Finally debuting this series means a lot to me, in essence it was originally the point of this blog... my life of projects, living inspired and in color... and my home has been the biggest project of them all.
When we purchased this house I had grand visions of what to do with it. My mom is a designer, so it is natural for me to rearrange rooms every time I need a change. There have been many days I had 14 colors of paint, re-painted and rearranged and collapsed only to call my mom to have her talk me through my design options. (you know, typical important meltdowns) So none of this is possible without her.
But I have something to say about this that might seem shallow, but it's not. I believe in Design, passionately. I believe in the power of color and the rhythm of a room and it's affect on our psychological-physical-spiritual lives.
Ok, before you think I'm nuts, let me explain. I was lucky in college to live with 2 interior architects. One of my dear friends, who is getting her thousanth degree in Israel right now ;) so proud of her and has spent her time designing hospitals in Africa, and learning green resourcing for better energy and I don't even know what else etc... her and I used to have these conversations I will never forget.
There was a season I couldn't sleep, I had lots of different "seasons" during University days, but my housemate Callie, suggested I rearrange my room. She told me the position of the bed, that was between two doorways, two places of traffic, could be bringing anxiety to me instead of rest, because subconsciously the things you see before you fall asleep, and the comfort of the layout of your atmosphere affect your ability to find rest easier. So we re-organized my room. I don't remember if I slept any better, but what my dear friend Callie did for me, is taught me how to see. That good design is thoughtful, it's careful and it's important. and I believe can even be life-changing.
I could probably preach a sermon on the power of design, I've been studying it, writing about it personally and practicing it (sometimes) for a long time. one day a little book might just pop out about all this. But the one thing I believe is creating an inviting atmosphere is in itself an invitation... to people, to warmth, to home, to God... to say, "you are welcome here."
Ok, back to the subject, my bedroom.
The concept for this room came from it's natural surroundings. The room is tiny, but we have this large glass window that gives you a full view of the trees in the wooded area behind us. That window is why I bought this house. (well one of the reasons)
My husband and I talked about living in one of those modern tree houses before, and the child in me kind of pretends we live in a tree house in this room, so I literally used that as my inspiration, thus; green, tree paintings, tree bedspread, natural light wood colors, simple, airy, bright.
Every Tuesday when I send my daughter off to school at 7:30 with her daddy, I sneak back into bed and sit and stare into the trees for hours. It's probably my favorite personal ritual. Some days I go back to sleep but don't tell anyone.
So here it is, the beginning of the tour: my bedroom.
Tomorrow you have to see the before and after photos of this room! I will share my personal design tricks and thoughts too, so come on back.