Project Downsized Update: Curtains, Art & Bedding

So I’m still off gallivanting in Vegas.  Yesterday was super fun and super exhausting.  I had ambitious plans to hit the cool clubs last night, but got back to my room and ended up ordering room service, taking a bath and crashing early.  Crrrrazy kid right here.  Today I’m going to check out some more showrooms at Market, but not before I get some morning rays at the pool.  I feel so spoiled being here… its awesome 🙂

While I’m vacationing working, I thought I’d share some progress I’ve made on my little bedroom makeover.  When I last discussed the project, I had finished painting and my bedroom looked like this…

CURTAINS  The bed is placed off-center from the window in order to fit a nightstand on the left side.  Normally something like that would really bother me, but I was able to mask the issue with window treatments.  The first thing I did was hang my curtain rod.  I ignored my window, and centered it on the bed instead.  I hung the rod as close to the ceiling as possible, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT YOU DO, PEOPLE.  YOU HANG YOUR CURTAIN RODS AS CLOSE TO THE CEILING AS POSSIBLE.

With the curtains up, the bed feels perfectly positioned in the room and its amazing how much higher the ceiling looks now.  I just did simple white linen curtains from Ikea because I don’t plan on staying here long, plus I’m morally opposed to fussy curtains.  (Sorry for the craptastic photos, but I figure I’ll save pretty fancy photos for the end.)
If I were staying longer, I would have bought rings to hang the panels, 
because they look much nicer than rod pocket.

ART WALL  Next I started filling in the walls with my assortment of art.  I decided to mix sizes, styles and frames because I’m bad-ass like that.  A gallery wall is certainly easier with some sort of cohesive theme, but honestly, I like this one all random.

Here’s the portion to the left of my bed…

And the right of my bed…

I hit a bit or a road block on the wall adjacent to my bed.  There are two shelf brackets that I couldn’t take down (they’ve been painted over so many times that they are practically a permanent fixture.)  At first I hung art in between the brackets, but that just drew attention to them and drove me crazy.

U-G-L-Y you don’t need no alibi.  You ugly.  Big ugly. 

So I put on my thinking cap and decided to cover the brackets as much as possible.  Lucky for me I have lots of art.  Cover away I went…

not perfect, but much better.  
plus this room isn’t about being perfect, its about being cozy

BEDDING  Before I went all cray with the art everywhere, I was planning a rich mix of patterns in the bedroom.  A little maximalist bungalow if you will.  I fell for this red paisley quilt from World Market and thought it would look great with my existing pieces and pink walls.  I just love pink with red!

And you know what?  I love the look.  I know with the art everywhere, this combo may be a bit busy for some of you, but it made me really happy.  It was cozy and warm, eclectic yet cohesive.

Unfortunately, the quilt is complete CRAP.  The quality is really poor and there is a seam right up the middle of the bedding that leaves a discolored yellow line running up the center.  I’ve decided not to keep it.  (PS- I’ve tried out two quilts now to make sure the first one wasn’t just a bum version.)

So I’m back to the white quilt now.  In an ideal world, I’d buy some hotel bedding because I love the idea of preppy bedding balancing out all of the bohemian touches in the room.  But honestly, I don’t think I’ll be staying here much longer, so this may just have to do.  We will see.

When I get home I’m turning my attention to the rest of the room.  Hoping to finish up and share some proper photos soon.  What do you guys think so far?  I have to admit, I just love it and I’m kinda sad to leave it.  Kinda excited to have a whole new place to decorate too, though.  Tee-to-the-Hee-Hee.

  1. Sarah K

    Amazing..Love it. Well done!

  2. justine

    Hi Naomi,
    Love the room – quick question for you. How close to the ceiling to hang the rods? I know you said as close as possible, but is there such a thing as “too” close?


  3. I spy that buffalo print 20×200? Love it. Have several Buffalo in my place too! Love this room, you did a fab job! I’m excited to see what’s next too~

  4. Totally love this transformation! What a cozy space!

  5. MFAMB

    are you kidding me? who wouldn’t want to sleep there?
    no one. it’s awesome.
    those bits of gold are the cherry.

  6. Yes, totally agree about rod pockets. I love rings! The even slide easier and gives the illusion of pleats, if you so please. Love that you worked some window trickery. You’re like a magician. The pink is so pretty too.

  7. Kim

    Thanks for the Cozamia tip. It’s new to me, and I’ve already found 4-5 things I want!

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of the room!

  8. naomi – i have loved seeing this on instagram! i love your room – that vignette KILLS it. KILLS. way to work it out!

  9. Erin

    It looks AWESOME, as if it could be anything but!

    Helps that you have such great art and fabrics. Delicious!

    Sad about the WM quilt, but I am definitely against keeping crappily made things.

  10. It is ridiculous that you can make a bedroom into something that fantastic…I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty green over here (c: If you put a smiley face after you say something witchy, it balances it out, right? ha! I’m still impressed at the huge difference that wall color made…

  11. Only you could rock out a standard bedroom and turn it into amazing! The art mix is perfection.

  12. A perfect solution for the off centered window…love the room!!

  13. Holy crap woman. That looks fantastic. Talk about a transformation!

  14. Ann- I definitely will think about a throw for the end of the bed. The white bedding is clean but feels unfinished at the end.
    I wish I could find a red block print paisley. I really love red paisley…

  15. Kim- I don’t really have a favorite source from art. Some is original (like the Nicole Cohen painting I commissioned) some is fancy (like the salvidore dali block print) and some is cheap (Cozamia, etsy, 20×200)

    I think they key is that its not all cheap and its not all just prints. Prints can feel flat to me.

    Good call on the black mat/ gold frame combo. I’m not sure I even noticed that! Or maybe I planned that back in the loft. I can’t remember! (Plus all the art was on separate walls before…)

  16. Too bad that paisley quilt sucked, b/c I loved the pattern. Room looks so perfect and cozy.

  17. Amazing!! Not going to lie, I really LOVE it with the quilt, but no point in keeping something that’s complete crap. Hopefully you can find an even better replacement!

  18. Love it ALL. Sometimes small rooms are the most fun to tackle, and I love how cozy and eclectic this is. Bummer about the quilt, though. Boooo.


  19. Ann

    Thank you for sharing each step of your process. I am about to do a gallery wall in my office, and feel less intimidated about it now. It’s too bad the quilt didn’t work, because it looked great in the photos. Have you considered folding a patterned throw, or even just a piece of fabric you like, at the foot of the bed? It could spice up that white duvet, and achieve a similar look to what you were striving for. Just a thought.

  20. Dude you’re goo!. What is that center pillow and where can I get me one of those?

  21. Leah

    the room looks great! i loved the quilt & so sad it was crap. the solid bedding looks good though. i just love paisley block prints!

  22. I love the art and the ceiling slant makes it so cozy. You did an amazing job….love the color of the walls!

  23. I love the space! So comfy and cozy. Sometimes the smallest spaces are my favorites.

  24. Kim

    Very nice! I love your taste in art. What’s your favorite source? I also like the black mat/gold frame combo you’ve got going on for a lot of them. I’ll have to try that sometime.

  25. Looking so good! I actually like the white quilt better. When I look at the first picture and the last picture, I’m just blown away. Great job!

  26. LOVE!!!!!
    I think I might be more excited than you to see you decorate a whole new place soon.

  27. Love the gallery walls and your dining room table. 🙂 I love that you are putting this much into a temporary space. I’m the same way!!

  28. René

    I absolutely love every detail! Too bad about the quilt :(. I would never know the window wasn’t centered either, by the way.

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