My friend, the Vamp, has decided on some design resolutions for 2010 (read about them here at visual vamp and here at discover interior design). Inspired, I've decided on a few design resolutions of my own. I'm keeping the list short--only three main resolutions, and I'm trying to keep the list quantifiable if not unambiguous.
My number one resolution is to make my home "magazine worthy:" Letting my hatin' be my motivatin'. Last year, I became (thankfully briefly) obsessed with the trainwreck that was The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo where a couple of characters constantly said, "Let your hater be your motivator." I don't have any haters, but I do have a couple of rooms which, while I don't exactly hate them, I don't love them either. However, I had been living in the less than loved spaces while making other people's home lovely--the classic case of the shoeless cobbler. At the same time, I've had the dream of all professional designers, design lovers, and design bloggers----having my home published. Then I realized--if I did get that call and they asked, "When can you be ready?", would my answer be two days, two weeks,...two years? Anyway, I decided that my first and major goal in 2010 will be to finish those little half done projects, rework the rooms that aren't working, and polish my interiors--even if I never get the call. At least I'll have a more comfortable, lovely home. (BTW, #2 is to keep my house clean "enough" and to live well--fresh herbs, cloths napkins, setting the table, fresh flowers, etc. And I'm stopping at 3--I think the less, the more likely to achieve.)
First room on the way to achieving my first goal is my bedroom *note: since the following are before pics, I deliberatly left them unstyled so that the contrast betwteen before and after will be greater, i.e., I'm a lazy s.o.b. and moving the can of pledge out of the shot seemed like too much work*:
It's a small room, 14x12, and the furniture, except for the bed, has to stay. The closets in the house are tiny, so I need the dresser and chifferobe for storage. The furniture arrangement is also the best for the room, but some of the finishes will change. I also have to keep thomas's vintage draperies that he loves. The wall color is definitely changing. I love blue-greens, but this aqua is just a little too bright ( I ignored my own advice and did not do a color sample before deciding on my paint color)---I want a darker, richer, more dramatic tone in the same color family.
I'm keeping the white sheets, but changing the other bedding to the knitted cream coverlet in the back of the photo with a bedskirt made of the natural canves to the right of the photo. The vintage waverly fabric from the 1970s at the bottom of the photo will become a throw for color at the foot of the bed.
A shot of the bed:
The sconces are staying, but the bed is going, to be replaced by a headboard made of this incredible salvaged and stripped door (note: Thomas wanted everyone to know that HE is the one that stripped the door at the risk of lead poisoning, dismemberment, etc., etc., etc.):