colorful bedroom.

I have no illusions that I am a skillful interior decorator or designer. I’ve come to terms with that. I have aspired to become Martha Stewart’s long-lost daughter, I find that to be much more realistic. But, as the traffic to my Fall Home Tour shows…you all love to peek at other people’s homes. So, I’ll give you what you want (what you really, really want…). This is our tiny colorful bedroom in our new apartment…

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colorful, eclectic rental bedroom

This truly is about it. You know that term…postage-size? Yes, I understand the term now. We down-sized from a Queen bed to a Full bed and that’s barely making it. We had to find just the right place for the bed to be. Not any more inches left or right…or you couldn’t walk around it. Do I hate it? Nope, I kinda love it.

It’s adorable.

And, all of my favorite things are smashed into one tiny space. Hence, the explosion of color.

no-sew curtains with fabric from @OnlineFabricStore #no-sew

Many moons ago, right before Nate’s accident, Online Fabric Store and I were in cahoots. I was going to make fabulous slipcovers for our camper cushions, they were going to think they were awesome and therefore send me fabric. They lived up to their side of the bargain. I failed. But, oh were they gracious and allowed me more time and a change of direction completely. And I truly love them. Smooshy kiss kind of love.

When it came time to get curtains for this room I knew that I would use the fabric from Online Fabric Store and make them (with fabric glue, people…I am not a seamstress!). But, I couldn’t decide which fabric.Β  I loved them both! Eh…do them both…right?!? And, so I did.

Red gingham (one of my favorite patterns ever!) and a great green vintage print (reminds me of the costumes on Sound of Music) were made into these fabulous curtains…without sewing!! I’ll be sharing the tutorial for these no-sew curtains soon!


Yes, I made a no-sew case for my pillow with extra fabric. Sigh. It’s soo lovely!

My blinged out light made it’s way into this room. What’s not to love about that? It sits on a little table I picked up at Target clearance for $4.

Several years ago I grabbed this chenille bedspread at a vintage shop…$10. I didn’t know what to do with it, we’ve been kicking it around as an extra blanket. But, I knew that it was too special to leave behind. I’m glad I didn’t. It’s perfect in my new colorful bedroom. Can you imagine putting MORE color on a bedspread?? Yikes!

bedroom sneak peekI tried to use a bit of navy blue to help ground the crazyiness in here a bit. The pillow on the bed was a Feed pillow from Target (clearance again!) that I grabbed for $6. I’m kind of loving the mix of patterns on the bed!

bedroom4Because the headboard we got with our bed (cheap from Ikea!) is so small and understated I wanted to give the bed some substance with wall art. But, as a renter…my options were limited.

I bought a box of 3d flowers from Kohls for $2.50 for 20 (I ended up buying 3 boxes but only using 1) and put them on the wall behind the bed with 3m command tape (a renters best friend!). This silhouette print is a gift from my mom for my birthday, it works great here (although, I may take off the red ribbon for hanging.) and is light enough to just require a tack for hanging. The flowers and the art together work great to give that wall some attention!

bedroom bedroom6I’m working on function and storage for us. This colorful bedroom doesn’t have a closet, and so I’m jerryrigging a solution. I’ll show you when I have it done.

As well, there is no place for me to do my hair and makeup and not enough room for a small table or vanity. So, you see my solution…I hooked a bathroom organizer to a $5 mirror for makeup, and used a bar stool to hold baskets for hair supplies. Hey…it works. And until I find a better solution, I’m not spending a dime.

rental bedroomAt the end of my bed is the gorgeous bed scarf I made with fabrics from South Africa. It is something I just love.

So, there you have it…most of my colorful bedroom. A renters colorful, eclectic, no-style style bedroom. Just perfect for us!

What do you think of my colorful bedroom? Β What would you do with such a small space?



  1. October 10, 2013 / 2:56 am

    Seriously, I am falling in love with your colour collections. Fantastic job you have done. For sorting out the storage problem, you can use storage boxes they will help you a lot. As I also have a small home so storage is the main problem but with these storage boxes it become easy to store my stuff and the most interesting about these is that you can put them anywhere. So, I think you should buy some for you.

    • October 13, 2013 / 12:08 pm

      Awww….what a fantastic comment! Yes, that is a fabulous idea!

  2. October 5, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Love Love Love!!! We also rent and our place is pretty tiny too. My friends all comment that they cant believe how little space I have to work with yet how functional everything is. And I kinda love it too! xx Nat

    • October 7, 2013 / 5:34 pm

      Me too! I love how tiny everything is and that I have to keep things tidy and organized. I have so much more time!

  3. October 4, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    What an adorable space! It’s gorgeous! All the colours just make me happy. :)

    • October 7, 2013 / 5:34 pm

      Aww thanks. Me too..I just threw all my favorite colors into the same space. Probably not recommended by designers…but we love it!

  4. October 4, 2013 / 6:24 pm

    It’s just lovely, Janel! I love the colors and the way you add your personal style! I’m pinning today!

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