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Bedroom Decorating Ideas?

First of all, my time is at a premium. I am a mom of 7 kids, am go to nursing school during the day, and work full-time nights at a local manufacturer. We have been in this house for two years. I still have not started to decorate or coordinate anything in my rooms.

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The first place I want to decorate is our bedroom. I have a nice bedroom set with a dark espresso wood-bed, long dresser, two nightstands, and a tall dresser. Also an old long ugly dresser that I hate, but we need it.

My mom also gave me a white goose down comforter for my b-day. I love it, but need to make a duvet for it. I want to create a coordinating look for my bed. I can sew, but do not know how to go about this.

How do I redo this over to make it and make my bedroom a space of sanctuary for me?

By Cathy B.

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November 26, 20110 found this helpful

A lot of people don't have co-ordinated rooms. You can buy duvets ready made. If you don't like the white, which will actually co-ordinate with anything you put with it, I think I have heard of people using two sheets in the size to fit the comorter and sew them up on three sides with right sides facing each other then turn them right side out and sew buttons and button holes on the open side and when you get your comforter inside button the end up so the comforter doesn't slip out.

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My thought is when I see duvets advertised, is that it would be hard to keep the comforter nice and smooth inside.

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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

My mom always sewed two sheets together for a douvet. She used snaps instead of taking the time to make button holes. She also tacked a large snap to each corner of the comforter and the inside corners of the douvet to snap them together and keep the comfortor from bunching and twisting inside the douvet. The sheet thing works well because you can get matching pillowcases. Lots of sheets are available with pretty print right now if you're not a solids person.

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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

You can also use sheets to create curtains, table runners, and pillow covers to coordinate your bedroom; make a cover for that 'ugly-but-needed' piece of furniture that you can easily lift off when you need to open a drawer or cabinet door.

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Look at the piece of ugly furniture as a table or a bed to figure out how to sew up a cover-you need a top, two long sides (to drop down in front and in back), and two ends. You can use piping to dress it up, pleats, panels that cover but leave the front drop unattached at the sides so it's easier to flip up to get into the furniture. The possibilities are endless when you know how to sew:)

Using sheets in solid colours makes it easier to coordinate, too-you can use florals or geometrics (depends on your tastes) as accents. For example you can make ruffled pillows using florals for the ruffles sewn to a solid pillow cover, or vice-versa. You can get really fancy and create rows of contrasting ruffles or pleats that open to a contrasting panel.

Surf the 'Net for inspiration, then go looking for the material in a more budget conscious store, and sew up a whole new look for your bedroom.

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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

I am actually re-doing my bedroom right now. I have this beautiful blue and yellow comforter and sham set, so I am painting the accent wall at the head of my bed blue and the other three walls yellow. The doors will be yellow with the trim around the windows and door blue to match.

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I also have an ugly dresser that I am going to paint to match, I just haven't decided if I am going to paint the frame yellow and the drawers blue or the other way around. Then for curtains I am using sheets. I have 1 long window where I am putting 2 yellow sheets in the middle with a blue sheet on each end touching the yellow wall. This is a fairly pale yellow called buttercup and a nautical blue.

This will be an inexpensive redo. Sheets and paint. Explore your options and have fun.

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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

A trick my father taught me was to find a large picture that has the color of your headboard, then draw from the picture. I have a large oil painting in my bathroom and chose yellows in it for my towels and white for the walls and cupboards.

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The painting ties it all together. I could go with black accessories on the counter as there are touches of black in the painting but I prefer a minimal look as it's easier to clean.

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