As people, we constantly change. Our tastes change. Our needs change. And our rooms change along with us. As a result, they are never, ever totally “done.” Such is the case with Robin at The Diary of a Yummy Mummy, who has photographed her bedroom every couple of years or so since they moved into a new home in October 2008. Watch her room evolve over the course of six years, to how to looks today. It’s a great example of how real people decorate: sometimes the changes are dramatic, and other times they are just tweaks and refinements that happen in dribs and drabs...
October 23, 2008 (lead image above): At first, Robin wanted a peaceful, spa-like bedroom — a retreat from the outside world where it's easy to relax and sleep soundly. And what says serene better than Japanese Zen? In the beginning, all the decor matches perfectly, and walls are a basic white.
MARCH 10, 2011: A couple of years later, Robin gets restless and paints one wall gray. You can see more photos of the room here. Despite tweaking the room with a little bit of paint and added artwork, she totally admits that it just wasn't working for her and she was ready to try something completely different.
MARCH 20, 2013: Sometimes, fate does us a favor. When their basement flooded, Robin took the opportunity to experiment. Instead of just the accent wall, this time she painted the whole room a darker gray (Farrow and Ball's "Down Pipe" before you ask). She also accented it with brighter, more dramatic moments —namely the skateboard art and saturated color. You can see the entire room here.
(For all you design nerds out there, you might notice that the room vaguely resembles a certain well-known space that was circulating heavily in the blogosphere in 2012 - namely Jenna Lyons' former Brooklyn bedroom.)
APRIL 3, 2013: A mere month later, this next iteration shows Robin’s growing confidence. She adds more to this latest decor mix, experimenting with bolder patterns and even more color. She also brings in more disparate items (a suzani blanket to contrast with the more modern art) and makes them work together in the space.
NOVEMBER 3, 2014: As is often the case, Robin circled back around and found herself wanting the serenity and calm she initially sought in 2008. Six years later, she settles into a room that keeps all the best aspects of the past. It’s calm but not boring. It’s pulled together, without being overly match-y. It's also so much more sophisticated than when she started decorating in 2008.
Note that the same furniture is an anchor throughout these transformations, and doesn't change throughout. Most notably, their bed is a classic style, and transitions over time. It's another reminder to invest in big ticket items once, and swap out everything around it as you grow sick of things, or need to shake it up.
Re-edited from a post originally published 1.19.15-NT
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