedroom. So I took it off and went back to the standard Ikea Malm bed. Then on a whim this past weekend, I moved the bed into the bay window. It’s really opened up the space and I like the feel much better!
I’ve mixed up the bedding a little bit, changing to plain white shams and adding a bedspread on top of my duvet. I bought a vintage blue and green suzani for a client and I loved it so much I went on Ebay on a whim and snagged one for myself. (Hehe- casualty of this biz) Not sure if it will stay in the bedroom, but I’m loving it here right now. My pug is loving it too, because now I let him up on the bed.
NOW- The view as I walk in the door…
The rug is also new to the room. It’s another Ebay purchase from years ago. I had it in my loft and it’s been in storage for the past 2 years. I didn’t think I’d use it in the cottage because I’m kinda totally over Beni Ourains. (Sorry, but Very overused int the bloggersphere.) But it was “free” soft and warm and my floors feel rrreally cold underfoot, so I’m happy to have it back.
BEFORE- Nightstands and Lamps
NOW- My old nightstands (THIS Ikea Hack) have moved to under the mirror.
NOW I have mismatched nightstands.
Due to window placement, I had much more space on the right side of the bed then the left, so I trying out a desk as a bedside table.
This desk (a used West Elm Parsons Desk painted Glidden’s “Very Berry”) has been floating around my house unable to find a home.
It REALLY needs to be repainted. The desk chair is vintage.
I’m hoping to use it as a vanity, but I haven’t styled it up yet. I also plan to hang the bamboo mirror.
and NOW… RIP Tree
On the left side I shopped my own home and used a vintage rattan and glass coffee table.
I love round tables for nightstands! So much room for all my stuff.
Since I moved the foo dog lamps downstairs, I needed a new light by my bed.
This one was cheap and cute- Nate Berkus for Target. I don’t think its available anymore but this one is super sexy too.
The panton chair is a spare dining chair. Since my first floor is so small, it’s nice to have it out of the way, but convenient to grab when I have a larger dinner party.
After living in the bedroom for a while, I realized I needed more storage. So I hit up Mom for the spare Danish Dresser in her basement. I like having wood in this super saturated space. It’s warm and maintains a nice balance between the natural and the POP in this room.
Pug art and the real deal, Mr Bailey Bartholomew…
So to recap, in 11 months I have remodeled/dressed down my headboard, added to the bedding, changed the nightstands, added a dresser and rug.
I’d say things are a little different now.
This new design may last me 11 months. Maybe. I’m kinda itching to repaint the place, but I’m trying A) to not be crazy and B) to focus on other rooms for now.