Just imagine it. I had just finished submitting a 52 page, single spaced, research paper. The last research paper of this school year. I hit the submit button, let all the air out of my lungs, and closed my eyes.
Before I shut my eyes, my room was a supportive "cave". All of the notes and papers I needed to write my own paper were just an arms reach away from my desk chair. My desk somehow managed to hold my coffee, water, food, notes, pens, computer, and had all the sticky notes I could ask for. My bed was there, waiting for me with the sheets already untucked so I could seamlessly melt into it every night at four am.
When I opened my eyes… I was in a different world. The notes and papers I once needed became unorganized piles of random papers covering the floor of my room. My desk was not holding one cup of coffee, but three of them, each one dangerously balanced on a book or pencil case. And my bed was a rats nest of sheets thrown at 7am, work clothes taken off during after work catnaps, and even more papers (because apparently the floor couldn't hold them all).
My room needed a facelift.
What happened next was magical.
Step by step guide for total room do over:
Step 1: Drink Coffee
Step 2. Toss out any and all junk laying around your room
Step 3: Find old furniture from a relative… or craigslist
Step 4: Pile all of the items you have that make you happy together and start looking through them! Are there common themes? Colors?
Step 5: Based on any themes you decided on in step 4, choose the items and furniture that match the color and theme you've decided on. Store all other objects away (no clutter!).
Personally I stuck to a color theme rather than a … theme theme (like a fish theme bathroom etc.) After getting some old furniture from my aunt that was all brown hues and seeing what "happy" items I had, I decided on this color scheme:
Brown, Pink, Oranges, and Turquoise
Snake print from here
Candle holder here (IT'S ON SALE!!!)
Shark toy is from here
Beta fish: Helios =)
Rose Crown: Made by me! Go to the DIY tab to see how!
Step 6: Decide what kind of world you want to wake up to everyday and fall asleep dreaming about every night.
I choose adventure!
Above my bed I chose to hang a chandelier that reminds me of the one place I need to visit before I die: Versailles. Next to my bed is the only plastic drawers I'm leaving in my room (I moved the rest into my closet for storage) but I covered it with a scarf from Siena. Directly above my pillows is a real, silk scarf I got when I joined the "Nobile Contrada del Nicchio" in Siena, Italy while studying abroad. It was tied when I joined as a symbol of me becoming a Nicchio and can not be untied unless I want to symbolically cut my ties to the Contrada. I dug it out of storage and hung it up to remember the places I have been and the places I still want to go to.
I also have two beautiful drawings above my bed, both by the talented artist Aleah Lauren. These were the first two original pieces of art that I have ever bought and they bring me so much joy and inspiration every day.
Finally, "Jumbo" the elephant was a gift from the boy that I tend to go on adventures with xoxo
Get the "Beautiful Adventure" pillow cases here (ON SALE!!!)
Elephant plush was from Ikea but has sold out. You can find him on eBay for way too much $$
Chandelier is from here
Both Original drawings are from Aleah Lauren. You can see all of her work here and get the sticker version of the mermaid drawing here
Bedside table close up
Goblet from the Madonna Inn but you can now get it online here
Lavender Crystal Soap from here (ON SALE!!)
Versace "Bright Crystal" from Sephora (also at Nordstroms, Macys, Bloomingdales etc.)
Unicorn covered lipsticks from Lime Crime
Sea shells were a DIY project I made up using old shells and old nail polish:
I'm still putting the rest of my room together (desk area etc.) but for now it feels more like home.