Dancers Anonymous > Your ideal room

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by Lioness, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    Imagine you have a room (or several). You can decorate them however you wish, with no regard for cost or plausibility. How would you do it?

    Mine would be a bedroom, music room, and awesome place all in one.

    This place is large. Think 2 1/2 times the size of your average bedroom. Maybe 10x10m (I dunno, but it's big)

    One wall will be almost all window. There will be lovely red curtains. Oh, and the walls are light pink. Opposite the window there is a double bed. Nothing too fancy, but made from a nice wood, and with a classy bedspread. In the left corner of the room, near the window, there is a grand piano. It's black, and shiny, and has a perfect touch.

    The walls are lined with bookshelves, preferably filled with books. They reach from floor to ceiling, and there is one of those awesomely cool sliding ladder things, so I can reach any book I want. They are all magically in alphabetical order. The bookshelf nearest the piano is filled with sheet music. Chopin and Debussy have an entire shelf to themselves.

    In the other corner of the room - also near the window, there is a small reading/work area. Comfy chairs, a coffee table, and a reading lamp.

    The whole place stays magically clean. I need no wardrobe. My clothes are elsewhere - probably in a walk-in robe, but hidden in a trapdoor under the bed.

    Another trap door leads to a large dance floor, with an amazing floor, no pillars, and mirrored walls. There is a stereo system to play music, and a few couches for socialising between practice.

    What would yours be?
  2. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    Oooh...too difficult. I've got too many competing ideas.

    One thing I've always wanted, though, was a house/room where the distinction between indoors and outdoors borders on nonexistant. I don't know why that appeals to me so much, but it does. I'd settle for living in an area where I didn't need window screens. I.Hate.Window.Screens.

    Regardless...lots of light. Especially in the morning. And cross-breezes blowing through.

    I wouldn't want it to really be a multi-purpose room, except perhaps a nice little corner for reading. No computer, no TV, possibly a stereo or something.

    Hmmm...I'm not so sure I could improve on our current bedroom, which I absolutely love, aside from the window screens. Oh, wait, not true. A gas fireplace in the bedroom (like in our old house)...there's nothing better. Maybe having the insides of the closet painted.

    But...nope. Love our bedroom.
  3. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    You can have multiple rooms :)

    Say, a whole house, all made up of bedrooms of different designs.
  4. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

    Largish room.

    King Bed
    Bay window surrounded with luxury pillows for reading, chilling out, being fed grapes by lady friend (probably get a slap for that).
    Water feature (love the sound of waterfalls, so relaxing!)
    Huge glass goldfish tank complete with minature castle :cool:
    Large open log fire with optional marshmallow poker
    Huge soft luxury rug surround fire place
    Bookshelf for books and music/film
    Huge oak desk with fountain pen and paper
    Sweets on pillows every night (sounds like a hotel? No, just an excuse for sweeties!)
    Self portrait (not of me) hanging over bed (no cut out for eyes!)

  5. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    flashdance I'll raise you: slighlty Larger room.

    King Bed 4 poster
    Bay outside.
    window surrounded with luxury books for reading, chilled champagne, being fed grapes by a butler.
    Water feature : a stream running through it
    Huge glass shark tank complete with minature bridge
    Large open log fire with optional marshmallow poker ( a marshmallow poker?; sounds as useful as a chocolate kettle)
    Huge soft luxury woman
    Libaray for books and music/film
    Huge oak woodland behind house
    Sweets on pillows every night
    Silk drapes hanging over bed

  6. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

    LOL! :cool:
  7. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Que? *giggle*

    Still working on this, but so far know what it will be huge, with lots of windows and decorated in shades of blue and white. No harsh angles anywhere. Wired for piped-in music, if I want. In suite bathroom that's just as large with wooden mats and accessories. The bathroom will be more white than blue. The bedroom more blue than white. Also lots of windows in the bath, so I guess I'll be living next to a greenbelt.

  8. leftthebuilding

    leftthebuilding New Member

    Safe place which never let bad things happend.
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yes. That's the idea. :cool:
  10. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Like all mine just the way I have them, but would like to get more Mexican serapes to add more color.
  11. Zhena

    Zhena Well-Known Member

    My real bedroom:

    Insanely large (about 17 by 17 ft) with a peaked ceiling ... the previous owner added a master suite that is out of scale with the rest of the house. We didn't buy the house for the sake of the bedroom, but is sure is a nice touch.

    Wall 1: Standard size sliding doors to the patio (with beige vertical blinds), then a storage piece that could be a china cabinet but currently holds most of our family tchochkes. We looked for the right piece for many years, and finally found it in a consignment store (I think I wrote about the discovery somewhere on DF ... the day had some adventurous aspects to it).

    Wall 2: Large bay window that is too high for a window seat. The window overlooks the stream and one of the waterfalls to the koi pond, plus a lovely Thai-style Buddha at the top of the rise. We keep toys for visiting children on the window sill. (The last child to play with them is now about 8 years old and much too mature for silly wooden trains, but, heck, someday there will be another visiting young'un.) The curtains were made years ago for another window, but the size is close enough. The fabric came from our wedding tablecloths. Back then fabric was cheaper than pre-made tablecloths, and I knew I would eventually find a use for yards and yards of royal blue cloth ... and I did, including bedroom curtains. In front of the window is a loveseat covered in blue/red/cream fabric, another consignment store find. To the left of the loveseat is a child's rocking chair holding our daughter's 2 American Girls dolls ... she can have them back when she is ready, but for now she is not interested. To the right is a small drop-front desk from DH's parents' house and a mismatched chair.

    Wall 3: A queen-sized four-poster bed between two windows. The Shaker-style bed has a frame, but no canopy. Navy blue curtains from a mail-order catalog are on the windows and the bed frame. The bed curtains at the head hang from the frame behind the headboard, and there are single panels on each side at the head only. This makes a visual room-within-a-room to soften the vastness. The night tables are boxes made from plywood/particleboard with round tops. But you can't see the construction, because they're covered first by floor-length navy blue round cloths, then square white linen "luncheon cloths" and finally round glass (surprisingly easy to keep clean). We originally had matching blue-and-white oriential style lamps but one broke, so now we have mis-matched lamps. I actually like that better. The duvet cover and pillow shams are a blue-and-white oriental pattern. The carved chest at the foot of the bed was made for DH's parents when they were stationed in Japan in the early 50's.

    Wall 4: Two "lingerie chests" (tall narrow bureaus) that were wedding gifts from DH's parents. Our early homes had limited floor space, so tall and narrow was more efficient. Also on this wall are the door to the bathroom, the mirrored sliding closet doors, and the door from the family room.

    We took out the original beige carpet and installed bamboo flooring. On the floor are two rugs (almost-black navy with cream and red) that we bought in Istanbul. If we roll up the large rug, we have a mini dance studio in front of the closet ... we can't do much in the way of travelling dances, but it's great for WCS, rumba, cha cha, etc.

    The bathroom has light-blue fixtures and blue-gray tile. We painted the walls blue as well, and have navy blue towels. There's a white cabinet from Ikea to hold our bath "stuff" and an amazing amount of stuff it is. On the top of the cabinet are glass jars holding the shells that DH collected in Hawaii (his family was stationed there when he was in kindergarten) plus a bunch of ceramic boxes that no longer fit in the display cabinet in the bedroom. The boxes are almost all gifts starting from when I was in high school, but they all fall into the blue/white/red theme.

    If I were able to change anything about it, I'd make it open out of our living room (or, as our son insists, our "library") instead of the family room. Oh ... and I'd make the closet bigger. When we first moved in, I thought the closet was enormous, but stuff expands to fill space, and now it's too small.
  12. sambanada

    sambanada Active Member

  13. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    I have lived in a studio apartment a few times. Basically one main room and a small kitchen and a bathroom. It was nice and cozy and all that I needed, especially with the great view that I had with the last one. A bit like being in a cabin in the woods...
  14. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Well-Known Member

    It would have a big comfy bed, that makes itself. In fact the whole room cleans itself. What you mean realistic ideals?

    Nice sturdy cherry wood furniture, a big soft bed, everything burgundy or dark green. That is actually what my bedroom looks like, except it's a mess and I want it not to be.
  15. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Well-Known Member

    There are other times, depending on my mood, I want my room clean, white, simple and very minimal. The house I rent a room in is very nicely decorated, very cozy. Of course I want the plain, minimalistic opposite, and then if I had that I'd want the warm, pretty, cozy house...
  16. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Self-cleaning room? I love it! :)
  17. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

    Changing mine to a padded cell :bouncy::headwall:
  18. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    So I said I wanted a room with books and a reading area.

    I could live with this:

  19. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    I love that! :cheers:
  20. nucat78

    nucat78 Active Member

    Geez, brings up the "should I sell my place and start fresh or drop some big bucks into it and redecorate" debate.

    Been in a townhouse for 12 years now and love the fact that little men come in the night to plow snow and during days to cut the lawn, but I miss a den or sunroom to patio / garden arrangement like Peaches mentioned. And while I now have a Kindle, I could go for Lioness's room... and palm trees... I could really use some palm trees...

    Maybe the problem is I prefer traditional decorating and my place has vaulted ceilings and an open loft?

    Maybe I could go traditional Japanese - pick up the tatamis and instant dance floor!

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