This is the view I have from my bed and when first walking through the bedroom door. The dresser is pine, from Quebec and is antique by Canadian standards, which means it is around a hundred years old. I love it and it was the first thing I piled in the truck when I left my previous life. The rocking chair is a thrift shop find and has hideous upholstery so I cover it with throws. The pinkish looking shawl on the arm is also antique and belonged to my great grandmother. It's Scottish mohair and bears the label Glen Cree. Considering that it has been in my possession since I was five years old it is in excellent condition and only recently has it acquired a few moth nibbles. It doesn't really 'go with' my colours but it has immense sentimental value. You can see Joni's art, the crescent moon calligram up high where a moon should be. You can find Joni here on her blog, but her Etsy shop is currently on a break. The abstract and pink roses are my own art and the art over the mirror was made by son when he was small. The vessel attached to the wall will eventually hold branches and peacock feathers.
The view in the other direction looks like this.
Hmmm is that a smudge of paint on the carpet or just the lighting? I suspect the former. Pretend you don't see it.
Above the bed is a stained glass piece my mum made about 25 years ago. She didn't pursue it as a hobby, but took one class in order to make this piece for a specific purpose. When she no longer needed it she was going to throw it out so I grabbed it. The two paintings flanking it are my own. The bedside tables, which have baskets full of books on their lower levels, were bought new last year and I am very pleased with them. I'm quite drawn to Arts and Crafts style hard furnishings and I liked that these were small and worked with the space I have and the height of my bed. The lamps are thrift shop finds which I painted and on the left that odd looking scribbley mess in the corner is a vase with twisted willow branches. I'm waiting for more to fall off mum and dad's tree so I can add some taller ones. The pillows on the bed are new though the round one is one I've had for over ten years. The bedspread is from the thrift shop and the blanket was bought new but dyed a deeper colour.
Yet another socket that needs addressing. I bought this tee shirt in a thrift shop despite it being too small for me. The hanger is one of two I have which were apparently pilfered by my grandmother from the ship they took when they emigrated from England to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). It was a Dutch ship but the hangers seem to be printed in a Scandinavian language. The ship sank the year after my family travelled on it.
Okay now on to the cat.....
I am rather mad for textiles so for any other textile-o-philes out there I've thoughtfully provided some close ups and some of them are even in focus.
And here is a look at some of the art you may not have seen before.
Joni's delightful little moon looks like this close up, but it's a rather poor photo with a bit of glare. Sorry, Joni.
Well there you have it. I won't be having my decorating work featured in any magazines anytime soon but I have achieved a room that makes me happy. I am sure that more plants, more books, more art and definitely more things that are blue-violet will make their way in. I have lots of red-violet and teal-blue. I am lately craving hanging plants so a few rooms are likely to get some of those and I would love a colourful rug beside the bed but have yet to find the right one. I much prefer home decor that evolves rather than an all done at once and too well matched look. The off white walls are making me very happy and so is my abundance of jewel-toned colour. What soothes one person irritates the next. While I could have enjoyed walls painted in any of the jewel tones, I would grow tired of having my colours dictated to me by the walls. I have achieved what works for me and the psychological effect is significant. The room feels clean, fresh, uplifting and yet also soothing. And if I splotch more paint on the carpet perhaps that will be a good enough excuse to replace it soon!