Tuesday, May 4, 2010

up close...

Your response and compliments 
have been overwhelming for my bedroom re-do.
It was so much fun and yet really, really  challenging.

I had a lot of questions regarding my bed linens 
so I thought I would answer them here.

My duvet over is from the Simply Shabby  line at Target
It was white-white 
I coffee-stained it for a softer, warmer look.
I wanted it to blend with the dust ruffle and pillow shams.
I had a lot of you ask whether I made the pillows...
NO, I don't sew if I can help it.

Isn't that what duct tape is for?

(Really, I admire those of you that do
 and maybe one day I'll
uncover my sewing machine.
I really should soon...
that girl youngin' of mine hasn't even touched it yet...yikes!)

The pillow shams and dust ruffle are from K-Mart's
 Country Living line
They are a soft shade of ecru 
with the sweetest tucks and  ruffles.
I love 'em!

This was a forgotten light fixture
I found when I was *shopping*  the barn.
It was already the right shade of off-white 
with the just the right amount of rust
All it needed was something to hold  candles
I found clay pot saucers at the thrift store, 
painted them and did a quick glaze 
so they would blend in.

My *always* banner

This corner gave me fits...it took a long time to get it right.

I *borrowed* this chippy white shelf from the family room
Originally, it was exterior trim from our house 
that we found in the chicken coop.
Have I told you about the chicken coop?
(That is where all of the architectural elements that the previous owners had removed were being stored
they were hoarders...really they were
and aren't I happy about that?)

My great grandmother's wedding certificate...
It hung in my grandmother's bedroom 
for as long I can remember.
I painted and glazed the frame...

I could go on and on but the day is calling me
(there's always next week:)
until then
Happy White Wednesday!
Remember to visit Faded Charm Cottage 
to see more white wonders.
I've saved a few pics for 
Vintage Black Friday
so we'll see ya there. too!


Beth A. @ Songbird Hill said...

Rene'... you got this re-do just right. It is beautiful. I love the sconces and well just about everything else. Nice job! Wish you could come and work your miracles at my house!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Your room is wonderful. Love the way you did the shelves. What about the pocket pillow...you didn't mention tha!!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

So beautiful!!! I can't get enough of looking at this room!

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Oh My Gosh ..makes you just want to crawl in and dream sweet dreams ..I always love your style so so Beautiful !!!

Blessings ..Sara of Sweet Magnolias Farm

Debra@CommonGround said...

This is absolutely scrumptuous! I love your linens and I need those pillow shams, it all is just perfect...down to each little detail. so much inspiration here!
have a wonderful Mother's Day,

June said...

Rene' if you love this room as much as I do...it must be your favorite space in the entire world. What a wonderful job you have done! You are truly a wonder!

The Decorating Diaries said...

So beautiful!


Diane said...

Thank you for explaining how you did some of the gorgeous things in your bedroom redo. It's just so pretty. The sconce is exceptional, love the fat candle and the moss(?) around the bottom. I have my grandparent's wedding certificate from 1916 and that gives me an idea, redoing the frame but then I'd have to change the other pictures and then I'd have to rearrange my books in the bedroom and.................Diane

Dandelion and Daisy said...

So beautiful, I love the pocket pillows, too!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Gorgeous post! What a great idea your chandelier is, and what a dreamy shelf corner! Really fun to look at. Jacqueline

debi said...

I could look at your pics all day...your room is so beautiful and romantic!

Vintage Market Place said...

my goodness, I just can't stop looking at it.
So amazing and your knack for putting it all together is just wonderful.
Loving the typewriter on the stand.
each time I look I see something that I missed last time

Donna said...

Your bedroom is just stunning! Thanks for sharing where you found your wonderful bedding. You belong in Romantic Homes Magazine!

Anne Lorys said...

Oh my....
Gorgeous doesn't even begin to describe what you've done with this room.

Can I move in? ;-)

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

So much eye candy!!! How can you sleep????

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Rene, the more I see of this room, the more I am amazed! It really is stunningly lovely~ you just put your heart into creating this lovely haven...and your photos are pure eye candy!


Hi Rene', I loved looking at your pictures of your bedroom last week and love it even more this week. Your vignettes are so pretty and I can tell you took such care to get each detail in the room just right. Love the typewriter, lines, pillow, and love it all. Your photos should be added to a romantic magazine.

Olivia said...

My goodness when I decide to start a magazine you will be my cover feature. This is probably the prettiest I have seen. Great job and you give me something to strive for. If only I had more hours in my day.

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Rene... It is oh so beautiful. Just like a soft sweet dream!

Sweet Sage said...

just amAzingLY bEAuTiFuL!!!
so peaceful.
and comforting...
just LoVeLY.

Anneke said...

i can,t get enough from your room.
this is so beautiful and so very nice decorated

Atticmag said...

It's a wonderful room and the collection of things give it amazing character. Hope you'll stop by if you have time. Jane F.

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh so very lovely Rene.... Just pure pleasure...

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love all your frames and mirrors! Rene' you could fill a magazine issue all on your own! Looking forward to VBF!

Anonymous said...

You know what really knocks my socks off, Rene'(besides all your gorgeous whites)?
Your sense of composition. Perfect example - your vignette on the chippy white shelf. It's incredible!!!
Have a great Wednesday!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Rene!!!! Awesome...everything.. I am yummiefided, just wonderful photos ,,what decorating and photo skills you have. I just saw the Country living collection on-line, and was very impressed. They used old book covers for print designs.
Thanks for sharing where you got things,,,better go back and find out about the chicken coop! I will never get anything done to day with blogs like yours...oh well, I bet you sleep well in that bed!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Absolutely the most gorgeous bedroom I have ever seen and I really love your corner, perfect for reading or stitching. Thanks for all your wonderful details. Have a wonderful week.


It's me said...

So beautifu.......... I can't get enough of looking at your bedroom!

So nice done i love it all !!

Blessings and hugs from me....

sweetpea said...

Rene' it's to die for! I have a little surprise for you over at my blog...



Paula said...

Hi sweet Rene`! Your home must be featured in a magazine!!!!! It is so gorgeous!!! I love everything you have done in your amazing bedroom! That corner is so beautiful!!! I love the little couch, the shelf and all of the pretties you displayed so beautifully on it! The bedding is gorgeous! I love how you made the candle holders too and aged things. You are so talented and creative Rene`! You inspire me so much! I love every single thing you did, all of the sweet details! Your bedroom is so beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Love, Paula

Angela said...

Thanks for your kind comments...and I'm glad your husband is doing well.
Your home is gorgeous...shop too!! That corner you worked on is perfect and the certificate is out-of-this-world, then the fact that it was your grandmother's is so special!!

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Rene! This is my first visit to your blog and may I say . . GASP!
I am in awe of your photos and creative genius! You have given me much inspiration!!

Debby said...

I can't get over the beauty of your room! You are very talented and I am laughing at the duct tape line...hehehe...Awesome post.

Faded Charm said...

Your bedroom turned out amazing! So vintage inspired and romantic. I'm sure you love spending time in there. Thanks for sharing all your creative talent with us. Loving the ruffle pillow covers. Do they sell them online?

Hope you are having a good week and happy to hear your good news about your husband.

Take care,


Lisa said...

I haven't even read the whole post, had to come comment in a screaming voice, K-MART??? Where is a k-mart my me????? Of course you probably bought em 2 years ago. I'm looking anyway. NOt only are you the queen for the redo, but your rock even harder for being frugel! Ok, back to the post. LOL Lisa

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Everything is so amazingly beautiful! You have such a talent for putting things together. Have a great week.
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Your bedroom is so dreamy and romantic. I love the creamy whites and vintage patinas. I really like that you framed your Grandparents wedding certificate.

My Grandmother's name was Grace and everytime I come here I always think of her.


thepaperroSe said...

Beautiful! Love your linens. Pray all went well with your husband!

The Feathered Nest said...

You are such an angel to share your resources Rene'!!! So much loveliness tucked in each and every corner! And congratulations on winning Shelley's giveaway at Sweet Pea Home...everything will look beautiful in your home ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Anonymous said...

well I could spend all day drooling over your gorgeous room! I adore every bit! I have to ask if the wedding photo by your grandma's framed certificate is also your grandma or another family member? precious! I hope you can fly out to Michigan and do my bedroom next! :) pretty please!

Alaina said...

I love this room, I have never thought to tea stain such a large item. I love how it makes it look antique. You did a great job making it all cohesive. Thank you for the birthday wishes, and to answer your question I think I may have at least one if not two of my kids that will turn out to be a lot like me, that can be a good or bad thing, not sure.

Lisa said...

Ok, second comment of the day. I went back & enlarged each photo, the little shade on the lamp is killin' me! OMG, I want it! I love little tattered shades like that. Rene, you really did it. Amazing make-over. Your taste just sends me to the moon! Lisa

Gypsy Purple said...

Thanks for giving us some more of this fabulous space!

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Love your decorating . ai want to make a pillow like yours. come visit Laura

Anne Lorys said...

Hi Rene!

I wanted to thank for the wonderfully thoughtful comments you left on my last post, they really did mean so much to me.

All the best,

About Southern Belle said...

So pretty! How exactly does one use coffee to stain white linen? How long do you leave the material in the coffee? Curious minds are wondering, well, one curious mind at least, lol.


Alicia ~ time worn style said...

SO beautiful, loved reading the updates of where you sourced your treasures. I dont think Kmart over here in australia woudl carry that line of linen but a girl can hope so will have a peek when I'm next there cause I LOVE it!! And all that architectural salvage well, I am drooling over that.

Rebecca said...

Hi Rene'
I still say wow... you did good!
Really good...
Have a wonderful mothers day!
Many blessings

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

AHHHHH it is gorgeous !! Lisa at Tarnished and Tattered was just telling me about your shams ~ I am off to the KMart website since we don't have KMart here ~

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

This post is really making my heart beat faster! I sooo love our sweet vignettes and all the bits of wedding memorabilia! I'm going to hostess a wedding blog party soon and this is just giving me more inspiration! I do hope you will join in!


Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Rene, this room is so fabulous! Beautiful, charming and cozy all at the same time. Just perfect! I think my favorite is the mirror with the "always" banner and the photo of the couple in the pretty little bag! But really I love everything! You have the most amazing talent for displaying your vintage treasures!

Peggy said...

I was so tired, ready for bed, then ran across your blog. Oh my, my eyes came wide open. I'd love to live in your neighborhood; I'd be stopping by with banana bread to see if I could see the lovely things you are doing next!