October 5, 2013

If there’s one thing our bedroom needs, (I immediately take that back; there’s many things our bedroom needs). But one major need for our bedroom is color. I tried to bring in some olive green by dying some tan curtains I got for free, but that was a big failure. And  the story of how I learned it’s hard to dye polyester.


And so the curtains are unrelentingly the same color. I love rooms with lots of white and I think even just our camel quilt is pushing it with tan-ness. The day came where I knew I just couldn’t live like this anymore! (Theatrical, I know). I removed the olds ones and  bought two white king sheets. What to do with the tan guys is still undecided. Any Michigan-dwellers want to pay bottom dollar for them?

With putting up the new curtains, I also knew I wanted to re-hang our rod to be wider and higher. It’s basically the oldest design trick in the book and makes the window (and room) look much larger. Our debate was whether to center it on the window…


…or the wall.


Once we had a make-shift visualization up, it was no contest that centered on the window was better in person. I also got some rings to make moving them easier than when our old ones had just gathered fabric. I found these at Wal-Mart and I’m pretty sure they’re identical to the ones at Home Depot, but for $3-4 bucks less.


At first I didn’t love it, which is where the title of this post comes from. The default color of walls in our apartment is an off-white that is okay by itself, but if you put a true white next to it, it looks much creamier and perhaps even dingy? I was chatting with my mom asking if I should jump ship on making white work and she convinced me to keep it. She says vanilla + cream is one of her favorite color combos. Like a white button up and a pearl necklace. I see her point and can totally get into the white/pearl concept.

More color will be brought in elsewhere. And yes, the astute observers will see our mirror in the first photo is missing. It’s currently at my off-site workshop (aka friend’s house) being spruced and changed. The room is certainly better with it. Updates to follow!


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  • Lisa

    I believe every modern housewife has, at least one, photo of her husband holding a piece of home decor so she can see what it looks like

    • Rachel Schultz

      Hah! Accurate.

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