Monday, May 20, 2013

rest and rejuvenation

I love a clean surface and I am drawn to a Scandinavian decorating aesthetic.  Nevertheless I live in an older home with nooks, crannies and dormer windows.   This architecture invites you to fill the little spaces with knick-knacks, bric-a-brac, bibelots and geegaws.

I do have some small amount of this stuff, like the tiny ceramic mouse which my mom gave me, and a small picture of an eggplant framed by my mother-in-law.  I really want to get rid of them...

I want my house to reflect a spare beauty.

I want to walk through the rooms and breathe deeply, and not see something teeny which must be dusted.  I want my home to be a reflection of me, a place where quiet and creativity can exist together.


I wrote some of the above a year ago, and have made it come true.  Last week Mr. Biblioblog and I decided to go to the furniture store and "just look around".  Two hours later I was writing a check.  The business owner took our old (actually pieces from childhood) bedroom furniture for a local charity, and we now have a new bedroom!  And, a small company from Oregon makes these pieces so we have supported two local businesses.

This is a platform bed and has 10 (ten!) drawers for storage.  The dresser in the corner is just a standard dresser with 5 drawers.  We also have a built in cabinet tucked into the attic, which we had added in our first remodel years ago.


There is room for Bandit's pillow bed and a plant (Nick likes to sleep downstairs by himself).  Maybe a little chair will end up here too.  The headboard has shelves for books and a place to pile pillows so we can get comfy.  I see in this picture though, that someone has taken pillows to another room for a nap (Mr. Biblioblog has bronchitis).  We also have some furniture coming for the spare room-which used to be my sewing room but will now be my dressing area and a spare room.
I am thrilled with these changes.  It is a testament to the power of claiming what you need and want.  I love my bedroom and it will only get prettier as I find ways to add my own touches to this new room.  So far, I laid out my handmade and dyed runner, and made some pillowcases to add a touch of green to all the wood.  My comforter is a bit worn, and looked much better with the old brass headboard so that project is next.  DIY or buy one...thoughts on color and any other decorating tips for this small space?

13 comments:

  1. I like your new aesthetic Mary. I would love to declutter as well - won't happen for a few years yet - the idea of a white, bright almost monastic space appeals. Letting go of other peoples things is not always easy- but afterwards I think you feel less burdened and lighter. Who needs to carry all this stuff through life? (yes, I know I'm getting metaphorical here!)

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    1. letting go leaves room inside for creativity...

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  2. I share your penchant for clean white spaces, Mary; except for me it is almost impossible to get rid of "stuff" particularly if it is inherited, and therefore of high sentimental value to me.

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    1. yes, it's hard. All parents are gone now, and I feel less burdened. I was the "Keeper of the stuff". No one really wants it.

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  3. Your room looks wonderful! Having proper storage is so important in keeping clutter at bay.

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  4. Sisters from a different Mother.... I too live in an older house (nearly 100 years) with nooks & crannies & too many small rooms and no large ones. And I too love the Scandinavian/Japanese simplicity of design in my living space, which is not so easy to reconcile in an older home - so I just say my taste is "eclectic" lol!

    I would definitely have some things to say about your bedroom from a feng shui viewpoint, but that's really only suited for a private conversation. One of these days we'll make that happen :)

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  5. lovely new furniture - can't believe the bed has 10 draws - wow great storage solution. So where have you re-homed your sewing room now?

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    1. Thanks Pauline, yes, storage galore now. I moved my studio to the basement where I sew among antlers and ammo.

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  6. I read an interesting comment somewhere bout the significance of inherited stuff; I guess for many people, including me at times, the stuff gets confused emotionally with the person it came from. Once you separate the two things, and realize that you can keep your feelings and memories even if you unload the stuff, it should get easier. working on this ;)

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  7. What a beautiful room and bed!!! I will have to get the name of the company! And I love it that your studio is now amongst the antlers and ammo!
    Happy anniversary,
    roxanne

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