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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Summertime Bedroom

Sometimes it’s ok to just make small investments in a room until you are ready to make big changes.


When we first moved into Storybook Cottage both the Mr. and I knew right away that we could only live for a few days with the feeling that we were sleeping inside an avocado.


But I had no idea WHAT color to paints the walls. I already knew that the curtains we had in our last two houses were a foot and half too short for the new windows and pieces of our bedding had shrunk when they were dry cleaned. But I had no idea what type of new bedding I wanted, had no time to look and just needed to paint.

So white it was. Specifically “DuJour” by Behr (Home Depot). Someday I will probably paint the walls a lovely color but for now white works.  It’s clean and not green. :)


Eventually I probably will have custom bedding and drapery made for the space. But in the meantime I was tired of just making the bed up each morning with just a tired old blanket. Since this was a temporary decorating solution I decided to have a little fun with my choices. Summer for me means bright color balanced with white.


I can’t even begin to tell you how clogged with dust these window sheers were. #yuckbedroom

For now I am just enjoying the clean look of white plantation shutters. It seems perfect for summer. Light and bright.


So let’s talk bedding. The white linen bed skirt and euro shams I have had for a few years. They are from Pom Pom at Home. I found the white Issac Mizrahi coverlet at Marshalls and the floral Kenzie shams at Home Goods. Both were on clearance. The pink abstract pillows by Threshold from Target were also massively reduced. The turquoise pillow in front came from Hobby Lobby and purchased with a coupon. All together I spent $65 for a temporary fix that allows me to walk into our bedroom without cringing. 1-IMG_2566

The colored fabric at the foot of the bed was something I have seen done at upper end hotels. The Fashionista is unsure about this look. I told her we would let you guys vote on if it should stay or go. It is basically just a bit of pink burlap.


I also found some new lamps on major clearance at Target. You can see I have not yet removed the plastic lampshade cover. This is because I am on the fence about the lamps. While I love the pink shades the base reminds me of large gold paperclips. So, what do you think, should they remain? At $25 a piece that is a bit high to keep them just for the lamp shades and buy new bases.


So tell me your thoughts. Will you be doing any temporary decorating fixes?



Auntie Em said...

Happy Canada Day! :)
The room is so fresh and charming. I like the white with brights and at that price, if you get tired of it no big deal. Very smart!
Love the lamps. I can even see them at Christmas with a small brush tree or figurine inside. Very sleek design.
I would say the fabric draped across the bed is a cute idea, especially for summer. It was custom in our home and my aunts and grandmother's homes as well, to have a blanket draped across the foot of the bed, winter or summer. This was sometimes laid straight across or maybe tucked down in the middle to represent a butterfly. But usually only in a room if the occupant was female. This bright pretty strip of burlap gives the same effect without the weight of the blanket and without having the said blanket fall off in the middle of the night. They stayed on OK if you had a foot board.
Your room is very inspiring. Sweet Dreams! :)

Tee said...

I change my comforters to a brighter color in the summer also. Your bedroom is so lovely looking! I say keep the fishes accent in the bed!!! It all works!!!

Rita C. said...

I love this look, Laura. I like the fuschia 'runner' on the bed, and I use the same technique, also borrowed from the hotel look. I think the lamps go well with your summer look, but it's the plantation shades I really love, without additional window treatments.

Prettypracticalhome said...

Hi, Laura! I think the lamps are really cool and a keeper. Love the pillow choices and pops of pink. The runner is a pretty genius idea if you don't want to spend a lot of money on a custom bed scarf. Very nice refresh!

Nancy's Notes said...

What a bright and cheerful room, love it! Oh, I'm crazy about your shutters, love the white! Your transformation is just wonderful! I like to change out my bedding in summer, I'm like to change with the seasons! At least, I try!!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Auntie Em is right about the runner being a good solution without the weight (imagine this is very important in TX!) and the texture keeping it on the bed. I had a red throw on the bottom of my bed this winter which fell off constantly.

Stealing the plantation shutters idea for my new bedroom! Thanks!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love how light and bright things are and I adore the use of the pink. So pretty. I think I am in the minority, I love the lamps, but I think they are too small for the tables and the overall look. I think you need something taller and with more body. Sorry.

Louise said...

I love it. Plain white comforter is always my favourite, and I love the pillows. Since you ask, I vote for keeping the lamps but not the fabric. I'd prefer to see a real blanket folded at the foot of the bed. Also, I think that you should paint the bedside tables and add glass knobs.:-)

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura,I love this bright fresh look! The side table looks perfect and I am so happy to see you using it where you enjoy it everyday! I am not crazy about the lamps; however do like the shades!

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PS maybe you can find a great buy on a bright throw to lay across the end of the bed, for now I like the ...

Louise said...

Ugh no, I am reading on my phone, just clicked on photo and enlarged. The side tables are beautiful. Yep, don't paint them. But I definitely see SOMETHING pained with glass hardware, in this room.:-)

Lisa said...

Love it all! It most certainly doesn't look temporary but it will give you time to find something you truly love.;) Don't you just love the word "clearance"?

Denise said...

Hi Laura,

What a great change from a dark cave to a light, bright, cheery room!! I love your colorful pillows and white bedding -- perfect for summer, and the plantation shutters are classic and elegant (very southern looking). I think the pink burlap looks fine on the bed for summer; we've always done folded quilts or throws on our beds and I think the burlap would definitely stay in place well. I would normally never say this, but since you asked; the lamps are definitely not my style, but if you like them you should keep them. I do agree with Marty that they're a bit small for the dimensions of the room. (Sorry)

You always do a great job, Laura, and this room is no exception. I love the pinks and turquoise, and it looks like a much more restful room to retire to now. :) Have a wonderful day!


Denise at Forest Manor

Vel Criste said...

Gorgeous! Love all the colors Laura! I would keep the lamp, I love it esp. that pink shade!

Linda said...

I think the room looks cheery as it is. Very pretty :)
I don't really change out our bedding - just the same lightness all year long, and our cats are the daily decorations on our bed - they basically lay there most of the day, so nothing like the runner would ever work for us - instead I have an old scrappy blanket at the end of our bed covered in cat hair like most of our stuff. I think the bottom line is to always just have what you like, what makes you happy, and what works for your house. :)
Have a great 4th of July weekend,

Sarah said...

Wow, what a transformation! I love the light, bright look of you room. The plantation shutters are all I'd need on the windows. I love the clean, crisp look of shutters. No textile needed for me. As for the lamps, if you don't love them, don't keep them. That's my motto these days. ;-)
We are still in the process of looking for a new home. I've decided that if we have reservations about something, then it's not the one for us.
Hope you have a grand 4th of July.

sarah said...

First I am looking at this on my phone. I think everything looks really nice including the lamps. I get the color at foot of the bed but maybe needs to be a more substantial fabric. But if it works for you, keep it. It is a great fix untill you come to a more permanent decision.

Lana L. said...

What a beautiful, bright room. So calm and serene!

Heather Clamp said...

I love the room's new, thrifty look! So bright and cheerful! I'd keep the lamps. :) Happy 4th!