Do not get me wrong, I am so flattered that so many have said they liked my makeover, but what it really comes down to is if my husband and I like the room... and we do! This room now is so much lighter and airy feeling. It doesn't feel like a dark hole and I'm doing my best not to let it be a dumping ground of miscellaneous stuff anymore. I think I kept it some what gender neutral. It's a little on the feminine side but not dramatically so.
Now the break down of what I used and why I came up with this design plan.
I have white walls in just about every room in my house now, which I absolutely LOVE! I know white walls are not loved by everyone but I love it because it keeps our house feeling light and fresh.
Here in the Pacific NW, we have a lot of dark gloomy days, as you may have heard. I also live in a wooded neighborhood and that makes our days even a little darker than some homes in this area.
After 13 years living in this home, I finally got sick of it always feeling so dark, and have embraced the idea that we must lighten it up to keep myself and our family sane during those 300 days of dark gray days. So despite going lighter in the other rooms of the house, I was still torn about if I should go dark or light. I thought in the bedroom it might be okay to go really dark since it's a bedroom and where we sleep after all. After much deliberation I decided the light way was the right move, since we also use the room for our office space, and reading. I am so happy I decided to go this lighter scheme way, for now I have the most perfect little hideaway spot for doing some reading and surfing the net. You can find me here quite often now and before, I was hardly ever in this room.
My inspiration was obviously the beach and a little from our visits to Hawaii ( a favorite destination of my husband and mine). Some of my favorite restaurants on Maui or Kauai are decorated with bright white walls, usually planked, and accented with dark floors and/or furniture. Since I already had the darker furniture, I knew this look would give me the same feeling.
Though I absolutely love planked walls, and even did this application in the girls' bathroom, I knew I could not do that to this entire space. This room is HUGE and to redo all the walls and in the master bathroom suite as well, would be quite the spendy and time consuming project. So instead, my second love is board and batten. This is not the true board and batten because we left out the board part. Again to install the boards from ceiling to floor would be uber expensive and I think we achieved the look regardless with just the strips of boards. I really love the look from floor to ceiling.
I'll give you a quick tutorial on how we did the wall treatment in another post.
Where I bought things:
Bedding: Arabella Duvet & Shams from Z Gallerie ( bought awhile back and no longer sold)
Headboard: Lewis Headboard from Pottery Barn with the White Organic Twill slipcover
Throw Pillows: 2 Moroccan Pillows are from Etsy. Seller Oh My Pillow. White Pillow with blue stripes from HC Home in Snohomish (a local store)
Drapes: Oxford Stripe Window Panels from Serena & Lily You can't tell from my photos but they are a tiny pinstripe and are so cute.
Woven shades: Levolor cut to size Bamboo shades in Origami from Lowes
Mirror: Serena & Lily woven mirror Daisy
Side Tables: Laguna Tray Side table from Pottery Barn
Lamps: Architectural Salvaged Square Urn Lamps from Pottery Barn. No longer available.
Lamp Shades: from Pottery Barn. (Burlap Upholstered tapered shade in navy)
White chair and ottoman are the Jenny Lund Ektorp chair and Ektorp ottoman from Ikea
Stripe pillow on chair: from Restoration Hardware. No longer available online, and found at their outlet store.
Round rattan tray: Target Threshold line
Wall art: Etsy, Seller Vintage by the Shore
Frames: Ribba frames from Ikea
I will post a part 2 tomorrow so not to let this post go too long.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment.