Storybook Bedroom Tour
What does it mean to decorate your home in Storybook Style?
Imagine taking a bedroom tour inside Geppetto’s Woodcarving Shop in Old World Italy, or Grandma’s House in the Black Forest of Germany. You would see painted furniture, floral, checked, or striped textiles, and cozy nest-feathering details in every nook and cranny. Everything would look as though it was slowly gathered. Little Red’s family probably didn’t run out to IKEA and buy everything all at once.
My inspiration for the Storybook Bedroom Tour was the cottage in the glen, where Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) lived with Flora, Fauna, and Meriwether. Her bedroom must have been beautiful. I wanted my Storybook Bedroom to be both beautiful and functional, not to mention worthy of a princess (or in my case, a queen).
The first thing I needed to organize was my vanity. I wanted to be able to sit down, do my hair and make-up, and easily find the items I needed. I was tired of digging through a dusty make-up bag to find one skinny eyeliner.
My daughter, Margaret, has a beautiful collection of palettes, brushes, and highlighters galore. I used some of her suggestions, and watched a YouTube video to get started. First, I went to Dollar Tree and bought some pink, blue, and clear containers, along with some white rocks and periwinkle sand.
My next stop was Goodwill, where I purchased several baskets in the shapes I needed. I found a natural, blue-striped basket to hold my palettes, then lined the bottom with white rocks.
I used the white basket with pink roses to hold my brushes, then filled it with silver-painted pinto beans.
The Dollar Tree containers were filled with silver-painted pinto beans and periwinkle sand. I used separate containers for concealer, eyeliner, mascara, and brushes. The snowflake flannel fabric piece was just something I had left over from another project. I love flannel in the wintertime! The Avon jadeite container was my mother’s. Read about my passion for vintage Avon here.
The hobnail milk glass lamp was perfect for providing light, without taking up too much space. I adorned the vanity with a photo of our two youngest daughters with our cat, Megara, and our dog, Hercules.
I organized my earrings, with sections for favorites and holidays.
This secret drawer hides my tweezer and nail clipper stash, along with the nail polish. You can also see my new highlighter and bronzer (products suggested by my make-up wise daughter). My make-up has finally joined the 21st century.
I bought a Shabby Chic Comforter Set from Target with a $100 gift card I received for Christmas. The flannel sheet set was purchased at Target as well. My husband found the fancy pink pillow at Walmart.
The lamp on my side of the bed is a three-way Fenton art glass lamp. I added lamps to the bedside because I hate getting out of bed to turn the light out. You can unify two different lamps by using the same shade on both. My Grandma Stella collected ceramic shoes, so I jumped at the chance to buy a bag of them at Goodwill.
We made the bookends around 15 years ago, when we were too poor to buy regular ones. I hot-glued four old books together, painted them blue, then hot-glued a rosy drawer pull on the top. Necessity truly is the mother of invention.
The Bible Basket is lined with flannel fabric covered in coffee cups. I have space in the basket to tuck my reading glasses and gel pens too. Textiles make everything look nicer!
We found the lamp on my husband’s side of the bed at Goodwill. The dog barked at it a lot at first. We think it’s a European circus clown rabbit. It was too interesting to pass up!
A pink rosy curtain panel covers this shelf full of dishes. I painted the shelf in 2001 to commemorate our 12th wedding anniversary.
This is the beginning of a covered bridge needlework galleria wall. It may take a while to find covered bridges done with needlework, like crewel, embroidery, or needlepoint, but the rarity of the find makes the hunt more fun.
My husband put two hangers side by side to make this necklace hanger. It keeps everything organized and untangled.
I love how this Dreamy Turquoise Cubby Shelf Makeover looks in my Storybook Bedroom Tour.
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