27 March, 2010

Bedroom Makeover- the paint

It's been busy and hectic this last week, with my grandmother in the hospital and my cat being put down yesterday.  Painting my room was put off until this weekend, but carpet isn't scheduled until next Thursday so things aren't so far behind. 

Here's the progress of the first coat of paint.  Tomorrow is the second coat. 

Here you can see my old carpet and the inside of my closet.  The very back wall of the closet is being painted beet as well, but the wall it's along is being kept white.  It actually looks quite nice!  The closet organizer setup I'm getting is going to be white, so it provides some contrast.

You can see it's much darker in some lighting.  That's the door and part of the wall that's going to remain white. 

I also received a surprise in the mail this afternoon!

I bought this skirt two weeks ago and it finally made its way over.  I've been fond of this Innocent World print since I can remember, and though I would have preferred the jumperskirt, I was able to snag this for only ~$120.  It's more gorgeous than I even expected, and when I have time I'll definitely take pictures of me wearing it.  The fabric is chiffon, which I wasn't expecting at all, with a lining under.  It also matches my bedroom, which is also similar to the paint of my car and my winter coat, so I think it's fairly obvious a colour that I love.  I'll have to look into finding a dressform to display outfits for my room if I have a spare corner, because a beauty like this should always be seen.

21 March, 2010

Bedroom Makeover- the planning

For the past six years I haven't had a permanent space of my own, bouncing between college dorms shared temporary apartments.  So now living with my parents again for an undetermined amount of time, I have regained ownership of my old bedroom that has undergone many functional changes since my absence but no significant makeover since I was twelve.  Yikes.  The walls are a baby blue with a carpet a few shades darker, covered in unidentified stains from over the years.  What is left of the furniture is mismatched at best, and piles of belongings sit in boxes around my room from lack of any proper places to put them.

So I have decided to undertake a large and expensive project (out of my own pocket!) for the next couple weeks of redoing my entire bedroom and creating a space that is comfortable, functional, and stylish.  Not having any experience in home decorating from the floor up, the process was overwhelming and intimidating at first.  With no idea where to start, I went to furniture stores hoping to stumble upon inspiration and found it.

Though at first considering "adult" furniture sets, I found a lot of the beds and dressers and desks way too large and clunky for my purposes, as well as boring in design, but when venturing into the realm of children's furniture I wanted to avoid picking anything too childish or cheap in quality.   I always liked the idea of a daybed because of their dual purpose, and the way they orient against the wall opens up a lot more floor space.  I went without the trundle option and picked up a matching dresser with mirror and night stand.

One thing I really like about the children's furniture is that it's the right size for me.  The dresser mirror allows me to see much more of myself, although my father says he can't see above his shoulders haha.  These were also a nice, sturdy quality with properly sliding drawers, and I love the simple elegance of the curved headboard and mirror.
If you're looking for comforter sets and other bedroom accessories, I recommend Target.  Simply Shabby Chic and Liberty of London are very cute and affordable.  The comforter that I purchased above is reversible, and the pillows have cute little pompoms on them.  I also bought a matching dark pink throw and used the pink as the inspiration for my walls.

While I was shopping around, I noticed black/white is very hot at the moment, as is damask.  So I gave into the trend and at least it'll make it easier to find matching accessories, but I also didn't want to get carried away with a single motif or too busy of prints.  Here's a few things I found at Target that caught my eye that I may incorporate into the room decor.

My carpet was the most expensive purchase so far, right at 1k, and is due to be installed around the 1st of April, the same week the rest of my furniture is supposed to be in.  It's a race against time to get this all completed before Easter, otherwise I won't have a place to sleep when the spare bedrooms are invaded by relatives.

More progress updates to come!  Any guesses on what colour of carpet I bought?

20 March, 2010

Who does she think she is?

Preferring to keep most of my thoughts private, a public blog didn't seem much of natural inclination, but it's what all the hippityhoppity kids are doing these days and hopefully will provide an outlet for my inspirations and adventures. This is neither strictly a gardening blog or a lolita blog, but it will certainly have elements of both and much more about my daily life. I had a huge multi-paragraph post typed up and ready to go, as introductions are customary, but I rather keep this clean and simple and spare you the tl;dr for now.

Content to look forward to:
-Redecorating my bedroom! (For the next three weeks or so, and beyond?)
-Alaskan cruise (Tentatively in the beginning of August)
-Spring planting! (Sadly it just snowed again today, but the crocuses shall prevail)
-My shopping addiction (Updates as I receive new purchases)

So feel free to stick around and hopefully I'll be making posts of interest soon.