Sunday, October 7, 2012
I had been at this bed thing for so long.
The issue was that I had made this a back burner project, I never really gave it the proper attention to get it done.
I thought I wanted to go all out and do a half canopy on the large bedwall. While I love a half canopy, it was costly and I wasn't sure I wanted that big of a commitment. I like to change out wall art after a couple years.
I also thought I wanted to do white bed linens. But, then I was still left with the big wall. Seemed too blank. Thus, it kept going to the back burner.
Until I came across this Pottery Barn duvet cover, organic none-the-less!
It had the right gray, blue, green and it had birds. I'm a huge Audubon bird art fan.
But, I was worried about it being too much pattern on a queen size bed. I thought I was looking for calm and serene.
I had been swooning over all those inspiration pictures of dreamy, white bed linens. I thought maybe antique or vintage bed linens may be the way to go, but then I needed hardwood floors, which is not happening any time soon! (more of a next house thing) Plus, I love my 100% wool wall-to-wall carpet.
So, I dove in and purchased the duvet. But, I got it new from Ebay for much less, and with the shams.
And, with the savings from Ebay, I decided to do a white bedskirt and white linen Euro pillows and shams. The striped sheets are organic as well.
All the bedlinens are Pottery Barn products.
Once I got everything washed, ironed and in place, I had arrived! What made the linens really work for me was the crisp white against the gray blue. I love the white bedskirt and Euro Shams. It helps break up the dark woods, the dark picture frames and the darker duvet.
I was able to re-use my bird art (purchased several years ago in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.)
It went p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y with the duvet cover!
I filled in the sides with vintage art. And, my large stair post lamps, found at Old Lucketts Design House last year, finished out filling in the big wall.
I've thought about doing a large Audubon bird print over the bed, but for now... this really speaks to me.
Just the right amount of color, pattern, and white. My back burner project turned out better than I had hoped.
I love everything about it. I can truly relax and enjoy the space at the end of the day.
Making my bed - accomplished!
before and after,
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Here's the story....
I've been helping a good friend / past client with her bedroom conundrum. It's a beautiful, large space that starts with French doors leading into the main bedroom area. To the right are French pocket doors that lead to a sitting room with built in bookshelves and a sink. To the left are the his / her closets and the master bath.
(photos of space further down in post)
Sounds lovely, right? .... well, it's been a decorating dilema for my friend. She LOVES the unexpected and so do I. But this bedroom is set up for the expected: bed on large wall as you enter room, sitting room with chairs and a morning coffee bar - never used.. who lives like that with 3 kids and an 8 month old puppy??
So... my friend decided to pick up a few gallons of Benjamin Moore's admiral blue. Her plan was to paint the sitting room and make that space cozy.
While the paint color had an expected element... more was needed.
I called her and told her she needed to move her king size bed into the sitting room... unexpected, cozy, and interesting. Let the big space be a lounging room, a desk area, maybe a tv spot.
Some inspiring dark blue bedrooms.....
Great bedside table. Looks like it was painted the same as the wall color, but in a higher sheen. More on that below...
great color combination.
I particularly like this bedroom below. We were thinking white bed linens and I love this mix of white and creams. The flooring will remain carpeted, very similar to this bedroom. I love the little accent pillow on the bed, just the right amount. Very relaxing.
The bedroom (below) certainly has a lot going on, but it works. The bed curtains make the bed its own little space. Bed curtains don't really apply to this project, but the curtain panels could go on the windows in the sitting space where the bed now is. The headboard sits up against the windows and these panels along the window sides would give the same effect.
Great mix of art on the walls.
Beautiful, neutral headboard. I believe that lamp was from West Elm, but I don't think they sell it anymore.
Great metallic bedside table, mixes nicely with the headboard. Easy to paint a bedside table metallic.
My friend texted me these pictures as she progressed with the painting project.
Below: As you walk in through the French doors, the bed is centered between the two windows. Nice, but expected. She was ready to mix it up.
Below you can see the French pocket doors that open to the sitting room that is in the process of being painted the deep blue.
Looking out from the sitting room into the main bedroom area.
These wall to wall built in cabinets are what got me thinking about moving the bed into this smaller space. My friend was wishing that her bedroom had a large wall that would wrap around the room and could be filled with books, her kids' art, etc... The larger room was too big and it was a budget killer.
But...she already had them in the sitting room.
(below: ceiling isn't green... just the text picture making it look green)
I had suggested painting these built ins in a gloss admiral blue.. same color, different sheen. The back of the bookcases are already papered in a tan grasscloth. We're removing all the upper doors to open up the space.
We're also turning off the water supply and taking the faucet out. The center solid surface countertop will stay, but we'll put a large basket or tray over the sink and faucet holes to cover them up. (a trick I've done in other homes, too... for bars not wanted).
New pulls will go on lower cabinets.
More painting progress... she just texted me this picture as I'm writing this blog post!
Looks so good!
This picture below was texted to me after her first night in the new bed nook. A cozy, restful sleep reported.
This is a big DIY project. Lots of painting walls and cabinets, re-arranging all the furniture, and piecing together what will need to be purchased and what we can shop her house for to pull it all together.
But, we'll get there... so more to come as it evolves.
More inspiring pictures of dark blue walls and sitting areas with interesting mix of colors.
(source: House Beautiful, google image)
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Last November, I had posted a blog about possibly doing a half canopy in my master bedroom bed.
These pictures below are from last November and show pretty much where things still stand. I haven't even looked at fabrics for a half canopy. I have found some vintage frames that I've put above the side tables. That's it. It's that large, blank wall that I'm tackling.
Knowing myself, usually when I just stop and don't move forward, it's because I'm not completely sold on an idea. I don't think I'm completely sold on the idea of the half canopy. While I love the look, I'm not sure if I'll tire of it after a bit. Even designers and decorators have these issues! A half canopy is not a light expense. I want to be sure.
But now, it's time to move forward, for goodness sake! It's time to commit to something. Every time I walk into this room, which is a place of rest and sleep and solice, I'm reminded that it's an unfinished project. I need to just do it. As seen below, the left is finished and the right is blank.
I'm a huge fan of Thomas Jayne. One of my favorite room's he's done is this bedroom in his New Orlean's house.
I love the buzzard over the bed. And, the mix of the buzzard with the wallpaper is just genius. The antique coverlet is called an overshot.
Here's my antique, overshot coverlet - found during one of my Etsy inventory shopping trips. The seller stated it was made in the mid 1800's. It's wool. The colors are cream, red, and a blue-green. It's in mint condition. I fell in love the moment I saw it. I would love to use it on my bed this fall and winter. I've had this coverlet since last winter. It's probably why I never got around to doing a half canopy.
I didn't want to get too decorator-y. If I was using this coverlet, it would be a winter thing and I would need to change it out for summer. The half canopy felt like too much commitment at that point.
So, how do I use my antique, Americana coverlet in my more refined and sophisticated bedroom?
The seating area is contains my grandmother's sofa and slipper chair. It's covered in an aging, light mossy green velvet. Formal.
The coverlet certainly isn't formal.
I may look for a check or stripe for the sofa pillows. Checks and stripes can act as a neutral and pull down the formality a bit. I'd love to bring in ticking, but that is probably too causal. We'll see.
And, maybe pull in a bit of red. Although, I don't really want to bring in much red. I like the serene feel of the grayish blues and greens.
Back to the bed wall... I have played around with the idea of using a "curtain" behind the bed. It's less of a commitment and something I could easily make, much less expensive, and I could change out.
I really like this idea pictured below, with the decorative tape at the top of the curtain. Looks like it's attached with little hooks. I like the idea of not using a curtain rod. There's already three of them in my room and I really didn't want to repeat another rod.
I may even be able to use this idea as "wallpaper" like in the Thomas Jayne bedroom, and - depending on the fabric - hang a large bird print on top of the fabric, centered over the bed. Hanging a fabric panel like this would make the fabric close to the wall, and easy to hang a large print on top of the fabric. hmmmm.
Here's another interesting idea with art something hung in the center, and panels on either side. It doesn't show the hardware, but I think it's something like this hinged curtain rod.
Another hinged curtain rod. I like the check in this space. The check helps relax it a bit. This would bring in more hardware, but it's a nod to the half canopy. And, could be changed out - winter / summer, by making it two sided and reversing how it hangs.
I thought about keeping the bedding all tones of white, but with the coverlet, I may bring in more pattern and more layers, a move away from my original plan.
I've been looking at this Pottery Barn duvet cover for my down comforter, which has not had a cover for almost 3 years! I like the organic sheet set, too.
It may be too fussy with the coverlet, but feeling like I need to see it together. I'm the queen of return, when it's an option!
I think I may be ready to commit this time! And get this bed wall finished.
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