How (and Why) to Update a Room in the Midst of a Global Pandemic
Ever since we bought our home 6 years ago, I’ve relentlessly been pumping character into it. It was once a sad little foreclosure, bedecked in every shade of builder-standard beige. Luckily, as a Noonday Ambassador, it’s not hard to find inspiration: the handiwork of beautiful cultures have done a lot to influence my home décor style, just like it has my personal fashion style. I’ve incorporated a lot of textiles and handmade items that I’ve collected in my travels and juxtaposed it with my love of mid-century design.
This little nook in our master bedroom has always thrown me for a loop though. Our bed faces it, so it’s the last thing I see at night and the first thing I see in the morning. It’s held a cheap loveseat and a mish-mosh of framed photos that have had no place better to live. I’ve reckoned with what to do with this little area, knowing it was a unique space but never feeling inspired enough to make it what it should be. I’m posting “before” photos of it below, but you can’t judge me, ok?
Then one magical day, I got an email that all clearance items at Anthropologie were an additional 50% off, and this wallpaper mural came into my life.
Game changer. Inspired by the beautiful Otomi prints of the central Mexico, I knew it’d be perfect. Otomi prints date back well before pre-colonial times, but the textile itself came into fashion in the 1960s when farmers of the region looked to diversify their income sources. It was the right blend of color, culture, and history that speaks to what I love.
It actually arrived in my mailbox almost a year ago, but I’ve lacked the time or guts to do anything with it. Despite loving it, I’ve hesitated for fear that it would be…well, too much.
Then remember that time the world went into quarantine? One Saturday morning in early April, with literally nothing better to do, I just went for it. Matching up the panels was a humbling experience, and I had harrowing flashbacks of high school math class as I attempted to find the midpoint of the wall. But wow. It was for sure worth it in the end.
To round out the nook (whilst in quarantine, you remember), I had to turn to the internet to source the other main pieces. Two club chairs, a vintage-inspired Sputnik floor lamp, a record player stand, and a couple of understated photo rails all came from Amazon Prime.
The addition of these simple picture rails house some of my most favorite things: my Granddaddy’s movie camera, a Monkees album (signed by Davy Jones no less!), a painting I picked up in Ireland, a photo of my Grandfather the day he returned home from a North Korean POW camp, and even some of my Noonday pieces, which are of course pieces of art in their own right.
Overall, this mural not only gave the perfect dose of statement, but it’s created a much-needed little place to “get away”, especially because “getting away” in quarantine really might just be going to a different room and closing the door. I love to sit here and listen my mom’s old records, or sip a cocktail when the Alabama heat is unbearable. Ok, I play games on my phone too.
The takeaway: your home is a reflection of you, so don’t feel boxed into one style or theme. It will all come together because it is an extension of YOU and what you love.
(And maybe don’t wait till the next global lockdown to muster the courage to do a project you’ve been holding out on!)
- Similar mural wallpaper from Anthropologie
- Handcrafted pillow covers
- Faux leather club chairs
- Floor lamp (shout out to my friend and loyal customer Jennifer C. for helping me pick just the right one)
- Record player stand
- Similar record player to mine
- Unfinished picture rails
- Vintage Moroccan wedding blanket
Meet Malinda Nichols
Malinda first became an Ambassador when she and her husband were fundraising for the adoption of their daughter from India. She has a degree in Fashion Design and even used to work as a prop stylist! Nowadays, she spends her days teaching U.S. history and government, baking yummy goodies, and embracing the world-changing Ambassador life.