Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:16 PM EDT
Congratulations to our two Photo Challenge winners. Samantha S. and Zoé M. did a great job cozy-ing up their bedroom spaces! Take a look at the results:
From Samantha S. who may a poor student studying at UBC, but she doesn't intend on living like one: "Being a university student, I am definitely poor. So what's new? All of my friends are poor students! The difference with me is that I don't want my room to reflect my current situation. My room is quite literally my favourite place in the world, so I have tried to reflect that in its décor: cozy, dark black and bright, intelligent green makes me feel like I'm in a girlier version of a guy's room. As a student, my giant desk is a huge plus, so I can spread my textbooks and papers all over it. Having plentiful storage is also a must, as it lets me keep things out of sight and give me space to think. In the corner of my desk I've got my favourite picture of my dad, whom I miss and love, now that I'm away from home. Also on display are my numerous pieces of jewelry. Since I can't hide easily hide them away, I try to make them a decoration themselves; my earrings are stuck on canvases covered with local maps, my necklaces hang on a ladder next to my bed, and my hair bands have their own little arm to hang on.
"I always give a little giggle when I read magazines about decorating on a budget, when the budget happens to be $5000 and feature Le Corbusier chairs and classy paint jobs. I find it's a much bigger challenge to decorate a room for less than $500, when you can't screw things into the wall and you can't paint. Being a financially challenged student forces me to be twice as creative and ten times as budget conscious. I will admit I dream of the day I can paint my walls a rich, mossy green or smoky grey. Until that point, I may be a poor student, but I don't intend of living like one!"
From Zoé M. who tackled her guest bedroom: "We recently moved into our new house having just emigrated from the UK, so the first room that we have tackled is the guest bedroom. There are still a couple of things to do before our first guests arrive, but essentially it's all finished, although we will need to get new carpets. We are pleased with the results so far."
Special mention to Nicole W. who sent in this photo of her newly decorated bedroom: "Last week I finally had my new Queen Simmons Promenade mattress and hi-loft boxspring delivered. The comfort from the new bed alone makes my bedroom cozy. I live in a 748sq. ft. condo and my bedroom is only 110sq. ft., which made it impossible for me to get a shot that encompassed the entire room.
"The curtains are from Pier 1; ceiling fan from Canadian Tire; nightstands and 400 thread count sateen sheets by President's Choice Home Collection; duvet (by Springmaid) and mirrors from SureFit; Good Night Princess table lamp and wall-mounted tealight holders from Kitchen Stuff Plus; picture frames from Kitchen Stuff Plus and Pier 1; turquoise Ritva throw from IKEA; throw cushions from Home Depot, IKEA, and Home Outfitters; The sheepskin rug was a gift from my dad. The statue on the left bedside table was a gift from my boyfriend who said it is my Oscar for being the "Best Supporting Girlfriend." The rock on my windowsill was a gift from my mom. The electric fireplace I'm going to be getting is out of stock, but will be at the foot of my bed, beneath the candle-holders and frames."
Looking to tackle your kids' bedroom next? Or maybe you already have? October's Photo Challenge is underway: Kids' Bedrooms.