A little sparkling water is always welcome at my bedside table...
and because life doesn't always serve me on a silver platter, I brought in my own!
Down came my gallery wall full of pictures, replaced by a more serene new-but-antique-looking clock, a simple urn holding white cherry blossoms, and my "California Cottage" sign that once hung in my kitchen.
And now we're turning back around and going down the hallway again...
to my "La Toilette."
All my daily pampering pretties are now enshrined in white...
But a lone pink rose sneaked in there for just a bit of soft color!
White reed baskets always say "cottage."
A bit of "shabbied" white paint on an antique cabinet hides our VCR and my scrapbooking supplies...
And old painted handles add texture and charm.
The pillows I found at Target have this beautiful embroidery which adds texture. (Pretty neat for $24.99 each, don't you think?)
And I moved my little "Paris" plant from the living room in here.
And a sweet little sconce I found at Marshalls!
White embroidered pillows add texture and elegance too...
As does this hook for my clothes I'm wearing each day.
As do the many-shades-of-white throws...
And the poofy swag I draped over the window...
And the twigs on the wreath...
And the scrolls on the plant stand, and the white wicker baskets.
Cost and Sources of My New "White Crinkled Cottage" Bedroom and Bathroom:
1. Target $ 290.84
2. TJ Maxx $ 90.942 white eyelet pillows, 1 silver bling pillow, 1 white shawl
3. Marshalls $ 77.96
4. Burlington $ 31.96
5. Michaels $ 87.92
6. Kohls $ 104.96
Step-by-Step Instructions For YOUR Newly Decorated Room!
1. Remove any items from the room you don't want as part of your new decor. Be ruthless!
I carried things to my living room and put them in three piles: 1. Donate to my favorite animal shelter charity. 2. Place somewhere else in our home. 3. Give away to a friend or church.
2. Wash the walls and paint or spot paint over nail holes if the paint is fresh.
3. Now you''ve got a fresh "canvas" of a room. Take a walk around it and get a "feel" for it.
4. Take a tour of the rest of your house to see if you have things you can move into the new room.
5. Make a list of items you think you'll need to shop for, but leave room too for a "fabulous find."
6. Put on your most comfortable shoes and head to your favorite (discount) stores! Mine are: TJMaxx, Marshalls, Kohls, Target, Wal-Mart, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Ross, Michaels Crafts, Burlington, Pier One, and World Market. I only set foot in high-end furnishings/decor stores to continually train my eye on their displays, and to buy sofas and beds, which I do not believe in buying in discount stores as they are major purchases that are heavy-wear and require long-term comfort.
7. Once in the store, have fun! Buy the things you set out to buy, keeping your eye out for "things that cost little but look expensive." You CAN find quality items in discount stores if you train your eye! Never buy anything that looks "junky!" or you'll be sorry and then it's not a "good buy" no matter how little it costs!
8. Once you've returned home, unload all your purchases (I had an entire car filled with purchases for my bedroom; seriously!) Before you cut the tags off, which I recommend, do a tentative arranging to make sure you don't want to return anything. I returned several items that looked good in the store, but once I got them home they just didn't "jive." It's fine to do this since decorating is an art, not a science!
9. Wash and dry any items that need it and place the larger items in the room first.
10. Add accessories; you can move them around until you get the best look.
11. Add ambiance with candles and tassels etc.
12. Pour yourself a cold drink and enjoy your new room!
'Til Next Time!