Zen Oasis

In the words of classic rapper Rakim (one half of the golden age hip hop duo, Eric B. & Rakim), “It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…”.  I’m working on committing to this blog of mine.  I haven’t decided on a designated day to post as of yet, so I will continue to post sporadically until I am consistent (I’m working on it, baby steps).

In my last entry I touched on my love affair with Brooklyn and why I feel at home here in Bed Stuy.  Living in an old brownstone has been everything that I expected and then some.  I love the architecture of my building and character of the original fixtures: The crown molding surrounding my bedroom light fixture, the swiveled three-prong towel rack in my kitchen (next to the window), fireplace in my living room, classic storage compartment above my two hallway closets, hardwood floors throughout my apartment, and my favorite original fixture – clawfoot bathtub.  In addition to these fixtures, I fell in love with this space because of the high ceilings, the classic radiators in each room, and my favorite room – the bedroom.   My bedroom contains three huge windows (all on the wall facing the front of the brownstone), an alcove (where my bed is currently situated), and a shallow nook which I plan to convert into a shelving system to display my shoes.

Every morning I am greeted by the sun in a subtle way (as the majority of the morning sunlight is focused on my living room (in the back of the brownstone).  The amount of sunlight that greets me in the morning is inviting, serene, and calming.  These feelings inspired me create a room that encapsulated that feeling , thus the theme Zen Oasis.  The moment I saw the larger than life(78 3/4 x 55″) “Jungle Journey” picture in Ikea, I knew that I’d found my muse.   Sometimes that’s all it takes, an unexpected inspiration to get the ball rolling.  Since the picture was sold out (apparently I wasn’t the only one hypnotized by the tranquil photo), I did some research online to find out the photographer’s name (Skip Nall).  I went online to find “Jungle Journey” with highest pixelation possible so that I could save it and have it printed in the print shop of my place of employment.  The print shop exceeded my expectations by printing it out on poster board in a matte overlay. I would up paying only $20 (a steal, the Ikea version was being sold at $129) for my rendition of the photo (which is 47 x 31″ in size).

The picture remained in my room wrapped in recycled paper for several months because I wanted ensure it was mounted on a painted wall with the perfect hue of muted sage.  Several Behr samples later I found the perfect color, “Pebble Stone” in a matte finish.  This particular hue of green picked up the faintest part of the trees in the picture, thus complimenting the picture instead of over powering it.

Below I’ve posted a few pictures so you can see what I’ve done so far.  I have also posted links should you choose to purchase some of these pieces  I used to obtain this look.  As I do more decorating I will be sure to share with you.  I hope you find inspiration and serenity in this space just as much as I do!


Ikea Premiar Jungle Journey Picturehttp://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30173216/.

The mirrored cabinet to the left of my bed, was purchased at Ikea. There are two color options;  white or black-brown (I opted for the latter): http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10205082/#/90205083


Asian-inspired postcards and black-brown frames, you guessed it – I scored them at Ikea.  These particular postcards are no longer available so I’ve posted comparable postcardshttp://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20234055/.



Asian-inspired candle holder lantern.  This beauty was scored several years ago from Target.  This lantern is no longer available so I’ve posted some comparable options: http://www.target.com/p/luminous-black-mini-lantern-set-of-6/-/A-12271815#prodSlot=medium_1_51&term=lantern.




Light, purchased from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50232234/.

Faux orchid plant, purchased from Walmart.  This link contains a double phalaenopsis orchid as the single version (in the picture above) is unavailable:  http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nearly-Natural-Double-Phalaenopsis-Orchid-with-Vase-Arrangement/30520496.

What’s a zen oasis without aromatherapy?  Atop my accent/night table you will notice a candle; one of my favorite candles from Target.  It’s a very sedative smell, reminiscent of a sweet tropical flower fused with a tropical fruit:  http://www.target.com/p/bali-sunrise-small-jar-candle/-/A-13685638#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=bali+sunrise

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This attention getting piece, a black-brown hexagonal lattice accent table was purchased in winter of 2012 from Target.  Unfortunately it has since sold out, so I’ve included some alternate options: http://www.target.com/p/threshold-metal-accent-table-silver/-/A-14404739#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=threshold+metal+accent.


In the bottom of the cabinet you will find a larger size of the aforementioned candlehttp://www.target.com/p/bali-sunrise-soy-blend-large-jar-candle/-/A-13683551#prodSlot=medium_1_2&term=bali+sunrise

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Last but not least, these brushed nickel mirrors were purchased from Target and are still available! http://www.target.com/p/threshold-2-piece-striped-mirror/-/A-14194583#prodSlot=medium_2_16&term=wall+mirror

Until next time friends!



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