As you all might have gathered I have been down with the flu these past week. So I have spent a lot of time in my bedroom. That same bedroom that was/is so high on my to do list all year, and that still isn’t finished.
Ok I finished my repurposed wood headboard, and I am still very pleased with that. And the wardrobe and chair got a makeover. So I guess the bigger projects are done. But other than that there still wasn’t a whole lot of beauty and cuteness to look at.
So I decided to give myself a fresh of dose of motivation and take another look at my inspiration files.
But first a couple of before shots. Just to remind you all what I am working with.
Ok not a big room, so no chance to move around the furniture or add a lot of new ones. Bare empty walls. A difficult window treatment situation. And definitely a lack of character.
Ok and here is the main attraction in the room now.
My new headboard. So how did I come up with that idea?
It all started here:
In 2002 (long before I started blogging) in a hotel room in New York City. It is a picture of the headboard / headwall in our teeny tiny room in the Paramount hotel (interior design by Philip Starck himself, I scored major points with My Love when I booked that one).
I fell in love with this idea of an old picture framed and everything behind the bed. It was so classy and yet also whimsical. I tried to figure out for years how to do it, but finding a place that will print a canvas that big isn’t easy. And besides our iron bed already has a pretty high headboard anyway, so any picture would be covered to a great extent.
But the idea of adding some drama behind our bed was born.
Then years later while blog hopping I saw this photo. It is a rather well known photo, and been around the blogworld. I am sure you know it too.
A classic so to speak. And I have no idea where it is from originally. I immediately fell in love with this mantel headboard. Loved the paint, the texture, the drama. And it even got the thumbs of from My Love (remember I wanted this to be a room he would love too). But where does one get a mantel like this. I had my eyes out for one for several years and never even came close to finding something like it, well at least not for a price I could afford.
So I broke it down. What drew me to it. First of all the idea of a headboard. The wall behind our bed is directly opposite our entrance door. And it needed something that made a statement, set the mood.
Then there was the textures, the rawness of the materials, the natural colors and definitely the element of surprise to use a mantel like this.
Oh and I liked the fact that there was an opportunity for easy changing of décor too.
This picture, another classic I don’t know the origins from, sort of had that same vibe going. Although something about this set up kind of scared me (I wouldn’t want that beam to fall on my head).
“But this doesn’t look anything like your headboard?”
I know bear with me….
When I fell in love with this picture I knew that it was texture that I was after.
Photo: In the Fun Lane
I love the paneling. In fact I have loved all of the paneling projects I have seen. Both the ones that are up to the ceiling like this one, as the half ones.
Except this got a very definite no from my love. He didn’t like it at all.
Ok back to the drawing board.
Then I got lucky. Young House Love did a bedroom post and I almost skipped over this next picture, because I definitely wasn’t looking for bright colors in my bedroom, but something caught my eye nevertheless that made it end up in my inspiration file in my head.
Photo: Young House Love by My Home Ideas
That headboard was kind of cool. And there you have it. The idea of a wooden headboard was born.
Of course when I got my scaffolding beams there was the question of paint, whitewash, natural or stained?
Since I was using Donna’s dreamy bedroom as a reference for my color scheme (talk about falling in love! I literally drooled when I saw here bedroom reveal), I was leaning heavily toward whitewashing them.
And then I changed my mind. Because of this picture.
You see another gorgeous all white bedroom. Totally dreamy and I’d love to transplant it over here immediately. But when I looked at it better, it was that one dark beam that added the interest for me. That wood stands out so beautifully in this picture. And I already knew there would be a lot of white and light naturals in my bedroom.
And that’s why I ended up with this:
See makes sense after all.
Ok, so far so good.
But as I said the rest of the room is still bare. But I got a few ideas.
See this picture, it’s our bay window. I am still working on fixing a proper window (mis)treatment for it. But as you can barely see in this picture there is quite a bit of wall above it.
It needs something but I still haven’t figured out what. A rowing oar would be cool, except we don’t live anywhere near boats. Or a long sign. But what text?
Do you have ideas? I’d love to hear them.
And this wall is still as empty as it was. Granted it has a fresh coat of white paint, the door and woodwork is now white instead of this yellow and that chair you see peeking out has been turned into my postal bag chair.
I have a few ideas though. But I never seem to be as lucky in scoring things like this as some of you seem to be. Maybe it is geography, maybe it’s karma. Anyway I am putting it out there in the universe, and maybe my prayers will be answered.
I need something pretty narrow for that wall, and possibly something to reflect some light coming from the opposite (north facing) window.
I’d love a fold up table like this:
Photo: Lilla Blanka
Perfect in all it’s shabbiness with just the right amount of possibility for dressing it up.
I could even imagine placing a window on tip of it:
Photo: French Lankspur
Dreamy yet also just enough roughness to make it masculine enough for My Love.
And if I was serious about reflecting light, I could even frame a mirror behind it.
Photo: Graham and Green
Yeah ok, keep dreaming, but what if that table doesn’t come my way. Well as a back up plan I have my eye out for a shabby little bench like this:
That wouldn’t take up a lot of space either and would give me plenty of decorating possibilities.
Oh and of course. More furniture isn’t the only thing on my list of things still to do. There is fabric too.
Remember Donna’s room? Lot’s of fabric there, it’s what makes it so incredibly comfy and inviting looking.
And this picture has been haunting me too:
Maybe a touch too romantic. But beautiful colors and fabrics. Go over to that site if you dare, but first go put your credit card in the freezer. Because they have got beautiful stuff, but you’ll need your kids college fund to pay for it.
And there you have it. My inspiration file for my bedroom.
I’d better get on with it. If want a bedroom like that!
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