A Starting Point for the Bedroom

I’ve been meaning to tackle my master bedroom for ages and have half-heartedly been planning a scheme and searching for new goodies to furnish it, though for some reason I never had enough motivation to really get stuck in….until NOW!

NOW I seriously can’t wait to kickbox the heck outta it – don’t feel sorry for it though, it deserves it, trust me.

So, here’s the plan….

What’da ya think?

It’s a pretty small, irregular space with two doors, one large off-centre window and a built-in robe which takes up one entire wall. Rather than pretend the room’s proportionate, I’m gonna play up the asymmetry with some mis-matched furniture though will give balance to the overall scheme through consistency in colour, style and decor.

Now, I gotta apologise cause I don’t have any before ‘before’ photos of the room (as it was when we first moved in). The walls were green, the trim and doors were brown, there was a massively ugly light fixture, worn-out dirty berber carpet and completely see-through bright blue curtains – just lovely.

We got rid of all that pretty quick-smart so here are some more recent ‘before’ pics (cringe, I can’t believe I’m putting these out there – please be kind!).

Okay, now do you see what I mean about it needing its butt kicked?
Honestly though, let’s just say those pics weren’t taken on its best day.

The furniture is all outta my room from when I was still living at home with Mum and Dad – a bit sad, I know, though we had zero dollars just after we bought the house and never really got around to getting anything new (i.e. nice).

We painted the walls Dulux Chalk USA and all the trim and doors gloss white (as per the rest of our house) and although I would have l-u-r-v-e-d floorboards it wasn’t to be (not for now anyway) so we put down some nice plush carpet.

Hence, a new blank-ish canvas was born!

Soooo, that’s my starting point.

Sweet Slumber

Some More New Old Stuff

You know how sometimes you just kinda get on a roll?

Well, I’m on a bit of one at the moment and have managed to finish off a tonne (okay, not quite) of ‘new-old’ stuff for sale on eBay starting with this grain-sack inspired armchair and stool complete with cushions.

I love the relaxed provincial feel of it.

It’s unpretentious yet still manages to make a little statement. I’ll post some before pics and the tutorial soon!

I’m also currently offering this naturally weathered pedestal table.

Anything with silver-grey timber and rustic old iron always gets me going.

Oh, and by the way, if you happen to see a group of crazy looking young ladies dressed as cow girls simultaneously clay shooting, boot-scooting and riding around on mechanical bulls (with or without cocktails in hand) it’s my sister-in-laws Hen’s (Bachelorette Party), and whilst unconventional, I reckon it’s gonna be some fun!

Well, I Wasn’t Expecting That

Whilst roaming around Blogland earlier, I decided to pop in here…

…for a quick visit, where I was thrilled to see this…

…very familiar photo of a certain dining room vignette, which led me on to this…

…great HGTV article, which also included this…

…other very familiar photo!

Well, what a lovely mid-day surprise!

Decorating with Inspiration

When I revealed my living room on this blog, there were a few comments eluding to it as Pottery Barn-esque. It seemed a couple of people assumed that’s were I had drawn inspiration from. Truth is, if you had mentioned Pottery Barn to me a few months back while I was in the middle of decorating it I would have assumed you were talking about some kind of terracotta factory!

(In fact, I do recall having that vision when I did first hear the name though before you assume I must’ve been living under a giant rock somewhere, bear in mind that I do live on the land of them  – Australia that is – where there’s no such thing as Pottery Barn, Lowes, Home Depot, Anthropologie and lots more of these other cool stores I’m now always hearing about).

My Living Room

So what’s my point?

Well, while I’m not too sure whether drawing a parallel between my living room and a Pottery Barn catalogue is a good or bad thing (I know it was meant as a compliment, so thanks ladies), I’d like to think my style of decorating has a bit more soul than that.

Truth is, the journey to my finished (for now) living room was a patient, intrinsic and very personal one – though seriously, let’s not go toooo deep, while I do believe our homes are our castles and it’s important they nurture and reflect us it’s still a good idea to put things in perspective sometimes by remembering they are still inanimate objects.

Like all of you, I love looking at and admiring images of beautiful interiors and whilst I might find myself motivated by them, truth is, I rarely drawer direct inspiration from one.

We and our homes are all so individual that at times ‘borrowing’ a template a little too precisely from someone else just won’t work. For a space to feel right it needs to have ‘you’ in it.

That said, there are certain design factors (such as balance, scale, harmony) which are pretty universal and when well-contrived can create a generically appealing space, though in the end it’s the uncontrived elements – the unique personal touches – which really make a home sing.

So, there’s a pretty tricky balance to strike.

Except for in nature (and rare moments of subconscious human brilliance), there’s little we find beautiful that’s not planned and considered in some way – and really, without any thought or care, how can what we create have meaning?

Though it’s finding that at times elusive harmony between intent and instinct which gives truth and personality to design.

I’m lucky enough to be at a point now where I know what I like and what I don’t and, most importantly, what I can live with as opposed to what I like to look at. That doesn’t mean I won’t change my mind about little things every other day, it just means I’m pretty certain about the general direction I’m heading in. It also doesn’t mean I’m just gonna close my eyes from now on and go forth blindly. I still, and will continue to, cherish my ever expanding folio of inspirational home images.

Before I started this blog, only a few short months back, I felt kinda lost. I was devouring image after gorgeous image and idea after clever idea though with no outlet to filter the massive mountain of information I was feeling totally overwhelmed and, to be honest, a little deflated.

Though slowly but surely, through the writing of posts and reading of comments, a certain clarity has emerged along with a motivating confidence.

Somehow this little blog of mine has taught me to trust myself more, be more decisive, unafraid of making mistakes.

And if for some reason I’m ever feeling confused or uncertain again, I know I can come back to this blog for direction and reassurance….and if that doesn’t work it’s also given me the best group of people to share my little dilemas with and ask advice of!