Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bedroom Ideas: ANYONE can do

We are of course renters and the walls are white, awesome..... what to do?
My Bedroom Before:

My Bedroom After: How to: Headboard

Mirror - You can see how I made this mirror from an older post in January 09 titled "Mirror Frenzy". It was a gaudy gold mirror I found at DI(thrift store) for 15 dollars.

Valance - I found the valance at Bed Bath and beyond for a screaming deal and the branch was scrap wood from my in-laws backyard. I was thrilled to find a branch so straight and perfect, but an imperfect branch would look just as good.

To hang the branch I used two coat hooks. The branch fit sturdy right on top of the hooks and it is easy to take it down to make adjustments.

How to: Side Tables
Lamps - Both thrift store finds, though I did mix and match the bases with the shades to come up with a combination I liked. Most thrift stores test their lamps and electronics but if your worried about getting a dud find an outlet and test it in the store.
Side tables - One of the side tables is actually a shelf. It is a black brown color and I found it on sale at Shopco for 15 dollars. I really like the shelf as a side table it offers book space and extra storage for random things. The other side table was found at a thrift store. My husband likes to have little "piles" of his things, so under the cubby of the side table I put a large flat basket so he can continue to have a place for his miscellaneous stuff.
Wall Art - 1. The metallic pointy bucket things (I have no name for them but they're cool) where found at Michael's Craft store. Most craft stores have weekly coupons where you can take 50% off one item. Sometimes they keep the coupon on a flyer by the cash register.
2. The three frames on the wall were from thrift stores and they have pressed flower petals inside. For more details look at the post "Do it Yourself: Wall Art" from January 09.

The Rest...
Pillows - The shams for the pillows were clearance from Bed Bath and Beyond and I filled them with mismatched random pillows bought at Ross for under 6 dollars.
Duvet cover - Ross really has great bedding for cheap prices. Our duvet cover was 19 dollars.
Sophie's tip: Do thrift stores scare you?? I know many friends who get overwhelmed or even weirded out at thrift store shopping. The amount of money you can save by occasionally shopping at thrift stores is ridiculous, so get over your fears. Take someone with you who has gone before and knows the ropes or better, always take a list of items to look for.
I love shopping thrift because whatever I am getting is unique, also, when I walk away with a good deal I feel a serious sense of accomplishment.

18 comments:

JD & Whitney said...

SOPHIE!! i freakin love it! You did such a GREAT job! It's so beautiful! You're so inspiring, I love this blog!

Richard and Katy said...

Oh my gosh! Come help me!! I would never ever think of all that stuff...you're amazing!

Rebekah said...

it looks Amazing! I love this blog of yours!
love, Rebekah

abby said...

holy hannah! it is gorgeous. good job, sophie! (i am catching up on all of your amazing posts because i didn't realize i hadn't added you to my google reader. anyway, love them all. especially the nursery inspiration! and your little garden! i think you should plant at the lewises. they have spots open and it is the most amazing thing. i love it.)

Mel said...

You're seriously awesome. Good job. Thanks for the ideas!

Ryan and Amy Nelsen said...

wow!! i really can't believe what you did to that room! that is incredible!

Ashley said...

I never knew you were so into decorating. I love it! Looks great.

Randena Michelle said...

I hate living in places where they won't let you paint! But you make it look amazing anyway, great job!

Mindy said...

You are so amazing- good job!! I need help, come decorate for me! (:

Whitney said...

Soph, I love how creative you are! The bedroom looks amazing. How do you balance so many projects? I want to be like you!

D and J Larson said...

can you do my house ... please? awesome work

Grant + Brittany said...

WOW. it looks awesome. i bet it feels so much more like a home! i love the lighting. love it. i want to plant my own garden sooo bad!!! i'm jealous.

Forscutt Family said...

Holy Freaking Crap!!! The stories just don't do it justice. I'm so glad I looked... the walls don't even look white anymore - it totally looks like you painted! I LOVE it. Sadly, the top picture looks like my room... ahhhh... now I'm motivated to be like you! Thanks for sharing your amazingness!

Brit n' Ryan said...

That is beautiful! I need you to come decorate my house now! You're very talented,I love this blog too!

Michelle Show said...

I'm beyond impressed! I need you to live closer to me...I would LOVE to have you decorate a few things for me. You've got talent sista!

RUBICITA said...

Hola te leo desde México, la verdad tienes una creatividad increible muchas felicidades! ;)

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Eugene and Shannon Tuioti-Mariner said...

I randomly came across your blog, and even though we don't know each other I must say you are ingenious for thinking of this! It looks fantastic!