ModCloth via Ryan inspired by a super inspiring commencement speech from Neil Gaiman


Sometimes when you work on a room there are more questions partway in than when you started.  Those questions could be looked at as problems or mistakes or they could be considered fun opportunities that will shape the final outcome in ways you couldn’t have imagined that will ultimately make the space better and unique.  I’ve learned to enjoy the weird quirks that a room presents as I go because those things make me be more creative and that’s where the magic happens.

I ordered a bed online and have learned enough to wait until it’s delivered before I paint the walls.  It said “khaki” in the description, but one person’s khaki is another person’s light pink is another person’s olive is another person’s paperbag brown. This color is not my khaki.  I’m still trying to decide if I want to adjust the room based on the bed color, or if I want to do something to the bed to change its color.  I haven’t put the bed together yet, just testing out the height. I’m not creating this space to fit a specific theme or color so I’m free to make decisions as I go–that’s how most of my rooms come about.  I try to keep my options open for as long as possible and let the room tell me what it wants to be.

The dresser and bed are the only things that I know for sure will go in the room.  The dresser has one coat of paint, but depending on what I do with the bed and the walls I may end up painting it a bright color.  So I’m not going to decide the final color until I make a decision about the bed and the walls.

I’m considering a dark wall for the main wall where the headboard of the bed will end up.

I’ve got a stencil all ready to go once I decide how to use it–maybe on the dark wall, if it turns out to be dark?  Maybe on another wall.

The light fixture I wanted to use in here is entirely too big.  It hangs down about two feet over the bed.  I guess it’s meant for a foyer.

Here’s some stuff in the closet I’m considering using in the room.

I’m thinking about glaming up the elk antlers.

Maybe making the closet a sitting area/with a coat rack that can easily be turned back into a closet?

If I have white walls I want the drapes to pop, I could embellish the current white drapes or start fresh.

The mirror is too big over the dresser in the room and I kind of miss it downstairs over the mantle, I think I’ll move it back for fall.  But then I’ll need to find a mirror for the guest room.

Constantly in my head is the fact that we are renting–how can I make this room spectacular, on a budget and when we move out it not be something that the next owners or renters will view as work they have to cover up?

I’m not in a huge rush to get this room finished.  Yes, I want it done so we can use it but, I don’t want to rush the process too much. Instead of picking out a room I want to copy, I let what I have and how I want the room to feel to dictate where it’s going.   First I’ll decide what direction I’m going with the bed and walls, everything else will fall into place after I make a few big decisions.

…to be continued.