Better Late Than Never…?

I kept my word! If you read my last post I told you that I was going to go right upstairs and take pictures of my bedroom that I neglected to update you on last summer when I finished it. So, I’ve been living in my bedroom the way it is now and of course I love it. I’ve went through phases of hating it at times and loving it the next, but it is so true that a room really is never done, at least not for me. I always thought (and still sometimes do) that I could put a room together in a day simply because I am so impatient. This is clearly wrong because my room really has never stopped changing since I initiated the whole re-design last year. Literally a year ago is when I decided I’d be changing things up and boy has it been slow. I even moved things around as recent as this past weekend just to change things up a bit. So, without further ado, here is my bedroom!

My frame wall is looking a little rough because there’s something missing and I still have to paint the wall underneath because of the quote I painted on there many years ago (the black you see behind the frames). This is why there’s awkwardly a huge frame at the top! Nevertheless, I love the way this little wall looks. It’s very quaint and fun-looking to me.

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 I showed you my TV stand/organizer a couple of posts ago when it looked very different. Now, It is very fresh and clean looking. I love that some of the cubbies have just a frame or some type of decor while there are also a couple of baskets thrown in for contrast. Those baskets are a mess inside, that’s what I love about storage solutions!

Oh, and those curtains are the ones I made after buying fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. That’s a beautiful HGTV fabric I found and I love the color it adds to my room!

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Here is a close up of one of the cubbies. It really isn’t anything spectacular, but I love the way I get to show off my piece of pottery I got in Honduras when I went on a cruise this past summer! It is something totally different that I would never buy had it been in a store like HomeGoods or somewhere similar. I love it mainly because it brings back happy memories of the cruise and because it is handmade by a very talented person! Oh, and I’ve read about 50% of those books there. I did watch The Help in movie form if that counts..

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 Moving to the right of the window we have my little desk area. This isn’t a real “desk” as I’d call it, more like a table. It was $19 at IKEA. How do you get any better than that? My desk desk is at my apartment at college and I felt I needed some type of table to keep things.

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In fact, though it may not look like it, I keep a lot of things on this desk..

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Hidden storage is my best friend. Next I’ll show you a close up of a very awesome piece of art I got for Christmas. I put it on my list from the Nordstrom website. What makes it so great is that it’s wood and it adds so much to my wall. I have mainly white frames (and white everything else) everywhere so I absolutely love what this does for my walls. Plus, the message is great, too.

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 Moving again to the right is my “get ready” area that I had on my list back a couple of blog posts. It turned out to be amazing. Not pictured is a little hair dryer, straighter, brush caddy that I have. I place it right next to the mirror for easy use and I sit right on the stool that is currently holding my cute Kate Spade makeup bag. My Mom and Sister frequent my room to check themselves out in this massive HomeGoods full-length mirror! Garden stool is, of course, from HomeGoods.

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 My bed/night stands really haven’t changed too much but I figured I’d highlight them again anyways. I hung a little “S” ornament from Anthropologie I received for Christmas on my Nate Berkus Urn from Target. I got this for around $6 (from $23) on sale at the ole Targ.

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 I love the way my bed looks with everything surrounding it. Because I chose a white comforter, I decided I could add plenty of color around. I love the pop of red in the pillows and the many different colors in the print above my bed. The maps also add something special too. They add a subtlety to the whole look of the bed and it’s actually pretty relaxing. On the right side, I moved my lamp over to fit more stuff. I found that having the large lamp on my some-what small IKEA Rast drawers was a little intrusive and not very user-friendly. So, I moved that over to make room for a book and a little something else.

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 No, that is not magic. That is a fake book from HomeGoods that I use to store my clickers. Genius? Yes, yes it is.

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 I just wanted to give you a closer look at this amazing Joss and Main art piece I ordered a few weeks ago. It is on wood and although the image online looked a little different (it looked like it had panels of wood like my ‘Chin Up Buttercup’ piece from Nordstrom) I love the way it looks in my room. I’m always trying to branch out and add color and if this isn’t color, I don’t know what is.

ImageHere is a last and final look inside my room from the door way. You cannot see everything here but I wanted to give you an idea of where exactly all of the furniture is laid out. I find this the best layout for my room because of the placement of the two windows and the two closet and entry doorways.

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  Clearly that chandelier-thing from Urban Outfitters is not supposed to be attached like that, but I cannot go without a ceiling fan so that is the solution (and has been) for now. It really isn’t that bad in person and I love, love, love that chandelier. I got it for $20 or so at Urban Outfitters a couple of years ago!

I am sorry this took so long but finally I have chronicled what my bedroom looks like now! As I said, it was a very long process but it was so worth it. The best part is stumbling across different things from stores like HomeGoods or online at Joss and Main or One Kings Lane and adding them to a room. I’ve really warmed up to not having everything match and I am loving it! Until later…

Xo,

S

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If Ya Like It Then Ya..

Should put a frame (or 20) on it!

Does that title even work? Anyways..

Yes! Frames! Remember the ongoing list of things that I wanted to get done at the commencement of winter break way back in December? Shall I, yet again, refresh everybody on said list? Viola:

Here’s another revised list:

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

So, considering this post is about frames, I wonder which number we will be covering in this post? If you thought “6. Create a gallery wall,” ding, ding, ding! Get yourself a delicious, unhealthy snack, you deserve it!

You could’ve also thought it was number 8, “Add frames and decor to the walls,” and if so, you can grab a snack too. You’re welcome.

I’ll be talking about number 6 first, though, because I want to. Enough rambling.

I love, LOVE gallery walls. My inspiration comes from John and Sherry over at Young House Love. Their main hallway is a cluster of frames of all different sizes, all white, and made into a beautiful chaos. Because I am The Clutter Queen, this is right up my alley.

The sacred place I chose to place my very own gallery wall is in between the door in/out of my room and the door to my closet. I chose this place because it is small and narrow. This way, I don’t feel the pressure to fill an entire wall, or it wont look weird in the middle of a big wall. I also have no furniture in this spot, so it’s perfect for a cluster of frames from ceiling to floor.

To figure out the layout I wanted, I placed all of the frames on my bed in the design I liked. From that, I placed them on the wall! You can see that I didn’t only use frames, but I placed other objects on nails in between the frames for more character. Also, I only have two frames of actual pictures. I don’t love pictures on a wall but I decided my late grandfather and my boyfriend were exceptions.

Most of the frames are filled with prints, fabric, or cards. There’s also a book on there, The Scarlet Letter. I’m not sure if this will stay, but I thought it was a cool idea for the time being. Also, the big huge frame at the top seems a little out of place. It’s there because behind it is a quote I wrote on the wall when I was younger. I wanted to hide this, so putting the big frame there was a temporary fix until I can repaint the walls.

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Chaos, I know. Organized chaos, though, and that’s why I love it. I’ve talked a lot about how I am more comfortable in clutter. I have always been a cluttery person throughout my entire life (cough hoarder cough) so, it was only right that in my “new” room I added some of that element.

 

For number 8, “add frames and decor to the walls” I decided to go very subtle. Because I have the entire frame wall, I felt as though I shouldn’t clutter the room with something on every wall. I also thought that because of my new curtains, I didn’t need as much on the walls because they already add a lot of decor and color.

What I do have is the maps above my night stands that I showed ya’ll here.

I also have two frames right above my TV. The image within these frames was actually a poster from Ikea that I believe was 12 dollars. At the store, I had the vision of cutting the poster in half and putting it into two smaller frames rather than one big one. Here’s how it turned out:

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This is also spilling the beans on a project that was not on my list that I completed. Hint: It’s right under the TV. Another hint: It looks nothing like this anymore.

Listy McListerson…

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

You may have noticed that I crossed out number 5, “find an inexpensive, colorful rug.” I never got a rug nor do I plan on it because of all of the color I already added into my room, so rather than having it’s own post I figured I’d just tell you all here. Only one more point to cross off of that list and I am still deciding how to go about doing it!

Xoxo,

S