Wednesday, July 20, 2011

workin with what we got.

I think I’ve finally realized that moving to a new place equals spending money. Lots of money. And even though I have tons of plans for our future master bedroom, those plans will just have to take a seat on the backburner for awhile. In the meantime, we’ll have to combine the bedroom furniture we already have and just “make do”. Bleh.

Ok, I’ll admit that our current bedroom stuff isn’t so bad. And we can throw in some fun, inexpensive touches to make it seem like we’re changing things up more than we actually are.

Here’s what we’re starting with:

My platform bed, available on Amazon:

Tony’s black bedspread, also available on Amazon (still need different sheets, not sure what color yet...maybe a print?):

Tony’s Orgel Lamps from Ikea lamps (he has two of them):

My Malm Ikea dresser (Tony has another dresser in storage but I haven't seen it yet. I think it's also black, and probably cooler than this one):

My nightstand (couldn’t find an exact picture but it looks something like this one):

My Ritva Ikea charcoal curtains:

And that's pretty much it! Seems a little dark and gloomy to me. Here are my ideas for some cheap pick-me-ups to make the room feel a little more cheery:

This set of three throw pillows from Etsy (if you haven’t noticed by now, I have a bit of a throw pillow fetish):

A large piece of wall-art to hang above the bed. Still looking for just the right piece. We may even paint something ourselves on a large piece of plywood, and maybe keep it to something simple like a silhouette. Picture this, only not as good:

Once we’re all settled in, I’d like to make a few changes to our existing bedroom collection.

The first would be replacing the curtains with something a little more fun, maybe something like these Target curtains:

Or these Ikea curtains, which you might recognize from my post about the living room. Obviously I wouldn't use the same curtain in two rooms so we would use something different in the living room.
I’d also like to replace my nightstand with two of these Hemnes nightstands from Ikea, one for each side of the bed, with a matching lamp on each:

Depending on how hard it will be to switch the light fixture in the bedroom (if there's even an overhead light to work with), I’d like to get some type of fun pendant light or chandelier. I really like these two lights. The first is the Knappa pendant from Ikea, and the second is a capiz chandelier from West Elm:

If we ever paint the walls in the new place, we’d like to do something dark and dramatic like the wall color shown here (this pic is actually where I got inspired to use throw pillows with a splash of yellow):

Of course, if we were to have walls that dark, we’d have to ditch the black bedding and gray curtains for something much lighter. I'm picturing a crisp white duvet cover and maybe some light gray or white sheer curtains.

So, what do you guys think? I'm open to suggestions!!


  1. I think I would LOVE to have this much time on my hands to think about stuff! ;-) Here's a print I recently saw that I really liked:

  2. Fun! Love this stuff - seems like you have some good base items to start with and don't forget, you can always refinish some items to change colors etc :) And pillows/accessories can always brighten up a dark bed!!

  3. i think you have some great stuff to work with! Once you add some throw pillows it will look nice, and later with the lights and new curtains.. love it!


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