Remember last week when I gave you a sneeky peeky of the nature inspired gallery wall that was part of my mom’s bedroom makeover? Well, for those of you who’ve been waiting with bated breath to see the rest of that room: good news – the WAIT IS OVER!
My mom recently moved into a new home in Pittsburgh and practically every room is white! WHITE! Oh. The. Horror. She asked me for some help decorating her bedroom since I am the best kind of help: Free! Here is a picture of the room before its makeover. If you check out some of the pictures of my first place here, you may gather that white walls are not exactly my thing. It’s not that I have anything against white walls, you just better have filled your space with a) a lot of funky furniture, preferably covered in faux animal prints, b) interesting artwork from far off lands, or c) professional photos of your beautiful children playing on the beach in order to distract me from the fact that you have no backbone. Oops. Did I digitally say that out loud just now?
Ok, I’m being mean. White rooms don’t necessarily equal boring – check out these spaces here for proof. But, the truth is that all white rooms are not created equal and let’s just say that on judgment day the white room scales of justice didn’t tip in favor of my mom’s room. Enough already of the “before.” Let’s get to the good stuff!
The room came together around a simple concept: nature. My mom and her husband love the great outdoors. Their home backs up to woods and there are all kinds of critters that come to visit, including, most recently, a doe and her two fawns. Some of you might think this is no biggie, but when you live less than 10 miles from the city center it is pretty neato to see a deer in your yard! This is why Pittsburgh is cool.
A big thank you to these nature inspired goodies, without which this makeover could never have happened:
We started with the concept for a gallery wall that included types of birds that my mom might see in the backyard. There are a bunch of shops on Etsy that sell artwork printed on the pages of old books or dictionaries. We bought five different prints and framed them with 8×10 wooden frames in green and brown. The bird prints, although different sizes and colors, are unified because they are all printed on the pages of old books. A gilt mirror and the DIY monogram add some interest and sparkle to the woodsy gallery. A mini deer head from Anthropologie adds just the right amount of woodland whimsy.
The rest of the space came together around the general color palette of the wall gallery: green, brown and grey. A trip to JoAnn Fabrics resulted in enough fabric for a custom headboard, curtains, bench cushion and pillows! That’s right. We…well, my mom….stiched pretty much all of the soft stuff you see in this room. Have a look-see at the finished space: Not only does the space have a cohesive look, but it has warmed up about a thousand degrees from its sterile, white starting place. The main wall color is Mushroom Bisque by Behr Ultra Paints and the accent wall behind the bed is Willow Leaf by Glidden. The green accent wall contrasts nicely with the light woven headboard,which we made ourselves by upholstering an old closet door. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
I wanted to keep the bedding light and my mom insisted that we use something that would be pet friendly. We settled on this patchwork style quilt with colors and patterns that complimented the other fabric used throughout the space. After searching pretty much every store in the mall and online, we actually found this quilt at Sears! The bed pillow covers are from Target and the accent pillows came from Kohl’s and Steinmart. See. You don’t have to buy a bed in a bag or even bedding from the same collection at one store to get a cohesive look. Yes, it is easier to buy it all at once. Alas, there ain’t no rest for the wicked or interiors obsessed.
To create a custom look on Target lampshades, I hot glued a patterned ribbon around the bottom edge. If you take a look at the picture of the full room above, you’ll notice we used a table lamp and a floor lamp on either side of the bed. Using the same shade on two different lamps is a great way to create symmetry when you don’t have two of the same. If it’s balance you’re after, keeping the lamps in the same color family or height will help to achieve a cohesive look.
On the opposite side of the room is a reading space complete with a handsome, nailhead wingback style chair and tree stump lamp. How did we do? I think it turned out great. I should also mention that this chair and accent table were the only two pieces of furniture purchased for this makeover. The rest was there from the start; it just looks a bit different after all of the support from the new art, curtains and accessories we added to the space.
Do you have a room in your house inspired by nature? If not, where do you draw inspiration for your home?