You may recall back in November that I was thinking about getting different bedding for my bed and/or putting up some of that gorgeously dramatic large floral print removable wallpaper. I blogged about the bedding here. I blogged about the wallpaper here.
Here are a few photos of what my bedroom looked like BEFORE:
For budget reasons and because I decided to go visit my friends in Las Vegas in mid-April this spring, I decided to stick with the less expensive option of changing out my bedding and leaving my walls as they are rather than spending the money to buy a removable mural or wallpaper large enough to cover one wall in my bedroom, probably the one that you see from the hall.
I ended up buying a bright floral print on black duvet cover with pillow shams. I kept my gallery wall intact (not shown, but in the original layout the gallery wall is on the wall directly across from where the bed is, it is the same wall where the sliding closet doors are and the entrance to the bedroom from the hallway).
Since shortly after I got my bedroom set up after I moved in, more than 5 years ago (eek!), I'd wanted to try out angling the bed in the room so that the head of the bed was centered on the corner where the two windows meet in the corner. But I didn't do it - until last month.
I wasn't sure it would work, and I was concerned about scratching the wood floor by moving the bed around the room. But I worked slowly and methodically to maneuver the bed into the position I'd visualized and lo and behold - it worked! And I loved it!
Here is the bed with the black bed skirt on, changed out shortly after the photos above were taken.
|Here's the bed with the black bed skirt on, I put|
it on last autumn and added a plush throw
(hanging at foot of the bed) for colder nights.
You may recognize the rug. I purchased it from Amazon in late spring or early summer last year for the living room when I did my "Think Pink" living room for the summer (which is definitely going back in for summer 2020). It got tucked away last autumn for a nice rest and has now reappeared, as pretty as ever.
|I swapped out two pictures on the gallery wall, but it|
otherwise stayed the same.
|I've had the jewelry box since I was 9 years old, a Christmas from my dad|
one year. It's very precious to me, even 59 years later. The bird resting on top
wears a crown - she's a symbol both of the Queen of Heaven and the Queen on the
chessboard. The photo on the left is of me and my Las Vegas "sister and niece"
when they visited me in summer 2008. On the right is a music box I purchased
in Las Vegas in 1999. It plays "The Wind Beneath my Wings" when wound, one
of my favorite songs.
I reorganized all the stuff I use daily (various creams, powder, deodorant, skin serum) that used to be scattered all over half the dresser top on to a glass topped picture frame with a pretty print underneath the glass that has the colors in the bedroom in it, a tip I picked up from Brenda at Cozy Little House. Makes dusting much easier and amazingly quite easily cleaned up the cluttered messy look I had before. Why I didn't think of doing it myself years ago - well - knock knock on my skull: helllloooooo, is anyone at home??? The chair is another much used and much loved hold-over from the first house I bought in 1986. Yeah, I keep stuff forever :)
I didn't remove any furniture from the room. It's not large, per se, but at about 10' x 12' it's fine for me with my full/queen size bed frame (I only use a full size box spring and mattress), night stand, Queen Anne wing chair, dresser and bureau. It looks more spacious because when I walk into the room now, there's plenty of room at the foot of the bed. It gives the illusion of more space although in some areas it's pinched where it didn't used to be. But since I'm the only one living here, it works fine for moi! I haven't banged an elbow anywhere, that's my test for whether a furniture arrangement actually works :)