Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Need Your Advice!

I move in to my apartment in August,
and I wanted to do something cool for my room.

I'm keeping the same bedding, all of my fun pillows from pier one that go with my papasan cushion, I just have to get the Queen size quilt from Target. But for my bed itself I wanted to do something different. 

My mom and I threw around ideas of using antique shutters for my headboard, and then thought about a mantel for a headboard. Then we went antique'ing and ran across the PERFECT mantel, went home to digest it.. and decided it was too great to pass up. It's crackled yellow paint! And it goes with my pillows perfectly. We sealed it with some spray lacquer, but I think we may seal it with some that you paint on. 

But take a look! 
[and please pardon the mess behind it.. we had it sitting downstairs in the hallway for a few weeks and finally moved it to our junky storage room!]


Here's where I need your opinion:
I'm trying to decide what to do OVER the bed. 
I'm thinking about a collage of different size frames with fun prints off of etsy? Or should I put stacks of books, a fun vase of flowers, and my initials? I'm torn. So help! And if you know of any cute prints on etsy that might look good please send me the link to the shops!

Here's a look of it with my pillows in front of it! I think it's going to look so neat!

The only thing is, the mantle is a few inches smaller than a queen size bed.. so we're hoping it won't look weird that my mattress is a few inches wider on each side of the mantel.
 
So give me your ideas! I love to hear them! And if you want to see my bedding from last year look at this post. My quilt is the green color of the pillow in the above picture.

Happy Wednesday!

16 comments:

Nicole said...

I think I would go more for the books, vases, etc. Above the mantle. Since the piece itself is large I think I would rather go small above it. But, that's just me. :) I honestly don't think you could go wrong either way! I can't wait to see everything in your apartment!

Jenn W said...

that is so pretty. i love it and it's such an interesting idea. definitely looks great with your pillows! i think a stack of books, your initials, some vintagy things... i love this girls headboard decorationg---

http://lauravirginia.me/2011/06/24/the-white-rabbit-giveaway-winners/

Marjorie said...

Empty colorful frames of different styles/shapes (you could spray paint them) would look neat too.

Neely said...

Frames, flowers, memorable items

CMae said...

I'd opt for Photos and more personal mementos via etsy or where ever..the vase and flowers bit can be done anywhere else in your home! Bedrooms are all about YOU!

Ann said...

i love, love the headboard. how inventive to use a mantle! the yellow color is amazing and is perfect with your pillows. last year, i had so much trouble thinking about what to do with the wall above my bed. it's such a hard space to decorate. i think propping some pieces with varying hights on the mantle would look interesting. if you want prints, i adore these from etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/thewheatfield?page=2

and i think they'd match your colors!

Ramblin' Blonde said...

That looks so cute!! I would do a big "L" with a few small books and a vase with a couple gerber daisies, or a larger flower of some kind

cRk said...

I LOVE the mantle! Anything you put over your bead will be adorable, but I think a cluster of antique mirrors would be presh!!

Michelle Leigh said...

Are you on Pinterest? It's the COOLEST site ever and their Home/Furniture section has the most interesting ideas. I have a million for my new place, and I bet you could find something there that you like. I'd check it out.

Jamie said...

I LOVE it! Can't wait to see it once it's all set up :)

The Daughtridges said...

I have actually read another blog where she has a mantle for her headboard. Maybe you could check it out and get some ideas http://lauravirginia.me/

Heather said...

OMG, it's awesome, love it! I think books & photo's would look great on it!

Ashley Lauren said...

I love the collage of photos idea!! The mantel as the headboard is such an awesome idea!!! I love it!!!! It goes so perfectly :)

Lauren said...

I'm obsessed! Love this idea! Can't wait to see it put together!

Jessica said...

That is such a fun piece for your apartment! I love the idea of the stacks of books, vase, and initials. I think it will turn out adorable!

Emily said...

I love this idea! I am currently in the process of finding stuff to furnish my room and I might try something like this too!