Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Welcome to Crazy Town

First of all, my husband is a SAINT.

Really. On any given day when I’m working on a project, he comes home to my messes, the house torn apart and everything looking different than it did when he left in the morning.

When he takes business trips for days at a time – forget about it. I think he wonders if he’ll even come home to the same house.

He’s been dealing with my DOCD/DADD (put the “Decorating” in front of either) in a BIG way lately. When I start working on something, I usually have a vision for how I want it to look. And about 95 percent of the time, it turns out like it does in my head.

That rocks.

The other five percent, I become a waffling fool – do I like it? Yes, I do! Wait, no I don’t. I think I do. I don’t at all. What was I thinking? Well, maybe I do. I should like it. But I don’t. But from this direction it looks fantastic! I do like it! Yes! I do! Wait…

You get the picture. It’s exhausting, really.

A project in our master bedroom has turned into one of those. And it needs to be resolved PRONTO. I’m tired of dealing with it. Usually when my head turns all Cybil-like, I know to just live with it for a while and with time I figure out for sure what works and what I like.

This one I still can’t figure out. I’ll spare you all the details, but basically, our bed is about 15 feet off the floor. Or maybe about four feet. Whatever. It’s tall. And we like it.

I used to have our lamps way off to the end of our nightstands. But when laying in bed, we couldn’t reach to turn them off. Hubs actually pulled a muscle once doing it – for real. And, add to that – the nightstands were too low because the bed is so tall, and we basically couldn’t even see to read a book at night because the lamps were so far away and the light was below our heads. Make sense?

Well, just in the past week I resolved the night stand issue (more on that later), but I still can’t decide on the lighting. Originally I had an idea – I LOVE the sconces I used in the Bub’s big boy room, so why not incorporate those?:

window

I picked up a couple more at Home Depot and installed them above the bed:

And I really loved them, but didn’t love the cords or the brackets on the wall. I thought about painting the cord covers the same color as the wall, or even snaking the cord through the wall, but I knew the cord would still bug me and I didn’t want to put holes in the wall.

I’ve been wanting to take more advantage of our beautiful four poster bed, and have always dreamed of hanging fabric from somewhere, but nothing has ever looked quite right.

This was finally my chance! I got some sheers from Target and rigged them up around the lights. I ended up getting five sheers to make it really full:

I loved it at first – and then something just seemed off. It felt almost hospital-ish to me I guess. And the lampshades blend in too much –  I think if they were a bit bigger and/or a darker color, it would work better. That would be a pretty easy fix.

I absolutely LOVE the way it looks with the lights on:

Lights on is definitely more hotel-ish, not so much hospital, yes? (And I have no idea why every. single. photo. I took leans to the right.)

But here’s the dilemma – from this direction, the room looks drape heavy:

Or is it just me?

I did not clean for you. Forgive me. I want this done and DEAR LORD for all that is good, I just wanted to take the pictures and show you!

Yikes.

I need to mention at this point that hubby LOVED this look. LOVED. We both loved the lights – they are perfect (PERFECT) for checking your iphone reading before bed. That’s the thing – at night I really loved it. During the day something felt off.

So today I found a couple of lamps I loved at HomeGoods, and brought them home to try out a more traditional set up:

The iron thingamabob is not going to stay, but it needed something up there, so just ignore it.

This tells you my insanity right now –- when I first did this today I was all YES – finally! I love it! It feels right.

IMG_1129But hubby got home and really misses those lights and the curtains. He says he likes it either way, but I know he’s secretly wondering what in the heck has happened to his wife and how can he get her and his curtains back?

And just a few minutes ago, I walked in and totally missed the curtains too. And I told him I did. See? I am crazy and he still loves me. He is awesome.

Please help me.

You Squeezies are brilliant. What do your smarty pant minds think?

Things to consider – I’m thinking of a way to break up the rust colored curtains just a tad.  I want to add a touch of cream to them somehow to tie in other parts of the room. They won’t be SO solid – at least in my crazy town head.

I’m playing around with the idea of a very tailored bed skirt. If I do it, it will be the same color as the main color in the duvet cover. So that’s a lot of fabric going on with the sheers. If it’s too much, I may just get another sheet set and use the fitted sheet as a cover on the box spring (I have a white one on there now), to “hide” the box spring.

The walls are getting molding – it’s going to be a HUGE project. It will be very traditional and will break up the green walls a bit. If I keep the curtains down, I’ll most likely frame out that area above the bed with molding somehow. Not sure what I’d do just yet…

So that’s it. What do you think? Be kind. :) I like both ways, hubby says he likes both ways, but I’m running out of time because those sheers need to be returned soon if I’m not going to keep them! ;)

Oh wise and brilliant bloggy friends – which do you prefer? I know it’s up to me cause it’s my house and all that, but you guys always have great thoughts, so I’d love to hear!

I’m making a final decision tomorrow and will be done one way or the other. I mean, neither options sucks…I just want to be done! (So I can move on to thinking about Christmas decor.)

What?! Who said huh? Hmmmm?

**I’ll announce the giveaway winners tomorrow! For now I must turn my mind off. :)

218 comments:

  1. I am so feeling your dilemma! I swear our minds work so much alike it's scary. As I was reading your post, I thought 'wall sconces!' then I saw the pic where you had already tried that. Then read down and thought 'fabric panels!' then saw that you had already tried that. lol Okay...what about a fabric that is not such a contrast to the wall color? More of a tone on tone look?

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  2. I like the sheers with the sconces better than the second option. I think you should do something to the shades on the sconces to separate them from the sheers (maybe a trim or light decorative stenciling?)

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  3. I like the sconces/sheers look better. Maybe since you'll be bringing a bit of the cream to the curtains, add a touch of the rust to the shades? Either with a stencil or some simple trim at the top and bottom or one big ribbon across the middle.

    Either way, good luck! I feel your pain and sometimes I feel like I'm in decorating crazy town... lol.

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  4. My daughter and I (she's reading over my shoulder) like the sconces but don't like the sheers. I know you're not crazy about drilling a hole in your wall, but really, I think that's the best idea. What's one (or two) little holes among friends? Do it when you do your molding, and consolidate the mess!

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  5. I truly like both options, but without the lamps on the bedside tables I think the mirrors over them look a bit off. That makes me lean more toward the 2nd option of those gorgeous tall, lean lamps that provide light for those mirrors to bounce around. I think if the panels stayed the mirrors might have to go.
    Either way, the room is looking lovely... can't wait to see it come together!
    Amanda

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  6. I like the sconces and fabric panels best. I agree that the shades blend in too much though. Maybe some trim around the edges of the shades? Or different colored shades? What about a piece of artwork of some sort in between them, over the sheers to break up the "hospital" feel just a bit?

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  7. Okay, love the sheers and the sconces. It’s so unique and original and I would totally go for it. I think a new shade on the sconces would help them stand out, but I don’t mind them as they are either. I agree with the drape heaviness though, so I say lose the wall drapes. You can maybe use the fabric to make an upholstered cornice or something to still bring the color to that side of the room. There's my two cents. Either way, love it!

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  8. I love both versions! I have to admit - the version with the iron thing above the bed is my favorite- and the iron thingamabob is fantastic - where did it come from?

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  9. Drapery in the back was too heavy. I like the new lamps, but the mirrors are distracting. How about taking the mirrors down (find something else to put there-another project)and what about horizontal stripes behind the bed (or the whole wall, big thick stripes, monochromatic, as not to shock you)

    Do you like any of this? Who's the expert here... ;)

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  10. Mmmmmm...I dunno. I think the drapes behind the lights were a bit much. I like the lamps on the side tables better. Tough decisions!

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  11. I love LOVE that you threw in "Be kind. :)" Because every time I ask for opinions it seems like at least one person loses their manners-- and then now I feel like I've learned and don't like to ask anymore. :)

    I am so feeling you on the whole fabric with the 4 poster bed thing. . . soo dreamy. And I love those lamps, too. I guess if it were me (but I love both your versions) I'd do the molding that you were talking about (MOLDING ROCKS), drape some lovely fabric around that lovely four poster bed, and go with lamps. I guess.?.

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  12. I like the look of the sconces and the sheers, I think you need to have the sheers and the drapes on the windows the same color potentially OR maybe do dark brown for the sheers to look like an extension of the bed? I agree the cream is just a little off with the lamps and then with the drapes it is really choppy - I love the concept, but I agree something needs to change- how is that for help - LOL - I think going darker on the sheers will help (at least in my crazy town head!)

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  13. I'm thinking bedside lights, but without the two mirrors and maybe a vinyl wall monogram above the bed? (And for the record I get that waffle-y crazy woman thing occassionally too and I couldn't figure it out - turns out it's usually when I have pms!!)
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  14. I really do like the idea of the scones....really do. But I totally agree that something looks off. Its maybe the placement of the scones, they at least to me seem to high right above the bed, would they work better maybe over the nightstand...maybe....then I kept looking at the photo and it looks like a frowny face....the scones as the eyes and the curve of the headboard as the frown...it may be just me. But I really think that lamps should be a focal point in a room. To me the scones just aren't doing it. I would go big and bold on the lamps. I like the ones you have there, maybe put a great fabric on the shades! Thats just my opinion...hope it helps

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  15. I love the idea of lighter color drapes. I recently added ivory drapes to our bedroom and it instantly added elegance and made the room look bigger! They drag the floor just slightly enough to add a little elegance.

    I love both looks.....the sheers and sconces and the side lamps......you are so great and I wish I had half your energy!

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  16. From the front I LOVED the curtains and sconces. So much love.

    My thoughts: I agree with the bigger darker shades. I think it will also help balance out the red curtains seen from the angle.

    To add cream to the red drapes--a red tie back, edged in burgandy?

    In my perfect world? It's ditch the red drapes. It's not that you have too many drapes, it's that the red ones seem heavy. So put up something that "feels" lighter, maybe a touch orangier to match the bedding. Of course, that might make the room too bright in the morning?

    (I'm not helping am I?)

    Good luck!

    Usually when I am waffling, I just make the hubby pick. He has good taste and I'm usually happy with it later. If not, then we switch.

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  17. I love the sheers and sconces, BUT...not with the headboard. Isn't that weird? I would totally be telling my DH to find a way to lose that darn headboard, and then he would look at me like I am crazy. Which I might be. Once it was gone, I would add a wide trim to the sconces and call it a DAY.

    Also, no bed skirt, I would just go with a fitted sheet over the box spring.

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  18. I like the lamps the best because I think that the scones look a little weird coming out of the drapes. I like the scones by themselves, or the drapes by themselves, but not together. (Which defeats the whole purpose, I know. :) Good luck.

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  19. I LOVE the sconces!! But I agree about the sheers making the room feel drape-heavy. Especially if you add in a bed skirt. Have you tried putting the sconces just outside of the bedposts? Maybe try taking the mirrors down (just to see if you like it!), remove the lamps and put the sconces just to the side of the bedposts.

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  20. Gulp. Sorry Sarah you asked. I do not like the sheets at all behind the bed. You are right too much fabric and a drapey look going on. I think the sconces look great on their own and the cords are not nearly as noticable as you may think. Paint them the wall color and add colorful artwork in a 4 square grouping in the center to draw your eye away from the cords. The tall silver lamps look really nice too. I liked em' but the two sconces are the best overall.

    Good luck! Lurve seeing your new projects. Hey...all my bed photos lean to the right too. What's up?
    Check out my new master suite layout when you get a chance. I bought a fab bench and will post it soon as well. Above all make your bedroom a peaceful place. You earned it.

    Happy week! ~Melissa :)

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  21. I think you should have something darker on your box spring. I, personally, would either completely match my other sheet or maybe use a coordinating stripe (running vertically).

    Ok curtains, You could either add a coordinating fabric to the bottom as a placket or you could make a solid band trim. Exciting!!! Can't wait to see what you do!

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  22. This is no help at all, but I am cracking up at the commenter who said it makes a sad face. I had to go up and look at the picture again, and "sadly", it does! HA!

    I love what you've done so far. I think it's a very unique idea and I was wowed when I saw the picture. :)

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  23. I'd have to agree with your hubster. The panels behind the bed look rich. I would move the lamps a little further down and set them just a bit further apart. I agree with AM from white house, adding a touch of that rusty color to the lamp shades with make the room look more cohesive.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  24. First off, LOVE your blog.

    Secondly, as I am in the middle of a bedroom re-do I feel you pain. I just want it done- but I am limbo land as to what to do next with some elements.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sconces with the curtains on the bed- I think it brings drama to the bed to have those curtains and seeing that beautiful 4-poster bed without them in the next pics made it look a little naked. That bed is begging for drapes! I agree with you that it looks better at night- but sweetie- when are you mostly in your bedroom???

    And I do agree with some of the comments above that the red drapes seem a little heavy in the photos- let that bed shine as the center focal point in your room!

    I will stop babbling now- I am sure whatever you do is going to turn out awesome! Can't wait to read about it!

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  25. Decorchick!
    hahah I'm glad I could make you laugh, but once I saw the sad face...it was all I could see!
    Thrifty decor chick,
    If you are anything like me, if you don't love it return it cause if something seems off at the very beginning then thats all you'll think about! The rest of the room is great, so I have no doubt that when you find 'the ones' you'll know! Good luck!

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  26. Did anyone suggest doing the sheers, but keep the lamps -- I think the sconces make your bed and bedroom look, not small, but skimpy.

    I like the reddish drapes... but they need something -- I am eager to see what you do there. Keep us posted.

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  27. I love reading your blog! Very inspiring!
    I can see a few key design elements that are a little out of whack here. First, is lighting. Obviously, your sheers behind the bed are illuminated by the sconces (which is my favorite of the two layouts you showed), but it doesn’t carry over to your existing drapes. I would consider trying to highlight your window treatments by adding a lamp next to the chair or something like that. They currently look very flat and dark even though they appear to be a silk with a nice sheen to it. Also, the balance between the bed space and the window area is off. I feel the window treatments are missing a touch of the cream color to cross pollinate your color scheme. I would love to see the same floral that’s on the duvet incorporated into the drapes (I realize that might not be possible if that was a store bought duvet). Simply because the rust drapes just feel so heavy when the sheers have a lighter presence. The drapes also don’t hang the same way as the sheers. Consider bunching them more like how you did with the sheers, and maybe even lowering them to the same height as the posters of the bed. That way, they have the same visual height. Ditching the rust drapes all together is a GREAT idea, and find something in the same color/tone as the sheers so they don't compete with bed. The bed should be the focal point and the drapes are trying to steal the show! Also you mentioned adding molding to your room (my guess possibly board and batten?). If you were to paint the molding the same color as the sheers, the sheers would blend a little more and visually tie into the rest of the room. I wish all my rendering markers weren’t dry because I would render it out for you so you could see what I’m talking about. (I graduated with an interior design degree 3 years ago and they have since dried out). Anyways, I hope this helps and gives you some ideas of different things to try to help you create the space you’re trying to achieve!!

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  28. I LOVE the sheers. I am thinking you should remove the mirrors and add some color to the lamp shades. I also think a huge area rug under your bed woul even everything out. I just want to jump into your bed! Looks so cozy!

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  29. same problem in my mb room....high bed and the lamps were soooo far away only difference is that I have windows where you have the mirrors. I took care of the lamp problem by getting a remote switch from Home Depot (very inexpensive), I just hide it in the night table drawer or behind a book on the night table to switch the lamps on and off. I also have a mirror but mine is over the bed it sort of balances out the light in the room and opens up the space over the headboard.....so, my advice is to keep the night table lamps and get a remote to turn on/off....put one of those mirrors over the headboard behind the bed and leave those drapes alone the bedspread is busy enough don't add more to the drapes, they allow the eye to rest with the solid color. As for the height of the lamps on the low night tables, how about getting a taller lamp? Like what you would put on a buffett table? That's what I did and it works beautifully :) I found some that have a silver stem that looks braided and there is some wood detail as well so it's a chunkier stem and adds interest to the lamps....the shades are
    neutral. Because they are tall the light is over us and not below like yours. Good luck!
    sacksaw@aol.com

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  30. I like the sheers and sconces. It just felt warm and cozy to me! (And I am not a sconce person myself!)

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  31. I like the sconces and sheers, but maybe (like someone already said) do a more tonal thing, or maybe a big stripe with your colors in it? Cream and rusty-ish....?
    I think the sconces look is very lush and dreamy, not so ordinary like the lamps. Everybody has some version of that.

    At any rate, we all know you'll do something amazing!

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  32. Hmm, maybe a triangle valance in the same red as the other curtains to bring the color over and break up all of the white drapes?

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  33. Hi, god you crack me up and remind me of a good friend of mine who got me on here to see your great work, Im loving you haha.
    Ok my thoughts are.. love the sheers with the lights threw them but now feel as you do from the angle where the other heavier curtains show its to much perhaps the heavier curtains need a sheer curtain behind them so that you can have the sheer ones on display with the heavier ones drawn to keep your colour to tie it in more???? or not????
    hmmm these things are never easy we have a renovated house in which you would love and I cant even furnish it, Im minus a lounge, rugs, dinning table, chairs, artwork etc etc its basically empty at the moment because Im constantly changing my mind arrrrrr! lucky my husband is also a patient soul x

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  34. Hi Sarah, First of all, I truly love your talent for decor and DIY. Your home is a lovely showcase of creativity, beauty, and comfort.
    I am not a professional and would never claim to be such.
    You asked for our "kind" opinion and I think I have one if you are willin' to listen. It may not be the right one, however, maybe something in my two cents worth is helpful. Ya never know ;-)
    I love your room with or without the draping behind the bed. I personally love the wrought iron piece. I love the table lamps. I find the mirrors are too short in height in conjunction with the lamps. I would love to see the mirrors increased in size with an additional trim added to the entire outer edge (adding an additional 2.5 - 3" on top and on bottom...and an additional 1 1/2" on each side. The lamps would then become focal and the mirrors would no longer be a 'distraction'.
    I love the drapes on the window...when you say the "room looks heavy", could it be the color contrast in the two sets of drapes? I was wondering if you left the drapes behind the bed ...maybe if the drapes on the window were the same color there wouldn't be a 'heavy feeling'. I think you have a bit of an alcove happening where the window is and that may be shadowing that spot a bit and adding to the appearance or feeling of heaviness.
    If you are more in liking of the sconces, how about mounting them on the wall beside the mirrors. When you crawl into bad to read you need only to pull them toward your side of the bed. This way they will not interfere with the bed curtains.
    I do agree with Ashley when she said the bed looks like it has a frown with the sconces tucked into the bed curtains and the curvature of the headboard.
    All in all, I hope you come up with something that is very pleasing for you and the hubby :-)
    Sorry this is so long winded.

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  35. Oooops! I meant "bed" ..NOT .."bad"

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  36. Sara, Sara, Sara... since we're BFF's (in my head. lol), I feel like you should let you know to LOSE the curtains on the 4-poster bed. It looks too much like the inside of a casket.

    Erin D.

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  37. Oh geez...
    I'll proofread before posting next time! :-)

    Erin D.

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  38. I like the sconces but I'm no expert. I actually think you could a) use them like the first pic without the drapes on the bed but do a nice monogram over the bed OR b)use the drapes behind the bed but swag them on the wall

    My hubby rarely has too much of an opinion so when he really likes something I try to keep it around. :)

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  39. I think the new lamps are perfect. They always say less is best. As far as bringing lighter to the window, what if you replace about a foot at the bottom with a cream fabric or trim the sides with cream. I don't think you need a lot of lighter to make it look cohesive. Great Job though.

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  40. I like the sconces, and the sheers. The sconces need a rust color trim on the top and bottom of the shade to define it from the sheers. I also wish there was something like the iron work or piece of art or something on top of the sheers in between the two sconces. Is there anyway to rig that up? Also, a suggestion on your rust colored window panels: I had some beige panels that I wanted to add some black to, so I got some thin black satin ribon and did vertical pin stripes by glueing the ribbon on the panels with fabric glue. Good luck! I hope you find peace about it all. :)

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  41. Trim up those sconce shades with some ribbon missy!My first thought was ribbon, 2nd thought was the curtains behind the bed could match the ones on the window. Maybe split it into thirds and have the curtains over the sconces (like when you mush curtains to the side to get light in) and have some art in the middle. Tha might help the heavy drape look. But those shades need some ka-pow, thinking pull the green or the reddish color out of the duvet?

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  42. Hello Sarah,
    I feel a little funny writing a decorating suggestion to you--you have such a talent and I love what you have created in your home. So---I do think one of the things that for me sticks out is that the sconces seem small in proportion to your bed, and I think they would work better if lower and closer to the sides of the bed. And also I think adding some color to the shades would help. As for the curtains behind the bed, maybe go with fabric that coordinates with your bedding. It may look less disjointed. Or, going a shade closer to the wall color or, to the drapes. I happen to like the room without them though. As for a bed skirt I do think you need one to cover the mattress and make the bed look more put together. I have seen(and I like the look) of them shortened to just the bottom of the frame of the bed and I think that looks less formal and less messy. I like the lamps on the tables but I think they need a little color also.
    What ever you do--it will be fantastic as usual. You will come to your decision and it will be the right one for you. Can't wait to see what you decide to do!!

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  43. I'm so NOT a decorator, but here are my brainstorms (random as they may be) for options:
    1. Keep sheers and sconces, but go with rust-colored shades on the sconces.
    2. Maybe try taking the sheers higher up the wall, or draping an extra one up and OVER the first two rails above, so it creates a bit of a "canopy" - that may help draw the eye (I think it's looking weird right now because the sheers are "framed" by the wood of bed into a tight, small square shape - if you extend the sheers or put an extra sheer up and over the first two rungs above, it will give a longer flowing line for the eye).
    3. What about putting a sheer directly over each drape panel (literally putting it directly over the fabric of the drape; you'd have to sew them together or iron-tape/hem-tape them) - that way it would give you the lighter color but some of the darker color would still show through...not as in hanging sheers in FRONT of the drapes, but literally bonding a sheer fabric TO the front of each drape panel...
    4. Maybe extend the sheers up and to the sides, including behind the nightstands maybe, so that they look like drapes covering the wall, instead of just covering the tiny square space behind the headboard and top rails.

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  44. Love the idea of the sconces, but not the sheers. I'd drop the cord through the wall. If you're doing moulding, what's one more hole? I'm surprised that you'd let that stop you, after all the projects you've tackled. I'd also considering changing up the rust drapes. They are heavy. LOVE the bedding, though! And the bed. One day I'll have a big girl bed.

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  45. Well if you weren't crazy enough, now you have 40 other ideas to put in your head. When you have shown your room in the past I have wondered about your bed, maybe it's just the way the photo's look, so many lines. I think the fabric softens that but I think you need to get that color on your drapes to soften them up, even if it's just a foot or so on the drapes of that color. Good luck, can't wait to see what you come up with! By the way you invited all the smartie pants to give their thoughts, that's the name of my blog... ms smartie pants!

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  46. Personally, I think it's the wall color that is messing the flow up a little bit...I like the paint and the stripes, but with the gorgeous rust colors you have going on in there, it just doesn't work as well, I think. I think the moulding will make a HUGE impact and will look great. Oh gosh, I hope that didn't sound mean, I don't mean it that way AT all...just my humble little opinion! :) Can't wait to see what you decide on!
    oh, and just as a side note -- if your hubby loves the sheers so much, I'd probably let him keep them. If he's anything like my hubs, he so rarely ever has such a strong opinion that when he does, I tend to give in :)

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  47. I'm wondering if what you want is a break in the sheers (Is that why it feels like a hospital?) Maybe you could keep them on both sides and have a break in the middle for a fabulous piece of artwork or even a different fabric that would serve more like artwork. I think we are used to seeing something centered above beds and that is what you don't get with the sheers and wall mounts. But they are unique and suit your life-style, so I think you might still be able to make them work.

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  48. I love both the looks! Buut if it were me I'd get something less curtainish and more wall hangingish haha because I see what you mean about it being drape heavy and as you said more pattern and cream and less all one colour! :D

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  49. i love your blog and im a fan on facebook!
    i was googling pics i found this hotel bedroom that looks super similar to your 4 post bed with muslin drapes. just saw it and thought of your room.

    http://www.tumblingweir-hotel.co.uk/accommodation.htm

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  50. I read some of the previous comments, but not all of them, so apologies in advance for repeating something that others may have said.

    I agree with the other readers who said that there needed to be some contrast between the sconce shades and the drapery panels. However, I think that rather than trying to change the shades, you should try to change the panels. I think that the panels need to be a brown that matches, or is similar in color value to your bed. (You can buy new ones or dye the ones you have.) You'll still have the beautiful texture of the fabric, but by making it similar to the wood color, you create unity between the two and visually create one large headboard that is proportionate to the scale of the rest of the bed and the room itself. (As it is now, you can barely see the headboard over the pillows.)The sconces will then contrast nicely and stay nice and bright in the room. Of course, you could still fancy them up with trim or ribbon if you like.

    Maybe you can have your friend with the photoshop skills work your picture over and show you what that would look like.

    Cheers!

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  51. Dear TDC, You poor thing. The indecision makes our eyes bulge and tongues hang out. For Real! Been there, done that. The sheers seem a big weighty with the bed size and curtains. The scones or elegant silver lamps add some elegance and lightness. If you loose the sheers you could pick the lamps of choice. Not of course forgetting you could SPRAY your new lamps (but wouldn't you hate to spray paint NEW lamps. Just another option. You'll get it and soon. Don't you always? xoxo Vicki ven@horizonsatellite.com

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  52. For crying out loud. Can you believe my error? I used "scones" instead of "sconces". Har-Har Oh well good for a chuckle. Vicki ven@horizonsatellite.com

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  53. I am for the curtains and sconce lights too. The sheers were too light. Use your existing rust colored curtains for where you want sheers. Do a different treatment on the windows...bamboo?...so it is less "curtain heavy". LOVE the mirrors over the nightstands. That's all I got. Oh and ps: lean to the left a little bit to compensate for your right leaning pictures ;) Heh.

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  54. Amazing job on this entire room. The sconces in particular are sharp.

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  55. Love the shears and the sconces!!!

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  56. I would do the sconces AND the lamps. I think the unbalance is coming between the sheers & your window treatments. They don't have to necessarily match, but they are too far apart in color scheme. I'd do a solid on one, and a pattern on the other in the same colorway. I'd also include the lamps on the table to balance out the width of your bed with the nightstands. Good luck!

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  57. My humble opinion is..have you thought about 'earrings'? :-) That is what I call my beautiful hanging lamps in the livingroom as they are crystal and they are a pair and when they are lit, I call them my livingroom earrings. Mine are vintage yet you can get any style, I am sure. As far as the fabric in back of the bed, what if you continued it over the bed frame. Don't know if this helps but fun to try. Good Luck!!

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  58. What a tough choice. I love the idea of the panels with the sconces, i have sconces over my bed, but with three pictures in between them (no four poster bed). I also love the tall lamps with the mirrors.what to do what to do??
    Perhaps a more monotone colored sheer geared towards your wall color or even more dramatic the rust curtain color. leaving the lamp shades plain, or sprucing up the lamp shades and leaving the sheers plain... Good luck, i'm sure it will be great what ever you choose.

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  59. I enjoy the sheers behind the bed however, the sconces seem too close together. Perhaps they look different in the context of the whole room when viewing it in person? Anywho, I would try trimming the shades in red, & trimming the red drapes in cream...grosgrain ribbon? Maybe you could find a piece of art to hang over the bed as welll...floating on the sheers. And maybe this it too much...adding sheers under your red drapes. The red wouldn't seem so distant if it had some sheer friends to hang out with, you know? Then I say, go hog wild on adding more fabric. As long as it's spread out and not isolated, you can cozy with fabric to your heart's content.

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  60. "Clap on, Clap off" is your only solution.

    LOL j/k

    I have scones above our bed and love them. My chords are hidden behind a iron/metal casing, I guess you would call it, that resembles a a wavy stem (not just straight) and my shades have dropped bead trim.

    I looooove the lamps but they look way big.

    Good luck & what a keeper of a man you have!

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  61. I like the sconces...cords and all without the sheers.

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  62. Oh my gosh, this is so not going to help you, but I love both :p

    After looking again, though, I think I'm leaning toward the Homegoods lamps and something above the bed. The lamps looks like they give off really good light, then you don't have to worry about covering the cords, etc. Can't wait to see what you choose!

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  63. I think the sconces and fabric. What is the theme of your room? It needs something to bring all the elements together and then the fabric and shades would be a lot easier to pick out...do you plan on adding more fabric to the canopy? One smooth panel from the headboard all the way across the top maybe? But the sheers for now would still be great...with decorative shades.

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  64. I saw a bedroom with a similar layout to this on the Woman's Day website. They used a similar color of drapes on both the headboard and windows.
    On this HGTV site, the decorator used both the sconces and table lamps. http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/palm-beach/index.html

    Good luck. It's so hard to decide for yourself. In in end, it's what you like since you are the one who lives with it everyday!

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  65. I'd say, if you are feeling undecided on this, let your husband cast the deciding vote! Plus, I would personally be nervous about using something so permanent as molding to mark off the bed location. What if you want to adjust things down the line? Or if you sell the house?

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  66. OK...took a break from my own decorating delemia (aka about to go crazy trying to decide) to say...I think I like the shears/lights best...because that looks more custum/unique. The iron piece is nice and works fine but I do like the interest the shears bring!

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  67. Have Chris run the cords behind the wall and lose the drapes! :) You know he would do that for you! (when band is over!)

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  68. You might want to try curtain panels behind the bed that are closer to the same color as your walls. It'll give you some softness, but won't seem so hospital-white. Also, on your curtains on the window, how about some cream trim or fringe on the edges?

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  69. I think you should perhaps add a bottom strip to your rust curtains in a cream, and add a rust colored strip to the shades. That way you get a more positive flow of colors between the two sets of drapes without it feeling like overkill.

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  70. My gut reaction is that I love the sheers and scones...but the drapes on the window are a bit matchy-matchy with the bed linens...I think I would take the drapes down on the window...love the bamboo shades...and I would find something in the cream family to hang above the window...maybe a series of toile cream plates...or maybe a cool fabric that you love...cover 3 squares of foamboard with the fabric...frame it and place above the window (or is that a door...??) Love what you are doing though! Go forth and decorate!!!!! You are a natural at it!!

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  71. Lovin' the bed. The colors that you are using are rich colors to begin with so I really like the light and airy feel behind the bed. I would definitely take the drapes down at the window and possibly turn them into the bed skirt you were talking about. Bed skirts are so easy to make too. Maybe go for a lighter fabric for drapes and add some shears to tie in what's hanging behind your bed? And the shades on the sconces would be an easy fix. Maybe use some of that fabric from your curtains?? Good luck, I know that whatever you come up with, it will be FAB!

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  72. Ok first of all, I totally feel your pain! My vote is for the sheers and sconces!
    Sarah
    HandbagsNPigtails.blogspot.com

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  73. Hmmm...I would definitely go for the sconces - esp if your hubby likes them & they are easy to read/check your iphone with. :) But I'm not feelin' the fabric look behind the bed. It feels like it just popped out of nowhere. If you wanted to keep the fabric, maybe you could do as you suggested and try dark brown (or rusty orang-ish) lampshades AND try adding the sheers somewhere else around the bed? Like I've seen some beds where there's fabric by all 4 corners? If you're too stressed out about it, :) this isn't a good option...but if not, why don't you get more sheers and try it out? And take a pic? :)
    You do great work! :)

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  74. I vote sheers and sconces. Bring some rust to the lamp shades in the form of ribbon at the top and bottom. I think that will help break up the "too uniform" look during the day. Or else replace the shades completely with something rust colored and more trapezoidal in shape instead of rectangular and a smidgen bigger.

    Then once you bring some cream into the drapes I think you'll have a balance that kicks the "too drapey" look.

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  75. Sara, you always do a great job decorating your home! I think that the lamps look more balanced and besides, you said, "finally, I love it!" Just go with your gut feeling:), listen to your heart.

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  76. Let me start by saying all the options are fabulous, the question is, which one is the most fabulous? Make your husband happy and go with the sconces and the sheers. Add a 3 inch strip of lush cream fabric to the inside edges (top to bottom) on the drapes to lighten them up. Then make a small pillow in the cream fabric to go on your side chair. It'll be gorgeous!!

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  77. LOVE the sheers and sconces. I think it looks beautiful and unique, not like a hospital at all. And I don't think it looks like too much fabric. In fact, I would consider bringing some more of those sheers over to the window and put in between the rust colored curtains instead of the wooden blinds to soften up the look even more.

    Good luck!

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  78. I like both but if I HAD to choose it would be the lamps on the nightstands. Can't wait to see your fix for the nightstands...I have the same problem...high bed, low nightstands. :)

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  79. Hello I'm new here but have become addicted!=( Ask my family=)about the sheers I love them but not to sure about the sconces. I love soft lighting like the lighting in your kitchen thats on dimmers.=)I think I would leave the sheers but do a different lighting like a bar light behind the sheers all the way at the top that was on a dimmer.

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  80. I personally love the sconces, but I don't so much love the shears--it's a lot of fabric. What if you tried padded panels with the sconces mounted to those? The cords could be hidden behind the panels. It would add texture to your room. I'm thinking a beautiful color that coordinates with the green on the wall--perhaps in a shimmery fabric--and tufted with lots of padding and fabric covered buttons. Just a thought! I'm dying to find a way to use those in my own house! Good luck!

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  81. To ease your having to physically DO all of this decorating and redecorating, try taking photos of your project. Then do the changes on your pictures either by computer [paint shop] or by hand. Use cut out pics and felt pens? I use this idea in designing stage sets. As for the curtain/lamp thing. Paint the metal the same color as the curtains and make them disappear visually. Looked good when lit. I'd move the sheer color to the heavy curtain area to tie it in and lighten the darkness of the room. Love your ideas!

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  82. I love the lights and sheers behind your bed, but they do blend in. How about a different shade on them? I too think the drapes look a lil heavy (now that you mentioned it)....but not sure how to change it. Can't wait to see your end result:)

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  83. If you like the sheers try to stay with that. How about dying them a darker color if they are material that will take some dye, like cotton. Or get some very cheap cotton material at the fabric store and dye them if it isn't the correct color. You could always keep the sheers and use the lamps. Maybe put the lamps on a stack of books to make them a bit taller. Just a thought. Hope it didn't confuse you more!

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  84. Use a texture fabric such as a burlap fabric to cover the wall sconce lamp shades and trim it out with a great trim. You will notice in all high end design publications there are very few white shades used. The sheers probably are not as bulky as they appear in the picture and I like the look. As for the bedside lamps they are too large in proportion to the mirrors. You want there to be some definition between the sheers and the curtains. I would try some ironwork or art and see if that eases the transition between the sheers and curtains. Some heavy candelabras or candle bases would be great. Don't be afraid to have a different grouping on each side of the bed. You have two wall sconces, two matching night stands, you don't necessarily want matching lamps and matching mirrors on each side. This might be hard for an OCDer but currently your eyes are jumping from grouping to grouping. You want your eyes to flow and be drawn as you span the room. Accessorizing makes a huge difference so don't make your final decision until you have accessorized, even if it's temporary. Good luck.

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  85. I love the table lamps you bought but am leaning to the sconces and light fabric. It looks really cool. Either way it will look great.

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  86. You certainly don't need my thoughts with all of these....but:

    I would do the sconces without the fabric - or less of it. The cords really don't look bad, especially if they were painted, but a hole in the wall would be sooo worth it to hide them. (If only I knew how to do that!)

    The lamps/mirrors combo is awkward - the lamps are too big or too similar in size to the mirrors.

    If you keep the fabric behind the bed - not the worst idea - put sheers on your windows. I think that would really lighten the room and pull it together. Then change out the shades for bigger ones / contrasting color.

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  87. I think you had it right with the lights on the wall with no curtains. You didn't like the cord, but it matched architecturally with the bed posts and looked very clean. If you do want the curtains behind it, just add a cream one on each side of the drapes in the middle, just peaking out a bit to pull it together.

    I absolutely love how brave you are. It has motivated me to do things in my house that I wouldn't have normally done. Gracias!

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  88. Haha! That is why I love reading your blog so much! Your rationale is much like mine :-) Ok, here's my 2 cents. I love the sheers on the back of the bed & lamps on the wall, I do think they should be darker or maybe have a curvier shade instead of a drum shade to soften it up a bit, if you get a similar shade color to the sheers, maybe just break it up with ribbon trim on the top & bottom of the shade to add some color but it will still be simple. I see what you mean about the room looking too drapey from that one angle but honestly I think it's fine. My first thought was to add some sheers maybe layered on top so you could still see the rust color, or just add sheers to the sides or just replace the rust with the same sheers as on the bed. Either way you go, I know it'll be fabulous, hope you figure it out soon so you can get some sleep at night! :-)

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  89. I like the curtain look, but I agree the rust colored drapes are a bit much color. Have you considered adding a print to them? Something like this? http://firsthomemakeover.blogspot.com/2010/10/stenciled-curtains.html
    The woman did a fantastic job, and frugally, too. You could do this with a cream color; just a border or the whole panel, and it would tie in nicely with your draping behind the bed.

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  90. I like the sheers behind the bed but I think they need to be the same rust color as your drapes. Otherwise the whited competes with the rest of your decor - colored sheers would also warm up the look and get rid of the 'hospital' feel.

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  91. I'm sure someone has said this, but if you want to keep the lights above the bed, maybe get darker shades for the lamps, or even dark brown sheers and keep the cream shades? That might keep it from looking "hospitalish" as you say:o) But I do like the lamps on the side, too...your room looks great!
    ~Hannah

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  92. I too like the cream curtains. What if you added a vertical band of cream fabric to the rust curtains? It would bring a little of the cream to that side if the room. I forgot but did you paint the sconces orb? I think you should add a little ribbon band or something to the shades to help them pop off the curtain more during the day. Don't you fret it will come together for you and it will be lovely and I'll be jealous!

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  93. I love the curtain/sconce look! And aren't those rust drapes the ones that reverse to buffalo check?? How about reversing them! Seems like you initially did that and didn't lurve it, but I wonder if you might like it better with the curtain/sconce look. Not sure if that makes sense. I'm a "go for the simple fix" kind of girl, so I'm sure you can find something better, but I think I would at least try that for a few days and see if it grew on me!

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  94. Though I think both options are absolutely beautiful, for some reason I am really drawn to the sheers. I don't think it looks hospital-y. I think it makes the room look luxurious and cozy. I really like it.

    Those Home Goods lamps are pretty rockin', too, though. If you decide to nix them in the bedroom, I hope you can find somewhere else to use them.

    Best of luck in your decision.

    Glad to know I'm not the only Crazy Town resident!

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  95. A quick question....I have a bed similar to yours and my boxspring doesn't show because I can adjust that side board up and down to accomodate the height of the boxspring.....does yours move? If so why not move it up one notch and cover that little bit of boxspring? No need for a bed skirt now! I had a bedskirt on my bed (kingsize) and it made the bed look even bigger when I took it off it gave an airier feeling and opened the room up....just a thought.
    sacksaw@aol.com

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  96. So, I have seen Nate Berkus stretch a leather fabric over canvas to add different textures to the room. Would it be possible to use something like that around the sconces? It would give you some relief from all of the draping. However, not sure exactly how you would fit it easily over the sconses, because I would totally mess that up!

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  97. On the box spring: a chocolate brown fitted sheet (blends in with the wood tone of the bed.
    Keep the sheer curtains and the sconces.(They're lovely.)
    Trim around the top and bottom of the lampshades with 5/8" grosgrain ribbon in either russet or chocolate brown.
    On the windows: Make a pelmet and cover it with some of your russet curtain fabric and hang more of the sheer cream curtains under it.(Budget-friendly and ties in with the fabric of the bed-hangings for a more cohesive look.)
    Or, use a wooden curtain rod in the same tone as the finish on your bed, and hang simple cream colored pinch-pleated curtains from clip-on wooden rings. Trim the curtain panels down the leading edge and across the bottom using a wider grosgrain ribbon to match the color you use on the lampshades. (This option will cost a little more, but if you change the color of the bedding in the future, you can always re-use the curtains by changing the ribbon.)
    Your bed is gorgeous! Adding any more drapery to it will obscure its graceful lines and perfect proportions.

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  98. Reading this post was like Oh My Gosh she is writing what goes on in my head all the time :) I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only with DADD or DADHD! I am currently in a similar situation with my guest bedroom- can't figure out what to do -it's such a fail at the moment, so I just walked away and am now back to the old drawing board. In your MBR I'm liking the scones and sheers a lot. I think it looks romantic. I say ditch the lamps. I know whatever you end up doing will be gorg - everything you do always is!

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  99. When I read that your bed was 15 feet off the ground, the first thing that came to mind was 'The Exorcist'. Then it dawned on me what you were saying.

    LOL LOL LOL Sometimes it's hard being an old woman.

    DI

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  100. How about mounting the sconces on the outside of your bed? You would have to find a new home for your mirrors, but I think it would make for a nice balance. I still think you should drape some fabric by your headboard, but I agree with other comments, the sheers seem too light. I'm sure whatever you decide, the final product will look great!
    Marcie

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  101. I love the sconces without the drapes - the lines seem cleaner somehow. I do like the sheer curtains option though, but I think you're right that there might be too much drapery when you factor in the rust colored window treatments. Personally, I would change the rust curtains for something lighter to mimic the softer drapes behind the bed (if you choose to do them). I'd also nix the bed skirt idea too. But that's just my opinion! I'm sure the room will look amazing whatever you choose. Good luck!

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  102. Love the sconces, the sheer panels, not so much. I was thinking the sconces with something iron inbetween actually-draws your eye away from the cords...kinda like the piece you hung temporarily! You could always paint the cord covers to match the wall as you stated, but I'd leave the plates dark.

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  103. I love the sconces and sheers... it makes the bed seem like heaven on earth. And if your hubby likes it that way, I say stick with it! My husband doesn't usually care either way when decorating our house, so when he does have an opinion, I usually swing his way.

    In the last photo: on the very right side I spy some rust and cream stripes... are these on the back side of your curtains? If so, have you considered turning these around bring some cream to that side of the room?

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  104. Have you thought of using those touch pad things for your bedside table lamps? I too hate reaching to turn on/off lamps. Pet peeve of mine in hotels. I bought the touch pads at Lowes and they work great - even turn the bulbs into a 3 way light! So you can go dim for romance and bright for reading. Just a thought, if you aren't settled on the sconces. It's hard to judge without seeing the room in person, but the sheets appear too light and the lights too close together to me.
    Can't wait to see what you decide.

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  105. I like the sheers, maybe embellish the shades on the lamps or change the color of the shades. Looks beautiful!

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  106. oops...I meant the *sheers* appear to light (not sheets) duh!

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  107. You probably don't really need another comment that says, "Leave the sconces and trim them out," but that's what I think, too! Every once in a while, we have to give our hubbies what they want. ;)

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  108. This stuff is tough, isn't it?

    I am like you - I love the sconces, and I really liked the curtains, but at night.

    I *think* it could be not the curtains themselves, but rather the *color* of the curtains? What about curtains in a warmer color? Either a warmer beigey-type to pull in your bedding, or perhaps in a color that is a little closer to your wall color? I don't know. I am thinking it's the color of the curtains that is making you feel "Hospital" rather than "Home".

    At any rate, good luck! Looking forward to seeing what you decide.

    Cheers!

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  109. OK. Hmmm......

    Let me start off by saying that I love, love, love your blog. Your ideas are wonderful and I wish I had a fraction of the creativity that you have. Awesome.

    Back to the subject matter at hand. I, personally, like the lights on the side better. They balance the bed nicely.

    Also,I work at a funeral home and the drapes and lights kind of reminded me of the look we have going on here behind the caskets. (I am totally second guessing giving you that visual to now have in your head, and yet, at the same time, I was totally compelled to share.)

    Please forgive me.

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  110. echo Kim.
    Exchange the sheers for a more tone on tone with the wall. It's a great look already - so keep the idea - exchange the sheers. WHICH will make the right side of your bedroom with the drapes not feel so heavy anymore. Think about it - did it feel heavy with just the wall behind the bed - so if the sheers are the same tone - that unbalanced feel will probably go away. (and your husband gets his sane wife and sheers back)

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  111. I may have a second comment, but I wanted to write what I was thinking of as ideas before I lost them. How about hanging something in the middle of the curtain wall between the sconces? I've seen this and sometimes it's a mirror, sometimes a picture. Also, I hate to tell you to cut something up then sew it back, but what if you took a fabric the background color of your comforter and did an insert of it in the middle of the drapes? Or cut the drapes length-wise, same creamy lighter color, and insert them every other to make a striped drape?

    And, if someone already suggested these things, I apologize ~ I don't usually read the comments before mine.

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  112. I Love the sheers and sconces. I would change your drapes to lighten them up a bit, they seem to heavy for the room.

    I have to say that I L.O.V.E. your blog and your talent! Thank you for sharing it with us! :)
    Good Luck ~ ANYTHING you choose will be Beautiful!!!! <3!

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  113. I love the sheers and sconces! I think what is making you feel hospital-ish could be the color??? (not that it looks hospital to me, but I get what you are saying!) Maybe a warmer color. Like the beige in your duvet? I'm sure other people may have suggested that but I didn't read thru all the comments. Either way, the sconces look awesome, and if it bugs you when the lights are off, just keep them on all the time!! There you go, problem solved! :)

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  114. I love the curtian and lamps on the wall! So stinkin nice! Now my head is swimming on how I can do that at my house! Thanks!
    katieskorner10.blogspot.com

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  115. I LOVE the curtains/sconce set up. I concur with the masses that there needs to be some sort of distinction between the shades and sheers.
    I like the new lamps and mirrors...but it sort of resembles a Holiday Inn. Very "cold" and perfectly symmetrical (does that even make sense?).
    I know that most of us will like whatever you do...but in reference to the lead-in of this post...maybe give your hubster the gift and go with what he really wants? Just sayin...a happy hubby means the ability to keep being DOCD/DADD...

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  116. I think the curtains give the room a more luxurious look. The other way is nice too, but not unique. ~Ames

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  117. Sarah, have you tried the curtains on the reverse with the buffalo check facing out? It might seem busy initially but I think you would like it and it will break up the rust color a bit. I liked the curtain and lamps over the bed as well. I love wall sconces in bedrooms. I have them in mine and you cannot beat the light for reading.

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  118. I love you and all things TDC! I'm just posting to second the votes on the rust-colored drapes - lighter ones will help soften the space and a nice floor lamp or table and lamp will help finish out the space.

    I think either go with the sconces above the bedside table or change the shades to be darker so you can see them over the bed panels! :)
    I think almost a tawny/dark bronze/slate-esqu color with a hint of shimmer would be gorgeous! See how professional I sound?!?!

    And major points for hubby - you gotta throw him a bone and keep the panels behind the bed. As my mom always said (when something random appeared that I knew she didn't pick) "well.. it's his house too I guess" haha! Not that the panels are random at all - but letting hubby have his say is great ;)

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  119. I really like the look you created w/ the sheets and sconces. Instead of changing the shades on the sconces... have you thought about using a darker/warmer sheet? Might make it look a little less "hospital-ish" in the daylight... like a rich beige?

    I think using a darker fabric would also give off an AWESOME glow at night, when you turn the sconces on!

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  120. I love the sheers and the sconces. I think what may be throwing it off is the height of the bed, stops your eye right there as compared to the other curtains. What about raising the sheers up to the ceiling (use one of those white cheepo sheer poles that curves at the ends). I think the balance may make it more equal??

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  121. Oh my gosh, you have so many responses, and I'm about to add one more to the confusion lol. Ok, my take is that although both ways are nice, when I flip quickly between the pics, the sconces and drapes look really nice. They are unique, and the touch of modern with the sconce design, is fab in the room. I would definately vote for a tailered bed skirt to finish off the bed, but I really think the problem lies in your drapes around the window. I love the rust colour and how it ties in with your bedding, but your idea to add some cream is brilliant. I would vote for a cream panel running vertically down the edge, and some blingy tassel to give it that pow, and add some more fancy schmancy to the room. Looking forward to seeing what you decide and g'luck! I can TOTALLY relate!

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  122. I like the sheers and sconces but am picturing a tad bit of tweaking. I think, as the others have said, that the sconces need some trim on the shades. Also, I would try putting an oval or round wall decoration or picture in-between the sconces (on top of the sheers) and then I'd get some beautiful boxes or other decor to put on the night stands (something that compliments the artwork I would add). I think that might balance the room out beautifully. =)

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  123. I like the sheers, but I see where you're coming from with the hospital look when the lights are off. Why not bring the sheers just slightly around the corner of the canopy? I think that would really tie it in to the rest of the room.

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  124. I love the sconces and the sheers - they're romantic AND funtional! I do think that you should replace the window drapes with a valence of some sort, though to keep your bedroom from being too textile-heavy.

    I think the fact that the hubs really seems to like the sconces and sheers the best should factor in your decision too. it's half his room, so if you can take what he likes and tweak it to suit your fancy too (like, red piping or stencils on the sconce shades and valences on the windows), you'll make everyone happy.

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  125. Here's my thoughts: anything you do is beautiful. That's why we all read your blog! But, my personal take is that the sconces and sheers should stay, since it is much less traditional. A bit of whimsy (almost). I think at the window, you could bring a cream colored sash across the top to lighten and brighten, or even break it up by putting some cream curtains between the rust colored ones.

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  126. First off... I love your blog!

    I started reading the comments and there were just too many! So I apologize if I end up being redundant. But here is my humble professional opinion:

    I like the concept of the sheers behind the bed with the sconces. Here's what I would do to make it feel less "Hospital Like"-

    *Change out the plain sheers for cream sheers that are textural with a tone on tone design.

    *Hang 3-4 Crystals inside the lamp shade so they're exposed. This will add a little sparkle and added visual interest during the day. I do not think adding a darker shade or red to the shade is a good idea. All that will do is make to dark blobs floating in a sea of cream. I think it would bother you... it would me. Instead of an overall look, your eyes will go straight to the colored lamp shades.

    *Soften the heavy red drapes by taking the original cream panels and putting them behind the red drapes so they're just exposed. This will create some balance and bring the cream over to that area.

    I hope these ideas help!

    -NataLee
    www.designedtothenines.com

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  127. Wow! lots of comments going on good luck :) might as well add my two cents!

    I love simple classic looks when I decorate, the idea of the sconces is great although I immediately thought Hotel when I saw them :( I would lean toward the second option with the lamps just because to me it looks more classic chic. But for functionality I would totally pic the sconces! You could easily do a quick lamp shade redo in a contrasting color and I think that would totally make it look better with just that small tweek. I could think of other options that would be a little bit more extensive but you just redid the room and it looks great so no need to redo what you've already done. And if the hubs likes it, I would say go for it. There are some things I give up in my decorating world for the sake of my husband :) just to honor his opinion cause lets face it he lives there too.

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  128. I agree that the room feels too heavy with all the drapery. If you love the sheers behind the bed, lose the heavy drapes on the windows and bring something a bit lighter in. Even if you love the light blocking, you could always line some lighter (cream colored?) drapes to block the light while taking away some of the heavy feeling. Personally, I like sconces and bedside lamps . . . but with your particular bed (which I LOVE) the sconces seem out of place somehow . . . like they're not "enough" to balance out such a grand bed. Or something. I'll be interested to see what you decide. I'm sure where functionality is concerned the sconces are a go. Aesthetically, maybe they're not as great in their current setup. If I was in love with the sconces, I would probably lose the sheers and just drill the hole in the wall to hide the cords. Takes some of the weight off the room. That is, if you love your current drapes. ;)

    I was no help at all! LOL.

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  129. In my opinion, I love the sheers and sconces. What if you took a rust ribbon around the edge of the sconce shades, and, to go with the look, trimmed the window curtains with a cream edge? As weird as it may sound, I think adding a ruffle to the bed would help the fabric look, not hurt it. Also, for the night stands, could you add similar flower arrangements to each one to help the mirrors meet the night stands? Overall, I love your room - it's beautiful!

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  130. Okay, I vote keep the sheers but loose the sconces and keep the lamps on the tables (I think it grounds the mirrors and reflected light is gorgeous!) You can hang artwork or a wreath in front of the sheers that brings in the rust color, but breaks up the fabric. Best of both worlds! : ) Good luck! (It'll be beautiful whatever you do!)

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  131. Scones and no sheers! Easy peasy.

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  132. I love the sheers and sconces. I totally don't see hospital, and I'm pretty suggestible! I agree with one of the other commenters, give it some trim or stenciling, or just try another shade. To me it looks sumptuous. And I think you have to work really hard to have too much fabric and you're nowhere close. I think a cream edging and tiebacks on the window drapes would be divine. Thanks for being so inspiring!

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  133. I am partial to the sconces and shears. But, what if you'd add a darker color trip around the shears? Either the rust or brown.
    Now I'm trying to figure out how I could do something like that for my bed. 2 problems. I don't have a 4 poster bed. I live in an apartment. But, the ideas are swirling in the head. Maybe I'll figure something out.
    Good luck!

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  134. All look good to me!!! Stop by sometime..
    http://creativechicaldacs.blogspot.com/

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  135. Sheers and Sconces are my favorite. I would add a cream trim on the curtains. There you have it.

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  136. Haha, I was just reading through the comments and it sounds like opinions have split. We are not helping your dilemma any, are we? LOL. For what it's worth I'll add my 2 cents too. I liked the look with the sheers and the sconces. But the sconces to me look a little too small for that wall. I think that's why the lamps look beter, they are in a better scale with the bed. A different size of sconses and color of the shades (or even metal finish) would bring more contrast. I agree with you about the side shot with the windows. But I think the issue is with the window side of the room though. I think bringing the cream colored trim would add a pop on that side of the room. I like the mirrors on the headboard wall but what about bringing some other artwork that would tie with the overall colors of the bedroom? Good luck, I know you'll get it. Agonizing over it for a while will leave you with the best result. :)

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  137. I must say I am not partial to the curtains behind the bed look...I think that the new lamps look AMAZING! The curtains remind me of those privacy panels for doors in like churches...the ones that are on rods on both ends? (c: I think if you put in the moulding that it will help to break up that space and it wont need the curtains...good luck! (to the hubby too! Believe me, mine understands...)

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  138. I vote for the curtains behind the bed! I loved that and it was so original. I would never in a million years have thought of that. I loved the mirrors on each side being in view. When you took the curtains down and put the lamps on each table, they obstructed the mirrors. The little lamps above the bed were cozy looking....inviting to snuggle up with a good book or watch a movie in bed....the lamps on the nightstands just look traditional and rigid. I didn't read the rest of the opinions....babysitting grandkids right now so I didn't have time, but I hope the curtains win!!!!~

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  139. I love the colors in your bedroom. I do like the sheers but the sconces seem a little small for how grand your furniture is. I would get larger sconces and maybe place them on the outside of your bedposts. You could still do the sheers. If you feel like the sheers are too much maybe go with two panels of sheers right beside your bedposts and leave an open space in the middle. It would mimic your window drapes. I love your blog!!

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  140. I love the sconces but I'm not crazy about how the sheers look with the rust colored curtains.

    What if you took the curtains down completely and just did shades on those windows? That way you could keep the sheers and the sconces.

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  141. I like the lamps option best.

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  142. I like the sconces but the sheets did seem like too much fabric. I suggest you to do padded panels covered in a tight creamy satin. Something reflective so it will detract from the heavy fabric feeling.

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  143. I am a fan of the sheers and sconces. I really like the look of that combination. I can understand what you are saying about not liking it with the lights off. Maybe by rolling up the shade and bringing in the light from the window it would seem less sterile or hospital like. Either way your room is lovely!

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  144. Good Morning! First of all, lovely colors...so warm and inviting. I've been staring at your bedroom, and truly think this would work: if you tried taking down the panels on the window and put them behind the bed? The window shades balance out the room with the wood in the room (i.e. bed/nightstands), and the fabric behind the headboard brings more of a focal point to the bed, itself (which is gorgeous and should be your focal point). I say no sconces, and change out the shades of the lamps you got at Homegoods to even more of a creamier color. You said you were going to add molding, so why not add some moulding to the window to "beef it up" a bit and give it more of a custom millwork look. I think the room would look very balanced, traditional, and pleasing to the eye. Just a thought...happy decorating!
    Jen

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  145. About your bed hight problem: My dad just fixed a bed-hight problem for my sister by building a shorter box spring for her mattress to sit on. You can actually buy a box spring that's only 4in tall at any furniture store for $200-ish, but I know that's probably out of the question (as it was for my sis). Dad used 2x4's to make an interior frame and topped it with sturdy wood sheets, and stapled some fabric around it to hide the wood.

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  146. I vote sheers and sconces. I really like the look. And how much are you actually in the bedroom during the day anyway?

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  147. I'm voting for sheers and sconces.

    Maybe you could change the sheers to something darker like the walls? Maybe not so much contrast, but would still add the softness and you'd see the lampshades more.

    And as far as the window side, you can add shears behind the darker curtains. I've done this in my living room and love it! (And my curtains are copper colored too.)

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  148. I like the fabric and lights behind the bed. I think it might look more pulled together if the window curtain fabric matched fabric behind the beds.

    Good luck!

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  149. I like the traditional look so much better. I think the curtains are great but gives the room a look of to much draperies. The lamps look great! Why not try to incorporate the curtains around the bedposts? and move the mirrors to your headboard wall with something else? The best of all your peices! I thought the lamps on the nightstands looked great.
    Your bedding is lovely.

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  150. My two cents for what that's worth... Mom has the eye for room decor, however, lose the rust blanket on the bed - too much rust against the rust curtains. Soften those with creamy sheers behind that peek-a-boo and soften the edge next to the dark doors.

    Love the sheers behind the bed but with hidden lighting that lets them glow a bit and leave the bedside lamps. Maybe change out the on/off switch to something more user friendly like a roller switch on the chord or a lamp with a touch sensitive base or a push button on the base.

    Am I rambling? I hope not. Thank you for posting your wonderful ideas!

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  151. Hi Sarah- I like the sconces on their own, rather than with the sheers. I do feel like it's too hotel-y and too much fabric.

    As for the cords, from the picture, they look so straight that I actually like them, but I realize in real life they probably don't look good.

    I thought maybe you could get an 'empty' rod, paint it whatever colour, but I like the dark myself, I think it looks 'architectural' in some way, lol and feed the cord through it so at least you're not looking at the cord. You could attach it with those special curved brackets to the wall behind the bed so you'd never see where it's attached.

    I think it would work because of the nice lines of your bed, etc.

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  152. Ok, this is hard. I really liked it w/out the curtains but I agree w/the cords (I dont mind the plate being the dark color). I also like the lamps on w/the curtains but not when they are off. Maybe if it wasn't white?? What about a beige or cream color? Or you can get different lamp shades for the sconces like a decorative one that is not white so it stands out better against the white curtain if you decide to keep it white.

    Hope this helps.

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  153. I love the lamps. I'd take the mirrors off the wall and perhaps put a mirror of some sort under the lamps to reflect the soft light.

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  154. I love the sconces and drapes - I think it is very comfy and cozy. I also have drapes around my windows and then behind my headboard and I love crawling into bed every night. I feel enveloped by all the fabric. And the sconces are awesome! That way you can fill the bedside tables with magazines, books, water bottles, etc....

    Danielle

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  155. Okay, first.... LOVE your blog! This is my first time chiming in. I love the panels, but the shades def need something. Maybe a rust ribbon band or new shades all together? Hmmmm. If you added some cream to the curtains I think that will create a harmonious balance! Good luck... I know what you come up with will be fab!

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  156. You've already had SO MANY suggestions so I'll just say this. I love Natalee Callahan's suggestions the most.

    To hers I'd add that less is better with the sheers behind the sconces. I think the "fullness" you're going for makes it less whimsy and more hospital.

    Re: the bedskirt issue... I believe you could get away with a VERY SIMPLE pleated bed skirt in cream (to match your throw pillows)or the background taupey color of the comforter.

    Re: the curtains... loved the idea of reusing the fabric to make a cornice. You can then hang sheers (matchy-matchy or complimentary) beneath to soften the window.

    Can't wait to see your choices!

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  157. Or you could just do the curtains around the corners of the bed. Or leave them as is and hang a picture in a middle, to off-set all the cream. Or stencil a red pattern on the cream fabric....ohh - can't wait to see what you do!! Your rooms are always beautiful..

    Danielle

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  158. ok for starters, WHERE did you get your curtain non-rods? I have been looking for about the same thing to use as a bit of a room divider (curtains ain't just for windows anymore!).

    As far as your dilemma - at first I liked the panel with sconces behind the bed, but then I saw your point from the other angle, curtains curtains curtains. Then I scrolled down and loved the CLEAN look of your new table lamps and the iron piece and thought THAT'S IT (but that's more MY style). Then I wondered, have you thought of a different window treatment on your windows (don't punch me if you just bought those curtains!)? Maybe doing something less formal like a ... oh what's it called, like burlap cloth, kind of a "tweed"? Something that cozies it up. ah heck, don't listen to me, but I still want to know where you got those curtain hanger uppers.

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  159. i love the table lamps.

    i love the sheers.

    i don't love the sheers plus the sconces. maybe using a different color shade on the sconces would help. that's a toughie.

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  160. Part of the hospitalish feel is because of the color, I think. The very first idea of making the drapes blend to the wall a bit is a good idea because it won't all seem as fabric heavy and the shades will stand out then, too. Maybe a lighter color of the wall?

    Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  161. OH how we all love to give our big fat opinions. I think a requirement for giving our opinion should be we have to show you a photo of our own room. I wouldn't qualify for leaving a comment in that case.

    You'll figure it out. I think the best ideas come from being forced to be really creative!

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  162. First can I just say you are an amazing decorator and I love your ideas and you are so funny!!!! As for your curtains on the windows what if you just added a dark brown or cream colered tie back? I gotta say I don't love the sheers and lights behind the bed. It looks VERY hotel to me. Have you considered a different color or pattern of sheers? Anyway ur AWESOME!! Good luck

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  163. I like the idea of the sconces behind the bed, and even the sheers, but I agree with someone earlier that said to have a different color of sheer behind. Or you could try a contrast drape on top of the sheers hung just inside the frame of the bed? Maybe beefier shades on the sconces with some kind of contrast. Love the new lamps, but it leaves you with the same problem you had before! As to the drapes on the window, I love the color. I think once you can see it with the molding project complete, you can make a more objective decision. Love your ideas!

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  164. What about leaving the curtains on the bed open in the middle? Then you could put something in the opening to break up the drapes a bit.

    Something like this:
    www.younghouselove.com/photo-gallery-2

    (scroll down to Master Bedroom)

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  165. I don't mind the curtain heavy, but I would personally like a darker curtain behind the bed, which I think would give you the same feel but not the white hospital heeby jeebies. (And this is coming from someone that LOVES white! ;D

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  166. I would go with the sconces and the panels.

    Either.....
    darken the lamp shades.
    Darken the sheers - someone mentioned tone on tone, which would provide good texture in the room and make it feel less drapey.

    That being said, I don't think your room looks too drapey. If you do...add shades and go for a romantic valance. Perhaps the same color as the drapes behind the bed.

    Good luck lady!
    Heather J

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  167. I love the sheers and sconces. I would add a ribbon trim to the top and bottom of the sconce shades in the same colour as your drapes. Then, for your drapes, I would add a wide vertical band along the inside edge the same cream as the sheers to tie them together. I do agree that if the sheers had a pattern in them, it would feel a little less hospital-like or if they were closer to the wall colour for less contrast. :)

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  168. Looks amazing either way!

    http://www.bloggingbypictures.blogspot.com/

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  169. I like the sheers, but maybe without the sconces and with the lamps on the nightstand OR with the sconces aboe the nightstands. The window drapes look heavy - maybe use for a cornice board? Just random thoughts :)

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  170. I know that several of these things have been mentioned already but I will throw in my two cents anyway:

    1)I like the sheers. I think they soften the start outline of the bed.

    2)However, I think the sheers are the wrong color. They stand out too much from the other fabric colors and wall colors. Like several people have suggested i would make them a brown that blended more with the rest of the room.

    3)I am not sure about the sconce placement. I usually see those sconces off to the size of the bed and they look a little strange above the bed to me. I think i would move them just off the the side, with the backer kind of lined up with the posts and run the painted cord over and down behind the sheers/posts (depending on whether you keep the sheers)They could still be kept high for optimum light and the arm pulled over if you needed it more directly above you.

    4) I would not keep the lamps. I think they add clutter to the nightstands and the silver does not fit with the warmth of the room. Likewise I do not care for the mirrors. Unless you want to break out the rustoleum ORB spray again :-)

    5) I think the window curtains are a bit heavy and could be lightened up a bit.

    6) I am not sure about the striped wall behind the bed. While pretty I don't think it matches the feel created by the brown, rust, neutral colors in the rest of the room.

    All that having been said, I could have never gotten this far. You are truly an inspiration to those struggling, home DIY-ers our there like me :-)

    Good Luck.

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  171. Lamps - yes!
    Sconces - no!
    Sheers - yes! But open them maybe so they're not too heavy...? With them closed it's just too busy.

    Oh, & your nose is crooked. You're welcome. Teehee. :)

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  172. I haven't read any other comments so someone may have mentioned this but...how about cornice boxes? they would really add a nice break from the draped look. I love the fabric behind your bed! It really looks fabulous!

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  173. I love the sheers, so romantic! I think if you change out (or change up) the shades so that they "pop" it will scratch that DOCD itch. (or...a chocolate brown sheer, and keep the lighter shade). I think the missing element is contrast in that area. The rest of the room - fabulous! Even your messes are gorgeous! lol

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  174. Not sure if anyone posted this yet, but you could switch the rust colored curtains to roman shades. Just a thought. Could hang them a bit higher than they are now and "bubble" them out a bit. Can't remember what you paid for them, but there are all kinds of ideas online for making your own shades. Would look great with your chair next to the window. Also, maybe could tie in the rust color into a ribbon trim around your shades above your bed. Win/win for the hubs and for you, without too much extra dinero spent.

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  175. I'm begging you PLEEEEEAAASSEEEE tell me about your nightstands???? We have a 15 foot high bed as well. We have NO nightstands. We were too cheap (maybe poor would be a better word) to buy the ones that went with our bed when we bought the bed. We thought 'we'll just come back and buy them later'. Well, it's later, and they are long gone. I didn't want to spend hundreds PER STAND anyway. But, now we can't find anything that is tall enough! All nightstands are at least a foot too short. I told my DH to build some...that's how desperate we are. I don't even know if we have a hand saw? He tried to build our cat a house once...epic fail :( At least he tried.
    But please do tell me about your nightstands so we can copy you ;)

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  176. What if you lessened the amount of sheers on the back of the bed? I think it does look "hospital-ish" since it's so full, but maybe that would go away if it was thinner? Maybe you can take the spare sheers and start to go up each side of the canopy on bed, but then tie them back to the back posts. That may give that "canopy" effect without having to go all out.

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  177. Oh, and I like the sconces too, but in a different color shade (easy fix, I know). Have you thought about adding another color to the mix? You have lots of red (which I LOVE) and the green walls... maybe adding another color will help tone the others down... then you could somehow tie that into the bedskirt? Which I don't think you should do btw, I like the idea of a fitted sheet, but just not white or more red, lol.

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  178. i have this exact same PROBLEM!

    i have been going back and forth about our master for 3 months now.

    in my opinion, it seems like you both like the curtains and lights, so go there. HOWEVER, i think to make your room look less drapery heavy i would change your dark wood blinds (or whatever they are) for something light, like traditional blinds. it would lighten up the room a bit, which is definitely heading to the dark side and i think it wouldn't make your room look so drapery heavy and dark and cluttered when you look towards those windows!
    hope this helps!

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  179. I loved the sheers! If it were my master bedroom i would change the lamp shades to a more colorful shade :) Just so you know that they are there.

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  180. I think if you tilted the camera to the left all of your problems would be solved.

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  181. If you want to keep the lights and sheers on the wall, what about a box valance on the window? So you don't have to have drapes there you just have the box (that you of course will customize with whatever) above the window?

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  182. I am no decorator and things take YEARS in my house to finish. However I can always give advice for someone else to do the work.

    Option 1: Leave the sheers the color they are, paint the wall behind your bed the rust color and do a coordinating ribbon on the top and bottom of the shades of the sconces.

    Option 2: Switch the sheer with the curtains. Then get a non sheer but same color as the sheer curtain and edge it in a coordinating rust fringe.

    Option 3: Get rid of the sheer all together and pain the back wall the rust color and then trim out the side table lamps in coordinating trim.

    Option 4: Take what everyone has said and do what you want. You know what it is, you just haven't figured it out yet.

    I love your blog and you do such an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.

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  183. I love the sheers with the sconces.I would put a decorative touch on the lamp shades though. You could paint it, scrapbook paper it, buy new ones, whatever...but it does need more color. To add more fullness to the front of your room, I would get two rectangle woven baskets to put underneath your bench in front of your bed?
    The sheers really warmed it up, so I think those should make a quick comeback...especially if it makes the hubs happy!

    I love your blog and love seeing pictures of your gorgeous home. It gives me fun decorating ideas for after dental school when we get our own place...

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  184. This is the first time I've ever given my opinion after following your blog for over a year. I think...no to the sconces & fabric...yes to the lamps but lose the mirrors and do (as previous people have mentioned) wide paint stripes like Layla has in her reading room. The sconces & fabric took away from your beautiful bed. Happy decorating!!

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  185. I love the sconces and fabric! It's awesome! Definitely a keeper. If you don't like the 'hospital' look of the fabric, I suggest cream sheers behind your bed. During the day, if you don't like it because it's dark then I suggest putting sheers behind your rust colored curtains as well. That way you get diffused daylight.

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  186. Oh! I had another idea, what about adding cream colored ribbon to the curtains somehow. You know, horizontal or vertical maybe.

    As far as your bedskirt goes, maybe something simple? To not take away from your beautiful bedding already.

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  187. OK. Someone else may have already said this, as I'm not reading through 185 comments before me! But, since you're going to do some molding on your walls anyway.....what about doing molding on the bed wall that would incorporate hiding the cords. I loved the sconces, but not the fabric as much.

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  188. I like the drapes behind the bed. I'd change the color of the lamp shades to break it up.

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  189. What about hanging the sconces on the OUTSIDES of your bedposts instead of on the inside? Just on the outsides so they're still beside your bed and no one is injured while turning said lights on or off, and keep the fabric? I really like the fabric but I'm not crazy about the lights being in the middle of your bed. The fabric looks like it's part of your headboard IMO. I guess if you hung the lights outside the posts, you might have to get rid of the mirrors...could you maybe scoot the nightstands and mirrors over a teeny bit if it's too crowded with the sconces? Not sure about that stuff.... We have these http://www.potterybarn.com/products/adjustable-arc-sconce/?pkey=cplug-in-sconces in the bronze and I LURVE them!! Having them hanging makes our room feel like a resort somewhere. But we don't have anything hanging over our nightstands so we didn't have to worry about it looking too cluttered or busy. Hope you and hubs figure something out!! Keep up the great work!

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  190. Design decisions are the hardest. I agree that maybe you should move the sconces to over the night stand and remove the mirrors. Second option keep the lamps but no mirrors. If you are set on the having the sconces over the bed, have you thought about switching the drapes on the windows behind the bed and using a lighter color on the windows. Just a though

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  191. Hey Sarah! The lamps with the mirrors behind them look chic! I like that look a lot - agree that the mirrors wouldn't make as much sense if you went with the scones. The orange drapes ARE heavy - you are so smart - everything you say I go "uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh" - I know you will pull it all together and it will look FABulous - just like the rest of your house! =)

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  192. Sarah: If you are going to do molding, I would not use the sheers. I would use the sconces with the molding. I think it would look great.
    Shari

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  193. My first gut instinct was to leave the sheers (they look great) and take down the drapes and do a cornice. Can't wait to see what you do.

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  194. (See, that's what I get for attempting to be be humorous. I should have stated your "eyes" are crooked (tilted photos), not your nose.) :)

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  195. I like the sheers and scones! Very warm and that is my style!

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  196. I think I see how to tie it all together. First off, you need more red curtains like over the windows, probably just one. Then you need more sheers like you had behind the bed.

    Get a curtain rod that stretches all the way across the window (they make extenders). You need to have the sheers underneath the red curtains, so that when you tie back you get the sheers view. You can push the sheers back a bit to see your lovely blinds.

    Next, put the curtains back up behind the bed, but put a red curtain in the middle of the white. It'll pull together the curtains on the other wall. Now you can put your lamps back up, but I suggest reshading them to the exact fabric as the red.

    Good luck.

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  197. ok, love, love the curtains. You are right though the lamps blend waaay too much but look good with it. Since you already bought the lamps I would use fabric paint and spray them a color or add some decals for texture. I think those lamps could use some pattern to them like the bed spread.

    I say put those sexy curtains back on the wall get new lamp shades for the wall lamps or spray paint them and enjoy that room with hubby cause he is waiting it sounds like.

    Its beautiful.

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  198. Okay, this isn't going to be any help. I like them both for different reasons. I like how the lamps reflect light of the mirror and sort of double the light. If you need more light, go with that option. I also like the sconces with the sheers- that look gives a nice soft glow. If you're going more for ambiance than light, go with that look.

    As for the drapes, what are they currently hung with, I can't quite tell in the photo- are they shirred on the rods or hung from clips? I think hanging straight down from clips (so the clips show) would leave a little space between the rod and the drapes and would force the drapes into folds which would sorta turn down their volume a bit. If they're already on clips, maybe just try my mom's trick- force them into folds vertically and tie them (not too tightly) in place that way with some string for a couple of days, so when you take it off they hold their folds.

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  199. I love the curtains and the sconces though the scones perhaps blend in a little too much. Perhaps stencilling a pattern in a darker colour would give some contrast? And lighter/white curtains at the windows? That's probably entirely wrong, but I love white curtains.:)
    Carolyn

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