Distractions

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I’ve lost count of what week we’re on during our home renovation and I’m probably impossibly behind on updates. Sometimes I can’t even bear to think about how much work we’ve done – and the staggering mountain left to conquer. So, a little decor distraction is in order.

Lately, my mind has turned to my parents’ room again. That project has stalled but I think a few small updates can keep the momentum going. I finished sewing decorative pillows a couple months ago and the bed linens are mostly done (a headboard slipcover and bedskirt remain on the to-do list). This photo, snapped on my iPhone, is dark and shadowy, so you’ll have to imagine their splendor. I am in love with the paisley fabric we chose. It really pulls the bed together, man.

Bedroom progress at Mom and Dad’s house! Blues, greens, and yellows mingle with crisp, bright white.

I have also finished spraying an assortment of picture frames white so they can house botanical prints in a gallery above the headboard. However, before I make my final selections and start pounding holes in the wall, I wanted to help my mom finalize sconce selections. A small room with limited surface space means that for a little reading light, wall-mounted options are best. In our original plan for my parents’ bedroom sanctuary, we’d  chosen a lovely, simple, silver fixture that would hang above sweet, ivory nightstands.

But, sometimes budget constraints inspire creative solutions and instead we’ve started contemplating   repurposing a pair of existing brass swing-arm sconces instead. Long relegated to the basement, these babies once adorned a mauve, rose-printed childhood bedroom I shared with my sister. The pleated shades are way past their prime and buried in decades of dust, but the bases themselves are a simple style. Since we’re already using cool toned metallic accents in this room, I’d rather avoid the brass, even though it’s been having quite the design moment and I’m told, though I don’t quite like to believe it, that it is de rigueur to mix metals. So, that leaves a few options. Paint, of course, being the fastest and most effective means to an end.

My mom is particularly taken with blue lately, and we’re toying with this idea – sconces sprayed a sophisticated dark grey/blue hanging above powder blue painted nightstands.

Option 1: Dark blue sconces + light blue nightstands

Option 1: Dark blue sconces + light blue nightstands

Or, we could pick up on the sunny yellow tones in the pillows or incorporate a hint of the rusty coral that was Mr. Benjamin Moore’s own suggestion as an accent to pair with the wall color.

Option 2: Orange sconces + light blue nightstands

Option 2: Orange sconces + light blue nightstands

Option 3: Yellow sconces + light blue nightstands

Option 3: Yellow sconces + light blue nightstands

Or, we could do none of the above! What would you do?

Anne

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