Almost as soon as I posted last months spring bedroom makeover I found a bedspread and shams on clearance that I just fell in love with. My frugal side fought against the purchase of additional new bedding, but only just a little, because it too was madly in love. And truly I see this bedding being brought out year after year and traded between mum and I to make “new” looks. It will be loved.
The bedding was on clearance which meant that I didn’t have time to drool over it for long. I also had a 40% off coupon so that also appeased my squeaky wallet side. I ordered it with tingles in my toes and when it arrived it was even prettier in real life then it was on line. But then I had a VF flare up and my creative squirrels went into hiding. I imagined about going super minimal, uber blue and white, and even I thought about returning it. Inspiration eluded me.
And then while scrolling on Facebook a few weeks ago, Traditional Home posted an amazingly beautiful bohemian bedroom from Anita Diaz’s blog http://www.anitafaraboverubies.com and my squirrels started zooming again!
Anita’s bedroom had so many unique and pretty features and I realized that I already had several pieces that I could bring in to mix things up and get a whole new feel without buying anything more. I focused on her use of natural textures, dark woods, live plants, art, and color and pattern mixes, all against a fresh white palette.
I would love to paint my walls white and that will probably happen in the next year, but with so much else going on my sweet blue walls are doing beautifully still. I added a white quilt and some pink and red accents. In the linen cupboard I found my old pink peony pillow cover, a little white cutwork pillow and a pretty cross stitch coverlet with pink and red roses for the chest at the foot of the bed.
Shopping the garage I found my great grandmothers little oak table with a loose leg. It was in the garage to “protect it”, but that didn’t seem to be working as protection anymore. A little glue on the loose table leg and she was good to go. In the garage I also found a small hand painted chest that I added to the top of my little silver nightstand. Shopping the house I brought in some milkglass, dried hydrangeas from our garden and a potted plant.
What I love the most about the inspiration that I found, is that it helped me remember me, to stay true to what I love, to my style. The things we already have, have survived 3 downsizing moves. They are pieces that have been collected over lifetimes. They are hand me downs, treasures and family heirlooms. They carry our memories and they are loved.
Its kind of funny and a little embarrassing that it took new bedding to bring me back around to me, to my style and my beliefs. I do love social media, but with so much overload of information I think it makes it harder to keep life and wants simple.
Sometimes we might feel the need to compete, to have the newest look, to keep up with the Jones’s. I know I feel that pressure too . The world we live in moves so fast, it is so visual and technology and social media keep us on a constant whirl of change. And much of it is so amazingly creative and beautiful, but real life can get lost in the media waves of change. The need to have the latest could lead me to debt and waste, because fads only last for a minute and then you have to have the next thing. I also think that if I’m not more careful my evenings might pass with my eyes glued to a phone screen instead of watching a good movie or reading an amazing book. Conversations with mum might get lost with words not spoken or ever heard.
What I really do believe is that gratitude and contentment, a simple, faith filled life is what brings the most happiness. That thoughtful living brings peace and contentment brings joy. That all things can be lost, but that love lasts forever.
Stay true to you and I wish you love, peace and joy sweet friends.
Much love, M