Outta My Mind: India pied-à-terre Room Designs Part 1

The conversation always goes like this:

He: So do you know what you want to do?

Me: What? I’ve been blogging about it for years. Haven’t you looked at the blog?

He: So what do you want to do? (notice he avoids answering the question)

Me: It’s on the blog. It’s in my head. You know, like stencils on the walls, old-looking walls, older style furniture, a global mix, you know …

He: Um, it’s kind of hard to see …

Me: I know but it’s all in my head. Trust me. Remember when we re-did the master bath? It’s beautiful! That was all in my head too. I even had all the  measurements perfect! Then it all kind of tumbles out.

He: Well, can you tumble this all out on paper for me?

Here’s a few mock-ups so far …


A little alcove sits between the bedroom doors and it’s visible to the entire public area of the apartment. Cabinets hide the clothes washer and dryer. I blogged previously about the inspiration for this little space, the Buddha hands that will be cabinet door handles, and the paprika color. And oh, the Buddha that I wish were mine. He is not, but he appears here because one can wish.

Sorry this mock-up is a bit crude, but you get the idea.


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Pin Up Girl Friday: Unique & DIY Headboards

Thousands of people have landed on this blog looking for unique headboard ideas. But I’m not gonna blog about that again until I have my own unique DIY headboards to share! Meanwhile check out this Pinterest Board of Unique & DIY Headboards for nearly 200 images (and counting!) of unique headboards.

See headboards made of wood, shutters, frames, doors, leather, hanging textiles, fireplace mantels, iron grates, found antiques … even baseball bats, oars and angel wings. It’s all pinned here:

Hope you get some great ideas here. If you find something you like, be sure to click through to the web sites of people who made these unique headboards to see how they did it.

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Why I Vote for Not Making the Bed

Let us count the reasons …

10. Few people see it unmade. And if I think it’s possible someone will see the bedroom — such as people checking in on pets while we’re on vacation — I will make the bed.

Via Me & Alice

9. Of the people who do see it, I really don’t care what they think about it not being made. Honestly. I believe they are close enough to me to judge my worth in this world based on other things.

8. No magazine will photograph my master bedroom on a surprise unscheduled visit any time soon.

7. And if this did happen to happen, I prefer photographs of unmade beds. They’re far more interesting. Don’t believe it? Check out my Pinterest Bedrooms Board. See if you look at the photos of sheets and blankets with perfect hospital corners as long as you look at the photos of crumpled bedding.

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6. Actually, the argument that “the bed will get messy again soon” doesn’t hold water. So will dinner plates get messy again soon. I wash plates despite that fact. The litterbox will get messy again soon (often as soon as I turn my back on it). Nevertheless, I still clean the litterbox. Weeds will make the gardens messy again right after I pull the weeds. I still pull the weeds. So the reason to not make the bed must be something else …

Via Agent Bauer

5. If the purpose is to build discipline and routine, there are many other ways to practice that. I clean the litterbox regularly. I hang towels the same way every day and they must be straight. I have a pretty darn solid coffee-drinking routine. Same thing with blueberry scones — pretty regular eating schedule there too. I wear some kind of footwear every day I go somewhere public, without fail. I always use a key to start my car engine. I always leave my house through a door. See? No problem with routines and discipline here.  :)

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4. It’s important to be committed to your convictions. I blogged exactly one year ago today about this admiration of unmade beds. I still have the same beliefs. See? Strong consistent convictions.

3. Making the bed turns into cat playtime, with sharp claws grasping the sheets to stop sheets from moving. Great fun for felines, but it increases the chance that sheets and down comforters will tear and need repair or replacement. Better to not make the bed and have the cats play with fake mice instead.

Via Desire to Inspire

2. While making the bed, I often bump my shins or knees on the bedframe and get bruises. It hurts. Who willingly puts themselves repeatedly — daily — in situations where physical pain happens? Best to avoid that.

Via House and Leisure

And the #1 reason to not make your bed?

1. It wastes time. Even just 3 minutes to make the bed = 18.25 hours per year = 1,450 hours over an 80-year lifespan = 60.83 days of your life spent making the bed! Why?!? There are far better things to do with two months of life!

Via The Design Files

 +1. A bonus reason! Stylist Emily Henderson appreciates unmade beds too.

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