Drab to Fab Bedroom

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I have learned a lot about myself through Instagram. I look at my collection of photos and notice a common theme. Color. I love it! I love taking pictures of vibrant things and often incorporate the bright colors into my art/design projects.

So, if I love color soooo much, then why was I sleeping in such a drab room? I had neglected my bedroom for years due to moving a lot. We had 3 moves in 3 years. Not fun! I always made sure my kids rooms were decorated to suit them. I hated that they had to move so much and wanted them to be comfortable. Or at least as comfortable as possible.

My style tends to be classic with a bit of funk. My mother gave me good advice many years ago about decorating your home. She said to pick classic pieces of furniture and modernize them with different fabrics, paint, art, etc., instead of buying super modern furniture that will be outdated and need replaced. Great advice Ma!

I used this advice when purchasing our bedroom furniture.


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In the showroom, it looked very old fashioned. I think they even had an “old-timey” quilt displayed with it and some lamps that looked looked like something from a retirement home. My husband was stunned when I chose this set. I think all he could see was the nightstand with a little glass of water and a set of dentures soaking. I saw something else. I convinced him of my vision (and it was a great deal,) and we brought the furniture home.

The pictures here are of the room before we moved in.



No color, no curtains, no character.



This is the previous homeowners furniture. The beige walls, no curtains, lack of decor is the real deal and what we also lived with for months. So I had my old fashioned furniture in this drab room, and I decided to fix it! Like most of my ideas, I wait until the Mister is out of town for a few days before I get going. He does not share my passion for “projects.” Of any kind.

He did not leave me much time for this one. I actually had to pull an all-nighter to paint the walls. I chose an icy blue paint from Valspar. I apologize for not having the color to share. I went back to the can and it has been painted over. It is a very cool color with a grey undertone.

I painted the walls and ordered this bedspread from West Elm. http://www.westelm.com/products/jacquard-leaf-duvet-shams-t180/?pkey=cduvet-covers|4294963734%3A4294963729&group=1&sku=366328&cm_src=duvet-covers||FN-Color|Color-_-FN-Red|Pink-_–_-


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I had some throw pillows from another bedroom and added those to the bedding too. I have red, pale blue beaded and a silk bird pillow. I used a variety of colors and textures. My Picasso print is hanging over the bed and my blue lamp is on the nightstand.


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I bought the black iron curtain rods from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store along with the the white cotton canvas curtains.  I love the white against the pale blue wall. Adding the curtains changed the feel of the room. Blinds are great for privacy and keeping the sun out, but the curtains give the room a soft, calming ambiance.


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Of course for your bedroom, you want to add some personal touches too. I found this “earthy” frame at TJ Maxx. It was perfect for the style of our room and for our wedding photo.


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Our wedding in India, 2006.




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Mehndi from Wedding day.

I painted these funky flowers with acrylic, watercolors, ink and gold foil. I used two frames from IKEA.-Oh how I miss living close to an IKEA.

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This bench was perfect for my empty corner. I found this bench at a consignment shop and completely up-cycled it. Here is a link to how I created this fun little piece.


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I love the contrast of bright red with the cool blue. This room feels relaxing, cozy and “ours.” I am so glad I invested time in redoing my bedroom. This room is where I go to relax and is  now definitely my favorite room. What do you think?

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

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