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MagicalGirl
« on: January 10, 2010 12:32:51 PM »

I've decided my bedroom needs a makeover, because the first word that you'd use to describe it is "small". Not "fun". Not "cute". Not even "nice". Just a descriptive, damned-by-faint-praise "small". Or so I think.
Anyway, my main constraints are that it's fairly small tiny and that it's under the eaves on one side. It's so small I got rid of my bed and sleep on a bedroll I stash in the corner during the day. It's actually not as uncomfortable as you'd expect. There's also pretty much no natural light. *sigh*
When I read The Horse and His Boy, I absolutely fell in love with Calormene (except for, you know, the slave trade and the murderous tyrant and all that.) It's a very Arabian Nights feel. I'd love to do something in that sort of style, maybe like this:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332453.0.
My other idea is a sort of Asian theme, bouncing off the bedroll, only that's Japanese, and I'd rather go for something more Chinese. However, even "generic Asia" is a very clean look, and I don't know if I can keep my clutter under control enough to pull that off (any advice there would be greatly appreciated), especially since I've got all my crafting stuff in there. For complicated reasons, one of my walls is made of bookcases and one is made of a bookcase and curtains. Does anyone have any ideas for using those features, as opposed to gritting my teeth and working around them? Also, part of one wall is a mirrored closet door.
The other thing is my furniture now is all bookcases (I've got a lot of books), which I could paint, but painting the walls or buying loads of new furniture is not really an option for me right now.

Wow, I'm realizing now what a tremendous load of restrictions this is, but any advice from all you creative folks would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Virg
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010 02:28:24 PM »

Could I talk you into posting a few pictures of your room?

And it sounds like you've got substantial storage, so that's a plus.
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serafim_azriel
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2010 09:54:26 PM »

I agree with Virg, a general pic of the room layout would be nice.
With only 'small' as a guideline, I can think of more ideas that would work for an asian theme, like wall scrolls, lucky bamboo and paper lamps.

For a more arabian feel... Here's a great example of a bedroll bed with a headboard that won't look really weird w/o the bed. Here

For both themes, gold colours are good, and darker colours as well. (Richer tones with the Arabian feel, simpler tones for the Asian feel.)
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MagicalGirl
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2010 12:35:45 PM »

Sorry, this took way longer than it should've.
Here's an, um, artistic interpretation of a floor plan:

The corners are labeled with letters to match them with the corners in the pictures:



This is corner C:

and D:

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010 12:49:04 PM »

if you covered all the ceiling and shelves in material it would look like the inside of a tent and hide all your stuff - check second hand stores for some colorful sari or anything you are drawn to. jewel tones and a hanging lamp or two and you are good to go. a bedroll with a tonne of pillows would fit the Moroccan theme too. search Bedouin theme or Moroccan.
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MagicalGirl
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2010 05:10:21 PM »

if you covered all the ceiling and shelves in material it would look like the inside of a tent and hide all your stuff - check second hand stores for some colorful sari or anything you are drawn to. jewel tones and a hanging lamp or two and you are good to go. a bedroll with a tonne of pillows would fit the Moroccan theme too. search Bedouin theme or Moroccan.

Wow, that's a brilliant idea! Thanks!
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ChrisSews
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2010 02:54:55 AM »

I think the tent idea could be really cool.  It'd take quite a bit of fabric but maybe you could buy a bolt of plain muslin or cotton and dye it the color you want. 

I would hang it starting on the ceiling at the point where the eaves start to drop down, let it hang along the slanted part of the ceiling and then drop straight down in front of the bookshelves on the low wall. This would hid all the shelves and clutter behind the material. Then cover all the tall shelves that are functioning as a wall with the same material. The wall with the glass doors I would leave uncovered.  Maybe just keep the small white shelves that are there and just put of some of your nicest things on that so it doesn't look so cluttered. 

This would give you a nice cohesive backdrop.  Then I'd look for nice bright colored silk scarfs at the thrift stores. Drape the scarves around to add some color and interest.  Get some nice rich colored bedding and lots of bright pillows.  Then you could even leave your bedroll out and make it part of the room.  Some turkish throw rugs would finish off the look.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2010 07:09:53 AM »

I think you're uber lucky to have so many shelves!! But I'll start with this: they need serious organizing! I recommend you take a day to go through your things. The things you want to keep go in one pile, things you think you may keep in another, and things to get rid of in a third and final pile. Once you've gotten all your crafting and normal clothing/book items separated, tackle the "maybe" pile and separate into the "keep" and "toss" piles. For books, if you haven't read them and don't really plan to anytime soon, I suggest you donate them to a library. Clothing should be donated to thrift stores or to churches (probably churches first).

When you've gotten rid of (or at least moved) all your "toss" items, make more piles of your "keep" items. Fabric goes in one piles, yarn in another, books in another, etc, etc. Once you've finished separating again, look at which items are biggest and fit them into the biggest space available. Fabric I'm assuming takes up the most space, so put all your fabric in one area. Follow with the next largest item, perhaps books, and put all the books in one area. This will help you stay organized in the future because you won't have to search for which shelf has a particular book--they'll all be right in one area. Need a certain fabric? Color organize--follow the rainbow, so organize by green fabrics here next to blue fabrics next to purple fabrics next to pink fabrics next to red fabrics...you get the idea.

Once you've completed your organization and storage, I say got for the "hang curtains in front of all your shelves" approach. Make sure to pick color, though, to open up the space. You already have white walls, so unless you plan to paint them, I'd suggest jewel tones like burgundy and emerald green and rich blues. Curtain rods aren't too expensive, to see how far you can get your fabric to go and cut it so you can easily move it aside to find something rather than have to lift the entire curtain and go digging for something you need.

If you can drill holes in your walls, I'd recommend you invest in some daylight bulbs. They're very inexpensive and provide an immense amount of light, perfect for your room. You can thrift some really great lamps or buy them.

Here's a look at the HGTV transformation and light inspiration: http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/before-and-after-moroccan-living-room-redesign/index.html

Here's another interesting lighting option:


I hope this helps!
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