One of my favourite parts of blogging is the motivation it gives me to tackle a space. Our bedroom doesn’t have a “before” per se, but I didn’t actually manage to put up all our previous home’s art (and clean up more than a few random piles, I’m looking at you dresser top) until now!
Before we painted, the space looked like this (half-way through priming):
You can hardly see it here, but the previous tenants had a very dark blue wall with a hand painted tree on it. Needless to say, it wasn’t really me.
They also left these curtains behind. They’re actually quite nice… in our living room. This photo doesn’t quite capture it, but it just looked off with the rest of the space.
My tip to update your rental bedroom: rehang your curtains!
(And if you’re using IKEA drapes, I’d recommend using the little fabric tabs to hang off the rod. It leaves soft pretty pleats instead of being all scrunched up.)
Seriously. This makes such a difference. I swapped ours for a lighter pair, but even just hanging your curtains high and wide makes your ceilings look taller, your window more grandiose, and just injects more style period.
Doesn’t that window look so. much. better?
However… I’m very aware of how similar they look to the wall colour. And the headboard, for that matter. I wanted a mid to dark grey, and this one turned out quite a bit lighter than I had envisioned. Eventually we will most definitely be repainting to a moodier, bolder tone.
It’s still a work in progress, but there are nevertheless a few “moments” that are coming along!
Once I cleared off our dresser (I just could not share it on the blog. It was too embarrassing.), I was left with my scarf bin and little jewelry box.
I shopped around our home and continued with this…
That vase of greenery are simply excess from a neighbour’s efforts to trim their bushes, but I think they work well and add a little feel of fall. It looked a little plain, so I added my favourite candle from Thymes and swapped it around to add varied heights to the vignette.
I love how the curtains just pool at the bottom. Makes it feel a little more casual than perfectly hemmed curtains would.
Right beside, I have my refinished antique mirror (that again, is the same colour as the wall! I need to change that…)
Around the corner is our “konmari-ed” closet,
and our nightstands.
I love my little plant in here. It’s the perfect scale! I definitely want to inject some more texture with more plants soon.
It’s hard to get a sense of how wonderfully cozy it is now that we simply changed up the curtains (and finally fully cleaned the room!) but having floor to ceiling drapes makes it feel like a treat to be in bed at the end of the day. So inviting and perfect for fall!
I’m so grateful to fall into bed in this room after an overwhelming day of teaching or, like yesterday, an interview for my own classroom… Fingers crossed!
Again, here’s the same angle before…
After only a couple hours of effort, I’m so happy with where our room is going! Just think how nice it will look after a new coat of paint, more plants (and maybe a few more pillows, much to my hubby’s dismay…)
Thanks so much for reading! It’s lovely to have you stop by.