Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's about time...

It is so time...

for my bedroom reveal.

Before we start I'll give you a bit of history.

1. This room is an addition.
The house had 3 upstairs bedrooms but no bath.
The kitchen had attic space but not a second story
we took off the kitchen roof
built  walls and put a roof back on
 to create our master bedroom.

2.We only  had  16 x 16 ft  to work with
so we had to be

We wanted to include a walk-in closet 
a full bath
 within that space.
I really wanted a claw-foot tub....a 100 year-old farmhouse just would NOT be complete without it.
We'd had this decorating scheme for about 8 years.  

The wall behind the bed 
is a faux wall created  for a focal point 
and to fill up the corner.
I was ready for a fresh updated look.
 I did (do) love the cabbage rose wallpaper
 but don't worry ...
I still have it in other rooms...
I'm kinda like that...
when I find something I love 
I get a little overboard
and keep using it.

this was my inspiration 


elements I wanted to bring in:
chippy white
romantic, warm layers of lace
wedding ephemera
things that  had significant meaning in our marriage
white furniture

I started with the bed wall.

(Remember the beadboard  from the chicken coop?)

this wall
became the standard 
as I moved around the room and worked on each section.

I would look at each section 
and ask if it was in keeping with the wall?
If  I started  straying from my standard  
then I would start over.

I remember something Cindy  from Cottage Instincts said 
that has really, really stuck with me:
sometimes, to get what you really love 
you have to give up what you  just like.

This kept me on track.

We placed the tub in the bedroom space. 

You can see we still don't have the faucet...
they're rather expensive...so I'll save my pennies.

I'm lovin' it!

My husband is lovin' it
Mainly, I think he's just lovin'
 that I'm finished 
and he can get out of the room at night 
without stubbing his toe.

I love the *warm- romantic--on-purpose* feel to the room.
I love that most  of what I used I already had .
I shopped my barn, my chicken coop, my parlor floor.
I love that I  re-purposed .
I love how I aged what looked too new. 
I love that I found the beadboard.
I love that we are finally using this highboy 
that belonged to my husband's mother.

(We weren't using it b/c of the finish...
we finally said *PAINT it and USE it!)

I love that I tried some new things (that's for another post)

I love that I'm getting better at going outside of the box.
I really am quite a purist.
I was able to use the un-painted cabinet...
to mix it up...and to like it!

Next week, I'll show you close-ups...
all the details 
that I had so much fun with
pulled my hair out with...
I'll be linking to white wednesday at Faded Cottage Charm
My Romantic Home for Friday Show and Tell.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Rene, this is simply stunning...just a beautiful restful room!

podso said...

Sigh! What a lot of work and careful thought and creativity you put into all of this. So cozy and romantic and meaningful!

Beth A. @ Songbird Hill said...

Girl you hit the nail on the head with this re-do. It is beautiful! I love your wall and love it all. Nice job! I could move right in!

Patina said...

Rene' your bedroom turned out wonderful! I love everything about it. I love the wonderful pillows on the bed, did you make those? I love the bedspread, the bed, the chair the pretty touches you did......Everything!

Alaina said...

You had me at the first picture of the chippy old beadboard. Wow, you did an amazing job. Now your bedroom will be the one we women who love white will be wanting to use as an inspiration. I love that you still included the tube. You should be so proud of yourself.

Hearts Turned said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love every bit of it!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Your bedroom is so pretty and I'm glad that it's everything you envisioned. So lovely.


Rebecca said...

OMG Girl you are amazing!
I love it all... The bead board is ingenious and where did you find that rose print with the fabulous frame it is perfect there.
You should be proud of yourself - you really did an outstanding job

Debby said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing. What a beautiful bedroom you have created. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

debi said...

Perfect bedroom...romantic and dreamy! Now I want to redo mine! lol

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

It looks just as wonderful as I thought it would! Congrats!!!

Rochelle said...

Wow Rene.....BREATHTAKING - that's what it is! A job well done and truly YOU!

The Tin Rabbit said...

What a beautiful haven you have created...so romantic! A job well-done..enjoy!

sherry said...

oh wow gracious sakes alive.
this room is swoonielicious!


Rose Garden Romantic said...

WOW!!! Oh, Rene, it's fabulous!!! I love everything!! So romantic!! I can't wait to see the close ups!!!

Angela said...

It is beyond fabulous!!

raggygirlvintage said...

sigh, just can't take it all in at once, too beautiful and such attention to detail. I'll have to keep coming back to this post to take in all the details. Imagine laying in bed at night gazing at a claw foot tub, sweet dreams!

June said...

Rene' it is as awesome as i knew it would be! Evrything to delight the eye. Now you are ready for a magazine shoot!

CeCe said...

I, too, am LOVIN it!!!!!!

BellaRosa said...

Rene amor, your bedroom redo is STUNNING!! I too have an old house and I love everything that you did in your bedroom and bathroom! Gorgeous!!! You have really inspired me, now may I ask where you got your beautiful bedding? i love that it isn't bright white :) Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures! Besos, Rose

It's me said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Rene............waua i like this room !!

Happy sunny day my dear !! blessings and hugs from me............

Anonymous said...

your room is a jaw dropper...amazing and gorgeous! I love all the wonderful details you put into it...treasures and the things you love. A few of my favorites are the birdcage and satchel bag on the dresser and that wonderful swag of vintage lace...but there is so much more to see ...I will be drooling here for a bit! :)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Sigh...how beautiful, thoughtful and serene. Thank you for sharing and looking forward to your vignettes which are alway perfect!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

How Beautiful ~ I could'nt Dream of more Relaxing Retreat..... Thanks for Sharing

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

My favorite part is the very first picture with the clock, buttons, glasses, and black and white picture of you and your husband. What a good-looking couple!

the old white house said...

Your bedroom looks like a magazine shoot! The before was pretty but this is BEAUTIFUL! What a special place to relax in. It must feel like a retreat in there, Theresa

Passionate for White said...

This reveal was most certainly worth the wait....LOVIN' IT!!

Robin said...

Snap,Snap,Snap! What an amazing re-do. I am lusting for THAT look with just a little blue tossed about. You so rock! ~Robin~

Anonymous said...

Romantic with a capital 'R'! I'm crazy about your photo in the tray w/ buttons, and the candle sconces with bird nest materials, the old white (wedding?) shoes, all your beautiful crocheted pieces and the pillows on your bed.

You managed to bring many, many beautiful things together - have them work together seemlessly - and create a haven of beauty for you and your sweetie. It's gorgeous, Rene'.

Anne Lorys said...

Holy cow, woman....this is STUNNING! I can't come up with enough adjectives for just how gorgeous this is!

Take a bow, you should be SO proud!



Well, Rene, I must say...love love love it!! And that chicken coop certainly sets the stage, doesn't it...and who woulda' thunk, right? I bet there's a few farms up above scratching their heads!! But honestly your vision and the end result are just amazing!

Gretchen said...

What a comfortable and soothing room you've created. So cozy, romantic and beautiful. You should be proud.

Sue said...

WOW, you did such an amazing job. And I love how you chose the old chippy, painted wall to start. I had to smile when I say your bathtub. Mine looks identical, no faucets yet either! Again, thanks for sharing such inspirational pictures.
Take care, Sue

cindy said...

Oh wow! I'm just sitting here with my ole mouth hanging open (and drooling). Such a lovely, personalized, restful space you've created. And you stayed true to what you truly love! Hurray! I'm so glad my little mantra helped keep you on track :) You've done a simply marvelous job, and I love how every detail has meaning and purpose for you. *THIS* is what every room in our homes should be!


Vintage Market Place said...

This is an unbelievable transformation.
The wall really really works.
it all looks so updated yet so primitive and cozy. I love the bath in the room, what a great touch.
I can't wait to see more closeup shots. the candle nests are beautiful
what a great way to dress them.
You have out done yourself.
Now go sit in that big comfy chair and take a breather.
Thanks for popping over to my blog
This is a wonderful WW.

Paula said...

Dear Rene`,

Your bedroom is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love everything you did! It is so romantic and meaningful! You have inspired me so much! Your photos are gorgeous and I love seeing all of the beautiful vignettes you created! The wall from the chicken coop is just beautiful! I love your bed and the bedding, your pictures, the dresser~ it looks so pretty painted white with the sweet things displayed on top, the hutch filled with pretties, your bathtub and all the shelves, mirrors and lovelies you have everywhere!!! I LOVE it all!!! I am so glad you shared before and after photos! Your home should be in a magazine! I look forward to seeing the close-ups! I know you are so happy with how it turned out and I am so happy for you!!! Will be praying for hubby's appointment this week! Love, Paula… yes, all my roses are blooming, one of the many blessings of living in the south… the roses bloom early! :)

Createology said...

Exquisite and beautiful. Your attention to detail and vision is so well done. What wonderful ideas to stay true and not waver from your focal beadboard. I love love love your style. Happy creating...

Elzie said...

What a beautiful bedroom. It's awesome!!
Love Elzie

Julie said...

One word...My Marine uses it....
You have the knack, the touch, the gift to work a vision into reality, and the fortitude to stick to it til you got what you wanted!
Loved this post.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Simply amazing! Totally romantic! So very, very beautiful! What a privilege that you shared the before and the after. You both did an outstanding job!

Do you happen to have another one of those chandeliers, only a bit larger? I would love to get one for my dining room.

I will be thinking about the two of you on Thursday.

Anonymous said...

Your bedroom is just heavenly!!! I would never want to get out of bed in the morning! It is so vintage romantic.You did an amazing job!
Lovely post.
Have a great day.

Tammy/Yesterday's Cottage said...

This is one of the most beautiful heartfelt rooms I've ever seen! You are so talented. Seriously,
magazine worthy!

Unknown said...

Sigh..... LOVE IT! It is so well done. I could go on and on! You did such a great job! :) Congrats!!


Carolyn said...

Hi Rene,
I love all that you have done to your romantic bedroom.I love the clawfoot tub in the room too.The beadboard was a great idea and I love the candles on it.

just a little bit shabby said...

What is left to say after all the prior comments. I LOVE what you did. I love the look and it is just the kind of look I want for the new family room I am going to do for my house. I am going to convert my garage so I can have room to do all the creative projects I plan to do when I retire next week. Unfortunately we can't start working on it till June. It's really a struggle to try waiting, patiently!!

Your room is fabulous! I look forward to seeing all the details!

Crystal said...

Beautiful!!! I love everything! Love it so much I'm a new follower!

Claudia said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. You did a fabulous job on your bedroom redo! I am in love with the pillows on your bed with the little ruffles around the edges. Oh, I am drooling over them!


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

This is incredibl! I love the beadboard wall!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Rene -
Your hard work, creativity really paid off. Your bedroom is stunning. I love the "new" wall and that you kept that as your focus. I can't wait to see the close ups. You really did a fantastic job.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is so FUN to look at! Makes me all giddy. Jacqueline

Olivia said...

Oh my heavens! I am going to shout it from the rooftops...STUNNING! I love it! I can tell you really put alot of effort in the placement of items and it is oh so romantic! Great job

clustres said...

Gorgeous. Your work really shows!


Hi Rene, Where do I begin? I just loved the romance of your room. It should be pictured in a magazine, you did an amazing job. I thought your photo (cute couple) in the tray with buttons, and the clock was so sweet. Your candle sconces with Spanish moss are very pretty. I also love all your crocheted pieces your bedding and pillows. What a beautiful place to end your day. Oh, also love the claw foot tub.
Thank you for visiting me for White Wednesday and leaving your kind comment. I have become a follower of yours and plan on coming back for many more visits.

Cindy said...

Exquisite and inspiring!

Donna said...

Wow! Your bedroom is just drop dead gorgeous! I love everything about it! And the claw foot tub! oooh! I have wanted one of those forever! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and your nice comments. I am looking forward to checking out the rest of your pretty home!

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

If this is a guestroom ~ Im there!!! What a terrific job ~ the photos are perfect too. I just noticed your gorgeous porch and roses as well. You are on lucky lady.

Tanya said...

I want to be you! This room is unbelieveably decadent!

Anonymous said...

Great work! I'm a sucker for a neutral color palette. I really love the beadboard behind the bed. That chandelier is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! This BR is incredible -- looks like it belongs in Romantic Homes!

I'll be back...


Sandi said...

Tried to comment yesterday and I don't think it went through. This room is beautiful Rene. Absolutely nothing to improve on!! Such gorgeous vignettes and details.

Melly said...

Oh my, oh my, Rene', your bedroom is soooooooooooooo romantically devine...I love it!!

Secondhandrose said...

It just took my breath away...all the details and pretties to look at. I would love to come get a closer look at the goodies in the cupboard. The skirt on it really adds so much.


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow.. the room look soooo beautiful! nicely arranged and cordinated.. awesome

Susan said...

Rene, I love the neutral colors.........its such and artistic design. I could live in that room.......so beautiful!

stefanie said...

ok, you come over to my house...right now!!! I am in LOVE with everything...you did an amazingly gorgeous job!!!!!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Amazing job!! This is just stunning!!! I am in love with every single thing! I love the beadboard wall behind the bed and that you re-purposed the wood from a chicken coop. That is so fabulous!
I am really enjoying looking at your blog;it's beautiful!

CIELO said...

Very pretty, Miss Gracie... it turned out lovely!


About Southern Belle said...

So pretty! I love the bead board in front of the bed. What an amazing idea.


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh, and it turned out soooo cute too! LOVE it...

Warm blessings,

Anonymous said...


You never fail to amaze me. Your bedroom is stunning. I live in 130 year old Victorian farmhouse that came with the original claw foot tub. I adore your pillows. Did you make them?


Kindred Roses said...

Oh my goodness, your room is perfect!!! What an accomplishment for you and your husband..
I am in awe

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Oh Rene, just popped over for a visit and found your totally gorgeous bedroom. You have done a beautiful job, I love SO many things about it. Cant wait to see even more photos!!


I have just run into your blog and..I am so wowed!
Your bedroom makeover is stunning!
Very good job, congratulations! You must have been worked so hard.

mariondee-designs said...

Just came across your bedroom makeover and have to say I just love it! I love the romantic feel about it and all your pretty accessories. The pic/frame above your bed is to die for! Love the chippy bench at the foot of your bed too. You must be so happy with it all... take care, Maryann

Lisa said...

Oh Rene,
I'm freaking out on the reveal. I had to call Dawn to look at it with me. We're oohing & awing over the awesomeness of it. Did you make the box pillows? I love the settee. Love the chicken coop bed. But those SHOES!!!!!! I can't take it! I want to just jump in the computer & take them out of your room. Too darn cool. I'm not worthy! Lisa

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I wish I'd kept that phrase in mind while redoing my guest room! I've settled on lots of likes, not all loves!

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT..... actually both of them... Before was a lovely look and so is the After. Your so good Rene with decorating. It shows you put a lot of effort into it, not to mention the thought process of pulling it all together. Now you can relax and enjoy the beauty of it all.


mary pernula said...

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, You did a wonderful job on the room I wish you the most wonderful time in your new room.....XO MARY

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bikim said...

love it! can i move in there?!??!!?!?? have a sunny day!

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Oh - this is just fab, fab, fab! Where do I start??? Well, too much to say, too little time to type - but in one word: PERFECT! My bags are packed - ready to move in - thanks for getting it all ready for me!!

Many big smiles,

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Rene', it's been too long since I've visited. I see what I've been missing. Just found out your husband was in the hospital and hope he's doing well. I see your bedroom haven is finished and love it all from the jumping off point of the chicken coop wall to each fine lace detail! I, too, have an antique piece from my husband's mother and it gets moved from room to room because it's finish is dark. Each time I consider painting it, I can't bring myself to begin. Help! Also, I like that you talk about the tendency to stray from the look we want. I tend to add "stuff" I like and not love, and color creeps in when I just want a basic palette. Help, again!

Elizabeth said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and I love this. I hope you don't mind, I've saved a photo or two to add to my inspiration board at home.

Barbara Jean said...

Oh I love all of this room!!!!!!

So glad I'm taking time to mosey around a bit. ;)

hugs and blessings

Designs By Deblyn said...

I just found your delightful blog...not only do I feel inspired, I also feel encouraged...I love your ideas and your look is classic...I pray that I will be able to flatter YOU by using some of your inspirations in the near future. Blessings to you!