BCI Project: Master Bed & Bathroom 7
I’m delinquent in posting but I have been making progress. I’ve decided to outsource the headboard. I *probably* could’ve built it myself and I am confident that it would’ve turned out somewhat acceptable, however for $50 more than I had budgeted for it, I can have it built by someone who knows what they are doing, which also frees me up to do other things. I’m keeping the design simple and clean – the wow factor will come from it’s impressive size at a little over 7 feet wide.
I received the bedding and it is lovely, which is a relief since there was a comment online from someone else who had purchased it saying it looked and felt ‘cheap’. I definitely disagree. The colors and subtle sheen give it the sophisticated feel of much more expensive bedding. I also received the stencil, picked paint colors, purchased both nightstands and began working on the bathroom design.
That all probably sounds great, but I’ve admittedly hit a roadblock with the area rug. I am very picky about area rugs, well…I am very picky about a lot of things. But most picky about bedding, curtains and area rugs. I hate cheap curtains (you can always tell when they are cheap), am very picky about bedding since it is typically the focal point of a bedroom, and am borderline OCD about area rugs. It has to ‘speak’ to me, and like most things I’m shopping for, I have only a vague idea of what I need but never know quite exactly what I want until I see it. And yep, I saw it. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this Alexa Pino Dandelion rug:
Let’s talk about why. Remember the bedding:
The neutral colors of the dandelion rug are dead on, but what I love most are how the shape and spikes of the dandelions are a nod back to the medallions on the bedding without matching them. Fabulous. The problem however, is that even with a 10% off coupon, the dandelion rug is triple what I have budgeted for an area rug and there’s no way to absorb the overage or re-arrange (i.e. sacrifice in other areas) to make it work. I could go back to the client and ask for more money, but for me that is always an absolute last resort.
So, plan B is to find a cheaper replacement but like that one true love, I can’t get over it and no other rug is measuring up :-). If anyone is keeping track and noticed that the dandelion rug isn’t the rug in the original design, I should also explain that the original rug is also triple what I have budgeted.
I can only blame myself for this – I based my estimate on previous projects, not realizing that I would need something much bigger this time around (big bed = big area rug). And I thought that finding a second-hand rug would be relatively easy since I’m not looking for anything rare or obscure. Beige rugs should be a dime a dozen but I’ve been shopping for weeks now with no luck and with the way I obsess, it’s preventing me from moving on to other things. So I will likely need to talk myself into some sort of compromise soon.
Tomorrow, if time allows I’m hoping to re-measure the bathroom so that I can dive a little deeper into the bathroom design. I would love to replace their existing vanity with something like this:
But the budget may not allow for this either. I’ll know more when I have better measurements.
For now, I’m back to the area rug search.