Saturday, April 9, 2011

Creating a beautiful bedroom & the art of Damask, Cindee style

Hello hello lovelies. Today I am going to talk about creating a beautiful space for yourself. A place where you can daydream, relax and unwind from the day. I love being surrounded by beautiful things...things that inspire me and lift me up so I've always tried to include items, photos and colors into my space that have a positive affect on me. I've gone thru a lot of chapters in my life that have prevented me from fully creating an authentic space...whether it be not enough time or money but i've always managed to express that need regardless.

Like this one time i painted writing and pictures on the walls of my rented bachelor suite. Scrubbing it off when I moved out was such a pain but also a good memory to look back on and laugh at. lol* Right Rosa??

Here are a few photos of the rooms I've had

This prob'ly looks like a little girl's room to you. But to tell you the truth I decorated this when I was 18. LOL*
It was the princess in me. I even had sparkles on the ceiling. It was a very magical space to be in especially when I lit up my candles.

This was when I first moved out to Vancouver on Richards St, downtown. I stubbornly insisted that I was to live in the heart of the city and even tho rent was pricey the experience was priceless. What a contrast to my previous room hey? I made myself some new satin sheets to go with the more "grown up" me.

This was the 2nd place I lived in Vancouver. I had to down grade. I was going to fashion school at the time and my place was always a mess bcos of the many projects I had on the go. Even tho this place wasn't my ideal place I made interesting memories. Like when the girls came to visit me in the summer, it felt like we were inside an oven. Couldnt open the balcony bcos there was a beehive sitting right outside.

Here's a post I wrote during this time: READ HERE

3rd apartment was by Joyce station. Pretty good location and a lot more SPACE!! I loved the view. I could watch the fireworks from my balcony.

And this is my room when I lived in Kits. How would I describe the style?
Well I was inspired by Hawaii. Had interesting patterns, exotic colors and brown furniture to ground it all.

And what does my room look like now?? I had more time to put effort into this one. If I could describe it in 3 words it would be: Modern, arabian, eclectic. I used a lot of dark colors esp grey. I damasked one wall to give it texture and interest to the eye and against the grey canvas I decided to add pops of color. It almost looks like a merging of my first two rooms. Sorry for the quality of the next photo. I had taken it on my phone.

♥How to Damask your wall♥

What you'll need:

*stencil paper
*a pad to put underneath to cut the pattern
*felt tip pen
*exacto knife

-I bought some stencil paper from the craft store and searched online for a pattern that I liked.
-I traced it with a felt tip pen and cut it out with an exacto knife. A bit time consuming.
-It's probly a lot easier if you find one instead of making one.

-I had to stencil my wall one pattern at a time. Not the most efficient way to go about it but I couldn't find a damask stencil in calgary and I was too impatient to order one online
-You can create a lot of diff looks with damask....different colors, different textures like gold or silver. Its really up to you what you like. For me I used glossy black paint
-So when you have your paint picked out you can start by taping the stencil to your wall. Then dip your sponge in the paint and dab at the stencil.
-You'll discover your own technique as you go along. But make sure to keep the stencil pressed up against the wall
-The first few that I did looked messy bcos I picked up too much paint on my sponge so add a little bit at a time

-Here's my progress. Dont ask me how I got them all level. I had no strategy. I just eyeballed it. I dont think I'd want to ever do this again unless I was paid a ridiculous high amount of money lol*
-If you were to do this right, I think the best way would be to use a measuring stick and drawn lines to act as guides on where to place your stencil

All done - after a few days. I think it was definitely worth it. Now for the fun part...putting everything together.

♥It's all about the details...♥

This is my prince charming frog where I keep my rings. You can open him up.

My jewlery drawer

And my lantern to go along with the arabian theme


  1. Your room now is beyond fabulous! I definitely want to design my master bedroom when I find a more permanent place to live. I liked seeing the transitions of rooms and places you lived :)

  2. omgosh your walls look amazing thats such a good idea. once i get my own space im gonna do this! it looks so chic. i especially love how your walls are black/dark i think its so chic.

  3. wow you are amazing! i would never have the patience to do that to my room and one by one too! but it looks amazing! i love all your rooms especially your most recent one!

  4. The transformation is sooo good! Love how you made the stencil yourself!! You're so awesome :P The end result looks amazing! Really like your picture frames, really really niceeeee

  5. Wow you did such a great job! At first sight, I thought it was a wallpaper :D. That must've taken a while! I would've messed up =T. I'm not so good w/ artistic stuff like that =T

  6. this is like dream room!!!!! you are amazing 8DDD ahhh i love people who take things on with their own will power and create amazingness<3 :3 truly inspirational. this is fuckin darling<3

  7. Ah, beautiful! All of 'em =] but dang on the last one... lots of work girl! I'll probably want to quit half way if I was you.

  8. your room is so lovely~! great job on your damask it looks perfect. i love this entry it's so inspiring <3

  9. WOW you have so much patience to do that I thought it was wallpaper too at first! It looks amazing though, love the little details and acessories

  10. Cindee! You're bedroom is absolutely amazing! Very stylish and relaxing, it really does remind me of an Arabian night. I love it!

  11. you are hella talented cindee!!! i would never have the patience to do that. i could barely stand painting my room one color, it took way too long!

    i love the lone slipper in the one picture! so cute!
    hope your doing well,

  12. I love your current room! By having all your walls painted dark, does your room seem smaller? I've wanted a deep color for my walls, but I keep hearing people say it makes the room feel closed in and small. And major kudos for your wall deco. When I first seen it, I swear, I thought it was a wall paper. That's amazing girl!

  13. Love that carousel. Where did you get it?
    Also love that Damask, it looks so luxe and glam but modern with the black. Like gothic romantic.

  14. oh my, I love your stuffs!!!!!! I wish I have your room lol :D

    new follower :)

  15. Omgosh your current room is amazing! I love it and I can't believe you actually did the individual damask patterns by yourself that is so impressive haha

  16. WOW girl you did an AMAZING job on that wall!! I would not have the patience to do that for sure. I didn't realize you lived all over Van! hehe I've had that cramped dt experience place too - I used to live in an under 500 sq ft apt on Homer!

  17. im so glad you remember! i remember you designed the cutest dresses!
    great post on the transition of your room. i love your current room. wow the walls are gorgeous. i can only imagine how much time it took, but well worth it. xx

  18. Omg, your room looks nice! I wish I can do that! It looks very pro! You are good! Your room is prettayyyy!! Thanks for the tip on perfumer btw! I'll have to go smell the D&B light blue!

  19. I love what you have done to your room! esp. the wall! absolutely stunning!
    I am ur newest follower! hope you can follow me back

  20. oh my gosh. i'm actually amazed at how well you managed to eyeball and line each stencil so seemingly perfect. i've always loved black walls but my parents always told me i'd eventually become depressed if i were to paint them black. LOL. UGH! i cannot get over how well the walls came out :)!

  21. OMG i am in love with your new room~! very chic! and i cant believe you hand painted each damask, looks great! I've thought about getting a damask wallpaper, but this is a great way to save money! :) you inspire me cindee! <3

    jus love creative people!
    btw i used to major in fashion design jus like yourself, are you still attending school?


  22. Oh my your room is soooo beautiful! Creative you. (:

  23. Love what you did with your room Cindee! You're so creative! x

  24. Omg, this is awesome! Love the damask wall! You're very patient to do this all by hand!;) -A



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