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Planning a Mini-Makeover for the Bedroom

Updating Eleanor’s room has made me think I should do a little something to our own bedroom too. The shell of the room is good — charcoal gray walls, dark bamboo flooring, a gray carpet, and white trim — but adding some new art and switching out the bedding would go a long way.

  1. Washed Channel Stitch Quilt
    I picked up this quilt and two matching shams in coral. They were on clearance in the store, though the color seems to be gone online.
  2. Black and White Pillow
    I think the room needs a little graphic punch, but I haven’t decided on a specific pillow yet. Probably one of these.
  3. Dog Rose Botanical Poster
    I think the huge botanical print I ordered might look better in the bedroom than the living room. What do you think?

I have some other bedding to play around with already, so I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping the gray and white striped sheets on the bed, or switching them out. We had an old paisley sheet that I loved, but I had it on the bed recently and it finally wore out with a big riiiiiiiiip!

This is What Our Bedroom Looks Like

I’ve been working with American Express to redo my bedroom. They provided me with a total of 300,000 Membership Rewards points.

Hello, dark and lovely bedroom.

Our Bedroom

Our Bedroom

Everything came together just as I hoped it would. The colors and patterns of the new bedding look great together, and our bed feels so soft with its new pillows and comforter.

Bedding

The Edison Chandelier is amazing.

Our Bedroom

We do have our fears about Eleanor jumping on the bed or swinging a pillow and breaking the bulbs. We may need to revisit our lighting options in a few years, but right now we are absolutely loving the chandellier.

Our Bedroom

I like the little pop of red from our phone, and the yellow of the lacquered tray holding magazines by my side of the bed.

My Nightstand

My Nightstand

I really love the play between light and dark in the room. Sheer white shades, white curtains, and painted white trim all provide a nice balance to the zinc walls, gray rug, dark furniture, and the Jacobean bamboo flooring.

Our Bedroom

Our overflow of books has been contained by the new bookshelf.

Books in Our Bedroom

The bedroom is somewhat small and there is already a lot going on visually, so we wanted the new art to be subtle. I love the antiqued zinc finish against our ‘zinc’ wall color.

Wall Art

Our Bedroom

Soporific.

Our Bedroom

Inexpensive Custom Sized Roller Shades

I had been planning to put up sheer roller shades for a long time, even before I began redoing my bedroom (photos next week). We used to like our room darkening Roman blinds because they let us sleep in deliciously late. We haven’t been able to sleep in since we had our little alarm clock though, and the room began to feel oppressively dark in the wee morning hours.

I knew I had twittered about picking up the shades (ENJE), so I looked for the tweet to see how long ago that was. February 16. Oof.

The shades didn’t come in the exact size that I needed, but Anna reassured me that they are easy to work with. So over the weekend I set about trimming off 2.5″ and installing them, and it was easy.

Trimming ENJE Roller Shades

All you have to do is measure the amount to be trimmed, mark it and then cut. Using good, sharp scissors will help (you do reserve a pair of scissors just for fabric, right?). The metal top and bottom can be cut with a hacksaw or jigsaw with a metal blade, but the fabric needs to be cut away first or it will become ragged. I used an x-acto knife for that part.

Trimming ENJE Roller Shades

After you’ve cut everything down to the proper size, you just pop the ends back on and hang the shade according to the simple directions.

ENJE Roller Shades

Done!

ENJE Roller Shades

Benita of Chez Larsson just took on the same project recently, and here Anna of Door Sixteen gives her take on the ENJE shades. I’m so pleased with the way they look, and they were so inexpensive… especially compared to custom roller shades.

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