For all the happy chat of pink and dreamy bedrooms, I have a husband who will not put up with a girly bedroom. I don't think I mind that much, I rather like our austere blue and white bedroom but it does mean that it can be hard to redecorate. I decided recently that I am rather taken with the combination of blue or grey and yellow in a bedroom.
So, I thought I would have a lampshade made up to match the mustard yellow shade which is on his side. It is not that easy to find a large drum lampshade. I have literally looked everywhere, and there was hardly a drum shape to be found. And when I did find one it was too small. I eventually found out by chance that the local Chinese reproduction junk shop (called Chinatique) will custom make lampshades.
So I provided them with a crisp mustard coloured linen, and two weeks later, my economically priced lampshade was ready. Richard from Chinatique is my friend now. And he does business the old fashioned way, and likes to seal the deal with a cup of jasmine tea.
Whilst my shade was being made up I had second thoughts. And I was still not 100% sold on my blue and yellow idea when I came across this Miu Miu ad in the September US Vogue. Apart from the wierd-a-rama green and purple eye makeup \ no eyebrows look and completely impractical breast exposing yellow bow dress, don't these colours look amazing together?
Am I so shallow that I need a fashion ad to justify my colour choices? No, not at all. But isn't it funny when you have an idea and see it reflected back at you in some other place?
It means I am either the Zeitgeist Lady or just very unoriginal.
Anyway, this is the new lampshade:
And here is a poor quality image with the old 1950s shade on the left. Am still pretty unthrilled with elements of this room mainly the bedside tables. But that as they say is a work in progress.
I have never ever decorated with yellow before. I have to admit, it makes me happy.