A few weeks ago I shared a few teasers as I began shifting things about in my room in preparation for some new furniture. The shifting is mostly finished, though the redecorating is still a work in progress. There are some small things I want to update and some big things that I hope to take on as DIY projects--mostly as money allows. First a few before photos--furniture and things that I liked well enough when I was younger, but I have long been ready to pass on to someone else as my tastes have changed considerably.
So, an old jewelry chest that has turned into a catch-all of things. My little space heater for those cold wintry months and far too many unread or partially read magazines.
You saw this photo already. When I talk about my bedside book piles . . . I loathed that quilt. The design was pretty, but it was a full size bed and it seems quilts are made for full/queen size beds, so it hung far too long over the sides. I would turn the edge under every day and it always annoyed me.
Another corner of my bedroom filled with more piles of books. The decor leaves much to be desired, don't you think? Well, I thought so. Blech. The carpeting and curtains came new with the house--the previous owners had done a little refurbishing of their own at the time. Fine for then, but I am ready for a change.
And ta da, a few after photos! No more full size bed and no more annoyingly overlarge quilt. I now have a daybed, which is quite comfy as I invested in a nice mattress. Hidden in the corner are some book piles. A few got shuffled down to my bookroom, but you would be surprised how many are squeezed into that corner without looking too cluttered.
I had a print on the wall by Diego Rivera and it has been moved downstairs and now I have Edward Hopper to look at. I need a little table for my alarm clock and a few books, but until I find something suitable, I have this poor wicker chest. It's looking a little battered on the corners. You can thank my cat Chispa. She quite enjoyed sharpening her nails on the wicker. There is lots of storage space under the bed by the way.
You remember that jewelry chest? It's gone, my night table has been moved along with a little stool/table and I now have a lovely new rocking chair that is also very comfy. The little doll was made by a French friend who is a superb stitcher and seamstress. Isn't she lovely? I've never been able to display her properly until now. Both tables are slated to be repainted--an off white with a distressed look--a reddish color peeking under the white (well, that's the plan anyway). I have the supplies, and I just need the time to begin my project. I'll start with the smaller table and see how it looks before refinishing the night table. My rocker sits just to the right of the daybed and door.
And without the glaring overhead light on and just the lamp--it makes my little 'reading nook' so much cozier. I love the little footstool I found. I thought it would match the chair well and as it turns out they do seem to complement each other. My night table still groans with books, but nowhere near as bad as before.
I didn't share this corner of my room before--it is diagonally opposite from the doorway (which is to the left of my night table). I don't use the wood burning stove--it would need to be cleaned but I am a little afraid of having a fire going in it. Maybe someday. This is where the overflow of books has gone. It is meant to be temporary, but already two weeks later and they seem to have moved right in and made themselves at home. I hope eventually to invest in another bookcase, but I want to keep the room as open as possible. The shelf holds some of my stitched projects as well as some of my Melville House novellas and a few of my NYRBs (recent subscription books). I'd like to invest in some sort of stand for a few plants to sit in front of the window. It is still looking a little 'full' but I want to display some of my stitching somehow and for now this seems to work okay, though I would like to find something to make the area a little 'neater' and feel less cluttered.
And the new bookcase! Yay, all my Viragos now sit together in alphabetical order. I thought I would have loads of space and be able to add my Persphones, too, but it is amazing how quickly the space filled up. Aside from the very bottom shelf they are not double stacked, though I do have some sitting lengthwise on top of the books on the shelves. The green apple is real and not for display--apples are my favorites and I just happened to have an extra close at hand. How fitting, eh, that it sits with all those Viragos. And those are the majority of my Persephones on the left of the bookcase.
Now I feel like reading lots of Viragos from my shelves! Itchy fingers--I am ready to choose one now! I still have improvements I want to make. I hate the carpeting and want to pull it up as the floor underneath is wood (the house was built in the 1870s). I'm not sure what condition it is in, but wood is much more preferable to me. Also the walls are in dire need of a good paint job, which is something I think can be managed sooner rather than later. But what color now? And new curtains, too.
But I think it is a vast improvement. It is a much more comfortable and pleasing space, which is good as I spend a lot of time in my room. It's hard to tell from the photos, but there is lots of space in the middle, which I like.
It will be nice and cozy here in the fall and winter. A good place to sit and read in peace and quiet. It's still a little toasty warm with the summer heat, but I'm happy with how it looks now. This is my favorite reading place now. Where is yours?