Thursday, June 24, 2010

A new direction

I am trying to go in a new direction for the bedroom, yet keep it as cheap as possible.  It's very maroon and gold heavy b/c we never painted up there, and i had one maroon drapery set.  I thought it wise to buy a second pair, and based the whole room around it in order to bring color to the blah and boring space.  Clearly a good choice.

There is also hideous hideous 80s furniture which belonged to my mother that i hope to get rid of as soon as i can find something of good quality, not too expensive, and fits with the sloped wall. This is quite tough since most tall dressers are taller than 51 inches, the most i can go.  So til then i am doing some smaller fixes so i can at least feel like the room isn't an afterthought and perhaps inspire relaxation. 

This picture from Homegoods is my inspiration and validation that i can make it work.  See that red-we'll call it maroon-around the flowers?  And the gray and blue?  It actually fits in the space of another piece i took down.  I call it fate.  S calls me out about spending more money.

So, this incredibly affordable and framed art is my jumping off point.

Things that will stay the same:

the rug-matched the gold and maroon, but has the gray/blue i am going for in the room now, too.
the maroon chaise-have never seen a slipcover for a chaise, can't make one, will try throwpillows in gray/blue.
the wood storage bench-fine as is.

Things that will be changed:

bedspread color-no more maroon and gold, tho the bedspread was really nice.  will try duvet color for easy season changing and better for the wallet.
artwork-less french, less maroon.
wall color-paint one already!
furniture-not cream laqcuer with gold trim.  and maybe a new mattress that is soft. 
lighting-goodbye, eiffel tower lamp and cream and gold touch lamp.  dude, it matched the 8os furniture perfectly.
overall feel/theme-boring blah to ahhh.  oh yeah, that's good.

The room has a french theme in the artwork which looked good for color on the walls, matching the maroon.  Not good for the whole gray/blue calming direction.  Thanks to the internet, colored pencils, and scrapbooking paper i have new free artwork.

I printed this little birdy at work, so it printed only black and white.  That's where the colored pencils came in. I think i hear it calling me. "cheap cheap".  
Annnnnd...sigh.  Yes, i'm calmer already.  How bout you?


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I like the new color palette and that first print is very cool. I like it a lot. Cute what you did with colored pencils!! Can't wait to see more.

Hootin' Anni said...

The sketch of the bird is just awesome, as I love to draw myself. so you sharing your work was a special "Tweet" for me.

My Show n Tell is 'showing off the flowers...". Do come by if you have time today, I'd love to have you visit with me.


Reunion Committee said...

love the color palette. LOVE what you did to that print!!!
I am also trying to get my bedroom underways.. after the sunroom! ugh
thanks for the B day wishes.. um and yes I have 5 of them lol

Decor To Adore said...

Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

Your print looks utterly charming!

Aviva said...

I love that bird print! I have it bookmarked on Z Gallerie - I don't know if it helps you at all but the artist is Kate Birch and she has other prints on too.

Robyn said...

It's GORGEOUS! GREAT job....very calming!

Terrell said...

What a super transformation it made!! Great job!! Have a great weekend!!
~Terrell over at FrouFrouDecor~

Megan Gunyan said...

Nice! Very nice! Great job!

Gretchen Seefried said...

OH I LOVE THIS!!!! Birds are my thing!!! I have a website for women named Midchix! We are all about birds and this one is FAB!!!
I am a new follower and so glad I stopped by tonight! Come see us at Midchix! We would love to have you chirping over there! Youcan Link up your blog and this project would be great tin the Crafty Mamas Flock!
Have a great week!

Debra from Bungalow said...

Great idea and cost very little too!

Jill said...

Beautiful!! and thanks so much for linking up!! Great work with the coloured pencils! :)

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

Great idea!

Unknown said...

You did a great job!
Thanks for joining us @ Anything Related!!

Get Nestled In said...

I love the bird print!!

cherry said...

Great job !
Happy 4th to you & yours
hugs from Savannah, Cherry