Thursday, September 05, 2013

Little changes lead to big changes, Part 2

The finished room

What started the redesign of this room was putting wheels on my mother's two Expedit shelving units from IKEA. I had read an interview with a retired and prominent interior designer (can't remember her name or where I read the interview) who was like, "Darling, if I had it to do over again, I would put wheels on everything!" 

That really stuck with me, and I've got to say:


Wheels. Best invention since...well, since ever. It makes playing with room design so much easier, because you know--if I have a painting near me I haven't sold yet, I generally will go about painting and repainting it. Same applies to interior design. I'll keep changing it up to improve, amuse, or soothe myself. 

Right, so I was saying: I put the little wheels on (you'll see) and my mom (who is where I get my interior design genes from [thanks, Mama!]) speaks the magic words: "Let's redecorate."

Now, along with those magic words come the magic warnings, like, "Get back before midnight or your carriage will turn back into a pumpkin," but in this case, it's "I don't want to buy anything new, and I want to keep that chair pad underneath the desk, and all the furniture in the room if possible."

There's a reason I don't share my pics of the designs I've done for people, and that's because of these parameters. I'd have that chair pad out in a second, and I don't want it to represent my work because I didn't choose to have it there. Yet, what I've learned in psychotherapy and doing more and more interior design is that the work is always collaborative, and the star of the show is always the client.

(Even when a magazine is spotlighting a designer, the magazine and its readership is the client, and the design is styled to make a good photograph--which is different from a room that's lived in and used.)

Jeez, remember the first picture? Sorry for all the annoying words. Here's a close up:

I wasn't going to paint the walls (my mom likes white walls and I do, too), but above the head of the bed was this Original Finger Painting of mine that's in her collection:

A Garden Elsewhere, oil and acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16", COLLECTED
It didn't fit. It felt too small and the color palette didn't match the neutral grays my mother wanted for this room. So I took it down and used a black and white photo triptych of birds and flowers, which I found on top of the shelving unit in this room and leaning against the wall. It's narrower than the painting, but because of its length, it complemented the width of the bed better. 

The subjects and style of the photographs also appeared peaceful and dreamy. I like how it emphasizes the bed as a place of rest and recuperation.

PSA: For those who don't live in California, and especially for those who do, we live in earthquake country, for goodness' sake! I pulled the bed out far enough that if that framed photograph were ever to fall off during a shake, it would just land behind the bed instead of on top of someone's sleeping head. What's more, I used an appropriate and sturdy picture hanger I bought at the hardware store. Don't think a thumbtack or a nail is going to do it when the EARTH is QUAKING

Next, I made the bed (it's an old twin I can't wait to replace, but remember, no new furniture allowed, and all old furniture kept if not edited out). The comforter was loose (untucked) and hung over the sides of the bed, hiding the interesting lines in the frame's design. It made the room feel smaller by literally taking up more space, so I tucked the comforter in and the bedding now has this nice, Japanese feel to it, all snug. The pillows were arranged simply from big to small. I usually like to choose my accessories and don't like matching sets, but this worked for me and it's what I had to work with.

Note: I hate decorative pillows. I think pillows should be useful and beautiful. I have pretty pillows on my bed and I will sit back on them (gasp) and actually use them. I love hanging out on my bed and if I couldn't muss up my pillows I'd be pretty annoyed. 

Side note: I don't get it when people say, "decorating is about adornment, and design is about considering how people will utilize a space." What? I have never, ever decorated a space without considering its use and the users of the space. Design is integral to good decoration. Duh.

Okay, coming up next, I discuss the desk and chair.

Oh, and remember what I suggested about supporting my art. Thanks in advance.


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