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Bedroom Redecoration: Before & After

Viola! It’s finished! Here’s before:

Bedroom Redecoration: Before
Bedroom Redecoration: Before

Yes, really crappy photos – kind of like when the before photo for a makeover shows a person with greasy hair and horrible lighting. I was in the middle of cleaning out storage when I thought to take ‘before’ photos, so there’s junk everywhere, the old bed is unmade, it’s just a big mess. And one of the photos is even blurry. Oh well, it’s not like I can go back and get better ones now! *Thank goodness.*

So … AFTER!

Bedroom Redecoration: After
Bedroom Redecoration: After

I love it. Really really really love it.

Bedroom Redecoration: After

SO. MUCH.

Bedroom Redecoration: After

I honestly never thought it would be this lovely. This is what it looked like in my head as I worked, but I kind of expected it to be like making something from Pinterest – pretty, but not exactly as superhumanly beautiful as the pin makes it look. I painted it a soft, fairly light, gray, which looks so nice with the aqua curtains and bedding I already had. There’s also aqua in both the paintings in here (both done by my mother, in case you’re wondering), as well as little pink accents everywhere. Originally, this was not a planned color scheme. Everyone knows I’m a total sucker for this color scheme; I guess it just happened naturally.

Bedroom Redecoration: After

Of course it’ll never look this perfect again, let’s just be honest. I work in here, when I do work at a desk, because of spacing issues, and as soon as I’m ready to write a new pattern or something, there will be papers and yarn or thread strewn about everywhere. But I even cleaned my desk all purdy and got it ready to neatly hold my work and close it away in the evening.

Bedroom Redecoration: After

I’m amazed by how much bigger it feels now! Especially important if you have space issues, making the most of what you have available. I removed the enormous floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, which always felt like it was making the wall cave in on you (visible in the very first photo above), and replaced it with two shorter shelves. Now there’s a lot more visible wall, making it feel bigger without really doing anything. This wall (behind the shelves):

Bedroom Redecoration: After

was kept white, though repainted along with the ceiling for crispy cleanness, to keep the room open. I didn’t want the gray to end up making it feel smaller. Otherwise, I basically rotated the furniture 90° and even though it’s all nearly the same as it was relative to each other, it feels completely different!

And the best part is that, other than the bed of course, and my new alarm clock (which means I can turn off my phone at night, making it much easier to turn off my brain as well), I didn’t buy anything special for this project! The bed replaced the one that was literally falling apart on me, the paint was already in the house, the fabric I used for sewing pretty things (notice the pretty pillowcases and throw pillows?!) was stash. Everything else was just reorganizing and good planning!

I haven’t finished the rest of my sewing yet, I’m hoping to try and sort out Norman’s issues today, but this relaxing haven will be way more than enough to keep me happy for now!

Operaton Bedroom More Betterer

Operaton Bedroom More Betterer

Sorry to jump so quickly from one thing to another, but this week is all about redecorating my bedroom, so you’ll be hearing a lot about that for a bit. I snagged myself a beautiful new bed during the winter sales, which was sorely needed since my cheapass bottom-of-the-line IKEA bed was literally falling apart while I slept. I mean seriously, the slats would cave in in the middle of the night so I’d have to get up at 3am to lift my mattress and try to rearrange the slats.

Good. Riddance, crappy bed.

I have space issues and it’s not easy to move lots of stuff around, so taking the crappy bed out to make room for the nice bed was the best possible opportunity to paint my bedroom. I was never crazy about a white-and-cream bedroom anyhow, and it was getting a bit dingy (you can see the outline of where a painting hung in the photo above. Ugh.). I decided on a soft gray on three walls, the last wall and ceiling a nice, clean white.

Operaton Bedroom More Betterer

There’s still one wall left, which will have to wait until the weekend. I (with my brother’s help) just couldn’t quite do it in a day. And since I’m really trying to make my bedroom a really soothing, lovely place to be (to help me sleep better, because that’s a recurring problem for me), I’m going to spend whatever time possible this week making pretty things for my new room. I’ll be making Liberty pillowcases like the ones I made my mother, some throw pillows, a Denyse Schmidt Scottie Dog, and maybe a lampshade if I get to it, though that might be a little ambitious. I’ll be sharing all these redecorating endeavors throughout the week!

I’ve even taken my curtains to the cleaners, but a draped vintage sheet does ok as an emergency curtain-replacement!

Operaton Bedroom More Betterer

Gift Round-up: “Eli, The Barrow Boy” – made for me

I still want to show you all how the Russian sampler and the wall hanging for my brother came out, but first, here’s an incredible gift I received from my mother.

Eli, The Barrow Boy by Christina Z. Ryan

I’m sorry, these aren’t the best photos ever – they’re at a goofy angle and I had a terrible time getting the colors just right – but it just won’t. stop. raining! (Seriously – enough with the rain already. We get the point.) I took these last week in a little sunny pocket and they only came out so-so, but since I’ve been waiting ever since then for the rain to stop, I finally gave up. I’d love to do this amazing piece of work the justice it deserves, but this will just have to do for now.

A while back, I think it might’ve been several years now, I asked my crazy-talented artist mother to illustrate one of my favorite songs for me. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a music dork and no band captures my visual imagination like The Decemberists.

Eli, The Barrow Boy by Christina Z. Ryan

There’s so many memorable characters in Decemberists songs, but none more so than Eli, The Barrow Boy (from the song of the same name, found on the 2005 album Picaresque). The opening notes alone will bring me to tears – poor, poor Eli; it’s a heartbreaking tale. And just swimming with wonderful detail and imagery.

I’m sure Mom just loves when I do this – present her with an art assignment (erm, this is not the first time, and I’ve decided the illustrated-song thing should be a series as well), but she’s very generous and immediately agreed to take on the project. She got stuck on part of the design for a long time, but managed to pull it all together, finish it up, and find the absolute perfect frame (at a local charity shop!) – just in time for it to be my Christmas gift.

Eli, The Barrow Boy by Christina Z. Ryan

Is it not amazing?! She worked in all the detail from the lyrics: the tamaracks, marigolds, coal, the church ground (with Eli and his love’s graves marked) – every little bit of Eli’s tale is there. It’s just so incredible, I barely have the words to describe it. Indeed – the main reason I’m posting this now and not waiting any longer for better photo weather is so I can get it up on my wall where it belongs!