Monday, August 16, 2010

Redecorating my old room

old school quilts and pink walls

So, I haven't lived at home in awhile. Ok, more than awhile. Let's try 15 years? Right after I graduated high school, I packed my bags and moved a whopping 45 minutes away. Still, I never moved home again - until, well, now.

When I was in high school I painted my walls cobalt blue and covered them with black and white photos, posters and drawings.

I returned home to find baby pink walls and golden framed flowers:
framed flowers

Framed Precious Moments cross-stitches:
yeah, the walls are really this pink

Lace curtains that let in surprisingly very little light:
curtains before

In addition to pink walls, the carpet is this light spearmint-y / sage green color:
messy corner before

Eeep. How was I going to find stuff to match all of this? I stared at the pink walls unhappily, thinking that if I changed that, I might be inspired - but I had no clue what might combine with that spearmint green carpet.

Finally, I made a detour to Target and just bought a bunch of stuff I loved: a bright reddish-pink quilt, shams, sheets, and a purplish throw rug. I didn't care if it didn't match.

I got everything on sale, but there was a sheer white curtain with flocked dots I really wanted. I just didn't want to pay 20 dollars a pop for them (20 x 3 = way too much for me).

So I bought 3 sheer white curtains for 5.99 each, and cut polka dots out of an old white pillowcase instead:
placing polka dots

Sewing the circles was a cinch - I used white embroidery floss (2 strands) and a simple straight stitch, nothing fancy at all:
sewing polka dots

I also hung the top portion of a birthday banner I made last year for a bit of extra happiness:
banner + curtain

I hung big paper lanterns I brought back from New York:
bed + curtain + lanterns
Doesn't the new curtain let in so much more light?

Next, I got on a garland kick. I cut small circles out of an old turquoise t-shirt and strung them on white perle cotton:
stringing circles

I made flowers by squishing a bunch of circles together:
making a flower

Or, just simple strings:

Then I hung them wherever I wanted some extra color:
recycled frames
That lovely lady on the right is of course my mom. On the left is an old knitting magazine I picked up in Cape May.

Finally, I added some more paper lanterns and my own embroidery and painting to this little corner:
lantern corner

And there we go, here is my new abode (for now):
I prefer the unmade bed

Isn't it crazy the difference a bedspread, sheets, and a curtain make? All the crazy colors look good together and make me very happy. It's feeling much more like home now...


JayneClaire said...

Love it! Very simple yet clever things that have changed the room so much. Wish I could do that.

Teenysparkles said...

What a phenomenal makeover!!!!! You've inspired me!

gina said...

wow - your room looks completely different & wonderful! it's so inspiring...thank you :)

Special K said...

Wow - that's adorable! I love the colors1

Drucilla Pettibone said...

this is super inspiring what you were able to do with this space! it's fun seeing your unchanged room, too, and the way you updated it - so simple and so effective!

ByMyFairHand said...

What a difference a few personal touches make. It looks great!

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Oh wow, what a change! I love the new look - it's so fun and cozy!

Katie said...

You got rid of those precious moments cross-stitches!?

Hahha - Just kidding! The new bedding looks great - I love that stuff from Target. You really made the walls and carpet work!

Skitzo Leezra Studio said...

So much more YOU!
It changed the room to a more cheerful place.

Andrea said...

Your room is very "you" now. And very nice!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I gotta admit, I was skeptical. Sometimes we have to make do with what we have and you proved you can exceed expectations. Great job!

Frizz said...

inspirational makeover - really!

Melissa said...

Love your new room and your Feliz banner has given me an idea for my bedroom that I wasn't sure what to do and now I know. Off to buy some felt and make a banner for my bedroom window. Thanks for the inspiration!

Chris Salley said...

Excited to hear more about your new adventures away from NYC. Feeling inspired to redecorate my room!

Tids said...

Beautiful!!!! Can you come and do mine? Pleeeeease?!

Ustedes y Nosotros. said...

totalmente una recamara feliz.

Nicky said...

It looks lovely- fresh and clean! I love your garland too- super cute!