Chandelier in the Bedroom

Slowly realizing my childhood dream of having a chandelier in every room. This one was from a thrift/vintage in Fort Smith, AR that I bought on a visit home – 2 years ago! It sat for awhile on the top of the refrigerator until I had found the right installation kit, and the energy to put it in. Lighting is one of the easiest projects, because it only took 20 minutes to actually do, but as a shortie I hate having to reach up for that long.

Next will be adding a little more gilt to the room through a large frame and a mirror. Everything else is mostly grey and warm wood. The goal is something calm, inviting, and modern with a little bit of a nod to the Hollywood bungalow that it is! Our house is small, but I believe in a jewelbox!
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Grow-Up, Bedroom

I have had the same blue quilt bedspread for a few years now. I bought it when I lived in a bland white walled rent house with oatmeal berber carpet. But it is time to move on. (Don’t worry, I already moved on from the blue curtains. We are doing white roman shades).

So I went browsing on Apartment Therapy for other grey walled rooms, and found this stunner that both Daniel and I agree would make the room more calming (and I think) more accommodating of the current masculinity also residing therein. I am also not sold on our nightstands, seeing as one is actually a metal shelving unit and the other was found on the street. I would much rather have ones to match my antique pineapple post bed 🙂
It’s actually kind of amazing how much the scale in this picture matches the scale of our room! I am excited to be on the lookout for a light brown bedspread like this. The most important thing is it won’t show lint or dirt or cat hair – a darker brown would, and it warms up the grey tones. Love it. I also love the blue accents – because that’s where blue belongs now in this room – as an accent.
Other brown bedspreads:
Actually not sure how brown this is, but I like it.
I am also willing to make my own duvet cover out of a pair of king sheets  – you never know the kind of quality you can find at discount places like Ross and TJMaxx in the way of King sheets. I covered a couch of mine three years ago using a beautiful pair of brown King sheets I got for $19.00 at a TJMaxx in Austin. That’s where I learned dark brown shows everything under the sun.
And also that I will never recover a puffy couch again.

Dustruffle Helps Out Quilt

This image covers a couple of things that I would like to say about bedding:
1. It’s too expensive.
2. It’s usually too matchy.
3. Dustruffles are too ruffly.

Personally, I have a hard time shopping for bedding. You can’t get out of there for less than $100, and it’s such a huge committment when you might not even like how it looks. So when I finally found this beige and white patterned quilt at Target, I knew it was meant to be – a nice neutral color and pattern to serve as a backdrop for experimenting with throws and pillows. But then I moved from my undergraduate and got a real sized bed. Suddenly the quilt isn’t so awesome – it’s too short! But I still love it and it’s still great and it was a chunk of change! Then I thought, dustruffle to the rescue! Now, most dustruffles are not made to be shown over the boxspring, and also dustruffles are at least $30 new if they have any strength to them (I have torn more than one cheap dustruffle when making the bed!) So, curtain to the rescue! This blue and white dust ruffle is a toile cotton curtain that I was not using, and just tucked under the mattress. It works great. At the foot of the bed rests another quilt that I got at my grandparents’ antique shop and did some repairs on it. I didn’t care if all the pieces don’t match, they just make me smile when they’re together! Caveat: If you sleep with more than one person in your bed, the whole twin-sized blanket for two people thing probably isn’t going to fly. But if you’re cozying up king of the castle style, this just might be the way to go!