Summer Cottage Bedroom Refresh
Hello FOXES! I so wanted to call this my “No Spend Summer Cottage Bedroom Refresh” but alas, the boob lights were replaced with something far less vulgar, and that took the “no-spend” out of the equation. I’m willing to forgo being able to say no-spend, even if they are way up on the ceiling, and kind of don’t count, just for the sake of not having boob lights anymore. Now, let’s take a peek at the Summery bedroom I put together by shopping my home and using what I already had on-hand!
Before we jump in, I wanted to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for putting this Summertime tour together, and to welcome you if you’re visiting me here at the hollow from Anita’s at Far Above Rubies, thanks for popping over! Anita has such a unique style and uses rich & vibrant colors with such skill!
Like most of the rooms in our 1929 home, our bedroom has a few special challenges.
While it’s not terribly small, it is terribly long and skinny. There is a very short distance between our French door and the foot of the bed, making some decorating and any larger view photography a bit tricky.
When I decorated my room for Summer, my goal was to keep things light and airy, and my decor minimal.
I started my switching out my lamps for these wicker cuties… and trying not to over-decorate the nightstands.
And since my fragrance wardrobe is also lighter during the Summer, I only kept the two scents that I’m actually wearing right now beside my bed.
I’m just naturally drawn to animal decor, no matter how hard I try to resist. So I stopped trying. Instead, I attempt not to have too many pieces out at the same time, in the same room. Hopefully this keeps my home from looking like some sort of tacky zoo.
I deleted the plush rug that was perfect in front of our electric fireplace during Winter [you can see that look, and our DIY shiplap accent wall here] and replaced it with this much more colorful and vibrant rug that I stole from our living room.
While I added little splashes of color around the room, I kept my bedding primarily white.
I always feel like it’s best to decorate for the space you have, and our room can be easily overwhelmed with color due to the shape, size and the low ceiling. Going light on such a large element suits this room best.
It’s fine by me, as I love a bed dressed in white, and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with classic white linens.
And while I often iron my duvet and shams, especially this 100% cotton set because even snapped right out of the dryer they were extremely wrinkled.
I will readily admit, that I only ironed my sheets & pillowcases for you all. Because I am telling you… I don’t know anyone who has (or wants) to spend several hours at the ironing board!
Though they might not seem super exciting, I am so thrilled with the new, simple, timeless light fixtures we installed last week! The cut glass dome lights (I’m being kind, they were boob lights) we removed had long outlived their welcome. And were definitely living on borrowed time.
Curious? You can see what’s behind those curtains [right here]
The new linen style shades coordinate really well with our tufted headboard, and the frosted glass create a softened effect I am loving. It’s really relaxed, and it almost pools is a gentle spotlight kind of way. I love them.
Over on the other side of the bed is a matching wicker lamp, and just for fun, I added my Moby the Whale bookends.
We don’t really use our nightstands to hold much of any use besides our lamps, so the decorative items don’t get in the way. And I enjoy seeing pretty things I love.
Life is short, find joy where you can. And if that means sprinkling little things that bring it to you around your home, why not!
The mirrored cabinet got a lighter seasonal look — with a faux hydrangea, some old aqua insulators and a vintage picnic basket that I felt picked up the darker wicker finish of my lamps, and helped ground this little vignette.
Fresh flowers are of course preferred… but these are so easy. Especially for a bedroom that’s on an opposite floor than the kitchen. Where I normally arrange my florals.
Normally, there is a pretty view outside the double set of French doors, but right now, the patio is loaded with deck building material and tools. And it does not look pretty, at all.
So I thought I’d distract you with a pillow.
Is it working?
In the future, we hope to add a wood ceiling, new custom (DIY of course) doors to my closet, as well as re-trim Jim’s closet (and I need to get his doors painted). All in time though.If all my dreams came true at once, and all my tasks were complete… I’d be bored silly.
It was a pleasure to tour with you today, and if you don’t have a big fancy bedroom, you can come sit by me! I hope you make sure to keep the tour going, by visiting our next bedroom, with Laura from Inspiration For Moms.
I’ll see you again soon, with a NEW DECK progress update! ~Shannon
Monday Lineup – July 20
Our Host – A Stroll Thru Life 11 Magnolia Lane Remodelando La Casa
Tuesday Lineup – July 21
Wednesday Lineup – July 22
Thursday Lineup – July 23
Friday – July 24
NEW CEILING LIGHTS : [click here]
Tufted Headboard: [click here]
To Love & To Cherish Sign: Made by me
Bedding – White Linens & Duvet Set: Boll & Branch
Bedding – Linen Pillow Shams: Nicole Miller
Wicker Chair: IKEA
Tall White Cube Organizer: [further details and source here]
Rug, Wicker Lamps, Navy & Coral Pillows: Grandin Road
Gold Flamingo, Navy Stripe Throw, Aqua Fringe Pillow: HomeGoods
Bike Pillow: JoAnns
Moby Bookends: similar/no base [click here]
If you see something I didn’t mention above, it’s probably old, vintage or a thrifted find.