Beach Accessories

I promised my husband that the room would be beachy without putting shells and fish all over it. So, I’ve been on the hunt for touches of the beach that I can pull into our bedroom without getting too “cliche.” These are a few things I’ve spotted that I think could be cool, if done just right…

Photos (from top left) taken at HomeGoods, Michaels, Pottery Barn, and Michaels.
Title photo taken at HomeGoods.


Our Beach’n Bedroom

Well, you learned on Wednesday that we finally finished building our bed! And so after a few more finishing touches to the whole room, our bedroom is finally starting to look like an oasis, rather than a war zone!

We went from this:

Early Bedroom
To this:

Bedroom In Progress
And finally to this:

After Bedroom

Ahh… that’s much better!!

Let me show you around. First, in the photo above you can see that I finally added the curtains in front of the wardrobes to hide our clothes and drawers. I picked up three packs of the Ikea VIVAN curtains for around $13/pack and placed them in front of the wardrobes, in front of the mirror behind the bed, and in front of our real-life window!

The window behind the bed is a mounted mirror with an old paned window (purchased for $25 at a garage sale we stumbled upon in the burbs and painted white) hung in front of it. Hanging the window was quite a challenge.. it is extremely heavy and due to the construction of our condo, finding studs on some walls is nearly impossible. But, we found a solid solution with two of these brackets, which we hung above the mirror, ensuring it was both level and secure!

We finished off that end of the room with two wall-mounted lamps, which I ordered online from CSN Lighting. Unfortunately, the white shades that came with them were HIDEOUS! when the lights were in use, because they made everything look super yellow. So, first, I attempted to recover the shades myself; it was no use, the plastic that held the two rings together (there weren’t metal rods between) was what was causing it to be yellow, so even in a thicker brighter white fabric, the shade was still yellow. When that failed I went searching high and low for new lampshades that would fit with the feel of the room and wouldn’t be too large or too small for the fixtures. I finally found these at Lowe’s and while I had originally planned to recover them in white fabric, particularly because I wasn’t too sure about the pleats, I thought the pop of sand color and the texture of the darker bits actually worked perfectly and ended up loving them just as they were!

I had been looking for a coverlet to fold at the end of the bed in winter and use as our “heavier” sheet in the summer when I found this one at Target for $30 and JUMPED on it. (Seriously, I think the other women in the aisle thought I was trying to steal it I grabbed it and ran to my cart so fast!) It’s super soft and works absolutely perfectly with the teal of the chest of drawers we repainted on the other side of the room:

Bedroom from the Other Angle
In these photos you can also see the seagrass laundry basket I purchased from QVC (this is version 2.0, since the first one’s casters broke off too easily, but they replaced it for free – which is good because I was already pretty frightened by how much I spent on it but it was SO perfect for the room). And you get a glimpse of the fun and practical linen storage bench I got from JCPenney. They each, along with the lamp shades, bring in some nice neutral, earthy touches to the room to help ground it, while the rest is light and airy and just “beach’n”!

Not pictured, but contributing to the light and airy feeling is the new ceiling fan I installed which looks a million percent better than the old one. I jumped on this new one while hubby and I were in Home Depot on a completely unrelated task. It was calling my name – on clearance, clean white lines, and a simple round white glazed light flush to the bottom of the fan, no points or extra space at all! Of course, the installation didn’t go quite as smoothly as I’d hoped (what does, really, in this condo?) since one of the screws for the light mount REFUSED to turn and I broke a screwdriver and ended up having to dremel the manufacturer’s screw off and make a new hole to install the light, but it all worked out in the end.

It looks a million times better than it did a few months ago, but I still have a few finishing touches to add, including artwork above the chest, a few extra beachy touches and something to fill those glass fronts of the drawers.

And I’m sure that the Youngsters will certainly see now that I wasn’t kidding when I told them they were my inspiration!

Early Bedroom