This is the second room in our formerly dungeonesk basement. This room used to have crumbling walls and chipping paint. I was always worried about lead from this room finding it's way around the house. Also, even though it was in the shape of a bedroom, it couldn't be used as one because of the tiny, screwed shut window. We probably should have had caution tape all over the basement!
Now, with a window!
Being a basement bedroom, we obviously don't have much of a view. I've planted a little garden in the window well, including mosses, cascading moneywort, sedum and thyme. It is a secluded, green little spot that is much prettier to look at than my neighbor's tires. Sometime this summer, when it is nicely filled in, I'll show it to you. A basement view doesn't have to be corrugated metal.
The ceiling is 6'2", so you can't be a tall one to live here! I wanted to make the room seem taller than it was, so I painted a short, chocolate brown wainscot with a light, misty blue on top, including the ceiling. I chose a high sheen paint to reflect light and put several mirrors on the walls. I think all the optical illusions worked--the room feels much bigger than it is.
Years ago, my mom painted the four seasons oval paintings. I stitched a simple abbreviation of the Ephesians scripture To Every Thing there is a Season and framed it in a rectangle to balance the round of the paintings. I do not know why, but winter is upside down. Maybe somebody in my house is mad that it snowed in May.
There is no room for an actual headboard, so I just put a small shelf above the bed with the lamps on either side. It makes a focal point and gives the illusion of a headboard.
My mother painted the flowering vine to mimic the pattern on my bedspread. It gives the room so much character--it feels like a Bavarian retreat. In fact, though I (barely) didn't deliver at home, my last labor was a comfortable one because of this peaceful, soothing room.
Every time I walk in my bedroom, I can feel my shoulders relax.
And this crazy mothership NEEDS that kind of a room.