Hello dears! I’ve decided to take a wee hiatus from the “Unexpected Journey” series, and follow up on a request I received not too long ago from one of you, to give you all a tour of my bedroom! Last year I posted about my bedroom makeover I was doing for my birthday, and I never did follow up with how it turned out. Call me tardy, but at least you’re getting the scoop now; so sit back, and enjoy as I take you through my favorite room in our house.
In the above photo, you see before you my desk work space. I used to have the Elna perched upon the bright yellow desktop, but since it was in such great demand over the past several months, I was asked to move it down to the basement sewing room, where it has been kept in steady use. (It’s funny how my work space changes throughout the year. I used to work solely down in the basement once upon a time, and then I redecorated my room with the intention of using it as my own personal sewing room, which then changed, and so now it has relapsed back into just a comfortable place to lay my sleepy head at night.) As you can see though, my sewing supplies area has not been moved, and it will be kept that way to save the trouble of getting my things mixed up with everyone else’s downstairs. And above everything, you are looking at my keepsake Miniature Tea Set collection, of which I did a post on here.
Sitting in a corner of my room is a lovely whicker what-not, where I like to keep my vase and necklace collections, along with little bits of odds and ends. Do you see that wood/glass shadowbox? If you can’t tell by its placement, that is the centerpiece of the whole what-not. I keep one of my favorite Chipping Sparrow nests in there, with all sorts of dried butterflies, lichen, robin eggshells, and moths artfully placed, all of which are tucked in between the carefully woven twigs of the tiny nest.
When we first moved to Ohio, I was at an age when I loved to hunt for and collect bird’s nests, the eggshells of hatchlings, butterfly wings, dead moths, and intricate exoskeletons of dragonflies. All of those things can be just picked out in the photos above. Inside the double doored jewelry display case, the shadowbox on top, and the wooden box on the top shelf, are the little precious things left over from a younger Jessica who used to spend hours dreaming and exploring God’s Creation. I fear those days are long past. Not that I don’t still explore every now and again, but time has certainly become too precious to daydream for too long. And as a tag, I will say that when Spring comes along, and I take my daily walk, you’ll still find me vigilantly scanning the turf underfoot for little treasures. That little game will never grow old for me. I can’t bear the thought of passing up some new wonder, or small undiscovered beauty awaiting my eyes to behold. God has blessed us with such a vast and beautiful world, and I don’t want to waste any of it.
As you can see, the color scheme I went for with my room was heavily inspired by my love for nature. I went to IKEA last year with the intent of buying bed linens, and accent pillows to match the light airy colors of my room. My bedroom used to be mostly red, blue and yellow, but now it has changed and multiplied in color. There are fresh greens, delicate pinks, and bright pops of red and orange to encapsulate the vision I had to make my bedroom an environment that spoke of the flora and fauna I love so dear. As I have grown up, I would say that my tastes for decor have gone from your simple average, to intricate and thoughtful. And before I ever changed anything in my room last year, I spent a good deal of time pinning down in my head exactly what it is I love and makes me feel at home, and then I went looking for it at IKEA. Thankfully, they indulge all sorts of moods and themes for your living spaces, and they had exactly what I envisioned when it came to bed linens–everything soft and botanical, with an unembellished look to it.
Oh, and then there is this fun thing! I made this cute paper flower mobile a while ago (you can see my tutorial on how to make it in this post), and it has hung gracefully above my bed ever since its completion. There’s not much to say about it except I love it quite a lot, and think everyone should be able to wake up to a scene of puffy rain clouds watering a floating bed of bright red tulips. 🙂
Lastly, the lovely piece of artwork that has hung in all of my bedrooms, in of all of the houses we have ever lived in, is a whimsical watercolor painting my Grammy painted when I was a tiny little baby. You can see the water color portrait of me, sitting in our garden pumpkin patch. This painting has been a resting place for my eyes ever since I got my very own bedroom. I have studied that painting countless times, and each time I look at it, floods of memories come floating up to my conscious thought. It’s a lovely friend to me, and will always remind me of the love my Grammy put into my life as a young child.
Oh! And before I forget, do you see that funny little creature on the far right on the shelf? That is my little Barred Owl totem our dear advertiser Alexis from Meadow and Fawn made for me last year. You can see it better in this post.
Well, my friends! That is the grand tour of my room! I hope you have enjoyed it, and the commentary that came with it. 🙂
What do you love best about your bedroom?
Do you have keepsakes like my nature collections?
Are you a floral girl, or do you go for elegant designs instead?
Much love, and many blessings!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer