This week’s topic is one that’s been on my mind for a while. I’ve wanted a lolified bedroom (actually, a whole house/apartment) for a long time. However, I don’t have one, and I won’t have one for a long time yet. I rent the little house I live in, and I’ll only be here for another year and a half. That means I’m stuck with this really gross seafoam green/grey carpet, no matter what I do. Also, I share a room with my boyfriend, and we have a lot of mismatched furniture, two computers, three monitors, his comic book collection, and my works-in-progress craft/sewing projects all over the place. (Plus, he likes pink. How un-gothic lolita!)
Still, I’m slowly working on making my room a little more gothic lolita and a lot more me. (I feel very lucky that my boyfriend really likes my style and trusts me to not make our room a design disaster.)
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What I Have Now
(My friend got me the canopy for Christmas last year. Isn’t it great?) In my struggle to lolify parts of my room, I think the bed is probably the biggest success. I love how pretty it is. It’s also warm and comfy, so snuggling under the blankets is always a treat.
Going forward, what I really want is to have a set of beautiful dark purple sheets, but I haven’t been able to find one so far.
2. Vanity Area
Unfortunately, I do not have a gorgeous Baroque vanity where I can sit in the mornings and get ready to greet the day. I very much want one of those some day, but what I have is perfectly fine.
I do apologize if the mirrors look silly. I found the jumbled reflections to be distracting.
Besides, there isn’t a point in having anything nicer right now. My makeup skills aren’t that strong, and I only do my hair when I’m wearing lolita. It is really nice to have a dedicated part of my room just for “beautifying,” though.
It’s hard to keep this area clean and clear (because it’s really tempting to just put random things on all that empty space), but I try and maintain it like this. I think that having at least one part of the room that’s organized will help me try and organize the rest of my room.
3. Some Other Decor
I have a hard time identifying the line between “decor” and “pointless clutter.” Growing up, my parents’ house generally looked like a house from a magazine, with a few, carefully selected items of decor in each room. Right now, I’m trying to focus on the bigger things instead of small knickknacks.
I love the ukiyo-e style of woodblock printing.
My feeble attempts to dress our weird windows…
What I Will Have
1. A Clean Room, Free of Clutter and “Projects”
So, I think the easiest way to make a room look nicer is to keep it clean. Right now, my room is a mess and I can’t ever seem to get it clean. One of the problems is that my boyfriend and I have too much stuff that we don’t want or don’t use taking up our limited storage. (Another problem is that I am hopelessly lazy when it comes to tidying.)
The first steps to getting this messy, disjointed room in order will be to donate all our extra nonsense that’s useable, organize our sentimental-but-unused nonsense into boxes in the basement, and to move all of my projects and supplies out of this room and into its own space. After these major space-hoggers are taken care of, de-cluttering and tidying should be a lot more manageable.
2. Pretty Walls
I may be stuck with this horrid seafoam carpet, but I don’t have to keep staring at our ugly, butter-cream walls. Besides being a color I don’t like at all, the walls are really poorly painted. You can see a darker color underneath in places, and the paint brush streaks are really obvious all along the baseboards. Whoever painted this room didn’t have either painters tape or patience, so the paint edges are really sloppy. All of this (combined with the horrible, stained carpet) make the room feel really dirty, even if everything is clean. We also have poor light in here, which makes everything seem even worse.
Over spring break this year, I’m going to paint the walls and the baseboards. The walls will be a medium grey color with some purple undertones, and the trim will be a bright white.
For the wall color, I’m thinking something like this, (even though this is a lot more purple than I had in mind):
I like this a lot. In fact, I might just buy this exact paint…
Altogether, the walls will look something like this:
3. More Black
Either this summer or during spring break (if I haven’t had enough of painting by then), I’m going to buy a can of black lacquer spray paint and work on unifying some of my accessories and room decor. All the posters that are up now will have to come down when I repaint the room. Hopefully, I’ll be able to convince my boyfriend to not put up as many, and to have the ones we do put up be framed. (Obviously, the frames would also be painted black.)
The obvious things I want to spray paint are my wig stand, the “ung drill” IKEA frame I bought to match my mirror, and the silly “extension” part of my curtain rod. Once the room is clean and pretty, I’m going to have to resist the urge to buy knickknacks and decor pieces (black or no) because we really don’t have very many empty surfaces in our room. (The rest of the house is cluttered enough.)
Plus, the more stuff I buy now, the more stuff I’ll have to pack up and bring with me when I move.
What I Want (but Can’t Have)
1. A New Floor
I dislike carpet, no matter what the color is. I think it’s impossible to really clean, and carpeting just feels dirty to me. I would like to have a dark wood floor someday.
2. An Epic, Ornate Furniture Set
Last week, a girl made a post on egl about this fabulous, hand-carved Baroque furniture set she saw for sale on Craigslist. This set was far too light and creamy for me personal taste, but can you imagine a decadent wood furniture set stained black, with plush, velvety jewel-toned cushions? Black on black is also a favorite combination of mine.
Just look at how beautiful all this stuff is:
I can totally picture myself relaxing on those chair or couches after a wonderfully exhausting day of wearing lolita and having adventures. Alas, I won’t be able to have any of this sort of thing for a very, very long time. Still, I can dream.
Alternatively, a lot of the stuff from Romantic Princess looks pretty cool.
3. An Amazing Lolita Storage System
Since this is the dreamy part of my post about my ideal lolita bedroom, it would be very silly of me to not mention any actual lolita clothes. I want a huge wall-storage system where I can fit my dream wardrobe: a beautiful collection of black, blackxwhite, and jewel tones of which each and every piece fits me perfectly.
(I can’t find a picture of my ultimate lolita storage system without stealing a picture of some lolita’s actual wardrobe and closet, which would be super weird and rude. There are a lot of lolitas who post their storage systems when they do their wardrobe posts, so look through a couple of the wardrobe posts from this year and years past if you want some storage inspiration.)
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Readers, do you have a lolita room? What’s in it and what does it all look like? Is it generally a “princessy” or “doll-like” aesthetic, or do you use your lolita purses, hair accessories, brand post cards, etc., as decor? If you don’t have a lolita room, do you want one? Is lolita just a fashion to you, and, if so, are you confused as to why someone might want to decorate in a lolita style? I’d love to know your thoughts. Please leave them in the comments below!
Don’t forget to look at other lolita bloggers’ responses to this week’s prompt!
Seraphine & The Striped Box ⚜ Little Coffee Shop ⚜ Art du noir