home decor makes me more excited than clothes.
i think i'm officially an adult.

if i had to describe my decorating style, i think i'd call it 'british raj with a modern twist.'
yeah, i just made that up.

but the british part is because i have some pretty traditional pieces...mostly family hand me downs.
the raj part is because pretty much everything else is from india. or world market.
the modern part is because, well, i'd like to think that i make it look cool. :P

we've lived in our house for a year and a half now, and we're slowly getting all the rooms furnished and to our liking. one room that i still can't get quite right though is our master bedroom.

i think one of my biggest issues with it is the bed. it needs some drama.
that headboard is one my mom gave me (that i think she garage saled from my grandma) about 8 years ago when i moved to my first real apartment. i spray painted it, and since then it's moved with my 4 times. it's pretty rough.

thus, draped over it is my wedding veil. one of the only things in the room that i'd say really goes with the whole 'raj' theme. it has some awesome indian embroidery on it. oh, and i guess the green block print blanket on the bed...that's one thing that i smuggled back from indian this time.

well, the good news is that i'm getting a a new headboard!
i'm suuuuuuper excited!
and what makes me extra thrilled is that my big baby brother is making it for me...
out if this!

that happens to be an antique door from my parents old house...i'm in love!
i love things that are sentimental, and also things that are completely unique, so this definitely fits the bill for both! oh, and i love things that are free! :)

he's going to stain it darker to match my other furniture.
so now i'm inspired to make some other changes, and i need your help.

i need to bring a bit more india into this room, and i think some piece of art over the bed is just the place. with a window on each side, the bed is really the focal point of this room

i was on the hunt for a cool wood carving or wall hanging when i was in mumbai last month, but my prey was elusive, and i didn't find what i was looking for.

so now i'm thinking of putting some kind of blown up photo up there.
i need a pic that will inspire tranquility though...and romance. ;)

so i was browsing some free stock photos, and i found some pics of the places in india that we honeymooned! how bedroom appropriate. :)

but what do you think...would any of these look good blown up oversized and framed above the bed to give this room a little more raj and romance?




or be honest, would something like this look cheesy?
i've tried over and over again for a mosquito net above our bed, but since the husband is from a place where they're actually a necessity, he doesn't find them as romantic as i do. :P
so let's get creative!


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  2. I don't think either of these pictures would be cheesy, and my vote would go to #1. Have you thought about taking a photograph, that either of you have taken, and then blowing that up? That would lend a personal touch.
    And yeah, being from a place where the mosquito net is a necessity, I can vouch that it is not really romantic!

    ~ Krishanu

  3. I think that new headboard is going to look wonderful and make the bed more "grounded". Perhaps a splash of color in the rug? I couldnt clearly see the pics currently above the bed but are they indian-ish/jeweled? I would probably stick with that style but could you perhaps have them matted and set in a bigger frame so that they have more of a presence? Perhaps look into tanjore paintings or other indian artwork.
    I love the photographs you show, they look other worldly, but to me they look almost too unreal and calendar-like (and maybe dont fit int with the rest of the space). But what do I know? Do what makes you happy!

  4. thanks so much for the advice everyone! yeah, i might get the headboard, and then see from there what i think. i can't wait though! i'll keep yall posted! :)

    it would be great to liven up the rug eventually too! it's just a plain jute rug. i do really like natural fibers though...we're hoping to put in all hardwoods at some point too.

    it feels like it can take forever sometimes to get a room the way you want it. oh well, it's fun though to make it personal. :)


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