Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fantasy (inspiration) -vs- Reality (budget)

...A typical teenage girl's bedroom. (missing several pieces of white wicker furniture, sold on Craig's List)

This now "college age" young lady would like her bedroom to look and feel a little more like this:

...but on a budget


Curved Front Dresser
1920's American
1st Dibs

Nickel Finish Lacquered Desk
1st Dibs

Pair Modern End Tables
1st Dibs

Two Piece Wood Framed King Size Headboard
upholstered in Dedar fabric
1st Dibs

Large Blue Ceramic Lamp by Keramis
1940's Belgium
1st Dibs

Carved Alabaster Lamp
1940 France
1st Dibs

Variable Cube Stacked Lamp
Circa Lighting

Pair "Les Cles" Framed Hermes Scarves
1980's France
1st Dibs


Pair of Lovely Painted Chairs
A contribution from a favorite aunt

Painted Chest With Verdigris Pulls
painted "Natural Element" #1515 Benjamin Moore (same as walls)
Flea Market

Parson Desk With Drawers
West Elm

Harvey Carbon Nightstand

Toulouse Velvet Headboard

Blue Ceramic Lamp
Flea Market

Alabaster Lamp
Contribution from favorite aunt

Stacked Crystal Lamps
$40 pair

Vintage Scarves
$9 each

$200 pair
Black Dog Gallery

Fringed Burlap Curtains
$50 per panel
Burlap Tablecloth with jute fringe
Ballard Designs

There are still things left to purchase; a bed skirt, mirror, art work, accessories, etc. 
But the young college student returns home this weekend and she needs to put her own mark on the space. The bones are there.



  1. Lucky Girl!!! What a great bedroom!

  2. It came out beautifully! WOW you did such a good job, I love everything in the new room, and honestly, it's better than the fantasy room, imo!

  3. I heart this room...I especially love the framed scarves...they add that "young, hip" element. Beautiful job!

  4. kathy ... how to you have the time to put together such an amazing post!? your post reflects great taste, savings and wonderful patience i'm sure as you worked target, flea markets, and online finds! nice job, girl! ;)

  5. Kathy I love it!! The end table is fabulous...where did you get it? The sun behind the drapes and those framed scarves! Works of art,

    Art by Karena


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