March 12, 2012 In life

bedroom tour: before & after

when we moved into a different house this past summer, i was excited about the chance to start fresh with a new bedroom. we had lived in our previous house for fifteen years. i had a mondo-bedroom. we built and designed the house with my bedroom as “two in one” — framed to easily have a wall added for re-sale. we never added the wall, so consequently, i had a bedroom twice the size [if not more than that] of my bedroom now. it was the biggest challenge to go from tons of space & two big closets to… this. check out the sweet before photo of my bedroom in june. no furniture. nothing on the walls. ugly beige paint colour. orange flooring. lovely box in the corner.

and… TA-DAHHHH.
after photo.

i had a ton of ideas for my bedroom; it was overwhelming. in september i made seven trips to ikea. seven. i haven’t been back since and i rejoice! ikea is fun times if you’re going to browse and party and spend a lazy day trying out all the couches and pretending you live in the little rooms. when you’re rushing in and making notes and going to the warehouse and standing in return lines it suddenly becomes annoying. the biggest project in my room was the photo wall. i have traveled my face off in the last three years and i was craving a way to  surround myself with the world.

i was very systematic with how i planned out this business. it took HOURS. first, i had to comb through thousands of files to find the photos i wanted to print. that was a hard decision. then i had to map out in photoshop the layout of the photos, with the size of frames i wanted, on the amount of wall space i had available. then i had to choose metal, white or black frames, write down how many of which i needed. then i had to hang them over the course of a few evenings. i say, a few evenings, and not one, because i felt like giving up multiple times. my friend leah & i used her iPhone as a level [cool app!] and marked my entire wall with a pencil and a ruler. not to mention the times we pounded a nail in the wall only to realize, oh crap, that needed to be one inch up. do not look behind these frames. there is some serious destruction. but it’s pretty on the outside & i feel good about this.

i mainly chose prints from our cannon beach road trip, my UK trip [london, scotland, ireland] & one or two images from montreal — unfortunately it wasn’t my most-recent montreal trip [that was after this wall was already done] but from autumn of 2010.  i also found three prints on etsy that i love — i’m all about typography. obviously, the one above my bed is the alphabet & the two on the side say “small acts transform the world” and “i like boring things.”

left: a project above the white chair in my bedroom. little clipboards of people and notes i love. my BFFs kristen and leanne, my brother brandon & my friend sam at my twenty-first birthday party, my friend kelsey the morning i took photos of her & jon, a little note from my friend jess, a prayer card for my friend jayme who’s serving in uganda for six months.

right: i adore this print from my trip with sarah for joanna & alex’s tofino wedding. tofino is such a rainy, cold, beautiful, magical place. i want to go back to that cabin and dance in the rain. i like that i look at this moody scene every day. i also have a nice little collection of candles that i should light more often & my earring tree.

above: more little trinkets. my jewellery box, two old photos of my family — about four years ago. an instax polaroid camera i don’t use near enough, three bottles of perfume, a lantern from urban outfitters.

there’s another half of my room, the closet we renovated, that i still need to show off. but it needs a tad more work! ;)
hope you enjoyed this little look into my world.

  • I’ve been meaning to email you since you left that comment on my blog, because I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. :] now when i’m thinking about you i’m going to be thinking about how much you need to come decorate my room for me. ;] i hope you’re doing fantastic! <3

  • Beautiful, Jamie! I love all the photos and the frames you chose! Thanks for letting us have a peek into this major project and part of your life. :-) Have a great week!

  • It looks so perfect! I completely adore those blue & yellow pillows on your bed.

  • Natalie Fraser

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it Jamie!! What a beautiful job you did! I really like the use of the little clipboards – never seen that done before! Also love the little white camera on your dresser! aaah, can’t get over how lovely it looks!

  • Shanna

    I love you room, Jamie! So cute! :)

  • Your room is just gorgeous! Love the frames and pictures. The clipboard wall art is genius! Love the idea. :)

  • Great job! Your bedroom looks fantastic now! ;)

  • That looks great!! What a happy room to do some living in. :)

  • Louisa

    I love your style Jamie! interior designer could be an alternative career if you get bored with photography!

  • Brielle

    Cool! Can’t wait to see the rest! Hey Jamie were you by any chance jogging close to fort langley, on Saturday around 5:00pm? I think i saw you…….?

  • love your little space — very clean and very you! Xo*S

  • Megan

    Niiiice! Your detailed explanation of all the things you went through to put up that picture wall describes, very accurately, why I have NOT put mine up yet, the one I have been dreaming about. Not. Enough. Time. haha. I love it though :)

  • I love it!

  • Love the frames! All the Ikea frames and nail holes were worth it!