Remember my post from last week about beautiful statement pieces? Well, I didn’t add any rugs to that compilation, because I’ll be doing a separate round up just for beautiful statement rugs. But, just a little preview: statement rugs are an absolute MUST HAVE if you want a beautiful room, and are on my SPLURGE LIST (another upcoming post, I promise).
Persian and Oriental rugs are going to be on my SPLURGE LIST and the STATEMENT RUGS upcoming posts, so I had a lot of fun browsing through the beautiful ones of Fine Rug Collection.
They reached out to me to show you guys how to style their Oushak Oriental rug and I was so excited to put them in a few mock room designs. I’ve come up with three different transitional room designs that show off this beautiful rug.
The ORC challenge has me so excited to finally get my bedroom together. Last week I announced I was joining the ORC challenge and this week I’m sharing my design plan for my bright, eclectic bedroom and some room inspiration.
As I mentioned before, I want my bedroom to be light and moody. I want it to be vibrant with color and a nod to nature. I love indoor plants and trees and plan to bring some in my bedroom.
I have in mind a neutral look that’s electric with bold texture and pattern, but also inviting. If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram, you’ve seen my eclectic style before, especially recently for the #FABFALLFEST reveal, but expect to see some surprises.
There’s a lot of “not sures” as of now, but I plan to have it all figured out as I’m out shopping for a few key pieces for the room. I definitely know that I want a long bench (or two smaller ones) at the foot of the bed, but if I can’t find any, I’ll do a chair and a small, round table instead. I know I want some fun art to hang on the long wall next to my bed, but also some smaller ones to hang above the right night stand. I’m also planning to paint my nightstands black and change the knobs to more glamorous ones.
Here’s some rooms that’s been inspiring me:
Okay, so I know this is a bit backwards, but I still haven’t picked out my paint color, yet. It’s going to be between a deep green or a deep, bright blue, but I haven’t decided yet. I’ll try to make the final decision by next week. (The first pic above has the paint colors I like.)
Here’s the projects I have to do this week:
find a set of chairs or bench for end of bed
corral all the fabrics that I’m using in the room
Paint nightstands black & change knobs
Finalize paint color and paint walls
Next week, you’ll get to see some of the updates, so make sure you stay tuned. Sign up for my email list to get updates directly to your inbox!
So, that’s all for now, guys. What color do you think I should paint my bedroom?
I finally launched my 30+ page eBook, the Easy Guide to Decorating a Rental Apartment. If you rent and want a fabulous space without spending all your money or losing your deposit, you definitely need to grab your copy!
In the eBook, I’m touching on:
My favorite paint colors to use in rentals
Other options if you can’t paint
Gallery wall options
Updating ugly fixtures
How to ensure you get your deposit back
Using color in apartments
I’m also sharing some short stories from life in my previous apartments.
If you rent, this is a must have guide.
I’ll be updating this eBook periodically, and if you purchase a copy, you’ll always get the new editions once they’re updated.
You can download the Easy Guide to Decorating Your Rental Apartment right now for just $15!
Today is Day 3 of my 10 Days to an Organized Home challenge!
The 10 Days to an Organized Home Challenge (#10DaysOH) is all about freeing your home of access clutter and making it more functional. We’ll be working each day in another part of your home to get rid of things that you don’t need and make a designated place for everything that you do need. (I know I’ve said this already, but I gotta make sure new people know what’s going on here – hehe.)
Declutter the top of your dresser and/or nightstands
The bedroom can be pretty simple, because all you really need in there is a bed and some sort of clothes storage, like a dresser and/or chest of drawers. Nightstands are awesome, but they aren’t necessary. Even though bedrooms may not have a lot of furniture, they usually end up with the most clutter, because it’s usually the first and last place we end up each day. If there is any room in your home that deserves to be organized, it’s your bedroom (after the kitchen, of course) – It should be a sanctuary that you can relax and refresh in.
1. Remove anything that doesn’t belong.
This is pretty self-explanatory. First, remove everything out of your bedroom. If it doesn’t belong, get rid of it. Mugs, toys, bills, or whatever else – throw it away or move it to another room.
2. Organize your dresser drawers
Fold ALL your clothes
I almost cringed when I wrote that, because I suffer from this everyday, but in order to keep your dresser organized, your clothes must be folded. Try to make a habit of folding your clothes each time you do laundry. Don’t know how to fold clothes? This video shows you how.
Separate your clothes by type
Shirts should go in one drawer, shorts in another, underwear should be grouped together… You get the deal. I like to use the top drawers for toiletries and underwear. My middle drawers are reserved for shirts and nightwear and the bottom drawers are reserved for all the bottoms (shorts, skirts, and leisure pants).
Put your clothes in the drawers standing up, instead of laying down
This is important. If you have your clothes folded and lay them all down one on top of the other, you won’t be able to see the clothes under the items on top. If you stack each piece one BEHIND the other, you’ll be able to see exactly what you have in the drawer. You won’t have to take clothes out to see what’s at the bottom of your drawers.
Use small containers to hold small items
If you store your jewelry in your drawers, you should try organizing your pieces with small containers to separate them. You can use inexpensive plastic storage boxes or small, decorative bowls.
Use dividers to separate your socks and undies
I love to see dividers used to separate socks and underwear. You can separate them by color, type, or how ever else you’d like. You can purchase dividers at most big box stores or you can make your own. Check out this one using shoe boxes.
3. Declutter the top of your dresser and/or nightstands
I don’t like having an empty surface (unless it’s in my kitchen) on my dresser. I like to have cute decorative accessories or some kind of functional storage. One of the things that I love to see on nightstands and dressers are decorative trays. They are perfect for corralling small items and jewelry. You can also use them for other accessories, like sunglasses. On your nightstand, you can use a small tray for your lotions, books, and anything else you use while in the bed.
Follow these steps to organize the top of your dresser or nightstand:
Clear everything off the dresser
Wipe your dresser down with a duster or mild detergent
Throw away what you don’t need
Remove what doesn’t belong and needs to be sent to another spot in the home
Place a tray to group items so that they aren’t aimlessly hanging out on top of the dresser
Get a jewelry organizer to stylishly hold your jewelry (if needed)
***These are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if a purchase is made. Any item that I suggest is always either one that I have, one that I want, or one that I thoroughly researched to make sure it was a quality product.***
Now, I want to see how YOU organize YOUR bedroom. Make sure you share photos on social media with the hashtag #10DaysOH. I hope this post helps! If you have any questions, leave me a comment below or come join my Decor & DIY facebook group.
If you’re looking for more tips to complete your assignment for today, check out our challenge Pinterest board below. There are lots of pins that can inspire you. Be sure to follow the board. If you want to pin to the board, send me an email at hello[at]whitneyjdecor[dot]com.
One of my most recent clients hired me for online decorating services. One thing I like about my e-decor projects is that I projects are completed faster and in that time, I have to be more creative than ever. I work extremely hard trying to find an awesome solution for my client’s space(s). My design boards have to be even more appealing than those of local projects, because my clients have to picture the design I’m suggesting without having me in front of them showing where each piece of furnishing, art, and accessory can go.
My latest client knew she loved the comfort-glam spaces, and had a lot of pieces (furniture) that she loved. She just had a hard time putting it all together.
She loves navy blue and wanted a space that looks magazine worthy, but also inviting and comfortable. I chose to have gray as the base color for both rooms and accent with blue.
Here’s the design I came up with for the gray and blue living room.
For both the living room and bedroom, I used a gray and blue color scheme. For the living room I chose this awesome horse canvas art that has shades of gray, taupe, and brown. The gray rug grounds the furniture and the blue and gray pillows bring in a fun contrast on the sofa. The ottoman is very stylish in this rich shade of blue. I also specified metallic finishes in the terrariums and picture frames.
The bedroom has classic style using a mostly gray color scheme with shades of blue. I am in love with the arm chair!! The sconces would look great on both sides of my client’s television that will be hung on the wall. The architectural art prints is one of my favorite parts of the room and the gray grasscloth wallpaper is one I wish I had in my own home (it sucks to live in an apartment).
**Note: Due to the privacy of my client, a lot of details were left out for this post, including before photos. Since this is a client project, I do not release where to purchase any of the items included on the boards.**
What do you think of these two room designs? Do you like the idea of a gray and blue color scheme in your living room or bedroom? If you’re interested in having me help you with your decorating project, check out my online decorating services.
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