My obsession with Blue & White has now reached my bedroom! I didn’t exactly plan it… I was pretty happy with this room, you can see what it used to look like here, but as I began incorporating blue & white in other areas I got more and more curious about adding a few touches in my bedroom too. Then one afternoon, my daughter and I were walking through my local Belk department store when I saw this comforter set (by Waverly) and I literally stopped in my tracks. It was so cheerful and colorful – just the color infusion I desired for Spring/Summer – plus, it blends both the turquoise that is currently in my room with the coveted blue & white. Bonus, it was on sale! So, loaded down with the King sized set, my four-year-old and I hauled it through the mall and back to the car and gleefully headed home.
I still don’t have a headboard and when I put this set on the bed, the little trio of frames that were hanging there looked pitiful, and I knew something must be done. I continue to dream about a tufted headboard with perfect little nail head trim, but that is just not a reality yet so I had to get creative! On the recent trip to Lancaster I had found a petite but lusciously ornate mirror that I instantly fell in love with. When I purchased it I wasn’t sure where I’d use it but I loved it (and it’s $25 price tag) so much, I knew I’d find a spot for it once I got home. And indeed I did… on its own its a little on the small side for my giant bed, but placed in a group with a mix of dinner and bread/butter sized blue & white plates, it shines as the star I knew it to be! Best of all, I don’t notice the missing headboard (as much). Oh, and the mirror originally was gold but you know me, have chalk-paint – will paint everything! A bit of off white paint was all this needed and I am so happy with how it turned out.
On my nightstand I’ve added a few more touches of blue and white and one happy pop of pink! Taking the jackets off of a couple of books that I actually do read, revealed pretty blue spines (who knew!) and by having them strategically placed on the nightstand, they also act as a screen to hide the phone and some hand lotion, items that I like being handy, but I don’t necessarily want to see.
This small white tray corrals this little grouping so nicely. Look beyond the “expected” when planning your decor accents. Here a group of three seemingly random objects come together to add utility and charm. 1) A ring holder (a Christmas gift from my sister – I collect Eiffel Towers so I particular love this one) is the perfect spot to drop jewelry at the end of a long day. 2) An antique hobnail milk glass cup (or sugar holder, I’m honestly not sure!) is just the right scale for this group so it has found a new life as a vase. 3) The blue ceramic flower which adds the perfect shade of blue to this scene is actually a drawer pull from Anthropologie!
I have three Staffordshire terrier statues (one on this nightstand, two on the other – all replicas but treasures to me) that lend an air of traditional elegance to the room. Scale is important here too, this dog pairs nicely with the blue & white urn (an ebay find) behind it.
Once I hung the plate/mirror group over the bed, I wanted to add a little more visual height to the nightstand vignettes. But I didn’t want to add too much pattern and overwhelm that wall. I “shopped” my house but all I could come up with were more plates… at first I worried that this was becoming a bit much (and I’m quite sure that for some folks it is) but when I tried the cream plate over the prints, it just clicked for me. So up they went. In fact one had to be hung three different times for me to get it right, despite measuring and using a level…! Thankfully it was worth the effort though!
Before we leave the bed and move on to the other walls, I wanted to share a little closeup of the fabric. It truly makes me smile, smile, smile!! It’s such a cheerful mix of colors and patterns! As I mentioned the set is by Waverly and the pattern name is “Charmed”… and indeed, I am!
Ok, yes, as you see here, I’ve added even MORE plates to the room. Is this a bedroom or a dining room? Surely I’m over the plate limit, right? But, you know what, I’ve come to terms with this and accepted that I love decorating with plates because a) I have A LOT of them and need to find ways to store them. b) They add great color and scale that can sometimes be difficult to find in a print/art piece. c) They are just pretty and I like to look at them, and besides it’s my bedroom after all.
I paired these plates with a round mirror which surprise, surprise, were black but I painted. They feel a little too “creamy” to me, so I think I’ll be giving them one coat of pure white so they look a little more like the trim, but that’s a project for another day.
I also refreshed the decor on my beloved silverleaf dresser (read about that makeover here and here) by adding in a few pops of gold and yellow to accent the sunnyness (my word) of the new comforter set. By the way, I want to encourage you to feel confident in mixing metals. I really like the blend of gold and silver here, so be brave and dare to try mixing them you may be surprised with the sparkling results.
When grouping my collection of urns/trophies, I wanted the largest of the urns to be a little higher so guess what I used… plates! (It just seemed appropriate, you know?!). I also found that golden gong in Lancaster and it was so wacky that I just had to have it (and it was very inexpensive, so was an easy add-on item.) I like having totally random things like that in decor sometimes because it helps me not take it all too seriously!
But the biggest change in the room came when I painted my grandmother’s old dresser! It was a plain brown wood stain that just didn’t have any zing to it. I have been planning to paint it for ages but it took the last snow storm for me to finally grab a brush and get to it! I debated about changing the drawer pulls but decided to keep them and I’m glad because I really like the contrast they give the piece. And one day down the road I can always change those if I want to. I wish I had taken a before photo but I was a little overzealous and just started painting before I thought of it.
Hanging over the dresser is a faux tortoise shell from the Nate Berkus for Target collection that I bought ages ago on clearance knowing I’d one day find a home for it, but had yet to hang. I have to tell you, when I see decor that I really love, I am a “buy it now, find a home for it later” type of gal. I have missed enough great pieces to know the painful regret of not jumping on items (when budget allows, of course). I paired this with a couple of cheerful bird prints that I found on The Graphics Fairy website and printed on my home printer and framed with a couple of frames I already had on hand. So basically free art, yay!!
Topped with a few light and bright accessories, the dresser and mirror now perfectly reflect the fresh new look of my bedroom. The addition of some purposeful jewelry organization tools is really helping these baubles to stay manageable and not become too disorderly.
I’ve especially been pleased with this little jewelry tree that I found at Target – it’s perfect for holding bracelets on its arms and rings in its base. I can’t believe I haven’t owned one of these before! Those little blue hooks are waiting to be hung on the wall… I hope to get to that soon… oh the never ending to-do list!
I hope you picked up an idea or two and will take some bold steps in refreshing your own spaces in anticipation of Spring! And please feel free to pin-away (and thereby share the love!) these photos on your favorite social media outlets.
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