Colorful Stripes!

I have felt really antsy lately with the decor choices in the bedroom. When we moved in, we plunked down the black dresser and bedside tables, then hung brown curtains to add some warmth to the white box with black accents. Our DIYed plywood headboard helps add texture, color, and interest. Here’s a pretty old photo. The Christmas lights no longer hang there although I still battle poor lighting in this room, and am stumped about what to hang over the headboard.

DIY Plywood Headboard

Truth is, the bedroom does get the best light in the whole apartment.

I brought out the gray pebble coverlet (Target) from storage and layered it over our blue and white duvet (West Elm). We have been using the duvet empty since our insert is way too warm for our CA weather; even in the winter, however it was much too thin now that it gets into the 50’s at night.

Last Sunday I got a chance to shop at the famous Rose Bowl flea market! We went with hopes of finding some patio chairs (more on that in another post) but overall tried to shop with no expectations. At a flea market, the right items seem to find you. After shopping for a few hours and coming up mostly empty handed, I found a wool Hudson Bay style blanket, with three stripes (red, yellow, and gray). I was excited to see it but disappointed that it didn’t have the punch of green–my favorite color in these blankets. We passed on it but not long after, found a booth that had three Hudson Bay style blankets!!

Since I had three to choose from, I went for the blanket with the most vibrant colors, that was also in good condition (as opposed to choosing by size). It was mine!!

Point Blanket

point blanket label

The label is Witney, a competitor of Hudson Bay. Even though it’s not the “right” brand, I’m very happy with my find.

I removed the blue and white duvet altogether and placed the wool blanket at the end of the bed. I love the perk it brings to the room!

Point Blanket

Point Blanket

My next design dilemma: finding lamp shades for those awesome brass lamps from my mom and dad. Why are shades so expensive!?

Winter, I’m ready for ya!

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7 thoughts on “Colorful Stripes!”

  1. We actually took a page from your dining room and added a light above our bed using a swag kit. Our bedroom gets great light (actually, no where in the apartment doesn’t have at least good light, which was one of the big factors in us choosing this place), but especially in winter there are times when we need more light than just two bedside lamps. It’s been great so far, and we’re really glad you did it first! Above lighting kept us from having to figure out how to add in yet another floor lamp somehow to our already fairly crowded bedroom. And, of course, you could add in a mirror above your bed to help bounce some more light around (or any mostly reflective surface if you’re not into the mirror-next-to-bed thing).

    1. Aw, I love that you borrowed my idea! I want an overhead light in the bedroom but am worried that it will look weird having an overhead light AND two bedside lights. Maybe I could hang it over the dresser…?

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