Archive for September, 2011

My existing bedroom isn’t bad – not at all. In fact, it looks good for a room that has been virtually untouched since move-in day.

When I moved, the pieces I had were so neutral that they would have worked together anywhere. The linens are white, the bed is beige, and the furniture, though mismatched, has classic lines that work well together.

Why is this so annoying? Why does this keep me up at night? (Other than the squeaking ceiling fan that is on the way out)

It is SO bland. No personality and it appears to be thrown together (as it was) with spare and existing parts. Plus, the storage needs to be expanded and the two dresser drawers are not cutting it right now. The lamps and art are not to the right scale, and it seems to be aimless.

What to do with this empty canvas? Here is the plan:

First, something needs to be done with those walls. The existing color is Wheat Bread by Behr, which is a good base, but was chosen on a very rushed shopping trip. My idea is to have a metallic floral wallpaper installed on the wall behind the bed, to add a focal point, and interest to an otherwise basic square room.

The wallpaper shown is OhJoy Petal Pusher by the Hygge & West. Or, I could scrap that idea and paint the focal wall a darker color, or add a stencil design.

The bed and crisp white linens stay, but they are joined by a lovely ash coverlet and matching pillows from Dwell Studio. Or something similar.

The existing dresser and nightstands have been sold on CraigsList, with the profits going towards an amazing vintage set from the 1960’s (Photos to Come!).

The wonky and insubstantial lamps are going, to be replaced by more substantial ones, perhaps these Cada Lamps from West Elm. I am also keeping my eye out for some vintage lamps with classic lines.

The ceiling fan is going to be replaced by either another fan, or something like this flush-mount Jonathan Adler Parker fixture.

The Rug, an Ikea Stockholm Rand that I snagged on CraigsList a few years is staying put, as is the bed, a Draper Upholstered Bed from World Market, also a lucky CL find.


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Bedroom Game Plan

Oh, get your mind out of the gutter.

Since I moved to my great new apartment (vintage 1920’s building, unexpectedly large space that I chose for the ridiculous amount of closet space), I have been clueless as to what to do with the bedroom. Searching old issues of Elle Decor, Domino, and trolling Flickr and Pinterest turned up nothing. Finally, months after unpacking, I have a vision of what I want the room to be. I guess it is an original idea in practice, but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t draw inspiration from two places:

Mark and Sunshine Ruffalo’s Bedroom from Domino Magazine circa 2009:

Dooce mastermind and blogging ninja Heather Armstrong’s Master Bedroom circa 2009:

I have a pretty good base with the bed. rug, and paint color (still undecided if I am going to actually keep it the same color)

  • Ikea Stockholm Rand Rug
  • World Market Draper Bed
  • Behr/Home Depot Paint in Wheat Bread Shade
I will add some “Before” pictures of this tomorrow as well as a resource list (and a dream plan – not going to happen on my budget, but we can improvise, can’t we?

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After reading design and fashion blogs for years, and getting inspiration from many people and their beautiful blogs all over the world for my own place, I decided to start my own.

My personal style can politely be described as “eclectic”. I believe that danish modern and moroccan styles can go hand-in-hand. I believe that the best home design treasures can be found on craigslist and the back of a flea market rather than the most expensive store. Whimsical Malcontent will serve as a digital archive of all of the design voices in my head – and as a depository of random home renovation trial-and-error.

Occasional store reviews, restaurant reviews and randomness will also appear. So, watch this space….

And away we go.

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