Sunday, October 25, 2009

~Master Bedroom Inspiration~

BEFORE~~~These photo's are from my post "Waking up in Sunshine".
A very yellow-golden room and it was like waking up in sunshine.. Our room had been yellow for over four years, so I thought it was time for a change.... You can click on any photo to enlarge if you like
Notice the heavy black furniture and the shorter curtains also our little t.v. was on top of the dresser. A lot of furniture for our little bedroom.
The wall with the wing back chair and black dresser now has a custom built-in closet and the back and gold mirror is now white.

AFTER ~~~~ I owe a very big "Thank you and hug to Becky from "Sweet Cottage Dreams", Cindy from "My Romantic Home", Jennifer from "The Old Painted Cottage" and Valarie from "Glimpse of my World".

I have been reading these ladies blogs for quite a while now and they have inspired me to create a new softer bedroom.

Now I must say Gary did not want me to change the bedroom, but you girls know how it is, after over four years with the same color, it was time for a change and when I get something into my little old head, I just have to do it (I need to create). . .

So off I went with many ideas to explore, and my guy Gary, well he did help me and was surprised how much he loved the out come. We went with blue, white, neutral paint and red accents.
Jennifer's color choice for their home (Ralph Lauren's Canvas Natural) was just the ticket and what I had been looking for, I think its such a neutral color and soothing to the eyes.
(Oh my! look what I did, I left my camera lens cover on the ottoman~silly me!) I still need to make a new slip cover for the ottoman. I do have an idea up my sleeve but that will be for another post.
Also the wall shelves were an inspiration, Jennifer has them in her kitchen and I thought they would work nicely for the family photos of our niece's and nephews and since I had removed the dresser, I needed a place to display the photos. We love our little ones!
Cindy gave me the inspiration to paint out my black furniture to white the color is actually from Kelly Moore and is called "Frost". I also painted the beveled rectangle black and gold mirror using the Kelly Moore "Frost". All the trim, molding and anything painted is in the "Frost".
The two side windows on either side of the bed are very small, I had added the full curtains as you can see in the "before" photos in hopes it would help to enlarge them.
I think actually I was hiding them.
I love all the crown molding we have used through out our home and wanted the windows to be more substantial, so sweet Hubby went to work and added the wood trim above the windows for me ( The wood was a recycle from the guest room headboards project).
The painted mirror.

A better shot of the two side windows with the fuller trim on top of them.
Valarie had her 100 Th post giveaway back in April and I was the very lucky girl who won her $25.00 gift certificate to "Laurie Anna's Vintage Home". I choose three mercury glass votive holders. They are siting on the headboard mantel. Look closer
And here they are!
Aren't they lovely. They reflect the light so romantically, thank you Valarie and Laurie Anna. I have had so many wonderful comments from my friends about these sweet mercury glass votive holders. Laurie Anna sent me some milk bath and hand lotion, it is divine. Valarie and Laurie Anna are two very sweet and kind ladies.
Our new custom Oak closet. I am so excited about theses really I am! Our home did not have enough closet space and since this was a wall that was just crying out for a built in, I thought why not add one, and look it fits my little t.v. too.
Gary and I still need to add the cabinet knobs. I want to find just the right ones.
I love the braided trim molding its the same as on the trim above the two small windows and also on the two night stands on either side of the bed.
Before the cabinets were installed.

Becky inspired me to go out and buy a "painter drop cloth" and make curtains. Becky had made her dinning room chair slip covers using the drop cloth as her fabric and they are amazing!. Becky is one creative and talented gal and we live in the same town.
I Made them to cover the entire window including the transom window. I think by doing this it brought the eye up and also helped to keep the morning light out.
Much better, Yes?.
At night with the curtains drawn. Now what do you do with the left over drop cloth fabric? make a pillow and you all know how much I love pillows. I have them all over my home and change them from room to room.
The creamy white linen on the pillow was made by my Grandma, she made this sometime in the late 40 to early 50 . Grandma did the drawn thread work and then embroidered the "L".
I hated to cut the linen to sew with it, but through-out the years it had began to show holes and had warn out, so I carefully cut the linen and was able to use the best of her beautiful hand work. The button was also Grandma's from one of her dress suits from the 50.
A closer look at Grandma's hand work. I can't imagine all the time it took to pull each thread out of the linen fabric and then go back and sew it into a lovely lace.
Thank you Becky, Cindy, Jennifer and Valarie for your" inspiration"!
Just another reason to love blogging.

41 comments:

Joyce's Journey said...

Your bedroom turned out just beautiful! I loved the yellow, but this is such a nice change. I had to laugh when you said that after four years you wanted a change!! My room has had the same wallcovering for much more than 4 years, but I get my variety by changing out the linens. It is now time for a total overhaul!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Nice to meet you, by the way. I need to read more of your blog. I like your style!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh, it looks so beautiful!!! You did an amazing job! It's so soft and romantic! I bet your husband is very pleased with the changes! I just LOVE that pillow you made! It's gorgeous! You have inspired me with that! I have a lot of linens with holes in them!

Beverly said...

I found you through Cindy's blog and wanted to see how she has inspired you. You did a fantastic job with your bedroom makeover.
I love all the things you did and while I thought it looked good before....It is so inviting and calming now...just as a MB should be. You are very talented. I look forward to having time to go back through some of your other posts

Aimee said...

Your room came out gorgeous! First, I want to thank you for leaving me such a sweet comment. I am so happy that you and your family love my Pillows. That makes me so happy to hear!
Jennifer and I are good friends and just got together last week for a little antique shopping. I'll let her know that she was part of your inspiration for your room. I love the beadboard headboard. Everything came out beautifully!!!
Have a great week,
Aimee

Becky said...

Absolutely stunning! Love everything you did. Enjoy your room and have restful sleep!

glimpse of my world said...

Oh wow... thanks Elizabeth for the shout out! Everything is beautiful!!! loving it.. You inspire all of us as well.. Hugs!

Country Dreaming said...

A very lovely transformation! that took some time I bet. Great job!
Over the years we have tried to redo a room at a time but have had to go into "pause mode" right now.
Someday I WILL get the bedroom I(WE) want but that will have to be when the time is right.

Melinda

The Old Painted Cottage said...

My good friend Aimee just sent me a link to your beautiful bedroom make-over. I am so tickled that I could be a little source of inspiration in your design process. What you have done is stylish, elegant and incredibly soothing to look at. Great job!

Sweet Dreams,
Jennifer

Rebecca said...

Stunning! Absolutely fabuloso! ILOVE IT ALL!

Thank you so much for sharing...I really do love the change.

xoRebecca

Carolyn said...

Your bedroom looks beautiful! I enjoy all the inspiration from these lovely blogs also.
I love the pillow that you made too.

Take care,
Carolyn

Connie said...

Everything is just simply lovely, honey! Just as serene as a bedroom should be and LOOK! Love the touches you've added to that room. You did a fantastic job.
xoxo,
Connie

Bellamere Cottage said...

How lovely. It looks like such a calm and relaxing room....And, I LOVE the color. Very, very pretty. Isn't it fun to have a change?

I've been sewing with dropcloths too! Who knew? I would NEVER have thought of it had I not read about them on the blogs. I'm up to my eyeballs in pillow makin' right now...

Blessings,
Spencer

Diva Dee said...

LOVE IT ALL! Beautiful re-do, the guys just need to suck it up and realize us gals love to decorate and things are gonna change, PERIOD! END OF DISCUSSION!!! Big fat smile on face...

The pillow is gorgeous, love the button with such sentiment attached!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is really awesome! So soft and inviting! You did a fabulous job! And I love the little shelves you have for displays! And all of the tones of the same color with the bright accents works so well. How perfect! You will really enjoy your new bedroom!

Dolly said...

Perfect perfect perrrrrrfect!
Liz that looks wonderful!
So inviting and very romantic!
Two thumbs up you two...what a great team!

I love it!

Hugz,
Dolly

Kathy said...

Hello Elizabeth!!! My! You and Gary have been busy!! Love your lighter bedroom and I'm sure you both do too! It looks much larger now and your drop cloth curtains turned out great! You'll be wanting to go to bed earlier now just to spend time in your beautiful room, Ha! Don't you love all that blog influence! Fun catching up on your blog this evening, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

The White Bench said...

OMG, Elizabeth!!! This is terrific!! You did an amazing job, love the softer hues, and the pillow with your Grandma's embroidery is the most precious of touches!!!
Hugs,
Monicax.
P.S You're super-cute!! Glaaad to have a fan! ;))

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow, I love this new room. This is such a beautiful sanctuary and I love all of the touches. The pillows, the drapes, the white, white, white. So lovely.
Karen

Acorn Cottage said...

Looks like a model home! You did a great job with the makeover...I love both the before and the after!
I know what you mean about changing up colors. Once you get that thought in your head, it's hard to stop thinking about it until it becomes a reality!

Enjoy!
Nancy

Beverly said...

Thank you Elizabeth for visiting my new blog and for your sweet words. I have been going back over your posts and found we do like a lot of the same things. I too have a blue and yellow kitchen and use the same toile in my dining room that you have.
I hope to post more of our re-dos soon. This is all new to me as even though I have been reading and posting on blogs for a year, I just got started on mine.
I will be back often.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Elizabeth, your bedroom turned out beautiful,don't ya love the canvas natural color, that's what I used in my home too, thanks to Jennifer! I love your pillow with your Grandmas treasures on it, so pretty!
Hugs~Kelly

Sharon said...

Love the new colour scheme and the new sense of space. Lovely.

Anne Marie said...

everything looks SO great!!

Lee Laurie said...

So beautiful! It looks like a picture out of a magazine. I love it. The windows look so much better now. I love the molding. I love your furniture painted white and I also love the new built in. I bet you are lovin' it!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

nannykim said...

Gorgeous. I tend to head for bright colors and bold ones....but your transformation really tempts me...very serene...I love it. I used to have tans on many of my walls....I wanted some more life and vibrancy and light---much of my home is dark. But you tempt me to change.....

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Torie Jayne said...

Gorgeous new room, it looks so very beautiful!
Happy Halloween!
Thanks for all your sweet comments on my Halloween posts! x

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What a beautiful transformation. Your room looks much bigger with the furniture white and with no curtains over the small windows.
Great job on the Drop Cloth curtains. And what a treasure...the little pillow made by your Grandmother. : )
M.L.

Zuzu said...

Oh my! This is an amazing change and I love it so much! Glad to hear Gary likes it too! :)

Thanks for stopping by my little blog - I'm "Following" yours.

Have a great day!
Zuzu

Barb said...

Your bedroom transformation is fantastic. I liked the "before" but the "after"... You did a fantastic job. It looks very romantic.

hugs,
Barb

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OH Girl this is just beautiful...You and Gary did an awesome job on this...WOW!! I just love it all and all the whites make it so BIG looking...oh that sweet pillow you made just made my old heart skip a beat...something so special that belong to your granda and you made it work again...I just love family things with all my heart...Give your self a HUGE pat on the back for a beautiful job well done and with taste and class...Thanks for sharing this GREAT!! Thanks for coming by also...hope you wine those little bird plate would looks fab in your bedroom...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Charmingdesigns said...

What a nice transformation. I love your headboard

Beverly said...

Elizabeth, thank you so much for your words of encouragement on my blog.
I am so excited for you about your new Spinning Wheel. I will be anxiously watching your blog for a picture of what you will be spinning and also the Spinning Wheel. It must be a treasure. I don't know much about it, but will look forward to learning.

Mami said...

Your bedroom looks so comfortable and marvelous.
I inspired of you and i have to organize my room...
thank you fo lovely comment.
have a nice week!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Elizabeth! I am so sorry I am so far behind in visits! This room is wonderful and what really grabbed me and made me take notice and go "awwww..." was the drop cloth drapes! I mean...who would think of such a thing? WONDERFUL!! Just wonderful! Everything looks fantastic!! :)

Sandy said...

Wow Elizabeth it looks gorgeous! I liked it before also. You should see my bedroom, geez, no you shouldn't! I really like what you did.

Martha said...

What a transformation and what a beautiful bedroom. Love everything you did!

hip chick said...

Oh it looks so pretty and cozy. I really think it came out nice.

bj said...

O, my....this room is just amazing. You've done such a WONDERFUL job in making your room a place to get away from the stress of the rest of the world. We all need a spot like this.
Such a beautiful room. I love it!

Julie said...

Elizabeth,
I love the change you made to your bedroom. It is so soothing to look at.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Elizabeth, your bedroom could not be any prettier! What an amazing transformation to the tone on tone. LOVE it!! You have inspired me, too!!! I would love to paint the pine furniture in our bedroom and do some re-doing on a lot of things.

Your curtains are terrific and so soft looking. Don't you just love that drop cloth material? Your ottoman would be cute slipcovered and maybe add a vintage linen piece in the center.

xoxo
Becky

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