...back in april, i was fed up with my bedroom...small space, weirdly high angled "barn" ceiling, no storage, etc...so, i finally decided to get it together. now, i didn't exactly achieve nirvana in the storage department, but i DID create a space that is livable, cozy and, above all, makes me smile when i wake up the morning...after all, isn't that the point?
first, i painted 27" wide horizontal orange stripes on the already-yellow walls. this trick brought the room down to "eye" level...which makes you follow the walls and corners around the room instead immediately drawing your eye to the ceiling.
second, i really needed a headboard, but i didn't want to give up any unnecessary space...so i decided to create the "illusion" of one. I applied one of favorite wallcoverings, Chiang Mai Dragon from F. Schumacher & Co. (www.fschumacher.com), the width of the mattress and then framed it with moulding. in two hours i had the greatest headboard that i could have imagined for this room! then i broke up the orange and yellow with a wonderful green matelasse quilt and white shams from Sferra 1891 (www.1891bysferra.com)
next, i moved my dresser into the garage adjacent to my bedroom (i know, weird, but this house was built in the 40's...must have been a carport or something), which i am converting into my 'walk-in closet'...stay tuned for that one. i replaced it with a charming asian-latticework hutch that i found in a vintage shop, where i store some of my favorite books on the top shelves and (some of) my shoes in the bottom cabinet. i debated getting rid of the plasma tv in my room entirely...but my current obsession with late-night dexter and californication made it impractical, really...i was able to mount it on a side wall, thanks to the ultra-extending/swiveling tv arm that i found at Best Buy. the extra space that i gained allowed me to add my great-grandmother's tufted french settee at the foot of my bed :-)
anyway, here it is!
and here is a close-up of the FAB-U-LOUS wallpaper i used for the headboard!