Tuesday, February 9, 2010

dreamy light bedroom tour

I've discovered that lots and lots of snow (and even the absence of electricity caused by it) has some unexpected bonuses...one of them being incredible light and the freedom from distractions (internet, tv, elliptical--ha ha ok, not exactly a distraction in the same way:) that usually keep me from noticing subtle things like that.
Our bedroom in particular looked so pretty with the intense light being reflected off the snow. It was just calling for me to snap some pictures (ok, LOTS of pictures :). It's already one of my favorite places in our house because it's so simple but also a little bit romantic too...the closest I'll ever get to fussy.
I got the parasol head light cover at Pearl River over a year ago with the intention of switching out our atrocious broken ceiling fan (bane!). While I waited to find time to install a regular bare bulb fixture, I hung the parasol head on an old random nail in the wall, but then I started loving how it looked, so it stayed.
Both of the chairs were curbside finds while living in South Bend. Both are a little too rickety to be used as everyday chairs, but I like their simple farmhouse vibe, so I decided to use them as bedside tables. The little lamps are from ikea.The jar painting is by Nicole, It was the first piece of art in our room, and I love it!!! She's so generous to let me "borrow" it. The portraits are by my mom. The one on the left is a pencil sketch on tea-stained paper that she made as my 20th birthday card.
You can't really see it in the photo, but there is writing on the right hand side. It's been in a folder since college, but I knew it would look beautiful in our room. I tried a million frames, but they all looked too fussy, so I glued some sticks on the top and bottom edges and hung it scroll style with some jute twine instead.
For now we've decided to keep our mattress right on the floor with our mantel headboard (you can see how I made it in my post for apartment therapy). I was inspired by the simplicity of traditional rural Swedish bedrooms I usually prefer silver to gold, but I love the contrast of the little touches of gold against the light gray and ivories. It's such a soothing place to wake up in...especially when the heat is on!

PS- this is what it looked like when we moved in...not exactly the spare, peaceful vibe we were going for. Thank goodness for paint! We used Restoration Hardware's Pale Silver for the walls.


  1. Love your bedroom! Very very beautiful...

  2. I love your bedroom now - the headboard, the light walls, how wonderfully simple and soothing it is, without being austere. And the jar painting? I am completely smitten with it. It is beautiful..!

    Thanks for sharing this, a very intimate space in some ways, dear. I really enjoyed the tour.


  3. I love your bedroom. Such a romantic, soothing space.


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