Category Archives: bedroom

temporary living

i’m moving! though it’s a very temporary spot, i hope that it will be a jumping off point for a more permanent situation as soon as i can get myself really settled in san francisco. the house is very nice, and in a cute area (though a little out of the way), but my main concern is how to personalize my space without putting in too much effort for the 3 months i plan to live there.

i am definitely the kind of person who is hyper-aware of their environs, and i like things to look nice and neat. in college i was not able to study at all until my desk area was clear of clutter and there was a candle lit/flowers displayed/a pretty painting in my view. to that end, i don’t think that i will be able to exist happily in a room that doesn’t jive with my design tastes. am i too picky?

the space comes furnished, and is not what i would usually choose for myself, but i have been brainstorming ways that i can make it feel as homey as possible. luckily, a lot of decor modifications are easily removed and transfered, perfect for when i move on to the next place!

here are some of my ideas, easily modified to fit apartments, dorms, bedrooms if you have particularly picky parents etc…

hanging photos and art is a surefire way to make a place your own. without drilling any holes, here’s how to get some pictures on those walls!

and easy art you can make yourself…

flower DIY here      heart DIY here

tissue paper flowers in any color and a wooden heart, what more could a girl want? but seriously, i have had these flowers in my room in so many different forms, hanging from the ceiling, making a shape on my wall, scattered above my desk, the possibilities are endless. they will definitely be in my new room.

i am a huge fan of candles. my mom always said that it is because my sign is lacking fire (right…), but i do find that they help me work and make me feel more cosy on the gloomiest of days. here are two ideas that i have seen floating around that i would love to try. i think that the muffin pan candles could be improved upon by adding a few drops of essential oils into the cups without candles. it should work as a diffuser right? and the second, with the coffee, perfect for those rough mornings. a double-whammy of invigorating odor and candle warmth. original inspiration here and here.

and one of my favorite easy decor tips is find large paintings or mirrors and just lean them against the wall! so little effort!  anything that large is bound to make a statement. i’ve been doing this with a full length mirror, but i would love to add some large art pieces to my collection. this one in particular. flea market anyone?

wouldn't this make getting dressed so much more fun? painting by Michael Carson

i’m sure with some of these ideas i will feel comfortable in my new place. then i can move on to the fun stuff, entertaining!


i’m (almost) a big kid now

it’s been awhile (read: years) since i had a bedroom that wasn’t a college dorm room or a transition room from my awkward childhood jungle safari themed bedroom (yes, there were stuffed animal monkeys hanging from the wall…). since living the dream and moving back home, i’ve been residing in a room that’s anything but aesthetically appealing for a variety of reasons, but mostly because a. i was moved into a small room that cannot hold all my belongings gracefully and b. living in limbo has left me uninspired to spend the ca$h monie$ necessary to decorate. consequently, this leaves me to spend the majority of my time outside of my room because i cannot stand its utter unattractiveness. moral of the story: it’s been a long time since i’ve had a bedroom that i feel is reflective of my design aesthetic and personality.

thus, i find myself falling asleep most nights thinking of what i want my next, big-girl bedroom to look like. the last space i “designed” myself was my dorm room, which though i fully admit was a “juvenile” space, is on par with the vibe i would want to achieve: a space with lots of light, femininity, clean lines but not sterile, pops of color, and scattered with various textures and materials.

i was lucky enough to live in a dorm full of architectural details (hello crown molding, mirrored cabinet, and tiles!), but without some delineation of space it would have been easy to fall prey to college dorm room chaos. it’s funny how much style can involve – in the year and a half since i moved into this space there are so many different aspects of the room that make me cringe and not want to post these pictures. ikea set frames with ikea mass-produced flower prints? shame on me. oh well, i’ll plead poor college student. anyways, don’t mind the clutter and check out some pictures i found of my previous space:



so, now the fun part … here are some images i’ve been collecting that i think are my big-girl dream room come true!




what’s your big-girl dream room look like? have you ever had a bedroom that is perfectly reflective of your style and personality? do you have a touchstone room that you’re drawn back to for inspiration? how do you define your dream bedroom? how has your own style evolved?