So here’s what you need to know about me: I’m a huge tomboy. Not only did I manage to avoid learning to clean, I’ve never learned to decorate. I’m confident in my taste, but trying to put together a room full of things is hopeless. Oh, and I hate shopping.
However, I absolutely believe in the power of practice, so I’ve assigned myself this Friday task of putting together an imaginary room. Its difficulty is compounded by the use of damask and pink — a style and a color I think are quite attractive, but which are outside my decorating comfort zone.
We’re having a meeting about this room, you and I, right now. It’s a lady party (Dudes: if I can have a lady party, you can have a lady party, too. Get in here). We have this little white box of a room, kinda small, wood floors and a big window. We want a room in which we can throw a Marie Antoinetteesque bash. We’ve cut out this photo from a magazine and pinned it to our inspiration board.
And we’ve decided, why not start with a pink chandelier? Nothing says “rococo party room” like an extravagant light fixture. (You can click on either photos or text if you’d like to learn more about the item.)
There was an Incident with the ladder we used to hang the chandelier, but the wiring went okay. Just as we completed installing the fixture, FedEx arrived with our package of fancypants wallpaper.
Awesome. We crank up some Britney Spears or something (maybe Sabbath instead?) and our little room becomes a veritable movie montage as we slather on wallpaper paste and smooth out our sheets of silver and pink damask paper.
When we’re done, we look around and rejoice that the two hardest parts are done! Now for the fun stuff! We roll out a simple 8×10 beige rug that covers most of the hardwood, and we’re ready to cart in the sofa.
I picked out the sofa without you — just wait till you see it! It’s amazing.
You’re not sure about it? Really? But it’s shiny silver leather! It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. Maybe you’ll feel different when we bring out the throw pillows we’ve ordered.
We turn to the large windows, and dress them with our black and white damask drapes.
And now it’s YOUR turn for a surprise! You’ve picked out a centerpiece for the little party room: a stainless steel portable fireplace.
We’re almost done! We set up our shimmery, silvery lamp, hang a lovely rococo mirror on the wall to add light and depth, some black and white pottery on an end table, and when everything is settled, I run the vacuum and you hang the last touch: a brown owl print we bought on Etsy.
Britney’s album has finished, we’re exhausted, and we pour two of those HUGE glasses of wine and chillax on the couch. Good work, yo. We made an awesome room. Hope I didn’t forget anything! Did I?