Tweaking my bedroom decor

I made small updates to my bedroom last week, primarily the wall behind the bed.

I wasn’t totally satisfied with the picture I had there seen in this post and have tried a different one since but it wasn’t quite right either. I was trying to use what I have and not buy anything. I think, though, that the wall needs something large and bold. I was hoping I might think of a clever thing to make but that hasn’t happened (yet?). I did make the “headboard” from cast-off IKEA shelves; the bed is a full-size futon and the frame has no headboard or place to attach one so mine is merely nailed to the wall.

My dream artwork is a large, like 4′ wide picture of the woods in summer, whether it’s a framed poster or a photo-on-canvas, either of which would be pricey. Second choice would be the same idea but featuring the ocean. In the meantime I needed an improvement so I used what I have and did another idea entirely.
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The mirrors were a set of three I found at Ross a year or so ago for $7. I got the center piece with the moon for $6 also from Ross several years back; previously I hung it from a hook in the corner of the ceiling. (As it’s heavy and I didn’t use a molly bolt or anything I was kind of half expecting the moon to fall down from the ceiling and knock me silly one day.๐Ÿ˜•)
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The long blue tealight holder (featuring a smiling sun & butterflies) on the right was another great $5 Ross deal that I’ve had many years. The white lantern to the left of the bed is new. I bought a hanging lamp cord a couple years ago thinking I could make my own hanging lamp and save money. Well, nothing I tried worked, either the shade got too hot or the bulb was too blinding. I’d occasionally look on Amazon for cheap shades and finally found this pretty 12″ round lace one in August for $3. I love it. The light cast from it is so cheerful and pretty and this winter pick-me-up was a lot less expensive than the pricey SAD lamps I routinely look at online.
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I think it’s so important, especially for someone like me, to have a beautiful, comfortable home. I spend a lot of time in my bedroom, and over time it’s become a very decent space that suits both my practical and creative sides. I love to sit in my chair and and look around – walking into the room and being greeted by the bed and its wall as I have it now immediately gives me a kind of calming lift.

1/1/19: I’m editing this post to show another idea I thought of yesterday after posting. I have it plugged into a tap with switch. They are great!
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15 thoughts on “Tweaking my bedroom decor

  1. autumnashbough

    Nice! I am always jealous of what folks who don’t live in California can put over their beds.

    In earthquake country, we don’t put anything on the wall above our sleeping heads. I saw far too many people with bloody head wounds from falling pictures after one early morning shaker.

    I am also jealous of folks with candles!

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Oh! Of course about the earthquakes. A certain degree of paranoia keeps me from ever putting anything too heavy over me head, Autumn.๐Ÿ˜Š I exclusively use tealights so I don’t have to worry about them too much (as opposed to pillars or tapers which can shoot up like bonfires if you turn your back on them).

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      1. autumnashbough

        I grew up with pictures and mirrors over bed that didn’t have elaborate headboards. I just got lucky that the heavy picture over my bed in my first earthquake was secured by enough nails that it didn’t fall.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I haven’t forgotten about your idea where you strung lights on the wall behind a strip of some sort. The LED lights I’ve tried were battery hogs; maybe I’m using the wrong kind… I had some outside and the batteries were toast in days.

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