corvuscrx: (Rage)
So a week or two ago I purchased a new bed. My previous bed was a hand-me-down, at least 6-8 years old and I was waking up stiff and not feeling very rested anymore. So after a significant amount of prodding from someone that I should do something about it I did. Along with my new bed I bought a fiberbed to overlay on top of it to make it similar to the pillowtop models now being sold (this was recommended by a number of resources as the best way to go) as well as a new sheet set and a new black velvet bedskirt for my bed.

I also took the opportunity provided to completely rearrange my bedroom which I'm pretty happy with as the room feels noticeably different as well as more open. It was after this rearrangement that I decided that I actually wanted to fully decorate the bedroom to make it more purposeful and fancy. I've always had intense jealousy over other peoples homes who always seem to be much cooler looking than mine. Of course some of that is my own fault as I am a rather geeky individual and it is difficult to make large amounts of Comics, Games, & Toys look "cool" to anyone else other than another uber-geek. It also fall in line with my wanting a more unified looking "home" with real quality furniture that will last many years if not the rest of my life that I've been working slowly towards.

However I do have a small problem.... I suck at decorating. I don't know where to find the cool stuff, what the cool stuff is and what to do with it once I do have it. So I'm looking to wiser people than myself to assist. First on my list is that I want to finish off by bed by buying a really nice looking bedspread/comforter/duvet. I've looked at a few places on line but haven't found a very large selection of Victorian / Gothic style covers. In my head I picture a deep red or purple color with intricate scroll-work or similar pattern. Does anyone have any suggestions as to wear to look for really cool bedding? Also does anyone have any good decorating tips to make a more unified look to my home and that expresses more of a Gothic sensibility rather than a what was available or on sale haphazard style.

Date: 2007-10-31 10:36 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Hands down the best place to get bedding is The pages of stuff just keep going for ever and the prices are stupid. And shipping is always, like, $4 or something.

Date: 2007-10-31 10:45 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
That is one of the first places I looked since Cyra had gotten hers there but nothing in the current selection really grabbed me. How often do they swap out or add new offerings?

Date: 2007-10-31 10:50 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
What happened to the old bed? That mattress set was waranteed for 15 years.

Date: 2007-10-31 11:55 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It was picked up by the people who delivered my new bed.

Date: 2007-10-31 10:59 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
What's your price range?

Date: 2007-10-31 11:56 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Money isn't really an object if we're talking about real people and not celebrities. (i.e. no $20,000 jewel encrusted duvets)

The stuff I've been looking at ranges from $50 to a couple hundred.

Date: 2007-10-31 11:21 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Ebay is always a great place for unusual stuff.

Try this as a start. It should return about 300-400 results if the link works. This is for queen size, so change that in the search box if it's wrong, and edit the terms as desired.

Date: 2007-10-31 11:58 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I've already got a couple of search engines running but nothing as comprehensive as yours. Thanks!

Date: 2007-10-31 11:54 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
want something really amazing?

ask your friend with a sewing machine to make one for you!

/me points to herself.

decorating is one of my favorite things but i never have the money to do it. i've not done badly considering almost everything i own was free or off of craigslist.

please invite me over and i'll bring cheesecake and help you decorate. board games required.

Date: 2007-10-31 11:59 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I may take you up on the sewing offer. However decorating advice accompanied by cheesecake and boardgames seems like a no brainer.

Date: 2007-11-01 06:10 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
If you walk by Ross, Marshall's, or TJMaxx drop in every so often. Sometimes they get stuff like that - A and I found our comforter at Ross on a random whim.

Also, note what elements you particularly enjoy at other people's homes. You can try to duplicate/modify them for yourself (ie lots of candles, ironwork, heavy red velvet drapes, etc).

Date: 2007-11-01 06:44 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I already do try to do that but for it to be really effective I'd have to GO to other people homes. lol

Date: 2007-11-01 02:37 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I'm a big fan of this site:

and their discount site as well.

Date: 2007-11-01 02:39 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I'm thinking about the rococo comforter set. Maybe with red sheets.

Date: 2007-11-01 09:02 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
That's kind of funny since the only other site I found on my own was Home Decorators. Thanks for the tip however I didn't know about the outlet site.

Date: 2007-11-02 01:16 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Shoot me an email tell me how you are doing.

Date: 2007-11-04 06:26 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
This sucks. I never got this response to my post. *GRRR*
I found the nicest velvet stuff. Will check the tags to see where it came from.

Date: 2007-11-06 08:08 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
You might get some inspiration by going to antique malls and finding a common thread in all of the items that catch your eye. I don't know if that makes any sense at all, but it's how I discovered that I really like English craftsmanship from the 1920s/30s.

Date: 2007-11-06 05:53 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
That is an excellent suggestion. Thank you.
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