Bedroom Plans

Enough is enough. I was planning to hold all bedroom upgrades until we refinished the floors and destroyed the drop ceiling, but those things aren't going to happen in the near future and the room's current state is really bumming me out.

So, I'm moving forward with some minor updates that should have noticeable impact.

The road map:

Paint

Fixtures

Decor

  • American Buffalo Print (I've been threatening to hang this for years)
  • FLÅDIS Basket (Ikea) - For the bedside to house those random cords and articles of clothing that never find a proper home.
  • Woven Wall Hanging - There are some DIYs for these floating around, but I should probably just bite the bullet and purchase one. One that has a price point much lower than what is pictured here.
  • Invisible Book Shelf - I'm having a hard time finding anyone who still carries the Bruno Rainaldi Sapien Bookcase or a version of it that I like. If you're in the know, please get in touch!

Looking at my "road map", it's clear some pops of color are in order. I gave myself a tight deadline on this one and detailed a project plan in Excel, so I should have some results to share with you soon.

Podcasts that have served as my painting companions: 1A from NPR and Pod Save America from Crooked Media. Gotta multitask as an informed citizen, activist, and home renovator, folks.

Perfectionism is Just Fear in Really Good Shoes

I've been working my way through Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert's guide to getting your act together. It's not super self-help-y - she keeps the preaching to a minimum, but still gets the point across that while your success is on you and you alone, luck does have a hand in things. There is also a good chunk about how being addicted to drugs does not make you a good artist.

Perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

There are about a million great takeaways in the book and if you need a little kick in the butt to get a project started, give it a go. Gilbert does a good job of reminding us to do what we love for the sake of doing, to work hard at it if we want to see results, and to not be fooled by the the illusion of perfect.

Reminders like these come in handy when I look at our bedroom - sparse and uninviting. They also come in handy when I look at the banister I started stripping the paint off of month ago, but haven't finished yet. It is a far far cry from perfect. No mink coats around these parts.

Do you know that quote "the harder I work, the luckier I get"? Write it down and read it back to yourself daily.

Keep working hard at whatever it is you are working at, gang. Even if it doesn't look perfect.

Minimalizing

Ever since I read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I've been doing my darndest to live a more streamlined lifestyle. It isn't easy and I slip up constantly, but there are these moments and stretches I have of achieving organization and during these moments, an indescribable weight is lifted off of my shoulders.

In January, I planned almost every single meal I ate. I planned what I would wear for the week and made my bed every morning. I was well-fed, prepared, and rested. I also went to bed every night at 9:00, which was good for the body, but not for the Getting Things Done side of the house.

Was I more productive? Maybe. But boy did I feel like a free person. Then life got crazy again and I fell out of my routine. "Get it together, Cardone!" is what I tell myself, but only on the hour.

This does have something to do with a house. As I start to piece together and design rooms in my head, I am trying very hard to keep this minimalist philosophy in mind. It's easy to fill a room with trinkets and clothes and furniture. The real challenge, and I believe the real reward, lies in keeping it simple.

I read an interview on Into the Gloss in which the interviewee suggests getting everything out of your bedroom.

“My bedroom is super minimalist. Only a bed, pillows and white sheets and one built in shelf with my favorite 30 books. The walls are white and empty and there’s one blue and white oversize african basket in the corner for laundry.
— Jill Wenger, CEO of Totokaelo

That sounds like a relief. Going to bed every night free of clutter and waking up every morning to land your feet on a fresh floor.

 Photo via  Cup of Jo

Photo via Cup of Jo

Regarding the white paint in the photo above to the right - the one with the adorable (and very clean?) kids playing on it - the interviewee suggested to Cup of Jo that committing to the color is critical:

If you’re going to go for a white space, do the white-white! I’ve made the mistake of doing something slightly off-white, and once it was covered and filling up the space, it doesn’t give you the brightness you’re going for.
— Shannon Althin

Benjamin Moore named Simply White the color of 2016. I've slapped on a samples of that and Moonlight White in a few rooms and yeah, it's getting the job done. As much as I'd love to keep painting my walls black, I'm ready to embrace this aesthetic/challenge.

So this was a rather lengthy way for me to say that I need to get my act together and to do so, I'll paint some things white. Thanks for stopping by!