I have to include an exclamation point in the title of every post about the bedroom decor. I can’t help it; I’m just so excited about this project! That’s probably because, unlike other rooms, which have required little more than a bit of tidying and color palette definition, the bedroom has undergone a mildly dramatic turnaround. From grayish blue and deep brown…
…to several shades of spi-cy, it’s been a fun transformation. My latest update hangs at the head of the bed, keeping out the bright morning light and prolonging the cozy cocoon effect I savor after the alarm clock blares. You know…for just another minute….
The curtain isn’t exactly what I set out for. I wanted ikat print for a global vibe, but I couldn’t find one for the life of me. I should clarify. I couldn’t find one in colors I liked at a price I was comfortable paying. Ikat curtains definitely exist. They just look like this (hello, 1970s). Or cost like this (goodbye, $748.00–but free shipping; that’s generous). Oh yeah, and I didn’t want to wait.
So that’s pretty much the story of how I ended up wandering down the bathroom decor aisle at Target and leaving with a shower curtain. It’s made of fabric (not plastic). I like the pattern and colors. I paid less for it than I would have paid for the equivalent amount of material somewhere like Hobby Lobby–which didn’t have any fabric suitable for this project anyway.
Here are a few I liked and the reasons I did not bring any of them home. By rows, starting at top left: cool bird but too brown; love the red but too formal; gorgeous print but background too dark; love everything about it but would look too dark in the bedroom lighting. The room sucks color out of things, which is why I’m going overly bright in there.
I think this is a nice compromise between the image I had in my head and some of the lesser options I could have settled for. I’m relieved to have the former yawning black hole covered with a peppy pattern. The blackout curtain is actually still lurking back there–there is no night’s sleep as restful as that induced by blackout drapery. I wake up at 5:00 am if I forget to pull the curtain before going to bed.
Oh, score one more point for the new curtain: Lovey likes it–though I think I asked him too many times. I don’t remember how many times, exactly, but when Mr. Always Patient says, “I already told you I like it” that means it’s time to stop asking.
Would you ever hang a shower curtain somewhere besides in front of the shower? Have you done any light repurposing lately? (I say “light” because a curtain is a curtain–it’s not like I turned it into a bedspread or cut it up and made pillows–but there’s an idea.) I find the concept of repurposing very intriguing. Lovey and I ate at a local restaurant the other night and noticed that part of their wall art, though it looks like banners for the football team, is actually welcome mats nailed to the wall. I think that’s hilarious. How about you? What repurposing have you noticed in, or introduced to, the world?