Growing up my bedroom was always the place I felt was mine, so I always decorated it to make me happy. I must have rearranged it once every few months. I’m sure it drove my parents nuts. :) My bedroom was where I did my homework, where I practiced my clarinet, where I danced to the radio, said my private prayers, where I fell asleep at night, and dreamed of my future.
My bedroom now is my sanctuary. It is my calming place where I could sleep in all morning, or stay up all night. I still am crafting it just so, and making sure it still reflects who I am.
It is my little personal paradise. I have surrounded myself with photos of my family, special keepsakes from friends and family, and special artwork that I love.
I have a great little deck that overlooks Green Lake. I sit out here on warm days and kick my feet up with a magazine and a bevy.
And yes…I like elephants if you haven’t guessed by now. :)
Morning rituals, and a little daily reminder to know my worth.
Living Room Tour
“Mom…preschoolers don’t wear gray!”
That is a quote by yours truly when I was 4 years old after my Mom bought me a gray colored sweat outfit. Quite the little snotty comment. :) Little did I know that my future house would be built upon the color gray. My Mom would probably be cracking up about now. :)
I used a gray palette as my inspiration for my new townhouse for a couple reasons.
- There was a lot of gray accents already built in (kitchen countertops, bathroom tiles, etc.)
- Gray is SO neutral. I like the versatility because Lord knows I change my mind often about my decor.
All this didn’t come together overnight. I’ve slowly worked up my collection, and really focused in on a cohesive theme this time around. Before I moved I had a few things to start with, one of which was an unframed black, gray, and white patterned Herman Miller vintage poster that I bought off ebay. This artwork was the main inspiration for my living room.
I hung the photos off center of the L-shaped couch, balancing it with a Wire Circle Shelf from Urban Outfitters. I use this to showcase a few keepsakes…family photos, and some vintage cameras from my Dad.
Below the shelf, I put my Tiered Side Table and Pop Light from Schoolhouse Electric. It’s a great place for storing magazines or blankets when they aren’t in use.
Opposite the couch and lounge chair, is my entertainment center…which I love, however it’s not so interesting to photograph. And as much as I love watching a good movie or the latest season of Game of Thrones…I won’t bore you with photos of my Costco TV.
I will however mention my new hobby which is bringing it back old school. I picked up an Akai Turntable, and connected it to a Vifa Copenhagen Wireless Speaker from Design Life Kids. Playing vinyl records brings me back to growing up, and I was lucky to snag a few of my Dad’s old records.
Lastly, I’ll sit on my bench to slip on some tennis shoes as I’m on my way out to walk around Green Lake. :)
Landing Zone Tour
A few years back I read Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure. And one thing I took away from it was always have a landing strip in your home. I like to call it a landing zone…but to each his own. :) To have a successful landing zone you should have:
- Hooks for jackets and bags.
- A doormat. For keeping dirty shoes out of your main house.
- A bowl. Or container for keeping your small items in, like your keys.
- A flat surface. For keeping bills, letters, and to-do items.
- A vase of flowers. Instead I have my bird. :)
- Art or a mirror. Just for the fun of it.
I think I mostly succeeded in keeping to this list (with some minor improvisations.) And this is one of my most favorite places in my townhouse. And it’s quite likely the place I walk through the most…yet spend the least amount of time.
Awhile back I approached my friend Lee (of Beezlee Creations) to build some custom wall panelling in the landing zone above the stairs from my garage. Little did I know he would come back to me with SO MUCH MORE than what I asked for! He came up with a fantastic idea of wrapping the panelling to both walls, and adding a floating walnut shoe cabinet. Brilliant Lee…just brilliant. I loved his idea, and after a little back and forth, we finessed the design and he went to work. Check out his photos during the build process here. After he was finished, I added a few coat hooks slightly off-set for my belongings.
It’s by far a focal point to my first floor of my townhouse, and I love the way it turned out. :)
Grab my keys out of my toolbox…
…and a quick glance at the clock, and I’m out the door!