So today is my birthday. I’m not really one to want a lot of fanfare for my birthday. I’ve never even wanted a party or big celebration, I’d rather just keep my birthday kind of a quiet day. Not that I’m embarrassed or sad about getting older, in fact, I think being well over 40 (gasp!!) is pretty awesome in many ways. Not every way, haha, let’s be honest here, but in many ways it is great! It is a blessing to have another birthday and I think the older I get, the more I realize what matters most. With age comes a little more wisdom, right?
But I do like to give MYSELF gifts in honor of birthdays and holidays, because any excuse to treat myself to something I want or need anyway is good enough for me. Ha! For the past few years, I’ve been really wanting to make some updates to our bedroom decor. I was able to get new hardwoods, paint the room, and add a few new things like curtains and bamboo blinds (FINALLY! no old towels at my windows!! I know, I’m moving on UP!) and a snazzy new mirror and bird pillows I found at HomeGoods this past year. YAHOO! So grateful to have been able to make those updates.
All of those things gave me a great foundation of what I want to do now, which is basically to keep going with this room, personalize the space, and add a few more “finishing” layers and decorating details. That will be my birthday gift to me!
You can see the post on how far the room has come in this bedroom makeover update post. Remember when it was SWINE colored with smelly carpet? OY. Glad to be past THAT phase!
This phase is going to be so fun for me! I love thinking about all the details that make a bedroom a real meaningful and cozy sanctuary, a place that you can get away from the world (and the rest of the house!)!
I’ve had the same matelasse coverlet on my bed for probably 15 years. That is a long time! It’s been in four different bedrooms over those years. It is amazing quality and a beautiful timeless design, so I’m glad I splurged on it all those years ago. But over the years it has shrunk a bit to where it really only covers part of our mattress, so I can’t really make it look good on both sides of the bed any more. So I’ll be using the coverlet on one of our guest beds which is only a double sized bed, it will work perfectly for that.
I’ll be figuring out exactly what this new phase of bedroom decorating will mean color and style-wise, even this week when I take myself and my girls birthday shopping for inspiration, new bedding and hopefully a new rug! I’ve got a beautiful traditional sleigh bed I’m hanging on to for now (it actually belongs to my mom so until she wants it back, I’m keeping it!). I love to work with what I have and find a good mix of old and new.
I think with some new bedding and other accessories, I can pull together a fresh look for our room, while building the foundation of the flooring, wall color and bed and a few other newer items in the room. I’ll probably do a few new posts on bedroom decorating inspiration, too, to help me figure out exactly how I want the room to look since I’m not really sure yet! Sometimes I just have to find the right “thing” that inspires me.
Last week I received a lovely gift from a sweet blogging friend, Tara Lowry, a new custom wood LOVE sign from her shop Between You and Me Signs. It is HUGE and so cool, I love it! The verse means a lot to me, and I am so excited to have it now hanging in our bedroom.
My husband and I have been married a very long time so this verse is a good reminder of what true love is, both for ourselves and for our family! And it is a perfect Valentine’s day gift for our bedroom, don’t you think?
Tara offers some really beautiful signs to add meaning to your home, whether you want to remember your family rules, places you’ve lived or loved, or special verses. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop! And while you are visiting her, check out her blog too. Her gorgeous home (& blog & life) is inspiring, so enjoy!
I’ll be taking pictures to share with you as I visit some shops later this week in search of bedroom decorating inspiration, and I have a fun decorating inspiration post for you tomorrow too!
Have you updated a bedroom lately? I’ll do a bedroom makeover linky party this weekend if you want to link up and show off your bedrooms and inspire me with your brilliant ideas!