Interior Design

How to Add Some Whimsy to a Bedroom

Sometimes a Little Whimsy is all You Need

I've found that over the years of designing my own home and others, that every room needs a touch of something just a little quirky, whimsical or strange. It is a big part of why I choose crocodile print wallpaper for my dining room. Each room needs something delightful. 

A great place to play is in the bedroom. Create a space that reflects you and your interests. If star beams and moons are your thing, then go with it. I love how the bedroom above looks somewhat formal, but by draping it with gold stars it becomes a playful space. 

You don't have to go all out and paint the ceiling with constellations or put up glow in the dark stars (if that is your thing, then I encourage you to do so!), but you can add a few elements. 

This beautiful print from The Honey Bee Paperie would look lovely and what it says is perfect! 

I love You more than all the stars watercolor painting

Or this print from Printastic Studio. I have one very similar in my bedroom. I wanted to embrace my exploration of my witchy side and I wanted to be more aware of the moons changes. 

watercolor moon painting

You could also add a mural or some wallpaper that have the moon or some stars as a focal point behind the bed. 

Via muralwallpapers.com

Via muralwallpapers.com

Finally the easiest way to add some magic to the bedroom is to add twinkle lights. 

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Image via Pop Sugar

If your bedroom is feeling a little flat these days then add some stars and moons. 

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Let's Talk About Sex

Oh yeah! I'm going there. I firmly believe that our environment impacts our life.

What do you think your bedroom says about your sex life? Are there clothes on the floor, dust bunnies under the bed and a closet stuffed with, well, stuff? Now if this is an infrequent thing, I totally get it, but if this is your constant state, it may be impacting your love life. 

I have experienced what a chaotic bedroom brings into my life and what a designed peaceful sanctuary has invited into my life, which is why I'm writing this blog post. It may be time to think about the interior design of your bedroom. 

Image via  Domaine

Image via Domaine

  • The first step whether you are married or single is to think about how you want your bedroom to feel and what activities will be happening in the room. I recommend that your bedroom be used for sex, sleeping and maybe some reading. You'll notice that television watching is not a part of this. Some people love piling into bed and watching TV, if that's you great, but if you find the television is interfering with some other more important bedroom activities then please banish it. 
  • The other thing I recommend banishing from the bedroom are cell phones. I can hear you already shrieking, 'but I use my phone for my alarm'. There's this crazy invention that's been around for centuries called an alarm clock. Try it. I leave my phone outside of the bedroom because it has too many temptations and I fall down a black hole and then, oh look, it's way past my bedtime and I'm a cranky beyatch when I wake up the next morning. 
  • Lighting is super important. You want to have some mood lighting. Get some lamps or put that overhead light on a dimmer switch. On the flip side please feel free to have sex in the daylight 'cause you are freaking beautiful. 
  • Make your bedroom feel like a sanctuary. It should feel like a place you can retreat to and shut the door and block out the insanity of the day. 

Those are the things I recommend if you are single or partnered. For all the single people please read on. 

  • I remember reading an interview with an old school hollywood actress and she mentioned that your bedroom should look good with your skin. Chances are you'll already be drawn to colors that look good on you (check your closet for some inspiration). I'm definitely a Fall color person. Does anyone else remember the season color books and how to's that swept the nation in the 90s. Or is it just me. So as an autumn I look good in burgundy, deep orange, mustard yellow and teals. If I were to put icy blue in my bedroom it's just not going to feel good to me and it will make me look pasty. 
  • You want to make space for someone to come into your life. If your closets are overflowing and there isn't a spare drawer, then where is someone going to leave their toothbrush when they spend the night. 
  • Have more then one or two pillows. You want someone to feel comfortable in your bed.
  • Speaking of the bed, keep it in the center of the room with a nightstand on each side so your guest doesn't have to crawl over you in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. 

When I moved into my apartment I was so focused on the living spaces that I neglected my bedroom and it had no style and it became a dumping ground. I started first with decluttering and then bringing in color, texture and art from my travels that held happy memories and was peaceful. At the time I was trying to date, which quite honestly is a special form of hell and I wasn't really meeting anyone. Once I cleaned out my closet and dresser and made some space, that was when someone special entered my life. Sadly, he didn't stay, but that might mean I need to clean out another room in my house ;)

You don't have to take all of this advice, but mull it over. There may be a couple of things you want to change up in your bedroom. And if you need a little bedroom therapy feel free to contact me. 

 

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I'm craving mustard

Image via  Blog Loving

Image via Blog Loving

When I was in my twenties it was popular to figure out what your 'colors' were. They were broken out by Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer and based on your face tone, hair color, eye color, etc. I'm a Fall. I look really good in deep blue green, russet red, plum, orange and mustard yellow. Granted lately I tend to wear a lot of black, but those are the colors I am definitely drawn to. 

I love that I'm seeing those traditional seasonal color palettes be broken up. So instead of mustard yellow and blue/green it is mixed with light blue, pink or light green. 

I can tell when I keep pinning the same thing that I'd like to bring more of that into my life. Lately that is definitely mustard yellow. 

Image via  sfgirlbybay

Image via sfgirlbybay

If big bold mustard is too much, then take a look below at some of the other options that have just a hint of mustard mixed in. 

Image via  decor8

Image via decor8

Image via  fjeldborg

Image via fjeldborg

If you are craving color saturation then the image below will inspire you. I love that mix of green, pink and mustard. It surprisingly works so well together. I think having the one room painted mustard yellow and the adjoining room green and pink works, but then pulling a yellow lamp into the green room makes it perfect. 

If that is too much color for you, then take a look at the picture below. It has a white base and that splash of mustard and a bit of pink peeking out in the picture. 

Anybody inspired to go mix some colors? If you need help, color is my favorite thing to play with, then please contact me

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November Mood Board

Image via  Free People

Image via Free People

This month's mood board is inspired by something slightly different- a monastery. While in Bulgaria we took a day trip and drove up into the mountains to see Rila Monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St. John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th-19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity following centuries of occupation. 

What is even more fascinating is that this, and many other churches in Bulgaria, were keepers of Bulgaria's history and culture. Bulgaria was under Turkish rule for decades but in the 19th century there was a resurgence of nationalism and the church was there holding the knowledge of the countries history. 

Image via  xiquinhosilva

Image via xiquinhosilva

I was inspired by the grandness of the monastery and the church, but also the peacefulness I felt because it was nestled in the mountains. There were fountains that you could drink from that had the most delicious, cold and fresh spring water. The inside of the church was dark, lit by candles and you could smell the incense that had soaked into the wood. I felt the weight of the centuries of prayer in this sacred space. 

Image via  Kyle Taylor

Image via Kyle Taylor

Being in such an ancient and spiritual place made me want to create that sort of contemplative space in my own home. I've been searching for what the divine means to me, and while I don't tend to find my answers in church, I do have strong spiritual beliefs. 

I like to create moments in my home that create space for self-reflection. I've been trying to meditate daily (operative word on try) but having a spot where I can meditate daily helps me sink into that meditation more quickly. I feel inspired by my surroundings to try to find that peace. 

Image via  The Jungalow

Image via The Jungalow

A sacred space is something you imbue with good energy. I think you start with a candle, a crystal, and then add a plant and you are on your way to creating your spot. Bringing in elements from nature give a space that good feeling too! 

Image via  Annie Tarasova

Image via Annie Tarasova

Have you carved out a corner of your home for yourself?

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Mix of Modern and Vintage

I had a client who lived in a very modern looking condo in Wicker Park. She had great windows, an open floor plan and enough space but she was struggling to make her existing furniture work. 

The furniture set was relatively new and a contemporary style, but she had bought it before she figured out what her style was. Over the last couple of years she realized that she loved mid-century modern and had been slowly adding pieces to her home in the form of a dresser and dining room table, but overall the home felt, well, kind of cold.

Sometimes open floor plans can be great, but it also can be challenging to define spaces. Her living room felt a bit like it was floating and so I recommended a small armless chaise that would add more seating, define the space, but allow for the open sight lines and not block the room off. 

I also suggested bringing in more wood tones. Her coffee table had seen better days and swapping it out with a wood mid century table would give her the vibe she was going for.  Plus some wood accessories to give the place some more warmth. 

The rooms were bathed in light during the day, but quite dim at night. There were some ceiling lights but the room missed ambient light. I suggested adding an arc lamp for the living room and some side table lamps. 

The last need was color. The walls were light grey, the couch was beige, the rug (which she wanted to keep) was white. While I do love a good neutral room they can be tricky to pull off. Plus she was craving color and so I suggested bringing it in through pillows, fabric covered boxes (which would also provide storage) and a throw blanket. 

If you are struggling with an open floor plan or a room that lacks warmth here is what I would suggest. 

  1. Define the space. Look at your furniture layout. Is it a space that is welcoming or are there pieces blocking the flow of people into the space. If the furniture feels like it is floating can you adjust the furniture to create a zone or add a rug that will help ground the room. 
  2. Add warmth through nature or nature inspired items. Things like geode coasters, wooden bowls or boxes, crystals or stones, sheepskins and plants can really warm up a space. 
  3. Add more lighting. Even if you think you have enough lights add some more. You want there to be overhead light for the room, which should be on a dimmer switch, task lighting (I crochet so there needs to be a light next to the couch in order to see what I'm doing) and ambient light. These are the side table lamps or small lights scattered about a room that give it a great glow. A great way to bring in nature and add light is with a salt rock lamp
  4. Color color color. It doesn't have to be a lot. Bring color into a room through textiles or art. 

Keep an eye out because I'll be talking about color much more in the upcoming weeks. 

I'm only going to be posting once a week because I'm creating a new course and I want to devote some time to finishing that project. Follow along on Instagram where I post daily about what I am doing, creating, eating, designing and thinking about. 

 

 

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