The first year I updated linens- my bedspread, pillows, the whole nine yards. The set I got came with sheer curtain panels and several small valences that didn't fit my window, so I cut one up and lengthened another, sewing the sheers to the bottom of the valance to make them longer. With the scraps, I made the fabric- covered- Styrofoam wall hangings you see above the bed. Then, when I made my faux- metal wall art for my front room, I made a couple small ones with the extra materials to hang on either side of the styrofoam wall hangings.
Later, I spray painted the red vase black (you can't really see it in the first picture, but it was on my dresser) along with a few other things. My room was starting to feel more cohesive, but I knew I wasn't done yet.
What I really wanted was grown-up furniture. A few months ago, the timing was right- some savings, a tax return and a steal of a deal on a discontinued bedroom set at a local furniture store, and I had the furniture of my dreams!
|The drawers in the bed frame are one of the things that "sold" me.|
Only one problem... the new bed was king size. Why was that a problem, you ask? I was still totally in love with my bedding, and it was discontinued, which meant that it would be impossible to get the king size version, plus I didn't really want to pay for it again. So, I just decided to make it work. I turned the comforter sideways and folded the top down and called it good. If you look closely, you can see that the edges on the side are not quite long enough, but it's good enough for me. Plus now I can just keep the same curtains and everything.
As far as accessorizing, I mostly just used what I had already, with a few minor changes, like putting the frame on an easel that I had been using for a different picture, and connecting my faux- metal wall art.
I did buy one accessory, and that was the big wedding photo- I ordered a high quality print (we are lucky in that we have the digital copies of all our wedding photos) and bought a $20 frame at IKEA to hang it in, and I think it turned out great.
I really love this picture and I felt like it fit in well in my room, so I brought in it from the office. It has hanging on it the pearly beaded headpiece (made with love by my mom) which I wore in my hair with my veil. I'm sentimental like that. :-)
I did keep one of the styrofoam wall hangings; I hung it up by my door, but you may have noticed that the wall space on either side of the bed is now empty. That is the part that is yet to be finished, and I am still debating what to do (any suggestions?).
Anyway, every time I walk in my room now it finally feels like a beautiful, peaceful haven, and so from my perspective it was totally worth all the effort. It might even be my favorite room in the house now. All the other rooms are getting a little jealous, but we'll just take it one bedroom at a time, as the budget allows.
Do you have a favorite room in the house? Why is it your favorite?