By reader request, I'm diving into the world of Vampire Diaries to show you how to decorate like Elena. (Surprisingly... she incorporated no garlic into her bedroom.)
I've only seen an episode or two of The Vampire Diaries, but I can see why Elena's bedroom was requested for this feature. It's a lovely, feminine, and classic space---and a sweet escape from the dark world of bloodlusting vampires! Her big bed is dressed in soft, billowy linens. A large horse drawing hangs framed overhead the headboard. Floral pink curtains cast a rosy glow on the room during daylight hours. A charming white desk collects school work, awards, and a coffee mug. On the floor, a striped pink rug is spread out.
This is my favorite shot of Elena's bedroom. It gives you a really good look at the creamy, vanilla color of her walls. I love the built-in bookcase, too.
While it wasn't easy tracking down pictures of Elena's bedroom, I think those two gave me enough to go on to get a grasp on her decor style: simple, understated, feminine.
Pick a headboard with a shape similar to Elena's. Hers is curvy and a dark brown wood. I went with this black one because it echoes the shape in a modern way. Outfit your bed in a white or pale pink comforter. I love how this horse-illustration pillow has the same effect as the horse artwork over Elena's bed---so I put the horse on her bed rather than above it. Add in some more pink with floral curtains, a patterned pillow, and striped rug. When it doubt, go for rosy almost-mauve hues rather than baby pinks or hot pinks to keep the room from becoming too fussy. For furniture throughout the room, I went with an ever-so-slightly-eclectic mix of traditional pieces: a simple dark brown dresser, shabby chic nightstand, white bookcase, and cream desk. I pulled a cute upholstered stool up to the desk rather than a chair. For artwork, frame your favorite black and white photos gallery-style in black frames with over-sized white mats. Add accessories such as books, picture frames, and awards, but keep clutter to a minimum.
Although I believe vampire lore says that vampires aren't reflected in mirrors (and Elena, I hear, runs around with a few vampire friends) I still had to hang a mirror over her dresser. Think your own vampire friends will notice?
Disclaimer: I'm neither the the set designer nor in touch with the set designer for these television and movie rooms. Unfortunately, I do not know the sources for most of the decor, furniture, etc. These inspiration boards and posts are meant to show a similar look and help guide you in shopping for items that will help you get there. If you really want to know the source of a specific item (for example, where a pair of curtains can be purchased), feel free to leave your question in the comments. If I knew, it would definitely be listed in the post. However, maybe another The Lovely Side reader out there will know!