One Room Challenge – Weeks 3 + 4

Welcome back, last week I had a lovely headcold and just couldn’t muster up the energy to post. It’s not like I’m lazy…. Okay, maybe a bit and the headcold was just a good excuse. Anyway PROGRESS pics are why you’re here so let’s get to it!


The blinds are up! I removed the decaying romans that came with the house…eh-hem…from 8 years ago, back when we bought the place. They were gross then, I haven’t a clue why I didn’t ditch them sooner. Stupidly, I ordered the incorrect size* for two of the windows, luckily they fit my daughter’s windows so good for her, she got rid of her nasty blinds too! (*seriously, always measure all of the windows in the room, don’t skip steps, even if it is your own house)

A part of me wants to add some sort of trim to the shade. I thought I’d like the peacefulness of white shades but I feel like it’s lacking. Thoughts??


I have also gotten my lamps in. I thought these guys would be great for reading and take up less space in the room. So far they are one for two. They are a bit too bright for night-time reading with the recommended wattage; I’m hoping a lower wattage will solve that glaring problem. I am loving the size of the lamps, visually they take up less room and dimensionally they do too. And did I mention they are on clearance at Pottery Barn.

I’m still working on bedding and accessories, good thing there are 2 weeks left! Now go check out what everyone else has been up to here


One Room Challenge – Week Two

Welcome back! For the past week or so I’ve been debating the overall design of the room. There are a few constants like the paint color and the bedding. It’s just the accessories that I’m getting hung up on. So I might as well show you what I’ve come up with so far.

I know I want a light bedroom, I’ve learned I enjoy living in bright rooms more than I enjoy rooms painted a color. 

FancyFreeMe - Bedroom design

The mirror situation is up for debate. I’m in LOVE with that brass beauty from west elm, but it would be nice to have full length mirror in the bedroom. I’ve also decided to go with a less is more kind of approach to the room so I’m not sure I want the visual clutter….needless to say I’m pretty sure I’m ditching the chair (sorry to all of you who love it!) to make some more space in the room. I’m all for cosy but not here, not this time. 

I’ve actually gotten the painting finished (here’s a sneak peek, don’t judge, the walls are still drying) The walls are Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee and the trim is Benjamin Moore Simply White (one of my favorites, I’ve used it on the trim and in the kitchen and bathroom.) 


I don’t know about you but I’m already feeling better now that the brown walls have been ditched and those disintegrating romans are in the trash! Now just to hang the new blinds. And I think that’s all I’m going to attempt to tackle for next week. 

Don’t forget to check out the Wednesday goodness of the ORC here, and read up on other ORC Thursday guests here

Rocking The Exotica


HB I love my bed

In the Dec/Jan issue of House Beautiful, they featured designer, Michelle Nussbaumer’s bed (full interview here.) If you know anything about MN, you know she is no stranger to bold. Her bedroom boasts a stunning array of fabrics ranging from Schumacher’s ikat to antique saris. And I’m completely torn on how I feel about it. It’s a beautiful example of layering pattern and bold color. I just don’t know that I could fall asleep in here, and it’s not because of her furry friends, holy crap those dog paws are bigger than her head!

 This has been such a cold and sleepy winter for me I could probably use the jolt of pattern to wake me in the morning. 

What’s your bedroom MO? Bold and bright or soft and subtle?

And if you are looking for more blue and white inspiration today, hop over to The Pink Pagoda for her Blue and White Bash

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