Two-Toned Subtlety

I thought I finished Book 3 back in the first week of June. I started the next book and everything, but something about the way it ended just didn’t feel right. For the past five weeks, I kept going back to how things ended. When I considered crossing out everything I’d written since then and trying again, my sister told me I was crazy. Over the weekend, I added another chapter to the end of Book 3 anyway. I’m satisfied with it now, although it’s only a first draft and far from acceptable.

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Another Monday

My camera hasn’t been working properly which is why I haven’t got photos of outfits or my bedroom progress for you and it’s really frustrating me. So unfortunately, I do not have an outfit of the week for you.

At the moment, my room is in disarray. My mattress is on the floor, my bed frame is in the closet, and everything else has been moved to my sister’s room which hasn’t got much use otherwise. I bought paint a few days ago and plan to paint the top half of my walls a light shade of grey and the bottom half and the inside of my closet will be white. It sounds pretty simple, which is how I want it. The last time I painted my room, I was thirteen and chose blueish purple, bright yellow, and lime green. I loved it at the time, and even now I prefer it to the beige I had before, but it was a bit much.

My closet only has a single wire shelf. It does not use the space very effectively, and in a smaller bedroom (or any bedroom at all), storage plays a big part of keeping things neat. So I’m going to take out the shelf and fill the holes leftover before I paint. Then I’ll install a better closet system and when I’m done it should look a lot better than this:

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My Room So Far…

Previously, on My Room…

Last August, I was presented with a new bedroom and the challenge of decorating it within a budget and a simple set of rules: I can’t use black paint, I can’t replace the carpet, and I have to do all my own painting.

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I set fourth with an ambitious plan and a blank slate.

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The Three-Month Re-Decoration

Every three months, I redecorate my space somehow. I can’t help it, it just drives me up the wall staying in the same space for too long.

I haven’t had to worry about that for the past few years, now. I went off to university for three months, that was a room change. Then I was home for a month, which was another room change. Then three more months at school, one at home, two weeks at school, then I spent two-and-a-half months of my five-month break at home, before we moved and I spent the rest of the break in a new room, then university for another three months, then home for a month.

This is the first time in a couple of years that I’ve spent longer than three months in a single room. In fact, it had been so long that I had completely forgotten how I always redecorated at around three months, until I had already bought the new stuff for my room and re-arranged whatever furniture wasn’t attached to the wall. After I had re-done pretty much everything in the room, I realized it had been three months again. It’s like being a werewolf and not seeing the moon for a while and forgetting you should worry about it until you wake up with a carcass at your feet, only with decorating.

So here’s my room before, with the university-given bedspread that was falling apart and not very comfortable:

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I didn’t take before pictures, so you’ll have to make do with these. Of course, that means you can’t see the suitcase at the foot of the bed, but that’s okay.

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Cork Boards 3 Different Ways

IMG_2795If you’re staying in a dorm room, chances are there are fire regulations you need to follow. One of those regulations probably prohibits covering your walls in loose-leaf. The only place I’m allowed to put up paper are on my cork boards, generously provided in every room by housing. Last year I had one ginormous one, but this year I’ve got two decent-sized ones. I’ve come up with different ways to use each one to best suit my needs.

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