Pictured below is my small guest bedroom. It sort of looks like a $49 a night motel room. Yikes! Things look much worse when they are photographed in naked light! How did I let this happen?
In its defense I will say, the colors are very off in this photograph. Everything is really much greener. (Don't know if that's bad or good.)
Below is the mini-transformation. I found the chenille comforter and shams and switched it out. It's much heavier than that color block coverlet and gives a little more "fluff" to the bed.
Light is an issue in this room...too much of it. Hence, the mini blinds AND the Roman shades. Once I had everything pastel in this room, and I was nearly blinded every time I ventured into the room so I decided to go darker. The walls are Dried Grass (Wal Mart) and it's a beautiful color...much darker and richer than is showing here. That color goes with every other color on the charts! (Doesn't it, Libby?)
The headboard and footboard were once a weird color...sort of a faux copper patina turquoise. Now it's a weird faux rust color. I painted it one night with a small brush and didn't even remove the linens. I sure must have been in a hurry for some reason. I do alot of my decorating like that.
I collect redware pottery...I know, I know...but you collect what you like and I'll collect my way. Once my husband took me all the way to Lancaster, PA to see Amish country and buy redware and a quilt. I took about $200 spending money with me. Well! That was a joke. I bought one redware plate by potter Ned Foltz and found a piece of an Amish quilt in a ragbag of junk in an antique store. The total...almost all my spending money. But I framed the quilt piece, still have it in my living room and I love my redware. See quilt piece below. (Don't know what that light spot in the middle of the photo is...professional photog, I am NOT.)
My point here was that this room is 1/3 Pottery Barn wannabe, 1/3 Primitive and 1/3 I don't know what I wanna be! (Side note on the Amish vacation: we didn't know you had to be in another gear to travel in the Blue Ridge mountains and burned up our engine...had to get a new car...we could have gone to Europe for what that trip cost us! And I never did get my Amish quilt.)
This is a small prim chair that I have loved for years. I hooked the little seat and back rugs for it. Below is a small prim felt picture I picked up at Stein Mart...wait a minute...Stein Mart is going prim? I don't know, but I purchased three of the pictures and I love everyone of them! All have places of honor in the room.
Below is my simplified bedside table. I was getting clutter heavy in this room...visual noise, I call it. I don't like visual noise, it makes me nervous and on edge. We certainly don't need that, do we?
Also see above the bed, the primitive Crazy Quilt piece I scored on Ebay. I use Crazy Quilt pieces often in my decorating. I love the colors, they remind me of the colors on old beat up train cars...I've told you before how I actually enjoy being stopped at a train crossing because I love the old blues, mustards, reds and greens of OLD train cars...nut that I am.
I'll end this mini-saga by saying that all in all I am pretty happy with the way things turned out. I'll do my tweaking (aka: fluttering or accessorizing further) later, but I got a good start today!
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