Sep 6, 2012

Bedroom vignette: I hope you're not scared of colour

First up, before I launch into my latest colourful little project, let me say a big THANKS for your comments  and messages on my last post, The Truth about Blogging. I braced myself for deafening silence but instead got a resounding "ME TOOOOO". Ya'll are the best! I felt so much more at peace after writing it that I think I would have been happy no matter what, but your responses make me realise that honesty will from now on be the rule around here. No fakes no phoneys. I hope I can keep in touch with each of you! Now onto blogging.


Recently my Grandma gave me some old, old books including this one full of botanical rose prints.
I will seriously lap up any kind of old book like this because they look so freakin awesome on the coffee table.
But having sentimental value and pictures that are frameable...? Bonus.
Five Kinds of Happy blog: using old botanical prints in modern decor

The dilemma was how to use them on the wall without them looking all old and....frilly.

I've never really done floral before in this way, and all those pink roses just didn't look right in our bedroom.
Peach-and-white-and-girly intentions look awful in here. I blame the green-tinged walls...

I dream of painting them a soft white. Specifically, Wan White by Karen Walker for Resene. But until then..

Five Kinds of Happy blog: bright bedroom vignette and wall art
{Not in my dreams; the orange stained pine dresser.}

If you have seen our bedroom, you'll notice that yellow is no stranger in here, so I selected a yellow print from the book, ripped it out (nicely) and put it in an old white frame. That has no glass on the front and looks like I painted it myself with poster paint....... because that happened.
And I kind of love it in there.


Five Kinds of Happy blog: bright bedroom vignette and wall art

I discovered the art of mixing old and new...with this 'Pixel' print from Meikle Design it's a-okay and looks just like me.


The jewellery tree was driving me up the wall because jewellery is constantly either falling off or getting stuck to it. So now it only holds these crazy bright beads... I just keep them for eye candy.


Five Kinds of Happy blog: bright bedroom vignette and wall art
{The Happy Tree! this would look cool in a kid's room... or my room. Whichevs.}

Five Kinds of Happy blog: bright bedroom vignette, art for perfume tray

 This 'tray' is a piece of art I banged out ages ago and never intended to really keep, but it works! And for once the bright orange Eascada bottle (my favourite scent) doesn't look heinous with the colour combo.


Five Kinds of Happy blog: bright bedroom vignette and wall art
I don't know, sometimes I get self-conscious that it will look like a 5 year old's playspace... but I do love the overall effect!

Five Kinds of Happy blog: bright bedroom vignette and wall art
{Now imagine whitey-grey walls and some kind of revamped dresser. mm}

Five Kinds of Happy blog: bright bedroom vignette and wall art
See how it ties into the yellow pillows that live on our bed?

Here's how it was before:


And after:
Five Kinds of Happy blog: bright bedroom vignette and wall art

How bright is too bright for you??





3 comments:

  1. I love that it is so bright and cheerful. It is a great personal statement. Amy, we can tell a lot about you just from this adorable vignette. The roses look awesome next to the pixel picture!

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  2. Much better!! I love what you did with the flower print. Fav line: "That has no glass on the front and looks like I painted it myself with poster paint....... because that happened." haha so great.

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  3. It's amazing what a little editing can do, isn't it? Looks so great! I am in LOVE with that black and white jug/vase you have there. So eye-catching! And I think the pixel print paired with the floral print was a GREAT decision. It looks really fresh.

    I like your vision for the future of this space too!

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Thanks for your comment. You are awesome!