I truly apologize for how long this has taken. I am old and slow. But I love, love, love what all that slow, hard work produced. You might remember that my motivation for renovating my bedroom was some water damage to the ceiling. I gazed at the ceiling for a long time trying to imagine what I might be capable of doing on my own with a very limited budget. I ain’t no sheetrock hanger. Plaster work is waayy beyond me. Wood paneling with a nautical flair? Sure thing!!!
I did find it very difficult to do this ceiling justice in a photograph. It glows and is so pretty.
I have never liked my bed in its last location. But I had to get a huge, upholstered headboard out of my system so it had to go against a wall, not a window. It has always belonged where it is now. Gold leafing is messy, by the way. But it is a pretty mess.I had to stand in the closet to get this shot.
I found a vintage medical cart to use as a bedside table. I was looking for a small bureau (and tried to steal one from my mom) but when I saw this I couldn’t resist!
Next on the tour is the wall to our right. I have always loved a big stack-o-books. I have seen these floating stacks in lots of cool rooms but the price for the system to do it was beyond me. I used L brackets.
Beside the doorway is a little table and mirror. And more books. I want you to know that I have a huge bag full of books I am taking to Powell’s Bookstore to sell. I was brutal in my editing!
And now to the west side of the room. Here is the best feature during the summer: the fan in the window.
A look at the other side of the bed.
I love my little art ledges. As often as I like to change things around they will be so handy.
I am happy with my new room. I just spent the week with a bad cold and so was in it for long periods of time. It was a balm to my soul. Why don’t you just come over and see it for yourself!
16. Number of wooden panels it takes to cover my ceiling.
4. Coats of stain used on wooden panels.
2. Clear coats to top off the finish on the panels.
5. Days to complete all the steps to make the panels glow.
2. Weeks my living room has looked like a wood shop.
3. Days the entire contents of my bedroom has been tucked into the corners of my living room.
0. Times I fell off the ladder installing the panels….so far.
7. Screws I dropped and had to climb down the ladder to fetch.
I am still coming up with plans for my latest bedroom design. Spending some time on Pinterest helped with inspiration. There is one room I have loved f o r e v e r. I sent the image of it to my niece years and years ago and I have seen it a number of times on different websites. Now that I finally need it I couldn’t find it anywhere. Until last night. Ha!!! Success! I was afraid that once found it would not live up to my memory. It did! Yea! It was designed by Anne Coyle.Here is the other side of the room. I like how the television blends in with the art, etc.
My bed is going to be sitting in front of a window and so I have gathered some photos of rooms done well in that configuration. The first is a room designed by a fabulous Canadian named Tommy Smythe.Next are three photos of the same room done three different ways. Styled by AB Chao. Fun!
I wish I had that many windows. Now comes a few photos for your enjoyment:
BHG from Little Green Notebook Those curtains are made from paint drop cloths. I will not be doing that. They look great, though.
Last one is just so much fun. Not a window in sight though there is a suggestion of one.
House and Home
I lied. This is the last one. Pure fantasy! I can’t find the original link. I tried very hard.
Did you notice a theme besides beds in front of windows?
I love my bedroom. It didn’t do very well in a contest I entered it in on the Apartment Therapy website but I don’t care. It is my haven. I love being in bed cuddling with my two cats and the little dog. Lately I have even let the big dog up for some cuddle time but only on the day the sheets are getting changed. I had fun making the huge headboard. So much fun I have decided to toss it. I got a notion to move things around and the new spot for my bed is in front of a window so this headboard won’t work. It will need to be something open and low. I love an excuse to go shopping in vintage/antiques stores. I went to lots and lots. I found nothing. Did you know there are almost no headboards in vintage stores? I don’t know why I didn’t check craigslist to begin with but boy, there are a ton of headboards on there. Just look!
The black one didn’t really do it for me. The other two were fabulous but came with large sets of bedroom furniture and no one would part with just one piece. Then I found this one:
My bed is a queen but I don’t mind a little overhang….I hope. The woman I bought it from was so sweet. One never knows who is going to answer the door when on a craigslist adventure. My husband always worries about me and I have to leave him the address and phone number of the places I go.
The headboard has been on my dining room table getting a little make over. I haven’t decided how far I’ll take it but here is a little peek of some gold leaf craziness…
Stay tuned for more makeover magic. I still have to pick new window treatments, curtain rods and bedskirt. Please try to talk me out of painting the room if that comes up…. it probably will. I hate painting. I think I am going to repaint. ahhhh
I love the Apartment Therapy website. I noticed they were having a little contest to see who had the best bedroom retreat. Well, shoot. I do.
I filled out the entry form, uploaded some snapshots and so now all you have to do is go and vote for me. Thanks a ton!!!!!!
a collection of my loves
The kitties thank you for your vote.
I love my bedroom. When I open my eyes in the morning (and put on my glasses for I am as blind as can be for someone with sight) I see my favorite books on the shelf at the end of my bed. A little statue that my grandmother loved stands in front of the books. There are candles that were a gift from my husband. Hanging on the wall next to me is a photo or two of us kissing. A comfortable chair with a bit of lamb’s wool and a warm throw and soft pillow holds my little dog snoring away. Above the chair hangs a heart-shaped collage.
a collection of my loves
The light from my windows change with the season but the curtains are always soft and pretty regardless of the weather. Waking up in this retreat is gentle and lovely. I like it. I feel at peace.
The kitties love my bedroom, too.