I’m ready to jump in with phase one of my Bedroom Redo! Back in February, Design*Sponge posted the new DwellStudio line, and despite not knowing when/where I’d live next, I couldn’t get the bedding out of my mind. I love everything DwellStudio, but but the red and gray stripes especially spoke to me. For years I have decorated all my own spaces with shades of blue… I never deviated from a cool palate, even though pops of cherry red became my favorite accent color against icy blues. As a whole, though, I stayed away from reds and even warm neutrals. I painted my apartment an airy and cheery blue and it matched perfectly with my medallion-print Ballard Designs duvet. Here are my before images: truly blue in my apartment.
I loved the lightness of my room, as well as the vintage accessories. However, I slowly got the itch to redesign…and moving gave me the perfect excuse. My new walls are a warm neutral that look sage green, gray or beige depending on the light.
I find the color intriguing and I like the challenge. Plus, I need a break from painting! As much as I love Ballard and adored my blue duvet, I definitely couldn’t reconcile it with my new wall color, which was begging for warmth. A color palate of reds (and the striped duvet cover) crept closer to the forefront of my mind. In addition, many of the new items I’ve bought over the past year haven’t blended harmoniously with the vintage elements of my old room. The new bedding is actually named Draper Stripe, after Dorothy Draper in Mad Men, which fits the mid-century modern style I’ve been drawn to lately. I took the plunge, and it was worth the splurge! Of course, I did it “my way”, which meant waiting for a holiday sale and taking advantage of coupon codes and free shipping. It was still a splurge, but the high level of quality and construction is super obvious. The greatest thing about the Draper Stripe is the vivid Poppy shade–I see pink and orange in it, but it looks amazing against a variety of reds. My cherry red accent pillows are still right at home, as well as my “paprika” sheet set from The Foundary (which I won from a Twitter party raffle!). Here are some initial after shots. Sorry for the wrinkles, you’ll get some more stylized shots of the whole room as we progress through the makeover.
I’m still totally in love with my Ikea headboard and thankful it goes with anything. Now I’ve added sharp, modern red stripes, and I’m excited about the color possibilities they have awakened in my new room. More on that later…this sneak peek is over for now!