Remember several months ago, when during a crazed, impulsive moment, I decided to redecorate my bedroom? I liked my bedroom, but I had been struggling with how dark it was in there (it’s a north facing room, with a deck above the window) and I really wanted to incorporate some of the beautiful large-scale quilting prints into my decorating.
I started tearing things apart, full of gusto and inspiration. I quickly made my bed quilt, shams, and repainted the room. I started putting everthing back together and tried unsuccessfully to decorate the room. I didn’t like it and just thought – “what have I done. I’m not sure if I can pull this off.” I started looking for curtains, accessories and furniture. I looked and looked and had no luck. None of the furniture stores in town had antique white nightstands, with a little character and not too much scrolly detail. Nobody had curtains in the the right color – not too white, not too cream. Have I mentioned that I am particular about color? Or have high expectations? I have earned my title of Color Drama Queen (given by my husband Joel). On top of that, I couldn’t find any hot pink accessories or brightly colored flowers. Everything in the stores was all Christmasy!!! After weeks of looking, I finally ordered some night stands and a dresser from Pottery Barn. Mom took pity on my and made me some curtains (antique white for the front fabric, lined in white to be just the right color when the light showed through and trimmed in hot pink – Thanks Mom!).
In the meantime, while I waited the long 6 weeks for my furniture to come, I mostly glared at and hated my room. I had completely lost my vision. What was I to do? I even blogged about the whole thing and was getting e-mails about how I hadn’t shown the new look. (I’m not complaining – I’m glad you wanted to see it!)
Finally my furniture arrived, and my vision started to take shape again. Thank goodness – I’m saved! I have almost everything finished and put back together and I’m in love. Pottery Barn is wrong, I don’t need organic sheets to sleep well. I just need a room full of Heather Bailey Freshcut fabrics! Even Joel likes it – which is a big stretch considering his favorite color is camo.
Here are a few shots of my new room, though I have to say that the camera just doesn’t quite capture the colors as I see them.
My bed quilt is from the book Livin’ Large. It’s so different from the original and I’m always amazed by how colors and fabrics can change a pattern.
This runner is also in the book Livin’ Large. It’s made using the scraps from the bed quilt.
My shams are an adaptation of the technique used in this runner -
Here’s another angle - The room really came more alive when I added the black accessories. I’ve talked about using black a lot, especially in my older quilts. I just didn’t realize it was going to work with these colors. I think it goes with the eclectic, not too matchy feel of the room.
I used some of my scrap fabric to fill these frames. The fabric scraps seemed to add so much more color than using photos.
Here’s a few shots around the room – though I can’t show everything.
This one might become a new pattern, so you can only see part. I loved this fabric and had to have a quilt featuring it! As you can see, I haven’t finished my chair cushions yet.
I’m going to hang the quilt with a curtain rod and clips ( my fav)
I also have a few shots of the bathroom, but I’m still working on this too.
I’m considering making these fabrics into a rug, as I have had no luck finding anything in these colors. (Please e-mail me if you know of any possibilities! Please also note that I have been too busy finishing my room to have time to clean my mirror.)
I didn’t have to change the walls in this room. They were already the right green and I painted a design on them to match a fabric line I did several years ago.
That’s all the further I am on my redecorating. I forgot how long it takes to do things like this!!!
To celebrate the almost-completion of the room, I’m going to give away a copy of the book featuring the quilts in my room - Just leave me a comment to enter into the drawing. It’s been a few weeks since I did a giveaway, and I think it was this same book, so if you didn’t win before, you still have a chance!