I am not an interior designer by any stretch of the imagination. My idea of decorating is to leave it to the professionals, i.e., my mom, my mother-in-law, my daughter, whoever stops by with a helpful suggestion. I know what I like and most importantly, what I don't like, and within reason, I'm relatively easy to please, especially if I'm not the one figuring it all out. Let me define easy to please: I like retro everything, meaning colors, style, everything. I love orange, amber, avocado green, aqua, brown, etc. I love anything that looks like it could have come straight out of the Brady Bunch house, Frank & Marie Barone's house (the parents on Everybody Loves Raymond) or the house you grew up in if you were born in 1965 like I was. With all this in mind, my creative and talented daughter decided to surprise us with a master bedroom "re-mix" while Dan and I were in Burundi last month. She conspired with her two California grandmas and came up with this beautiful design and implemented it at a feverish pace while we were gone!
The walls used to be 1970's brown paneling, and while I do love that 1970's look, paneling is the one thing I have to say "no way" to unless it's on a station wagon! The floor is still painted green with glue marks from previous hideous carpet, but you hardly notice it with the great oriental rug Alyssa had stored in her garage (gift from a friend who moved). They hung our wedding photos which have been languishing in the shameful stack of Un-hung Things for at least 5 years. They created the illusion of a headboard with the frame of a mirror that broke during our recent move (4 yrs ago). They got rid of the blanket hanging over the arcadia doors and the unsightly blind over the window. They shoved our old comforter into a new duvet and casually draped an orange throw on the bed. They disguised the giant, kelly green toolbox as a keyboard stand. They created a sitting area with a little white bench made by my dad and the orange armchair I bought for Michael's room originally. All I had to do when I got home was finish dealing with my keyboard mess (3 keyboards don't fit into most decorating schemes) and then relax in my comfy orange chair! Overall, they accomplished an amazing transformation in 3 days for under $150. Dan and I absolutely love it!