Given my buffoonery confidence at the beginning of this project, I really was surprised when self-doubt pounced on me last weekend. Man, I was all over that red bed when it arrived last Friday, but then…the weekend whispered to me, maybe it’s too red? Too much? Bedrooms are for resting and calm and peace. But, let me kick you out the door, this is the guest room where we are providing a fun experience for travelers escaping their norm. After we set the bed up on Monday, I was feeling good again about the very vivid red bed. And, no, no photos today! Because I’m mean.
But this reminds me of a funny I saw on Jamie Meares’ instagram (paraphrased):
The Creative Process
This is awesome.
This is tricky.
This is poo.
I am poo.
This might be okay.
This is awesome.
I am currently at #5.
So, I’ll be quick because I have someone special coming to see me and I need to go ice my chocolate cake.
The basement floors are all finished! I am so HAPPY about this! Now I can work on my mural, which I will attempt to finish before Thanksgiving. I do believe I’ve decided on an over-scaled floral scene. I took a bajillion photos from every angle of my springtime peonies because I knew I’d paint them someday. My hillbilly printer has provided me with some perfectly soft images for reference. I’m hoping for a soft billowy effect behind the graphic red bed. Please say a prayer for me, will ya?
In other news, I’ve ordered bedding and picture frames, cut 2x4s for the bed support, and ordered a chandelier…that is backordered until December. Of course.
I’m mulling over art for the frames. I’ve always wanted to use these two hotties somewhere, side by side–maybe in the guest room.
That is my father on the left and my maternal grandfather on the right. My father, in Brazil, is 20 years old in this photo–and I’m guessing my grandfather is 20, also, but in Japan, I think. They were only 7-8 years apart in age–my dad robbed the cradle.
I’m also printing these photos, too, just in case I want to use them. My dad totally needed an Instagram account. He was handsome, knew it, and knew how to compose a photo. These were taken in Brazil, where he was born and raised. There are more hot brazilians here and here. Oh, and, I was just joking in the last post about the red draped wall. (Major side eye) Thank you for believing me. But, really, I’m just trying not to be mad at you for not saying, “Don’t do it!” I’m doing a very tasteful and subdued ivory instead. I just couldn’t stop thinking about Shelby’s armadillo cake from Steel Magnolias with that red fabric and gray walls.
One last thing…this apartment has been on my mind as I think about the guest room and my house in general. It is the Milan home of designer-architect Gae Aulenti in Dwell magazine June 2014. Colorful sophistication, playful and arty academia. I like looking at these photos.
photos by Leslie Williamson
I’ve been following along with Linda’s One Room Challenge–did you see all the reveals last week? Good, good stuff.
See you next week when I hopefully will report progress on the floral mural. I’ll post some sneak peeks on Instagram. Enjoy the weekend, y’all!