Originally, I’d been considering spraying all the frames either all gold, all black, or all white, but I’m kind of liking the mix of black and gold…
What do you think?
Aside from swapping out the art, and a few of the mattes, I was also thinking that I may also tweak the layout a bit more.
That’s the thing about building a gallery wall… you REALLY have to be flexible as you hang up pieces. You’ll find that frames you thought you liked in a certain spot don’t look right once they are hung, and that certain spots need something larger, smaller, or nothing at all. Blank space is as important in a gallery wall as coverage, and slight asymmetry feels purposeful as opposed to aiming for perfect symmetry and having a frame hanging slightly off. Living with it for a while has really helped me see what I want to move, but it’s really minimal. Remember the original layout plan?
I don’t want to say our gallery wall has a completely different layout, but it’s definitely different from the original. There are a few more frames (the mock up didn’t take into account scale accurately… both the scale of the frames and the scale of that enormous wall.
To put it in perspective, some of the large frames that look relatively small here are 27″x20″… not small at all!
More pictures to come once we have hung all our new pieces, but I felt I owed you all a little taste of what’s been happening in there…
I can’t even begin to explain how good that feels to be able to say it’s DONE. Phew!
I am so pleased with how it turned out – the ultra-marine blue paint color brings such LIFE to our bedroom without being overwhelming, or too in your face.
I am in love with how it all turned out, but it was a LONG road to get here… let’s start at the beginning…
Ikea… on a Saturday… NIGHTMARE. I got in, I got out, and a glass of wine later, I was ready to
get the party started get this dresser built.
Step one: organize nuts, bolts, and assorted other random pieces Ikea packages up.
The tinted primer won’t be as dark as your paint color, but it helps SO much. It went on a light blue (pictured above) – I did 4 thin coats with a roller (to be sure none of that oil from the wood came through over time), let it dry, sanded it, wiped it down really well.
Then it was time to paint.
I just did regular water based paint (for easy clean up) in a semi-gloss – three coats with a roller later, and these bad boys were drying in the living room…
The dresser was in our room, just waiting for those pulls, and when they came, I was even more excited with how cute these guys were! Quite sassy if you ask me.
Our old problem was that the TV stand that had been in here was too low to the ground so we couldn’t see the TV from the bed… especially once we bought our giant California King, with the extra high box spring.
Now, as you can clearly see, the TV is at optimal viewing height…
This room is SO TRICKY to photograph – it’s not big, and so this was the only angle where I could really get the whole dresser in. Awesome photography skills – clearly.
And as I’m posting these, I’m realizing that there are a few unintentional selfies where I’m reflected back in the TV. In my pajamas. Awesome.
On another topic, how awesome do those navy and white curtains look with the dresser??? Totally baller.
Next up on the list… what do we do with this wall above the TV??
It’s a HUGE improvement to have the TV higher on the wall, but it’s still very empty feeling. I know I have a bit of a problem and want to put something on every wall, but I swear to god, this wall NEEDS something. I was thinking sconces, but the lazy part of me is like… ehhhhh.
If we didn’t have so many freaking mirrors in this room already, I’d consider a trio of round convex mirrors, and I haven’t completely ruled that out, but I’m trying to think of something other than another mirror…
Here’s a photo of our lovely dresser from the bathroom door looking back towards the hallway and our dining room / office area. I love that the spaces have a really cohesive feel…
Oh, and don’t forget to notice our dust ruffle on the bottom of the bed. It’s a subtle change, but a HUGE improvement since you could see all the
crap stuff we were storing under there and it just looked so unfinished, and ugly, and messy, and terrible. UGH.
Now it’s hidden and I’m SO much happier.
This next photograph was taken from an angle I don’t often capture since the salmon tile in our “art deco” (aka old as hell) bathroom is all up in your face.
What you can’t see (thank god) is that the shower was re-done at some point since the 1930’s, and in an attempt to match the coral tile, they went with pink. Pepto bismol pink. That doesn’t match. Not even close. Oh well…
And just for good measure (and since i was already in there with the camera) I got a few photographs of the headboard and new bedding together.
I’m liking this combination for fall, and I love that the Duralee fabric on the bolster ties in with the other colors in the room, and brings a punch of color to wake things up a bit – as you can see, I’m still on the hunt for euro shams.
Standing a bit further back, you can see yet another empty wall that kills me a little every time I see it. The wall above our bed and headboard just needs SOMETHING.
I think I nice oversize clock would be nice here – again, trying to stay away from more mirrors in here… plus it will help keep me on time as I get ready in the morning…
So that’s it! The new dresser / TV Stand / Ikea hack is complete! If you need to find me, I’ll be in bed watching TV from now until forever.
Just kidding. Kind of.
I am SO thrilled with the quality. It’s really plush and soft – you can really see the quality in this up-close and personal shot below:
I really love the Santa Maria Fabric from Lewis and Sheron fabrics – it’s bright and fun, without being juvenile. The pattern has a good dose of navy, and I love that using this fabric on the Euro Shams would bring some life to the otherwise neutral space, while tying in with the striped pattern for the shams and curtains.
Kris isn’t 100% sold on the bright colors – I think it’s because of the pink – but a punch of color would really wake things up – don’t you think?
Stick with Navy and White all the way:
Staying with a navy and white palate will allow me to bring a more wild (literally) print into the mix. There is something about a little kick of navy zebra that I am absolutely LOVING. It’s just enough animal print without being “safari” and I think it could be really fun.
Mix in A LITTLE color and fun patterns:
I love Ikat, but I’m afraid that the Kalah Blue pattern I’m so in love with is too creamy colored to work with the pure white bedding (swatch below).
The “polka dot” ikat fabric with the pale grey background makes the fabric choice more deliberate, and while the Kalah Blue fabric won’t work on the bed, I have other plans to make it work in our house elsewhere.
So those are the three options I came up with first… but then I started second guessing (shocking, right?) and started thinking that maybe a combination of these three might be what I need…
I could take the preppy striped fabric from the first mock, and the “polka dot ikat” from the third mock and pair those together…
Could this be the winning combo??
Or do you feel like I haven’t hit the jackpot yet with ANY these combinations? Should I look for other options???
What about Lime Green?
Or what if I used some of the Chaing Mai Dragon fabric from Shumacher??
DAH! I swear I will make some decisions!
Apart from my indecisiveness, you may have noticed a few other changes to the bedroom set up in these mocked up photos. I want to get some large mirrors – either oval or rectangular, to mount behind each nightstand, and take the place of windows. I also want to add a headboard, to anchor the bed, and create a visual point of focus for the room.
As of the day our new bed arrived, this is how the bed pretty much still stands today:
Excuse the washed out photo – this was taken at night with all the lights on. Since this photo was taken, the poly fill Euro shams have been replaced with down Euro Shams – a HUGE improvement (and you know how I love to chop my pillows). We’ve also gotten a white duvet for the down comforter, and it looks just like a hotel bed – no more freshly-taken-out-of-the-bag-super-wrinkly-down-comforter.
Here’s the official list of to-do’s for the bedroom:
– New King Shams
– New Euro Shams
– New Bedskirt (this is SO necessary to hide all the crap under the bed)
– Mirrors behind nightstands
– New TV Stand
– Get rid of gold shelving unit
– Art behind the TV
– Find a new home for the quatrefoil mirrors
– Additional Lighting
That list looks longer than it sounds in my head…
I’ll keep you posted on progress (and decisions!)
After months of talk, we FINALLY got a new bed! It took two separate trips and close to 5 hours, but after laying on every mattress about a hundred times each, we made a decision!! Hurrah!! I bet you didn’t think this day would come!
Now that we’ve picked the mattress, and it’s en route for delivery, the fun can begin! I have grand plans to make – YES MAKE – an upholstered headboard over the holiday. My biggest fear is that this sucker will come out looking “homemade” – there could be nothing worse – but with all the tutorials online, I’m feeling confident.
I am totally inspired by this headboard by Kate of Centsational Girl – she has more craftiness in her pinky finger than I do in my whole being, but she took on this fabulous, complex curved headboard, and look how amazing it all turned out!!
This bed wasn’t a DIY – it’s actually from Overstock, but I love it all the same!
This headboard was from a bedroom that Emily (of A Well Dressed Home) worked on – so pretty.
Since I am making my headboard instead of buying it, I did a little research online, and found this super helpful headboard design template online – I LOVE the Cavendish, and Grosvenor, but while they are both so pretty, I have a feeling that all those curved lines will be a lot easier to screw up!
Repeating the mantra straight lines are my friends, I think I’m most realistically looking at the Alexander or the Belgrave. The Alexander would definitely be the easiest, but I’m just not in love with it – it’s all too linear. Blah. I was already leaning towards the Belgrave, but after looking up some inspirations online, I am totally sold…
I love, lovvveee, LOVE this version with the tufting, and nailhead – it’s just perfection!
That deep diamond tufting is calling my name… no nailhead here, but the rich silk is so luxe.
This was a DIY done oh so right – I’m going for a solid fabric, but I am really liking the nailhead close to the edge!
And finally – navy and white – this close up showcases the detail of the INDIVIDUAL nailheads! Amazing DIY!
Ok… so I mocked up four options for the Belgrave headboard since I need some sort of game plan!
I LOVE the look of tufting… it just brings everything to another level, but I am a bit concerned that this is going to over-complicate the process. It all sounds simple enough on paper, but when it comes time for the project, I don’t want to chicken out!
The bottom two options are tuft-less, and will definitely be more simple to execute, but I’m worried that they could look lumpy over time from leaning against the foam and batting.
Also, how tall should this be? Should I add legs to the bottom or mount it on the wall? How heavy will it end up being? Questions, questions, questions!!! Dah!
Luckily I have a few weeks to figure it all out, and while a little overwhelming, I am SO excited to start pulling this bedroom together!
I originally fell in love with upholstered headboards in Sex and the City – do you remember the episode where Charlotte finally ditches the decoy ducks and plaid wallpaper in her and Trey’s Upper East Side apartment (much to Bunny’s disdain)?? Charlotte replaced the dark hunting lodge vibe with light colors, and a beautiful upholstered bed. It was love. When that episode first premiered, I remember thinking, I’m going to have a bed like that in my house one day….
Now, upholstered headboards and bed-frames are very “on trend” but it doesn’t deter me from wanting one. Actually, I feel like there are so many options now since they’ve become popular, that it’s to my benefit! My favorites have nailhead trim, and are stuffed to the point of almost being overstuffed. I love tufting of any kind, and as we are getting a new mattress very soon (feels like I’ve been saying that for months now) it’s time to start making some decisions… here are a few of my favorites I’m using for inspiration:
Simple lines and nail head trim… fabulous!
I love the clean white, and more dramatic curve on this one…
This headboard by Centsational Girl has always been a favorite with the cut-outs on the side…
I love the rolled footboard, and deep tufting here… unfortunately this is way too large for our room
The deep tufting and curved sides make a headboard with straight lines a little more unique
Finally, this may be a teenagers room, but this bed frame is absolutely classic.
It’s done! Wooo Hoooo!!!! After months (literally months) of living in a fine layer of dust from continual sanding, the bedroom furniture is finished, and we no longer have 10 drawers, two nightstands, and an armoire in our living room!
Once everything is sanded, make sure you clean up well before moving on to paint. Any dust when painting could ruin the coat, so shake out and wash your drop cloths, sweep, mop, and dust EVERYTHING. Once everything is cleaned up, prep to paint.
Invest in some tack cloth (a super sticky cheese cloth – find it at Home Depot) to wipe down each piece before painting. It will essentially grab every last particle of dust for a clean start.
Photos courtesy of Eye Poetry Photography
While I am still 100% in love with the Paris prints I ordered from Etsy, I am re-thinking these prints for the bedroom. I truely believe that the bedroom should be a sanctuary that prepares you for sleep – keep TV to a minimal, maintain soft colors etc. While these prints are not “loud” and I am not shrouding the room in red, I worry that these pops of bright color will derail the soothing vibe I want to keep.
I mentioned before that the rest of the house stays within taupes, tans, greys, and blues… and one of my favorite photographers (in fact the very one who snapped the “red” portraits of Paris) has added to her gallery, and there are some dreamy photos with blue’s and soft colors, soft focus lenses, and its all dreamy loveliness. So pretty. I think they are keepers, and I think my bedroom vision is about to change!
Speaking of Paris… city of lights… Kris and I watched Midnight in Paris this weekend. While I enjoyed it, I wasn’t in love with the plot, however, it made me want to go to Paris so bad, it hurts! Kris and I have been talking about planning our vacation this year, and I think Paris just flew to the top of the list.
I’ve only been there once, and it was in the dead of winter. I brought my warmest coat, but being from California, I clearly had no idea what to expect. It was bone chillingly cold – the coldest wind you can imagine! Dark gray skies… very moody. At the time, I was backpacking through Europe with my best friend Kira, and despite our strict budget, we ended up ducking into lot’s of overpriced cafe’s to warm up.
Our trip through Paris is actually pretty laughable, but it’s another story for another time.
Now, to start work on a new vision for our bedroom!