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Before & After Shots | Decorating My Bedroom

I've had a few of you readers request seeing some "Before and After" photos of my bedroom, without having to dig back through the blog archives. So here you go! Above, you'll see my bed the week I moved in. It was the solo piece of furniture I had for a while... so I used my radiator for my laptop. Now, my bed is all dressed up in its floral quilt, floral pillow, and burlap pillows. Color swatches hang over the bed until I get my headboard from my parents' place. And I have actual pieces of furniture like a nightstand and cart!

I immediately struggled about what to do with the awkward shelf in the corner of my bedroom. It's screwed into the wall and was put there by my landlord. Since I rent, I can't paint it or take it down. For a while, my bed was under it. And I started to loathe looking up at the hideous thing. Now, I've moved my bed across the room and placed a dresser under the shelf. I use the shelf for heels and pumps up above. On the rack, I hang pretty clothes I like to have handy and my scarves. Since all my jewelry is on that dresser top, this little corner and its shelf have become a sort of "getting around" spot.

In the "Before" shot, you'll see how truly bare my space was without furniture. I had to turn a hamper upside down as a makeshift television so that I could occupy my time at night... without any furniture to move around or decor/accessories to put out. As I started unpacking and placing furniture, a bunch of boxes and junk got shoved into the closet in my bedroom. The "Progress" photo doesn't even show how bad the accumulation got. And now, I've turned the closet into a writing/reading nook and decorated the wall over my desk with removable wallpaper.

Voila! Since my bedroom is pretty much complete except for minor details, I'll be starting in on my bathroom and living room / kitchen. 



DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.