Yay, yay, it’s Friday. Well, this was meant to be written yesterday. I started yesterday with good intentions, but, you know, life gets in the way. So this is being offered to you today, Saturday. Hopefully next week I’ll get my act right and manage to post on the right day. HA!
I love Fridays. It’s the start of the weekend and that can only be a good thing, right? Friday is the day when we get together as a family too. Miss J comes over with Baby C (I’m going to have to find another name for him because he is now two and a half – where does the time fly?) and my in-laws come over and we all chat and love. It is my most favourite time.
This week, Mr C got a little bonus at work too which means that we can finally, after nearly 20 years of marriage, do up our bedroom.
Bedrooms are meant to be havens don’t you think. Sanctuaries where when you enter, you feel the stress just ooze out of your body. I love to feel calm in the boudoir.
I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about our bedroom. It is quite a large room with an area large enough to put decent seating. I have toyed with so many ideas but have finally come up with my plan. I’m on a budget, so I couldn’t plumb for the complete interior designed refit I would have liked. But that is life, isn’t it, one big journey of compromise. And it has been fun trying to come up with inexpensive ideas to create the look I want.
Of course, I have had to trawl through masses of websites to try to find the items I want and I though it would be fun to share those with you here today.
Before I do that, let me give you an idea of what it is I am looking to create.
Because with simplicity comes calm and by golly do I need calm in my life.
We are replacing our queen size, rather inexpensive and not good on our backs, mattress with a king size one. It has been fun wandering into shops to try them out. It is funny how couples lay down on beds and in turn they shuffle and turn to try to get some idea of what it may be like to own it and sleep in it. We tried a couple yesterday. It’s a hard decision. And the mattress industry is a bit shaky at best. There seems to be no particular consensus. It’s a bit confusing but we will persevere. This will be the most important decision we make in the room, because, you know a good night’s sleep makes for a happy life during the day.
To go with our mattress we have opted for an upholstered bedhead. We currently have a dark wood/leather bedroom suite and although the room can carry it quite well, I am looking for light and airy now. I am particularly loving these from Heatherly Design. I came across her website when a friend of mine told me about Big Hearted Business and she was in the directory. I just knew that those luscious bedheads were exactly what I am looking for. I’m thinking of going with a light neutral colour to complement my simple theme.
Heatherly Design also do ottomans which I would like to have at the bottom of the bed. They make a great seat, great storage and look amazingly stylish too.
Our house is extremely open plan. It was a display home and all the cabinets and flooring were built to match in co-ordinating shades of creme and chocolate. To spruce it up, I had to choose a colour that pretty much went throughout the house. I chose red because well, it was plentiful at the time, which made decorating easy, and I also like the colour red.
However, for our bedroom I didn’t want red (although some might argue it is a great colour for a night of passion!!). What I wanted though is a colour that elicits calm. And that, for me, is along the shades of blue. I love the ocean, and its myriad of blues, so I have decided to go with that palette, leaning more towards the teals and aquas. I found this gorgeous muted rug from Pottery Barn and am lusting after it big time.
Now to dress the bed. I have decided on a simple white duvet cover. That way I can add accents of colour. I bore easily so I know that it is likely that I will want a change in a year or so. Far easier to stick with neutrals and accent with colour which is easy to change. I am totally loving this Turkish duvet cover from I Love Linen. White, but with some very on trend texture. Perfect. Actually, there are a few things I am loving from this store. They have such an amazing range.
No self respecting bed would be complete without cushions and a throw. Since I am going for teal/aqua colours, I am thinking that these from Freedom furniture would definitely fit the bill.
We have two massive windows in our bedroom that look to the front of the house. They have plantation blinds on them that are stained, but they are sun faded now and need an overhaul. I haven’t decided if I should paint them white. The rest of the house has a natural wood trim and I’m not sure I’m brave enough to make our room that different. However, I did find these curtains from Temple & Webster that would certainly add a splash of colour to the room.
Of course, the room is still in its planning stage, but I think these would be a good foundation on which to build.
Where do you go to shop for your interior decor items? I would love to know. Please do let me know in the comments below, won’t you. In the mean time, have a wonderful weekend!!
Until next time,