For my birthday a couple of years ago, I made my husband agree to repaint our bedroom so that I could redecorate it. When we'd first moved in, I'd painted the entire room a bold, deep red, and while I still loved the color (and our bedding), I wasn't loving the fact that we needed about sixteen lamps to make sure the place wasn't as dark as a dungeon. I will spare you the details of how I finally picked a paint color, but should you ever be in the market for the perfect yellow, GOOD LUCK. It was BEYOND difficult to get the shade right.
I wanted our room to be lighter and fresher. We have a small bedroom and only one window and it was going to double as our workspace and I didn't want the darkness to put me to sleep when I was supposed to be writing. Dave was afraid that the yellow walls would make the room look girly, but I wanted to offset all the potential girliness with a soft gray duvet and curtains.
What frustrated me when I originally put the bedroom together, though, was that I had a hard time finding items that matched my vision for the place. I ended up kind of settling for a duvet that was more purplish-gray than steel gray, mostly because it was all I could find that I could also afford.
But spring has brought a bazillion home catalogs to my doorstep and lo and behold, I have found a wonderful assortment of yellow and gray pieces. Here are some of the ones I would have loved to have access to, if they'd been available. Oh, and if I'd had about six times as much money to dedicate to the cause. Dream with me, people.
Marimekko Madison Yellow Bed Linens, Crate and Barrel
Ruffled-Circle Quilt in platinum, West Elm
Jardin chair in Aegean, Crate and Barrel
Upholstered slipper chair in flower dot, West Elm
Marrakech print, Crate and Barrel
[photo credits: crateandbarrel.com, westelm.com]