Over the years I have found that our own bedroom is one of the last places I seem to get around to when it comes to decorating. Even though we spend plenty of time in there, and I love the idea of our room being a peaceful, thoughtfully appointed space, it always seems to trail behind so many other pressing projects.
In this house we have slowly but surely begun to make some progress toward our bedroom being more than just functional (I had to remind myself: dorm room chic is not a real thing). Remember when it looked like this? Not exactly depressing, but also definitely not the kind of room that makes you happy to be in it.
As we have settled into the rest of the house, I started working on a few major improvements in our bedroom, including sewing a custom bedskirt and tweaking a basic IKEA dresser to make it something special. Lately I have been on the lookout for a mirror for over my tall dresser, ideally something gilded and a little feminine. Since it will be the first thing you see from the hallway I wanted a mirror that makes a bit of a statement-- I wanted to love it.
After a few weeks of occasional browsing at my favorite nearby consignment and second hand shops hadn't turned up anything promising, I decided to drive a bit farther out of town to one of the larger antique malls with tons of booths and a wide range of quality and prices. I love rummaging through places like this and the thrill of finding a gem in the middle of a warehouse full of... let's just say non-gems:) That's when I came across this mirror, which was happily on sale down from its formerly reasonable price. Once a quick measurement confirmed that it would just barely fit the space I needed (this guy is big), I paid my $50(!) and rushed home to see how it would look in the room.
Around the same time I happened to pass a Tuesday Morning and decided to stop in. Our guest room happily has seen a lot of visitors recently, and we needed another set of sheets for the laundry rotation--and gosh, did Tuesday Morning deliver! I will always love Home Goods, but the deals I found on gorgeous, high thread count sheet sets that day at TM blew Home Goods away. Just a little side tip for you there, if you're in the market!
Of course I made sure to check out the clearance section while I was in there, and I came across these simple white and gold window panels. I liked the look, but what really caught my eye was the fact that they're not polyester like so many silky curtains out there, but 100% real silk! And miraculously there were four panels left in the clearance pile (exactly what I needed!), marked down to-- I'm not kidding here-- $12 each. Yes, please.
Between the gold mirror and new silk curtains, in one week our bedroom got a serious boost in glamour, and now I love being in there. And the $100 budget makes me pretty happy, too.