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Room Makeover….Help?

The clutter is cleaned out (for the most part…I still have a few more things that need to find a home), the paint is drying, the furniture is spare…now what? I’m entreating you all to help me with the final, most important task – re-decorating my bedroom. I am currently overwhelmed with possibility and it’s driving me more than a little bit crazy. The background is white (a slightly warm white, with the ridiculous name of ‘puffball white’ — ????), the bed and desk and dresser remain the same (with the exception of the mirror being left out), so….now what?

It's....spare. And white. Very white.

It’s….spare. And white. Very white.

I'm still de-cluttering...and some of these things just need homes. It's hard working in a small space!

I’m still de-cluttering…and some of these things just need homes. It’s hard working in a small space!

My new bookshelf, all organized (except for the top row)....I wanted to store a collection of something up there, but what? I have cool teapots, but they're not big enough to make an impact. Also, my closet is way more organized, but has become a temporary storage space for some shelving units and extra shoes :S

My new bookshelf, all organized (except for the top row)….I wanted to store a collection of something up there, but what? I have cool teapots, but they’re not big enough to make an impact. Also, my closet is way more organized, but has become a temporary storage space for some shelving units and extra shoes :S

Now, before you brilliant creative types run amok with ideas, these are my needs:

  • BUDGET-FRIENDLY. I cannot emphasize this enough. I will MAKE shit myself if I can get away with it.
  • Minimalist. Although you can’t tell from looking at my before bedroom photos, I don’t like a lot of trinkets and clutter. I prefer mostly white bedrooms with clean lines and a classic appeal. Think: zen style, with as little as possible to distract me from work or sleep.

The areas that I’m finding particularly problematic: jewelry storage that looks classic and controlled, and finding a new desk chair (I’ve been eyeing these lucite ones online, but they’re definitely out of budget for the time being). I also wanted to introduce a soft palette – part of me was thinking a nice turquoise/seafoam green – which would make me want to add curtains, or perhaps change the bed decor as well.

After all is said and done, I did buy this little piece of wonderful recently, from a local shop called Save our Soles:

Ooooh let's give him a name, shall we? Name contest?

Ooooh let’s give him a name, shall we? Name contest?

Although I’m a huge animal rights activist and vegetarian (with the occasional side of veganism), I thought this thing was amazing and fun, and the perfect ring storage that would add a nice accent to my dresser. It’s also highly unlikely that I’ll ever own my own bear rug, for many reasons, so this is as close as I’m getting. Speaking of my dresser…should I get a runner? Argh! So many questions! Styling a bedroom is not exactly easy.

HELP!

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10 Comments

  1. Decorating! Fun!! I live in a studio in SF so have been redecorating as well and have been documenting it on my blog http://www.joodyjoods.com.

    I’d get some prints (cheap finds from Ikea but looks AMAZING!) and these great furniture for a little “home office.”

    Hop over to my blog joodyjoods.com ! Can’t wait to see your final look. Good luck!!

    • Jess A

      Awesome thanks so much for the tip! I’m currently on vacation but once I get back I will be sure to check out your blog for more tips. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Of course! Please do another post when you put your place together. Good luck and have fun on vacay.

  2. Jess, I have soooo many baubles, that I found the cheapest way to store them (and display!) was to buy a large, plain corkboard (picked mine up at Home Hardware, but wherever you can find a cheap one will do!). I had left over black, velvet flocked material that I used to cover the board. Hot glue gunned it to the back of the board, added two eye screws to the top pf the board (through the wooden frame) and hung it on my wall. I use only clear push pins on it, and have all my necklaces and earrings hanging up.

    You can buy inexpensive “ends” at Fabricland in the material of your liking. All in all, it may cost you $20.

  3. I live to decorate! Here are some ideas based on your guidelines:

    1. You can buy/find a dress form and use it to adorn your statement necklaces. For more delicate pieces you can use a shadow box and hang inside, it then doubles as wall art!

    2. For a minimalist and all-white look, you can actually go to Ikea and look at their BESTA units. They are modular and you can create a chest of drawers or storage bench. I would only use their lacquer white finish door/drawer fronts, it’s what makes it look non-Ikea.

    3. Find wall art and other adornments on Etsy. Often, I find things there that are less expensive than store and easier than DIY. Come visit my blog and click on Art, Decor, and/or Interior Design to see some of my shopping sources.

    Good Luck!

    • Jess A

      Awesome, and thank you! I will definitely check out your sources! Etsy is a fantastic idea that I never would have thought of.

      Also, although this sounds dated, I still have quite the collection of cds….any suggestions on how I can artistically showcase them? I’m so over CD towers.

  4. You have such a great space to work with! It’s so exciting seeing the transformation. I love clean white room also, you could paint one item of furniture a vibrant colour to make it a centre piece? Pinterest is a gold mine for any sort of home inspiration – I helped it create a mood board for the move. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

    • Jess A

      I’m so obsessed with Pinterest it’s not even funny! We should follow each other – I always like to see what other people are interested in. I’m under jess anderson. Yay!

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