Reader's Bedrooms: Olya's Gift

Reader's Bedrooms: Olya's Gift

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 28, 2007

(Welcome to Bedroom Month! We're taking inspiring bedroom submissions from our readers and giving gifts. Join us. All info is here.)

Welcome to Olya!

Hey guys,

I'm writing in with a bedroom renovation I finished 5 days ago, as a surprise for my boyfriend. We are both students who live in a tiny basement apartment in Toronto. The renovation was very simple, but I hope you will like the simple final result...

The headboard is IKEA, but found it on the street right outside our building. It matches the brown dresser which also came with the apartment. (sorry for the poor photograph of the dresser - it has flowers on it now, pink tulips!)

Futon frame + (a new!) mattress makes for a nice bed. Sheets are from Walmart (cross border shopping), bed cover is from Cosco - both are very muted olive green. Rug is a lighter muted olive green from IKEA.
Tables came with the apartment - I polished them.

Lamps are IKEA too. I had many others that I'd love to have far more, alas the budget of $20-30/lamp made all others either tacky or too expensive. (You can see the old lamp on the side in the before photo).

The highlight and feature of the bedroom is the painting on the wall. I asked a friend who is a student in design to create an abstract-organic painting - something soft enough for a bedroom, but abstract enough that it would not be flowery. The bedroom got repainted into 2 Behr colors: the white is called "Toasted Marshmellow", and is absolutely fantastic soft white. The focus wall is Dark Ash, also Behr. The mural is painted with very very very light blue that I had left over from a living room wall (from some local paint company that I can't find online). The light blue in the design glows at night from the window light, and makes the gray look slightly blue tinted.

I also attached a "before" (more in progress of clean up) photograph, in case you want to post it as well. It reflects the size of the room pretty well.

Another key of this renovation was sorting and cleaning out the single closet and dresser we share - it is now decluttered, and organized to the max. See photograph of all my sweaters in the dresser as an example.

Many thanks for a great community on tiny spaces!


- Olya, Tim and cat Lawrence.

n the risk of sounding obsessive, I took a photograph of the other side of the room, as its not shown at all on the other photographs.

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