At my most recent jaunt to Kinokuniya (I’m an addict… They have my wallet in a choke hold) and along with a few scrapbook supplies and a fresh copy of the Gothic and Lolita Bible, I also found a cute mook on Japanese bedrooms and adorable interior decorating (Cutie Interior Book, I believe it says). I thought I’d share a few scans and some of the cute DIY projects found inside!
Even better, for those of you strapped for cash, kawaii decorating doesn’t usually involve buying new furniture, like bed frames or bureaus. In one of my favorite bedrooms, they show the before and after. Nothing new was purchased, just decorated and adorned with a theme of pink, silk flowers, and antique lace.
Here’s a few ideas I gleaned from the pages…
A gerbera daisy with a clock mechanism set into its heart makes a unique numberless wall clock.
Simple shelve edges can be prettied up with a strip of lace, decorative stationary tape, or ruffled fabric. If you want to cover the shelves interiors, add small curtains of cute fabric. Etsy has a supply of Japanese fabric, often in one-yard remnants, that would be perfect for hiding shelves.
If you can’t find the perfect princess-y comforter, stop by a Sanrio or San-x store for a fleece throw to decorate the end of your bed. Thin ones can even be tacked to the wall like large posters.
Anything that’s not adorable or fitting with your theme can be camoflouged – tissue box covers aren’t just for your grandma! Make a hard cover from cardboard and printed paper, for example. Another options is to cover your lightswitch cover, or add a fabric runner across the top of your television or desktop.
Lots of lolitas and kawaii lovers in general tend to accumulate little items and collectibles. Keychains and jewelry can be display on a frame with a fabric background. Single wall-mounted shelves are great for displaying dolls, figures, or other collectibles. Other cute ways to display your collectible are in or on vintage collectibles, like vintage dollhouses.
Lots of Japanese rooms are apartments and don’t allow paint, so they’ve used other ways to accent the walls. Tack fabric or vintage sheets to the walls (for a Spank! or sweet look), or use contact paper that can be peeled away.
Use costume jewelry or pretty remnants of fabric (perhaps unused waist ties?) to tie back your curtains. One example in the magazine even showed a cellphone charm as an accent.
Every pretty room seems to feature a makeshift canopy. The secret? Chiffon or tulle fabric, either as curtains or simply picked up at your craft store, can be strategically tacked to the ceiling to create a sweet drapery over a bed or vanity. Use ribbons or flowers as tie-backs, or run strings of beaded curtains or shimmery ribbons as accents.
I hope you found some cute inspiration for restyling your bedroom! If you want to find your own copy of this mook, take a look at your local Japanese bookstore!