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Topic: My husband cheated on me so I moved to Greece . . .(room redo)  (Read 23681 times)
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« on: May 02, 2011 06:31:15 PM »

So, OK, I didn't really move to Greece.  But Le Bastard really did cheat on me, and psychologically abuse me, and neglect my children, for several years.  Last summer, I left--and we're safe, and free!  I'm free!  And so, I decided to do my new room in the happiest, most exuberant style possible--the Greek Isles.  I've never been there, so my only exposure--admittedly a fairly silly one--is thru the movie Mamma Mia!  The whole room came together with odds and ends and some new paint for around $270.

Below is a view of the bed.  I bought the full-size spread for a song at a thrift store before the divorce, intending to sell it.  Funny how things work out. Wink The end tables are thrifted and painted, and the headboard is my parents' old front door.  I literally decided on paint colors by freeze framing Mamma Mia during scenes in Donna and Sophie's bedrooms.  Amazingly, the "footboard" is a storage bench that I found at Salvation Army in a matching shade of turquoise.  

These three pillows I stitched together from fabric stash and some old doilies my great-grandmother made/embroidered.  (The blue peacock pillows are actually shams.) They're very suzani-esque, no?

Harder to see, this is the wall opposite the bed.  The dresser was a hand-me-down, as was the lamp.  I had the bird hooks, face vase, and the rest.  The green chair in the corner?  I found it on the curb!

A better view:

My mother made a shade out of scrap fabric:

Now this one I'm proud of.  I built this desk--it's really tiny but that's what I needed.  The left side is an old nightstand that belonged to my grandmother.  I purchased about $35 worth of lumber and hardware, then painted it to match the other parts of the room--same thing with the chair, the seat of which I covered with an old shirt.

There was a big blank spot by the bookshelves, and I had this fabulous mirror, so naturally . . .

I needed a pendant lamp in the corner (it's weirdly a dark room for having so big a window), and transformed this cheap Ikea paper lamp with doily stencils and blue spray paint:

The window holds various items including some succulents.  Everything else was previously thrifted.

And finally, the bathroom, which ties in with the bedroom but has a slightly tropical feel.  i always feel like I'm swimming in a margarita in there--perfect.

View from the bathroom into the bedroom.  You can't really see it, but there's a pedestal sink and no cabinets. That thing hanging above the sink is what I improvised to get some "counter space' for makeup and such; it's two dollar-spot metal office trays wired together.

The room is still a work in progress, so updates will follow.  And yes--every morning, I wake up happy. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011 06:54:29 PM »

Wooooo!! For you!  And I love it.  Using a door!  So creative!  Totally inspiring in multiple ways.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011 06:55:11 PM »

Excellent! The place looks beautiful and it's fantastic to hear that it makes you so happy. I adore that desk  Shocked

To hell with Le Bastard! You deserve a wonderful Greek retreat to relax and contemplate all the great things still to come.

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2011 06:55:52 PM »

I am in awe! I adore Mama Mia & have also drawn inspiration from the gorgeous colors of blue! The whole movie makes me happy & your interior design makes me happy too! Love the bathroom also! It's an energetic color!

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2011 07:09:38 PM »

The dresser is so cool and I am envious of the headboard! I want, I want, I want!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2011 07:12:19 PM »

A girl after my own heart  Wink I love that everything was thrift-ed or done on the cheap!!!! It is so lovely I am using this as inspiration for my own bedroom which is right now a blank slate Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2011 07:31:39 PM »

Congratulations *hugs* Freedom <3

A beautiful bedroom! A celebration of life where you can learn to breathe again Smiley Gorgeous!


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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2011 07:51:05 PM »

What a beautiful, cheery room.  Keep taking care of yourself, you deserve it!
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2011 07:57:41 PM »

As someone who has been to Greece, you definitely captured the feel of the Greek Isles, which are very different from the mainland.  Your bedroom is absolutely gorgeous.  And the turquoise is right on, blue is so prominent there.   Cheesy

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Just beautiful! Definitely feels like Greece.

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