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March 4, 2011

Bedroom Update!

Months ago, in the midst of trying to find the perfect duvet cover, I asked Apartment Therapy readers for help (see here).  Here is my super scientific tally of suggestions I got for the bedroom:

Keep Bedding
+ Add Coloured Pillows
New Bedding
Deal (Ditch) 
With Bedskirt

It was also suggested that we get new curtains, paint the wall, add a rug, or add accessories.  All good ideas.  But we couldn't (and didn't want to) implement all of them. . .  

Here is what we did:
Here's what we kept:
Here's what we need to do:
  • Add some more artwork (?)
  • Add more nightstand accessories - at least a "catch all" for my bedside table too
  • Change the knobs on my small chest from gold to silver

Without further ado, here is what the room looked like when we moved in:


After installing new flooring, painting, etc., the room looked like this:

Better . . .

Not bad, but dull.  And a major departure from the crisp white and bright colours of the guest room down the hall.  Now, the crisp white sheets look so inviting but the puckered duvet cover & shams add some texture.  In general, the white bedding really brightens the room.  The colourful artwork, pillows, and accessories really make the room cheerier.  The bedskirt, a surprise purchase, is so much more glam than the plain cotton one.  I love the sheen and subtle hint of colour.


Spot the difference . . . hint: the lights!

We're using this vintage piece for a "catch-all":
hubby's watch, cell, wallet - it all gets corralled here

The perfect curtain rod - a bit squarish & black

The new bedskirt!

And, at nighttime:



  1. That headboard is really cool. I like the new look in your bedroom...but it looked good before too. xx

  2. Swanky! I love the green pillows, artwork, and headboard welded by your Grandfather??!? Awesome.

  3. I love your head board! The room looks so great.

  4. Great job on the room! I could hardly keep my eyes off the headboard though. It's spectacular...and more like a work of art than a piece of furniture.

  5. Gorgeous! Where is the bed skirt from? This is my new favorite blog. So glad I found you! :)

  6. Hi Pink Tulip - thanks for your kinds words (Thanks to everyone for their kind words!). The bedskirt is from The Bay (a Canadian retailer) and the company is Gluckstein Home. The model is "luxe". Here is the website:

  7. I love love love love love the new bedding! Particularly the new teal pillows. You know I have a soft spot for teal. <3 Great job girl!

  8. Tanya,

    You are doing an amazing job on the house :)

    I LOVE your blog too.

    I try to find a few minutes during the day to check out your blog.

    That's how much I like it.

    Have a great day!


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