Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Room part 1

Inventive title I know.

You may have noticed the blog name change? If not hi, the url is what the title used to be so check that out. I'm still Hollie and I'm still alive and haven't deleted my blog. I will change the url to something different soon, I'm not sure what but I will keep it for good so I'm putting thought behind it. The Odyssey and Oracle title is inspired by the album by the Zombies, except I spelt Odyssey right! I think it's appropriate because Odyssey means a 'long and eventful journey' and oracle means 'a place at which advice or prophecy was sought'. I'm not claiming to be some divine intervention of a human being but it has a mystical ring to it and this blog is basically a journey and I'm learning stuff through blogging. Meh. I give up trying to justify. Basically you guys are the oracles.

Forwards to generic blog post featuring pictures stored on my computer and starting with some pictures of my room I took over a month ago, hence the sun-ish-ness of the light:

It was my summer project, then my before October half term project, then before Christmas project, to completely re decorate my room - not in the sense of painting or rearranging furniture but just 'accessorising'. My room has always been tiny. I choose the smallest room in every house we move to. Too much space seems a little daunting, but I think I sort of am outgrowing the three metres squared space I have (or i just have far too much stuff), so it looks really really cluttered. But anyway, back to the renovation. I just seem to keep adding things and I say to myself 'oh, i'll just add this and it'll be finished and i'll pictures on my blog' because I have been saying I will to people on tumblr and instagram for ever. I think I just have to accept I'm only going to keep adding stuff.

I decided to redecorate because your teenage bedroom is where you spend most of your time, and to have to study or eat or choose what to wear in a dire, depressing place just wouldn't be any FUN. And I was bored of how it was before. I used to have the wall by my bed plastered in vogue pages and the wall opposite my bed covered in music sheets. Even before that I had a bunk bed but we got rid of that when I set my room on fire in year 5. True story. Your bedroom is meant to reflect you, as well. When people visit your house the first place they wanna see is your bedroom. It's like instant judgement, even more insightful to a person than stalking their social networks. And then was also hella envious of Andie's room in Pretty in Pink and was sort of like 'shucks, i want a room like yours'. My room still isn't as cool as hers but I reconcile myself on the fact that it is in a MOVIE and she doesn't actually have to live in it and has a props team to make it looks super radical. *"It isn't real life, it isnt real life", she repeats to herself*.

I've tried to show pictures of stuff people may not have seen before, after the movie screencaps.

I actually screen capped these myself ages ago and it took me four hours to watch the movie because i print screened and cropped as i went along. They're all in a word document and this is the first use of any of them so hooray for that. I'm a fan of clutter because my room being the size it is, it's kind of inevitable and to be ale to organise stuff to make it look decently arranged is the most self accomplishing thing in the world. The window seat shot of Andie's room is basically heaven. I have a window seat parallel with my bed and I'm trying to source lace at the moment. I have spare lace cut-off s already but they aren't quite right. I'm working on pinning lists to my walls and pictures like here because wow convenience.

These are the Virgin Suicides and the 4th is from Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, which we watched as a class in year 9 English. I went to Camden Market on Sunday and there was this awesome iconography stall with virgin mary drapings, metal crucifixes and all sorts of stuff. Mary-Ann went "Do you love jesus or something?" When I gasped as I saw it, then Lizzie went "Oh, are you still looking for a jesus statue? I haven't seen any yet." Because I enlisted everyone I knew a few months ago that venture into charity shops to be on the prowl for ceramic jesus statues. The candles and crucifixes in these two films illustrate this sort of eery christianity aesthetic perfectly. It can make a room look stale looking too minimalist and 'bible basher-y' but I guess when Sophia Coppola is directing your movie it's pretty safe that this isn't going to happen. Religion seems antiquated to me, but I respect anyone else's beliefs no matter how hard to grasp I find them. Religion as a whole has been controversial for, basically, ever, so it pops up in pretty much every culture going and belief is an interesting concept. It restrains the lisbon sisters so much yet it is so inherent to the entire plot, obviously, so their rooms are going to reflect the religious world they live in, despite their oppression and imprisonment by it.

This isn't a bedroom, but the window seat, like the one in Andie's room in pretty in pink is more inspiration for what I want mine to look like. Mine is more this size, too. Thank you Wes Anderson for consistent excellence.

This is Tavi's shrine, right? If so, how can a girl of 16 collect this much Hole memorabilia!!!11? it blows my mind. I am restrained to spending the pennies I find within the pocket lint in my school blazer like how did she afford it all. Shrines just further imply a sense of belonging in your room. You make it your own and fill it with the stuff you like.

This is from Tumblr. I don't have the source, but I saved it because of the pastelly clutter entwined with religious stuff too. This isn't from a film, is it?

Another shrine type thing that I saved from Tumblr. I don't have the source though. I saved a load of things like this before school started to inspire what I wanted the inside of my locker to look like. Instead of Kurt Cobain's suicide note and other writing I have my timetable stuck there. I cut up barbies for my year 9 art project and this reminds me of it, too, but this is a reference to 'Doll Parts' I guess.

Edward Scissorhands and the best mirror ever - clutter around mirrors is one of my favourite things but mine is too small. If I started to decorate it It would no long be a mirror.

This is from my saved pictures before school started also. I had a Diana picture on my locker but I glued to to a folder in the end. Princess Diana is really interesting as a part of social history. The media's infatuation and idolisation of her, from what I've heard, bordered on crazy and she was regarded by so many as a sort of celebrity type you see today, causing even bigger a frenzy than Justin Bieber. I wanted to order a heart shaped padlock from Ebay but I could only find red. What is wrong with the universe.

Things like this make a room more personal. I don't know what it's from. Somebody inform me I beg of you I do I really do.

Like a shrine but not relating to anyone in particular, although it's organised like one.

From Take it as it comes by The Vivian Girls. I thought this was from a film, but apparently not. It's the perfect amalgamation of pink and punk and early 2000s awkward fashion with a bit of the 90s, too.

This is probably my favourite picture of a bedroom. The TV reminds me of Justine Littlewood's, and then the beads everywhere and the fabric draped over the mirror and the plastered wall and lamp and ouija board you can see in the mirror are just awesome. Which awesome person does this room belong to?

Another random shrine I don't have a source for.

Another shrine. My favourite parts are the pink glasses (I have the same ones in white) and the crucifix. And the moon tarot card. And the miniature glitter ball. And the pointe shoes.

Tavi's again. The daisies and old pictures are my favourite aspects. 

There's something magical about make-up desks. They personify the maturing of a teenager when it's splayed across one's bedroom. It's even more magical when it's 60s cosmetics with a dreamy film overlay.

Is this from Moonrise Kingdom? Either way, my friend has a light bulb mirror and I'm kind of envious. However it's small and circular and a full blown feather boa deal like this blows it out of the water.

More vanity stuff, like the virgin suicides screen cap above and the make up. I have a couple of old perfume bottles from car boot sales ages ago.

This is all I can come up with at the moment, but if I see any more room pictures floating round the internet I'll instantly save them and post them. With that next post I'll post some more of my room too, because you know, there's just a few more things I have to add. Sorry I haven't been posting I really want to and should be but exam revision is haunting me.


  1. Your room decorations are beautiful. I think the flowers in the glass jar in the first photo are so unique. I love it! Great photos of bedrooms in movies. I love them so much and constantly add onto my bedroom also for inspiration. Wish I can borrow props from movies. *sigh* A girl can dream!

  2. Wowowowowow. I'm super into decorating rooms and stuff lately (thanks to, obvz, the virgin suicides and rookie) and this RULES. I always go to little thrift shops and Value Villages looking for ceramic jesus statues and my friends are always like "are you religious?" and the only way I can answer is "NO BUT THE VIRGIN SUICIDES." Your room looks awesome, grrrl! :)

  3. Such gorgeous pix! I love Pretty in Pink, the screenshots you have there are so cool they show her room off perfectly. I love your room too, it could totally pass for something in a movie

  4. this is such a lovely post! i used lots of the same photos as inspiration when i redecorated my room over summer. the photograph of the room with the cute TV and the dolls and the fabric-draped mirror belongs to bugsinricepudding.tumblr.com! i follow her and she is so cute and has THEEE most amazing bedroom! hope this helps :) xxx

  5. I LOVE YOUR ROOM, it's awesome, and all of the inspiration here is gorgeous and perfect. I'm probably gonna go rearrange some stuff in my lame room tonight, I'm all inspired!
    Also there's this footage of my grandfather and Princess Diana (I think they met on more than one occasion my grandpa was a politician) and there's one instant where she LOOKS at him and who knows what she thought of him but it's just so cool, and it just really fascinates me. Yeah ok. Don't know what the point of sharing that was but anyways.

    1. Omg that's so coooooool. My mum saw Diana pull up outside Windsor castle and walk in to it once and apparently hardly any one even saw. And couple of months ago I saw Kate Middleton walking her dog at Kensington palace and I'm such a royalist I was literally starstruck x10000000000

  6. so. I hear that you made your Teen Witch shirt, do you sell them anywhere because I would pay money for that beautiful shirt.
    <3 you.
    So much.
    sssssssssssoooooooooo muuuuuuccccccccchhhh.

    1. Yeah I sell them on my eBay which is linked at the side! :)

  7. The second picture after the take it as it comes video, the shrine, is actually the display of the shop 'Spank' in japan.
    hope this helps!

  8. I love the name change and the pictures are so great. I wish my room could look anything close to any of them.


  9. I love the pictures of your room!! And I know the Virgin Suicides bedrooms are so wowwwww!
    I especially love the very last picture. Lovely post Hollie!

    Love from Rosalie

  10. i totally went through a room redecoration this summer as well! your room looks so lovely and cozy ah it perfectly matches the inspirations you posted! also the room with the tv belongs to the qt bugsinricepudding.tumblr.com !

  11. This is literally the best bedroom post I've ever seen :) I hope you don't mind me nicking some of the ideas. It's going to be one of my goals for next year to redo my room. Thanks for this amazing inspiration. I love your blog and am going to add it to my blogroll <3


    1. Thank you so much! and no i don't mind that's totally flattering! <3 <3 <3

  12. The photos of your room are all so charming! Love the movie screenshots, as well!

    <3 Melissa

  13. I so agree with your bedroom needing to reflect you! You change and then come to a point where you need to change your room as well! I love the flowers hanging on string and your scattered barrettes so cute!! Good choice of movies too!