Friday, July 13, 2012

Fade to Black

I'm channeling my mom, today.  Or, perhaps she's channeling me.  Like  my mom, I get bored very quickly and easily when it comes to decor.  I have no sense of decor, really.  I guess my style would be considered "Retro/Boho", if there is such a thing.  Most likely not.  I have never really gone out of my way to decorate my home in one particular style.  Lack of funds is most likely the reason.  I know what I like, though; and, more important, I know what I don't like.

For whatever reason, I am not fond of huge, open spaces in my living quarters.  Sure, it's probably because I don't have any!  I've grown accustomed to being squeezed in my space with three other people. When I was a kid, however, my bedroom was huge.  Still, I arranged things so that I could have areas to snuggle in;  cubbies.  I used dressers as room dividers to create a small, cozy alcove where I could put a bunch of pillows and snuggle up with a book.  I still find myself trying to do that to the dismay of my husband who hates closed-in spaces.

Lately, I have been looking around our home and trying to come up with a new plan to decorate it.  Walls first.  Paint?  We could, to a point.  Being renters, we would be responsible for painting it back to that ugly egg-shell if we ever decided to move.  Not something I really want to do.

I learned about using fabrics with liquid starch a few years ago.  Now with the Pinterest explosion, I can get all the instruction and ideas I could ever hope to get.

Enter my mom.

She used to tell me the story of how she, one day on a whim, went out to the local hardware store, bought a few gallons of semi-gloss black paint, and taking a deep breath, painted her bathroom walls.   Her sink, tub and toilet were white.  She would add black and white accessories, or would add one really bright color and use it for a month, then go another color for the next.  She always said this was her very favorite room in her bachelorette pad.  She always said how calming it was.

I'm thinking about getting some black and white fabric and playing around with our bathroom walls.  The good thing about the fabric and starch idea is that if you hate it, or get tired of it, you can simply take it off without ruining the rented walls!  Brilliant!


Not sure if I want to go solid black first, or a pattern.
There are so many cool patterns out there!  Maybe I can do one wall in a pattern and do the rest just black?  I'm hoping to do this in fall.  It's too hot for this right now.

Until next time, I'm off to browse the fabrics!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome idea! And i love the way your mom did it - b&w contrast with a color pop. Geren did that in his apartment, too. Your mom was way ahead of her time - go mom! :)

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