May 20, 2013
Ever since I decided my bed was too big / bulky / not right for the size of my bedroom and put the mattress + box spring on the floor, I’ve yearned for a headboard. Something. Anything. To spruce up having a mattress on the floor. To give me something other than the wall to lean against while reading. To make me feel like an adult instead of a 20-something not-quite-adult with a mattress on the floor.
Well. The time for the ultimate dream DIY headboard is not here yet, and I think it may be quite awhile before that time actually arrives. Luckily for me, there are a bunch of non-insane, non-complicated, easy ideas to try without committing to an extensive project or needing a jigsaw and other messy [but super cool] man-tools.
So, welcome to my new bedroom! Recognize those maps? They used to live downstairs. I moved them. Obviously. [Super secret + fun project underway for replacing them.] No idea why the lampshade looks wonky, but I swear it was straight to the naked eye. Camera tricks!
I really love the new additions to the room, and I finally unwrapped some large euro-shams from Ikea and wrapped them in plain white cases. I have plans for those cases to spruce them up but it’s low on the list and they work fine as-is.
Let’s have a photo-happy tour and be sure to check out my source list at the end if you spy something you love!
I love the way the pillow cases are the exact coloring of the lamp shade. It works so well with the maps, too!
Favorite new hipster shoes. Got them at DSW so not sure if that makes them not hipster, but they are the most comfortable things ever. Worn them non-stop since purchasing.
A few weeks ago, I did a post on my vanity and the DREAM necklace display. The room is actually quite small, and I strategically did not photograph what you are seeing now because it was gross. Supremely improved, I think!
Got some questions from last week’s post on my awesome new planners about my gorgeous phone case – I found it a long time ago on Design Sponge and finally got around to buying one. Snagged on Society 6, it’s “Meadows” by Jenny Vorwaller. Her whole collection is beautiful and there are tons of fun cases on Society 6 – it’s a black hole time waster, so be careful.
This next photo is super boring but it perfectly shows what color the walls are painted, and also demonstrates a non-cute DIY because the light switch in the room doesn’t work. Walking into a dark room before turning on a light is in my top 10 things I despise the most in life, seriously. Too many episodes of Law & Order or something, but I absolutely refuse where possible to walk into a room without first turning the light on. This was my solution, made better by using those awesome vintage filament bulbs (ceiling and pipe made it too low to use a lantern or other covering).
And now, source list! Numbers go in somewhat clockwise order.
- Black frame with signed matting (from my 25th birthday party) is from Michael’s.
- Paper lantern from Ikea. Duh.
- Maps from tiny store in San Francisco, frames from Ikea.
- Lamp shade was a plain white shade from Target, and was possibly my very first DIY project ever when I recovered with that fabric (no longer sold).
- Owl lamp from Home Goods.
- Vintage nightstand I found on Craig’s List. Search using keywords “vintage,” “mid-century,” or sometimes specific decades works.
- Sweater blanket (favorite thing ever) from Joss & Main.
- Ruffle duvet cover (sans duvet, in my case, because it’s summertime) from Anthropologie, but no longer sold. I love this and this as alternatives (both are quilts, not duvet covers).
- Pillow cases from Target’s new Threshold Collection. Euro shams and cases from Ikea.
- Adorable alarm clock from Ikea
- Paint color is Valspar Bay Waves.
The end! Which parts do you like? Am I the only one who changes decorations at the drop of a hat? Let’s share our secrets in the comments!