So I don't have the funds for it yet (you know, cardboard house and spending money on handbags), but I've been doing a lot of "research" and pinning to figure out what I would like my bedroom to look like. I would really like to get over this weird stuck feeling I have about decorating my house.
Right now it looks like a first apartment, early twenties kind of look which is not ideal. So here are some totally embarrassing bedroom photos:
things to note:
- my "table" is just a random shelf thing I found in the garage when we moved in.
- his table is a filing cabinet.
- the tv is resting on two hand me down end tables which make the TV too low for me to actually see even when I'm propped up in bed so I end up only watching the top half of the TV unless I move to the end of the bed and that isn't that comfortable. So many problems in my life, guys.
- that black square on the wall is tape covering the hole from when we had the cable going from the outside (that hole is level with the roof. our house is weird)
- Neil and I have completely separate bedding, his was still in the wash when I took these photos.
- as much as I want minimalism, I have a lot of shit in here
- those cat scratchers are there to try to prevent Izze from tearing up our bed. Her preferred material are my jeans, so I cut up old ones and apparently my legs are the exact size as the posts.
- those are Izze's two beds: one heated, one she has been nursing on since she was a baby. It's gross and I hate it but she is very attatched to it.
I had a revelation that started this whole research phase. I've been slowly buying things and arranging the dining room when I looked over after my husband reorganized the liquor cabinet and realized: This is my favorite corner of the house. So I tried to take a photo to capture the "feeling" of it that I would like to replicate for the bedroom:
This is a photo of the whole corner, but I feel like it doesn't capture the idea as well as the closeup with my coffee cup:
The corner also isn't finished, though is anything in my house??? I'm pretty good at getting things like 60% done. I would like to stain the frame around the backdoor a cherry color, the plants need to actually be planted with dirt, and maybe some more rolling things for them to sit on, and the corner needs something it's a bit blank.
At least I have been able to figure out that I'm drawn to the bohemian style, except for all the clutter, which kind of is the whole point of that style, right? So contradicting and annoying on my part. I want a boho kind of feel in a minimalist way but doesn't feel half-assed, sparse, or unfinished. What does that even mean.
Then I came across this article which helped me think of decorating in a more organized way: layers. Such an awesome way to not get bogged down right away in all the details! So, I think that it would be possible to do a minimalist bohemian style, I just have to find the right items that give the biggest impact. I also do not want to paint the walls for these reasons:
- feels too permanent
- way too much wall therefore too much money and time
- too much thinking and choices I don't want to bother with
- first layer: bedroom set (even though a set goes against the bohemian style, but I think would help as my base for a simplistic approach). This should be my first purchase, so I need to find a set that would be neutral but interesting. I think I found a set I like, within my budget, so hopefully it's still available once I'm ready to purchase!
- second layer: rug (I think this should be very bold, with lots of color)
- art/wall decor (the wall with the black tape is a huge space, I'm thinking maybe a tapestry)
- bedding (I'm thinking of getting a cheap blanket that I could put over our divided bedding situation on the days I feel like making the bed)
- curtains (I also HATE those curtain rods that I thought I liked at the time. Neil is very frustrated with me on that)
- small touches (maybe replace the dresser knobs with fun, colorful ones)
- PLANTS or things that give the idea of plants if that makes sense because Neil doesn't really like plants
The one thing that is giving me a bit of bother is the bed. It's a sleep number, so I'm unsure if I can purchase a bed frame that isn't a sleep number specific one, and their bed frames are so expensive! And fabric. I'm afraid of our cat scratching the crap out of it, like she does. And we have the split one, which is nice for when we are propped up watching tv, but that means I am limited buying sheets from the sleep number website. Which are also expensive. And we both have separate comforters because we learned early on he is a crazy blanket hog. So right now I'm thinking of finding a headboard, but hopefully one I don't have to attach to the wall. I have problems with permanence, guys.
The other part is how the room is shaped and the window placement. This room was originally two rooms, which makes it an odd shape to deal with, so I can't center the bed under a window. And eventually the bathroom will be extended and a walk in closet built in, so I'm trying to keep that in mind. I'm also hoping wood looking tile is in the future for the floor. A girl can dream. I really hate carpet. Ha, so even if I manage to redecorate, my room will still not be done!!! Oh, lordy.
Things I have figured out:
- I don't want black furniture (thinking of going with a natural wood color)
- I want color (turquoise/teal, red, yellow)
- I need to think of the room in layers
- I want at least one thing pineapple, one thing elephant, one thing furry
- ...and that's about it.
What styles are you attracted to? Is your house styled exactly the way you like? Do you struggle like I do or is it easy for you?