I’m about ready now to redecorate (or rather, decorate…forget the re-) the second bedroom in my condo. About 18 months ago, I left a one-bedroom apartment behind in Cincinnati and moved into a two-bedroom condo here in Kirkland (moving up in the world…ha). At the time, I didn’t have much to put in that second bedroom and was a bit house poor at first thanks to a Seattle-sized mortgage (which, compared to my rent in Cincinnati, was a huge change). I finally feel like I’ve saved enough that I can take aside some money to do something with this room.
I need it to serve a few different purposes:
1) Office – still my primary use of the room.
2) Closet spillover/”dressing” area – This closet contains my shoes and accessories so I often finish getting ready in this room.
3) Guest room – I’d like to have a better guest sleeping arrangement than the current option, which is an air mattress on the floor. (Seattle is a lot cooler than the midwest, so I have guests pretty frequently.)
Everything in this room is a mishmash of childhood bedroom/hand-me-down. As you can see, there's no style coming through. This is my most-neglected room in my place, and I really haven't tried yet.
But here's what I like: flea-market-y but with clean lines, modern touches but not spartan, pops of color, and a bit of quirk....
I have some vague ideas of what I want for the room...start with bluish-grey on the walls (Valspar Woodlawn Silver Brook..not painted yet), maybe bring in some white/neutral via bigger pieces like furniture and shelving, and add in some really bright pops of color – like blood orange and magenta – as accents. And I could scratch all this if there are better ideas.
I also have two very specific decorating dilemma questions:
1) Room layout is pretty difficult because I’ve got a four-foot long baseboard heater on one wall, and I’m not sure what I can safely put in front of it. The heater is also directly under my window, so I’m not sure if I can safely hang curtains to the floor (currently I just have builder blinds). If I can’t put anything in front of this, then what can I do with this corner of the room, and what are some layout ideas that would really just be utilizing the other three walls (one of which is pretty much taken up by the closet)? See the layout photo…it’s the wall with the window in between “ski stuff” and “desk.” (In case you were worried, I didn’t make this layout just for your giveaway. :) It’s supposed to be for my blog, eventually, if I would stop being a slacker!)
2) Seating / guest sleeping – Currently, the ONLY seating in my room is the desk chair. I’d like to have something comfortable in here for reading/lounging, but I also would like something that would work for a guest to sleep. I don’t really like, or have the space for, a futon. So, my only idea was some sort of big chair that converts to a twin sleeper. The only options I’ve found are from Ballard Designs (not a fan of their overstuffed rolled-arm look) and CB2 (the Vince Sleeper which Nick Olsen posted about awhile ago). Are there any other ideas out there for me? I don’t think I can fit anything as big as a chaise, daybed, futon, etc.
OK, so here’s the thing: I have a lot of ideas, but I haven't really DONE much. All I’ve really done so far is a bunch of de-cluttering over the course of a few months. See my blog posts on this situation HERE.
…and notice that I have not mentioned this room since January 28th, 2009….hence the swift kick needed!
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