Generally I tend to have a very good idea of what I want a room to look like when Im done with it. I have lots of ideas to start, toss them around in my head for a while and decide. I can usually "see" what its going to look like at the end without much effort. Did you notice how I wrote 'generally'? That’s because there is one room that has vexed me (yes, I said vexed. Dramatic, right?) - our master bedroom. It’s the only room where I've never had a proper vision for how it will come together. Sure, I've flailed about trying different things but, not surprisingly, have never been happy with the result.
I admit, this room has certainly come quite a long way from 3 years ago.
When it came to finishing it off, I was stumped. Who knows why?
If you've been reading for a while, you'll know I had the finishing the master bedroom as a home resolution for 2009. EPIC FAIL! Sure I did make a few bits and pieces of progress. I got a lovely headboard and nightstands. The ornate frame got sprayed and hung over the fireplace. I designed some romantic collages that make me misty. I managed some giant silhouettes with a scroll saw and my fingers intact. But still, it just wasn't looking finished.
So when I won a virtual decorating package from Paula Grace Designs, Inc., I knew exactly what I was going to use it for. And she sent me a great binder full of ideas - a rug choice that was perfect, beautiful fabric swatches for linens, an amazing chaise lounge chair for the area around the bay windows. She had a vision! (Of course she did - she is a talented professional! If you need some proper interior design help, this is a fabulous service.)
I now had someone elses ideas for this room! I stared at that binder for a while before I realized that it wasn't what I had envisioned for the room. And poof - there it was, the idea that had been alluding me for so long. I did take some of her suggestions so that alone helped me a great deal...I just went a slightly different way. More importantly, she helped me crystallize my own ideas.
So I started the hunt for the items I needed. I will admit I spent a good bit deal more than I originally had hoped. I just couldn't find the pieces I need at my usual cheap haunts. Ultimately I decided after struggling in here for 2 years, a couple of splurges were in order. Of course I mixed in some diy and budget friendly options as well. Here is a sneak peak at what I have in mind.
So you're wondering where my after pictures are, right? Sorry - I don't have them because I haven't put much of it together yet. I have most of the pieces ready to go and one little sewing project to finish before I can put do a presto chango. I'm kind of nervous now that I've really took the plunge. What if I hate it? Either way - Ill tackle that this weekend. Wish me luck!