More snow is on the way but, for now anyway, the forecast has been downgraded from 6 to 10 inches to 2 to 5 inches, hooray!
This weekend I decided I wanted to change up my bedroom a little bit. This is what it looked like in January:
Oops! How embarrassing. I was certain I took several photos of the red/black/white floral print comforter on the bed, right around January 1st or so. But I checked both laptops and can't find them anywhere. I have no idea what I did with them -- and that is very very scary, eek! Maybe I didn't take them like I thought I did??? So, no "before" pic. This is the print, though -- because I had put up the matching valances earlier in the season -- check out Readying the Bedroom for Winter from October, 2012! Wow, I got ready for winter early.
That's the pattern of the comforter, trimmed out in the lovely red/black/white mini-check - pleated! It really is a lovely comforter, and quite heavy. It took a great deal to get it folded properly and stuffed back into its plastic storage bag, I'm not going to take it out and put it back on the bed in order to get a photo of it, LOL!
And this is what is what the bedroom looks like now (try to imagine the red/black/white floral pattern on the bed, before):
I took down the red/black/white floral valances and put up the Waverly toile curtains on the windows (black toile pattern against an antique white or ivory background); also swapped out the heavy (and uber-warm) red/black/white floral comforter for this lighter quilt in cream/taupe/grey. I've been waking up with the night sweats again, it was time to change out my blankey since the temperatures have moderated outside.
The curtains were purchased in 2007 on clearance from Penney's, as was the comforter. I don't remember what I paid for them but I wouldn't have bought them unless they were a good deal :)
They totally change the look of the room. Lighter and brighter, ready to move into spring.
I tried to take a close-up of the toile pattern, but rather difficult to do when the curtain won't stay spread out flat, LOL! I think I need another hand. Amazingly, because I never save stuff like this, I somehow managed to save the original packaging these curtains came in. The pattern is Wellington Country Toile.
Here's a close-up of the floral "basket" pattern on the quilt:
Mother Goddess still on her pedestal :) She approves of the changes.
Not the best photo (above), but I love this frame! I found it at TJ Maxx a few months ago and it was very inexpensive, like $4.99. It's picture size is small, only 4 x 6, but I remembered three beautiful hand-made note cards I had purchased in December, 2011 -- still sitting in my desk waiting to see the light of day! This is one of them. It's a little short but width-wise it fit perfectly. It's a lovely graphic of koi, in Buddhist philosophy they represent good luck. The graphic adds an important touch of red (Feng Shui Principles 101) to the room and the good luck symbols are powerful attractors of positive qi (chi) that you want circulating in your sleeping space to renew and restore you and stoke you up for the next day.
I was thinking at first that I would keep the white mesh canopy up, but maybe fold it back so it's "in half" and tack up the top to the ceiling half-way back to the hooks above the bedstead and then hook what is now at the foot of the bed on the hooks at the head of the bed. But I'm not enamoured of the very white color with the cream/ivory tones of the curtain quilt and the curtains. So, for summer I am thinking of going with one of those little mini "tent" canopies. I'll see. It depends on whether I can get a good deal on a cream-colored canopy in the style I want. I may also move the furniture around, just to switch things up.
I love feeling like a princess every night when I go to bed. Some form of canopy will be present for the foreseeable future.
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan