Back to school with vtwonen is an online styling class. Step for step restyling a room in your home. With an Associated Arts degree in Visual Presentation and Space Design you might think this isn’t something I need. When I saw it come by I decided to sign-up. Not because I can’t style/decorate, but because I’m a bit chaotic at the moment (at most moments). Below I’ll tall you a little bit about my style(s) and the style + situation of our home. Than I’ll start with sharing lessons one + two of the class.
Our new home look could be described as industrial with a natural touch. Wood, plants, black steel and industrial accessories. If you were to look at our home and garden from above you’d see a rectangle. One half for the house and one for the garden. One small area downstairs is the only thing keeping the house from being a square block shape.
My personal style is very eclectic. I am very sensitive for trends. Last year it was tempting to paint a wall ochre though the rest of my house was pastel (all the more reason for me to take a step back and listen to a professional!). My previous home was white with a lot of colour elements. I had primarily white walls accented with pastels and some brighter colours. The white washed wooden floors and the beautiful sunlight made it all cute, fresh and trendy. Before that it was romantic + brocante. So not at all industrial and daring like the majority of our new home is/will be.
Though we’re planning on painting the kitchen black (Pitch Black) I want something more subtle for my bedroom. I’m still partial to romantic and pastel so I decided that would a key factor for my room. Though I live together with my boyfriend, we live together apart. We lived apart together for 9 years and are quite happy with the decision of living together under one roof. That’s just what it is, living under one roof with our own space. Think modern living and not old fashioned because it’s anything but that.
My space upstairs is just under 20m2 (+/- 215 square feet). It has three windows with very thick walls. We live next to a busy road which leads to the freeway. Because of the thick walls I only ever hear cars when the windows are open and even then it isn’t hardly noticeable. One of the charms of our home is the height of the house and the sound wall. The neighbouring home is just like ours on the outside. From practically every room in our home we can look out to brick walls partially covered with ivy. The houses are not that old but are designed to look like old warehouses. There is an appearance of windows that have been bricked up over the years when in fact that houses are +/- twenty years old.
We’ve got a lot to do here but luckily we love the work!
Below you’ll find a summary of lessons one and two. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
In lesson one stylist Kim van Rossenberg gives us an introduction to the lesson and we receive our first assignment.
BACK TO THE BASICS
Grab a chair and sit in the space you want to make changes to. Think of what you want to use the room for. For me it was my bedroom. Important usage of the space – sleeping, retreating, blogging + storage for clothing / personal items.
Once the functions are clear take a look at the space and think about what changes you can make. Draw out the space and either draw or use cut outs of furniture to play around with the arrangement. For me that was my bed, desk and some smaller items. (note: I’m using a simple hanging rack at the moment for my clothing until I find the cabinet that I want… not easy, not cheap!).
Further, figure out what is missing in the space and what needs to go. Try to look at things with fresh eyes! Rethink the room. Imagine it empty. For me that was easy because it practically was empty. Just this last Saturday it was a makeshift photo studio. #flexible #improvise
In a nutshell
– Functionality – What am I going to use this space for?
– Look at the space fresh eyes – Am I attached to an item that really should be brought to the secondhand shop?
– Make a floor plan – What actually fits here? Is it too full? Let’s move it around and try something new.
– Make a wishlist – What do I need to make this happen?!
Kim discusses moodboards. Options on how to make them and points of interest. Digital or cut + paste.
I opted for a moodboard with printed photographs that I took off of my personal Pinterest account. The board is called SK || 100 and is my bedroom inspiration board.
I added some wood, foliage, fabric and even painted part of a paint canvas using one of my FLEXA colour testers.
It was tempting to do it all with Photoshop but I’m glad I didn’t. It was nice having some of the materials in my hands. Slowed me down a bit too. It’s easy gathering images of what you like but for me harder to really take the time to think about my choices. Again a reason I’m doing this whole thing. I’m not learning anything I didn’t know but I’m going back to the basics and slowing things down a notch.
While typing this post. The first layer of Stylish Pink is drying on the wall where my bed will be placed (not the bed in the photo above). I gave only the top a layer a colour, and beneath will remain white. I’ll be posting the results here of course. I’ve also started a Pinterest board for all of my vtwonen back to school projects. Write to me if you’d also like to contribute to the board.
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My Pinterest inspiration board for this project is SK || 100
Bedrooms in general that appeal to me can be found on the board simply named bedroom.
It’s now officially weekend! Have a good one!