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Creative Bedroom Ideas & DIY Projects

Happy weekend, my dears! Sorry I wasn’t able to post yesterday – I was taking little B to get his checkup, plus I sprained my ankle earlier in the week so I’ve had to really slow down. But it’s Saturday now, time to relax with a mug of tea and catch up on my favorite blogs! I was checking in with Maggie and found myself nodding and mm-hming along with this post on her bedroom, so I decided to add my two cents here.

Why is it that bedrooms are often the last thing on our decorating to-do list? Is this true for you, too? I made a few improvements to ours before Bix was born, but nothing has happened since then. And the photos I shared then strategically avoided the headboard area of the room, which is sadly plain and lacking decent lighting. Our headboard is nice enough, but plain and short. I like the idea of painting a “frame” around it and filling it with small art pieces as shown above (from BHG).

Another great update would be to install swing-arm wall sconces as in this bedroom featured in Rue Magazine. This is a more costly option, but it would be such a space-saver…and in our teensy circa-1920 bedroom, we can use all the space we can get! Plus, I love that upscale hotel vibe. :)

Speaking of space, I wish I had room for a nice, big bedside table. I don’t, but if you do, go check out this tutorial for turning a simple Ikea dresser into the glam nightstand shown above. Lovely!

Feeling a little more crafty? Why not try this DIY woven headboard – and bonus, if you click through the slideshow you will find instructions on making that cute lampshade, too!

I saved one of my favorite projects for last, via Remodelista: hang a vintage Moroccan wedding blanket as a DIY headboard, either from a curtain rod or tacked straight to the wall. Moroccan wedding blankets have been darlings of the design blog world for some time now, and I am not immune to their allure! In fact, I already own a small pillow made from a vintage Moroccan quilt. However, I would be reluctant to use one of these gorgeous blankets on my bed…it would undoubtedly get stained or torn by the cat/baby. Hanging above the bed, though? Perfect.

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  • Summer October 22, 2011, 11:57 am

    love the Moroccan Wedding Blanket! Our bedroom needs a major overhaul too. Nothing really matches and I tend to throw up all the random art that I couldn’t home in other places in my apartment. But, we do have our own wedding blanket hanging above our bed. My cousin made us a beautiful, colorful quilt that all the guests tied wish knots into. I thought the perfect spot for it would be over the bed. Neat to see the similar Moroccan blanket!

  • Anne October 22, 2011, 5:14 pm

    I love all these ideas. The swing arm lights look great and would be really helpful in adding light to a small bedroom. I always enjoy them in hotel rooms because the light is where I need it.

  • Vicky October 23, 2011, 8:25 am

    Who is the artist of the picture on the white Ikea nightstand. Love it!

  • Shuan December 5, 2011, 8:27 am

    Wow’ What a Creative Bedroom. I was very pleased to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this great phots. I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  • Taylah Whitall August 25, 2013, 3:31 am

    Is there any way to get the website to buy or make the quilt set in the woven headboard picture.
    It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!

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