Since painting our bedroom dark brown, we’ve been taking our time in here. If I’m being honest, I’ve been in a bit of a creative lull. Which is a scary place to be as a content creator. Just like writers get writer’s block, I think every creative gets creative block and I’ve been trying to push through, but I’ve come to realize it’s probably not the best idea. We’ve had a whirlwind of projects happening all around us and I’m in desperate need of some creative down time. Every day design decisions need to be made and I think I’ve been experiencing a bit of decision fatigue. Rather than forcing inspiration to come, I’m trying to take a step back and let things be for a moment. So that’s what I’m doing in our bedroom–giving it some breathing room. Not rushing to finish anything. But instead, adding things a little at a time as inspiration strikes.
The difference is nothing short of dramatic.
When we revealed the dark brown paint color, it was very minimally decorated (yes even more minimal than it currently is haha). Since then, we’ve transformed the bay window area into a little reading nook. Seeing the brown leather, vintage chairs in that window nook every day makes my heart flutter. Plus they’re delightfully comfy to sit in. We added blackout roller shades, but what’s missing is some curtains here!
I’ve also rolled out a vintage runner right in front of the mirror. I first got this idea from Yellow Brick Home years ago – laying out out a runner in front of an area rug. It feels like the perfect moment to try it out and I love the layered look it brings.
As for the art above the bed… I’m not going to lie when I first hung this piece I missed the empty space on the wall. But I’ve been living with it for a bit and I love the modern moment it brings here. At some point I would love to frame this canvas to add some dimension.
When I see the befores of this room (or any room really), it actually doesn’t feel slow at all. I think this is why everyone should take before photos when starting any project. Sometimes these home projects can feel never ending, but rather than seeing how much I still want to do in here, I’m feeling pretty proud of how far we’ve come.
Can you believe there was ever a door here that leads to the study? Not to mention a tray ceiling that made the room feel so squatty.
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One of our biggest projects this year is building out an upstairs laundry room using borrowed space from the playroom. Chris and I have been drawing up and re-drawing floor plans and elevations that I can’t wait to share. The biggest hurdle we’re designing around is this great, big window which is a blessing and […]
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