Surely by now most of you have seen the Pantone color of the year, Greenery:
It’s a lovely color. Bright, happy and speaking to Spring and new beginnings. This is actually one of my favorite colors and many different shades of this perky color make appearances throughout our home and my wardrobe.
I will never give up my happy, appley green but as far as decor I find myself moving in a different direction. It started sometime last year: I’m craving cozy. Soft & soothing neutrals, rich textures and sumptuous tactile fabrics. As I mentioned in my New Year’s Resolutions post, I’m working on a slow motion redo of our home to up the coziness factor. Bits and pieces, as well as reducing clutter and reorganizing, are slowly happening across the house; but the one room farthest along is my bedroom.
I changed phones recently and I’m having trouble finding a picture of the entire before bedroom but let me give you the gist of it. This was my previous bedding: bright, cheerful & busy! While I still like it in theory, it wasn’t working for me in practice any longer. My old bed was a wood and curly iron confection that we received as a wedding present nearly 26 years ago! And you’ll see the original wall color in the in progress pictures.
The change started with a gift from my husband. I’m a reader and I’ve long pined for an upholstered headboard to make reading in bed more comfortable. One day when I got home, this was waiting for me:
Next up, this beautiful rug:
We had decided to use Orientals throughout the house because they all automatically look amazing with each other and most of them will be in the traditional red color way but I wanted something softer for my room. With the addition of the rug I was decided on a blue-gray-tan color scheme.
Next on the agenda, bedding:
I traded in my paisley comforter for a duvet and this delicious washed velvet cover & shams. Sadly, the bedding is no longer available in this gorgeous icy blue that I chose but there are other colors to consider and the velvet is so sumptuous!
Also from West Elm, a pair of these night stands:
These Penelope night stands are so amazing! The rounded shape, the ample storage, the beautiful finish, the ring pulls on the drawers and especially the stunning polished marble tops! I could go on and on about these, as several of my friends will attest, but they really do make the room.
I am an online stalker of goods. It is practically painful for me to pay full price for something. I like to pin the objects of my desire and then click through regularly to see if they are on sale or markdown. The rug, bedding & the two night stands (purchased some 9 months apart!) were all purchased this way. These lamps, however, may be my biggest triumph.
I fell in love with them on a home decor website. The were expensive, over $200 each, but I was smitten. No other lamp would do. I loved everything about them and they introduced that touch of old gold I was looking for. I plan on a gold-framed gallery wall down the line. I had dreams about these lamps! So I assumed I would have to go the route of the night stands; save my pennies and get them one at a time as I could. Then one evening I was perusing an online flash sale site when I came across another lamp I had liked from the same source for 1/3 the original price! Of course I immediately combed through their entire selection to see if MY lamps might be available but came up empty. Wah wah. On a whim I decided to Google them, I knew the manufacturer and style name after all. Long story slightly less long, I found them on an after-Christmas sale on Houzz for nearly half price!! Score! I got both for barely more than the price of one! Every day, as evening approaches, I go to my room and turn the overhead lighting off and turn one of these lamps on so that every time I go into the room before bed I’m greeted by the soft glow; and yes, it takes my breath away every. single. time.
One last post holiday bargain to finish up the status update. I wanted a throw for the end of my bed and I wanted to start bringing in more gray. Cue the after-Christmas sale genie again.
Chunky, basket-weave knit? Check! Faux fur pompoms? Check! The perfect shade of gray? Check! After Christmas markdown from $120 to $36? Sold!
There’s still so much to do: paint, storage (my closet is 4 feet wide!), gallery wall, a possible refinish of my Grandmother’s vanity, curtains (ordered, on sale of course) and some accessories; but already this room feels like what I want out of our home. Every night as I slide beneath the duvet and turn out the lamp I feel like a princess in a fairytale and drift off to sleep with a smile on my face. Who could ask for more?