This post was getting a little long ... so I am continuing here...
Part Two of creating a room like our inspiration photo. [See Part 1 here.]
So I received a note from a reader who fell in love with this bedroom vignette, but feared she'd never have the budget to create it in her home. I decided to list the steps to creating this room, in a budget-wise fashion, and included links to find the elements needed to create a similar room. We continue with a key element - the chandelier...
Do I even need to say it....? The chandelier is a key part of this room. The reflection in the mirror, the sparkle it adds, the romance and the luxury it reflects... It is a very important element, and one that can demand a sizable price tag. The size should be large enough to make a statement, and small enough not to take over the room. It should be installed over the bed so that it reflects in the mirror, so try to arrange your room to allow for that. You can hire an electrician to hardwire it into the ceiling, or purchase a plug-in model. I often shop flea markets, ebay, and Craigslist for chandeliers because bargains can be found there...but patience is needed, right? So lets find a bargain if we can thats available right now.
|Destination Lighting (130.00)|
You can spend more. You can spend a lot more. You don't have to, but you can. Most importantly, buy the one you love... you want to fall in love with it every time you walk into your room...
10. BEDSIDE TABLES
The bedside tables in this room are a little vintage looking. The paint is distressed, and if you want to copy this exactly, there are plenty of white cottage looking bedside tables out there - and lots of vintage ones that can be painted that you can probably pick up for a song. I like bedside tables to be a little generous in size so that they can accommodate a lamp and the other things that accumulate on a nightstand. A lot of styles and types of bedside tables would work here - dark wood, painted gray, glass and metal... the important part is that they are symmetrical - need to be matching for this look. Try Target, Ikea, Craigslist, Joss and Main, Overstock.... You may find a bargain... never know until you try....
Here are a couple that I found:
|Home Decorators 119.00|
|AFA Stores 282.00|
|AFA Stores 370.00|
|Home Furniture Mart 336.00|
|Beyond Stores 311.00|
11. ROUND TABLE WITH TRAY (OR HOW ABOUT A BENCH?)
At the foot of the bed there is a round table with some decorative items. I like a bench at the end of my bed - so I would use a bench with a tray. The table has the advantage of height. You decide what works for you. Here are a few sweet tables...
|Pier 1 (170.00)|
and if you are like me, some benches:
|Ballard Designs (329.00)|
World Market (199.00)
|Ballard Designs (259.00)|
12. TRAY WITH SILVER FOOTED BOWL AND WHITE TUREEN
On the table is a white ceramic tureen and a footed silver bowl. The tray looks to be mirrored. The bowl is filled with coral. You can pick up silver-plate bowls, footed bowls, cachepots etc. at flea markets, swap meets, Etsy and Ebay. Try HomeGoods or TaiPan Trading (TPT Home) for mirrored trays, and here are a few white tureens, since they appear to be a little harder to çome by...
CORAL is a different matter. I find mine at antique shows and swap meets and I've never paid more than $30.00. There are probably some online shops that sell nothing but shells and coral. Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware featured faux coral for their summer merchandise. The faux looks pretty real, too.
|POTTERY BARN (32.00 sale)|
Another resource for faux coral is a pet store or somewhere that sells aquarium supplies. They sometimes come in colorful hues, but I've seen blogs where they were successfully spray painted.
|PET DEPOT (14.00)|
|Pet Mountain (23.00)|
13. BEDSIDE LAMPS
The coral embellished lamps add to the beach theme. I personally love that look, and would definitely look for the same type of lamp. However, you could substitute another style lamp here and still have the basic feel of this room.
|NY Fifth (177.00)|
14. OCEAN THEMED ARTWORK
Its difficult to see much of the artwork from this photo, but the two poster sized prints over each night table feel beachy in their colors even though they appear abstract. The colors blend with the rest of the vignette. Look for large poster sized art, or plan on two prints on each side - the overall effect needs to be that the art is tall over the nightstands. Shades of blue, white, gray... - with thin silver or gold frames. For the art, try Art.com and try IKEA for the frames, once you know the size you will need. For the rest you are on your own because art is very personal - and you need to love it.
APPROXIMATE TOTAL: $2,600.00
The cost was done by averaging, so your total may be less or more, depending on your choices. There are other costs for this room - for example a white bedskirt, sheets, and the other furniture in the room - depending on your room size -perhaps a rug under the bed.
I hope this helps you - no matter what your budget you can create this room
with an overall room plan to help you and the steps laid out as we have done
here. Little by little, over a little time, you can make it happen.