Thursday, October 14, 2010

Our Bedroom in the Style of Miu Miu


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.  

Like this:


Or this:


Or this:


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.  

17 comments:

A-M said...

So true.. it is such a happy colour. Love your new shade! ... and I agree, blue and yellow together is something special. A-M xx

brismod said...

Love that colour and the shape is fabulous. Your mate from the Chinese junk shop did well!!

Katrina Chambers said...

Absolutely adore that top picture. Love it!

Jacqueline said...

Well Jane,
You are obviously a fashionista who sets the trends and I think that Miu Miu should pay you some sort of compensation !!
Blue and yellow or grey and yellow go together like peaches and cream. They are a colour combination made in heaven. I am such an anti-pink girl too. It is my least favourite colour actually although, whenever I see it, it does look pretty, but I just can't bring myself to like it !! It has something to do with a glamour model called Katy Price or Jordan that we have over here.....she has put me off !!!! haha XXXX

Jacqueline said...

Oh Jane,
You are funny....you do make me laugh. I love that about Peter Andre. Wouldn't you like him back !! XXXX

Ann said...

A success - the rich blue and yellow is fabulous - even though they were the colours of my school uniform I still like it. (we had donkey brown to go with it which has scarred me...)

Isn't it amazing in life how something quite odd that you've been thinking about quite often starts popping up everywhere?

Kristine said...

That first bedroom looks brilliant.

Our bedroom is the only room in our house with pink in it. My mother-in-law suggested that a marital bedchamber should be decorated in warm, inviting colours, not cold colours like blue; to aid a healthy, harmonious marriage, if you know what I mean. Strange advice from a mother-in-law, but true. So I took her advice as I think there is something in that.

And I would classify yellow as a good colour for your bedroom - especially if it makes you feel happy. It might even make you feel raunchy!!

JANE said...

Ah, I love synchronicity, Jane. And you're right - it's quite a striking combination. J x

Maria said...

I love the yellow and grey combo, especially in the first image (where is that from?). I am in the middle of repainting an old Bentwood a bright yellow colour...it's also a work in progress. And I plan to put it in our bedroom which is painted a grey/mushroom-y type colour...I figure yellow would be the perfect pick me up! Good work on the lampshade, looks great..

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

it is such a great colour combo that one isnt it?! love it. and love your gorgeous tole lamp!!jx

Jen said...

In your lampshade crusade did you try Rose Street Trading in Armadale?? They are fearfully expensive but they do have some beautiful neutral shades and I think they can get them in for you.

Jane said...

Maria - that pic is from Decorpad my post was naughty and didn't attribute it!

Jen - Rose Street Trading is just around the corner from me and they have beautiful things I agree but no drum lampshades in the right shape . They have great jewelry there too.

Tina said...

Jane, I love your new lampshade, and how fabulous is it that the man from the store shares a cup of Jasmine tea! I would love to do business his way:) I think your bedroom is fabulous and the best part of all is that your bursts of yellow make you happy...and apart from looking stunning, that is what life is about..no? Enjoy and hope you have a fabulous week ~ Tina xx

mise said...

Not to create marital dicord, but your new shade is nicer than his. Would you be able to sneak in some feminine blues? Dusky, chalky blue, white, and your new shade would look beautiful.

Delishhh said...

Love those orange lamp shades. Just stumpled across your blog. Love it.

A Perfect Gray said...

oh! I love those shades and lamps! I think they make the room. what spunk...and yay! for gray and yellow...

Louise (Table Tonic) said...

Looking at those lamps, it makes me happy too! Takes a brave soul to embrace (and pull off!) yellow - Nice work, Jane!
xxx
Louise

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