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Beautiful Bedrooms + Decorating Tips

Hello everyone, this is Jennifer Ramos from Made By Girl. I’m excited to be the guest blogger here at decor8 today!

I’m the designer and owner of an online shop called MadeByGirl.com based out of Henderson, Nevada. We sell fun & colorful greeting cards (printed on 100% recycled paper) as well as many colorful posters. I decided to start the cards and poster business as a means of expressing myself and hopefully inspiring others to start implementing a more environmentally friendly way of conducting business. I don’t believe your every move has to be a green one, but one or two things you do, are one or two things less damaging to our earth. Ok, enough GREEN talk for now, and on to my picks of BEAUTIFUL BEDROOMS that make you want to get up and start redecorating yours as soon as possible!

First is this silver wallpaper bedroom from Living Etc. This bedroom appeals to me in so many ways. The first word I think of is Glamorous and extremely feminine. I love how the silver wallpaper just brings this room to life along with the artwork of the cartoon glitter girl. The floor seems dull but barely noticeable due to all the reflective surfaces & vibrant accessories.


Next is the black wall Goth-Glam bedroom, also from Living Etc. The black walls behind the massive headboard give this room a slightly gothic but glam feel. Even though one wall is painted very dark, the room still remains very bright. This is because of the large windows, the mirror on the dresser door and the light color used for the bed sheets. Design tip: Contrast provides an interesting visual appeal, but you have to be sure to offset the dark walls with plenty of light or bright colors.


I also like this bookshelf behind the bed via Marie Claire Maison. The bedroom in this photo has always reminded me of a small apartment I had when I lived in New York City. It’s small but cozy and the bookshelf behind the bed gives it a sense of height. They use an interesting mix of modern and antique styles such as the gilded frame surrounded by Christmas lights and the IKEA locker at the foot of the bed for storage.


Now for something girly… How about the patchwork quilt bedroom as seen over at Mi Casa Revista? This room is full of vibrant colors that extend from the bed to the walls. The turquoise wallpaper is such an important part of the decor here, it compliments the dresser and the bed sheets. There is a consistent theme and use of color but the colors aren’t overdone. Seems almost comforting to me.


With stark white walls, this bedroom is decorated with mismatched frames and a variety of styles. The analogous color scheme draws the eyes to the artwork and the different types of patterns used on the fabrics on the bed. This room is in the home of Liza Giles who works as a senior stylist for Designers Guild and it is one of my favorites. This image is from Inside Out Magazine photographed by James Merrell. See more of this Giles’ home right here.


An off white bedroom can appeal to both sexes quite well. The height of the room adds to its grandeur. White brick walls have always been a favorite of mine and is very reminiscent of a loft I lived in when I was in NYC. Decor for this bedroom is subdued and relaxing, even the disco-ball styled lamp is off white which prevents if from standing out too much. Image via: New York Magazine.


I’m such a sucker for tufted headboards and this one is no exception. Kelly Wearstler designed this space with exceptional symmetry. I like how the mirrors are placed over the side dressers and the boxed frame over the bed gives this room a sophisticated and luxurious feel.


Even though this room is is all white, the artwork and its colors really bring it to life. You can use the colors in your artwork as a guide to bring in other accessories with similar colors, such as pillows, lamps and in this case a turquoise dresser. Via: Living Etc.


Bonus Image! My (Jennifer) Bedroom!
My own bedroom was easy since I knew what I wanted. I love the use of bright colors as accents, so the pillows and the Beatles pictures made sense together. The theme was slightly rock ‘n roll but still sophisticated and stylish. The wallpaper running from behind the side dresser to the top of the ceiling are actually from a scrapbook. They were glued together and tacked onto the dark charcoal wall. – Jennifer from Made By Girl.

(all text written by jennifer ramos for decor8)

Posted in bedroom, guest bloggers on August 14, 2008

Weekend Reading

I felt like doing a little weekend blogging about bedroom decorating, a fabulous light, and a few thoughts on wooden spoons and white china. Perhaps you’d be interested in reading my thoughts? I’ve linked each post below…

I hope you are having a lovely weekend! It’s cold and rainy here in New Hampshire, but I did have a little visitor in my backyard today when the rain stopped that I enjoyed watching. So cute. One reason why, despite how rural it is here, the country still continues to hold a special place in my heart…

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in bedroom, ceramics, inspiration, kitchen, shopping, textiles, travel on July 05, 2008

Mystic Valley Traders {bedding}

I’m asked quite often for bedding help so I thought you may like to add another resource to your list that I just found in Country Living magazine last night (the benefits of being sick is that you get to do lots of reading in bed with zero guilt).

A little country meets modern, Mystic Valley Traders carries a range of organic bedding to add some beauty to that boudoir, my favorite is the Turtle Bay collection.

More bedding sources here.

(images: mystic valley trading)

Posted in bedroom, textiles on April 18, 2008

Auto – What’s New?

Auto just received a fantastic selection of Missoni bedding, towels, and tableware for Spring ’08. I think their zig zag pattern will always be my favorite, but of course it’s nice to see spots and butterflies throw in for good measure. :) Missoni has such an energetic palette, I especially like the Jessie and the Jessica bedding.


And if you take a step beyond the fabulous Missoni goods, you’ll find other treasures at Auto. Pillows, Nesting Dolls, and handmade books – oh my! I recently purchased nesting dolls in the buff, nothing painting on them and ready to be dolled up however I choose. Seeing these dolls below have inspired me to do something with my little dollies-in-the-raw.


Shown above: Etro Aralia green pillow ($185), John Robshaw Pichwai hand-printed bolster ($150), euro pillow ($115), and misc. pillows shown on chairs ($70-110). Also shown, Trisha Krauss nesting dolls. I’m not even going to bother to list their price. And not shown is the SO Book made by Tall Ladies ($40) which sounds very interesting when you read the description online… I’m intrigued. Does anyone know much about the Tall Ladies and the SO book?

(images from auto)

Posted in bedroom, textiles on March 14, 2008

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