Jeana and Mike were soo awesome to “work” with. They are like the best people. Jeana has a real job, and also a fun job on the side designing wedding invitations. She loves paper, design, typography, repetition, and everything wonderful that someone needs to love, in order to love making wedding invitations. I made up the “repetition part”, I just assumed she found it relaxing. Mike, well, I actually do not know what Mike does, but it doesn’t matter right now, because he is just laid back, organized, helpful, and super fam-man. And he’s tall, so I guess he can reach all the things the other people of the world cannot. Plus, they are also great because they were so willing to go with my design without any hesitation. Like full trust in me.
Once I created their *E-Design (which can be seen here), they ordered all the items almost immediately, which made this entire process so easy. It’s been less than a month, and here I am already photographing the space.
There are so many issues, all centered around the fact that this space is a bedroom, yet it is uninviting and blah. The walls blend right into the floor because of the similarity in color. Both the walls and the floor are tan-ish/brown. There is a focal point, which is the bed, but when you look at it, there is nothing for your eye to focus on. The room lacked serious direction and in no way reflected Jeana and Mikes style or personalities.
I wanted her room to be calm, romantic, and whimsical. I used layers of grays and cool muted blues and purples. I also brought in a lot of organic elements like artwork inspired by nature, organic patterns, and soft textures. In some cases, geometric shapes were used (like the rug, and the square like shapes in the headboard and artwork). This provided structure within an otherwise organic, layered space.
I painted the two botanical paintings behind the bed to originally be placed over the dresser, but they look so much better over the bed. Above the bed they are able to “breath” because there is empty space surrounding them, and because these paintings are less busy than the larger painting that was originally supposed to hang there. The dark blue outline of the floral forms ties into the touches of blue throughout the room, and the off white canvas gives an aged effect. Like old pages of a book.
Dots are a common theme in the room, in the most subtle of ways. The most obvious “dot” area is found within the robins egg blue colored polka dots on the pillows, but it continues in various places in their space. Repetition of circle forms can be found in the lamp bases, rug, small dots in the smaller central pillow, and the tufting on the headboard. Polka dots were also repeated on a much smaller scale on the large painting over their dresser.
Jeana made these curtains by hand, all I did was chose the fabric. I am so jealous of her craftsman sewing skills, because I have none. It saved us a ton of money, and ended with a much better quality product to do it this way.
The frame atop the books has a song lyric from Jeana and Mikes wedding. “Troubles they may come and go, but good times they are the gold, and if this road gets rocky girl, just steady as we go”. Dave Matthews Band, “Steady As We Go”. I printed it from my computer on BFK heavy cream drawing paper using “OCR A Extended” font. Kind of a soft version of “typewriter”, in my opinion.
These brass knobs from Anthropologie, love them. I want them. Brass tones are another color theme within the space (in addition to the grays and muted blues/purples). It’s rustic, and the shape of these knobs in a way remind me of antlers. Like a really, really simplified version of antlers.
In their bedroom, they have a ton of natural light, so plants work and thrive in this space.
Jeana spray painted the dresser knobs, but they add so much luxury to the space. I will be posting later this week all about the painting above the dresser. It started as something else, and ended up like this, thankfully.
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