I'm no interior designer. I can't just look at a room and dream up beautiful things to do to it. But (I'd like to think) I can execute the ideas fairly well. So I love the whole "inspiration room" thing.
I had an inspiration room for our bedroom...
....hmm. Now I actually feel kind of lame. Well, in my defense, our room is tiny - about 10.5' x 11'. I kid you not. Tiny. Aren't old houses "charming?" But still, there's no excuse for the bare wall behind the bed - gotta do something about that, it would look so much more finished....
In my search for a nice color palette for the downstairs, I found this room in a BHG photo gallery and fell in love with it:
First things first, I painted our walls. I went with a neutral light gray, called "Gentle Rain" by Behr. What a breath of fresh air! The previous color was this yellow-ish, caramelly color that had been there for quite a few years.
|before - old color|
|after - new color|
So that was that for the paint. (I did paint both rooms, if you're wondering!)
Next up was the curtains. I dubbed the ones in the inspiration photo "the curtains of my dreams." My mom actually found the specific fabric online - Waverly "One Wish" in Mint Julep. Herein lay the problem: I needed 12 yards to do both windows. At Joann's, that fabric is $40 a yard. That just ain't happening. Even if we had the sort of budget where $500 for curtains was do-able, I don't think I'd be able to bring myself to actually do it! At Fabric.com, it's $16 a yard. Much better...but still not justifiable for me. That's still $48 a panel...I just can't do it! Not when there's fabric like this...
And how FUN is this beautiful fabric???
|radiators under windows...the bane of my existence!|
It's coming together, but I still have lots to do. Next up: wall decor.