Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Ready to see those dust bunnies hidden under the rug and the Gold Fish crumbs I mentioned in my "Movin' On In" post? Too bad. I'm not QUITE ready to show those off. But, I have decided it was time to post a pic of our master bedroom since I went and got your curiosity up with my comment on the portfolio picture from Haute Design out of Charleston, SC. Two of their portfolio pictures were eerily similar to two rooms in my house. Here's the one I said looked so similar to my master bedroom:

Now, before we proceed, let me be perfectly clear that my room is not NEARLY as nice as this one with it's barrel vaulted, bead board ceiling (LOVE it!), but you'll get the idea. Mine is still in the process of being "created" as well. I do not have a bottomless budget to hire a team to come in and redo my room in a matter of a week, month, year ....whatever:)

Let's compare. There's the portfolio room above, and here's mine shot from nearly the same angle:

Our Master Bedroom.
 O.k . Different fabrics, a window seat area versus french doors, an ancient T.V. in place of another seating area, and sheer bed drapery.  BUT, look at placement style and color. See the similarity? Apparently great minds think alike (wink, wink)!

Now for the budget breakdown for you. This is not a total low-budget makeover. This is where we started:

I actually liked the color before. It was Sherwin Williams "Macadamia", but wanted to try blue.

See how the door and window aren't actually evenly spaced out from the corners? See if you notice it in the afters.
The first thing we did before even moving in was to rip out and replace all the carpet. I went with a light sand color praying the new DuPont Serona Polyester fiber was as good as they claimed and worth the money. So far, so good...although it is time to call in a carpet cleaner and see what happens:)

The paint color was nice, but I have never done a blue bedroom for myself and the hubby so I decided to paint it. I went with Benjamin Moore's Brittany Blue but mixed in Behr. (I'm a long time Behr user and it's always been my go-to paint. I have heard Benjamin Moore's is just as good, so I'm thinking my next room painted will be a little test to see for myself.) It's the same color that was used as the background for the mural in my oldest boy's room. Truth be told, as much as I love it, I'm tempted to repaint it Benjamin Moore's "Palladian Blue". It's got just a touch more green in it and it was one of the colors I debated for this room. I've since seen it used and love it. A friend of mine painted all her ceilings in this and they're BEAUTIFUL!

Palladian Blue
Benjamin Moore HC-144
image via House Beautiful
 Gorgeous, isn't it? But, I currently have Brittany Blue which I also love. It's just a little cooler in tone.

Brittany Blue by Benjamin Moore
"Brittany Blue"
Benjamin Moore 1633

I do not believe in buying "cheap" furniture. By that, I don't mean top dollar...just top quality. There are a million ways to find really good stuff that is top quality at a fraction of the price. Our bed was a splurge...BIG splurge. We got it at Ethan Allen. It's their British Classics four poster.

Ethan Allen British Classics Bed

We did not buy the whole set...just the bed. It's been worth every penny. I love snuggling down in our bed! Since we up-sized to a king, we also had to buy new mattresses. UNFORTUNATELY, no one bothered to tell us to get the low profile box springs and I was too excited to think straight, so now I feel like the "Princess and the Pea"! I got over the height shock, but haven't gotten over how incredibly comfortable this bed is:) This is the bed I initially wanted:

Ethan Allen Newport Laurel Bed

But for once, the hubby wanted to have a little say-so and felt the British Classics bed was just at little more bulky and masculine. He's so good about letting me do whatever, I couldn't argue because I did like it. Besides, he does have to sleep in it! Guess it's only fair he gets a little say-so (wink, wink):)

Here's some more shots of the room and a little more on the "decor" budget:

The fabric I used for the bed skirt and window seat was what started the whole coastal color scheme in the house. It's Waverly Harmonics Harmony Spa.

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 I searched my remnants store for almost a year until I found a stash of it and used in my room.

I love how the sunlight floods in this room.
That trunk was my great grandparents and has been passed down along with another I'm planning to get from my parents at some point (when I can remember!).

The duvet cover is by Sferra and I found it at Ross for...ready? An incredible $7.00! All the bedding came from either T.J. Maxx, Ross or Target. The desk was my father's and I'd love to paint it, but need his "Oaky Dokey". The mirror & serpentine dresser were my grandmother's, and the rocking chair was hubby's great grandmother's! Lot's of antiques that have been passed down. Gives a more collected over time look that I like.

The bed lamps I found at the Habitat ReStore for $8 each. They were shiny brass I spray painted Oil-Rubbed Bronze and found new shades for on sale at Hancock Fabrics. The bed ties are just strips of left over burlap. The bed sheers are just yards of sheering I cut and hemmed.
Ready for a laugh? Because the bed is so high, I had to get creative with night tables until I can buy some pieces I like that are high enough yet not too big and still within budget (harder than you might think!). They are really large plastic trashcans turned upside down with a pressed wood table top laid over them. I covered them with a sheet, cut a pre-made curtain in half for the topper, and laid the glass on top! (Can you believe I just told you that?! I have no shame, do I? Don't answer that!)

I made the seat cushion from more remnants and old sofa pillows.
The curtains are white bed sheets I hemmed and made headers for:)

This is my desk area. It used to just be an awkward space like on the other side, but hubby was nice enough to build me a desk for our first Christmas here to my specs. I love this space (told you my computer was a dinosaur!).

This is the other side of the window seat area. See my stash of fabric?
That's just a fraction of it! I think I have an addiction.

Well, there you have it. You've now seen why I got so excited when I found that portfolio pic on Haute Design's web page. Hope you enjoyed the mini room tour!

Linking up to:

French Country Cottage

Transformation Thursday

The Shabby Nest


  1. Truth be known, except for the doors, I like your room better. *wink* It's beautiful!

  2. What a pretty room. I think it is VERY similar to the Inspiration room that you posted. I love it. I have been debating about a blue bedroom too. I used to have a blue one for several years (2 houses) and then moved away from it to other colors...and now...WEll, I am feeling blue again!;>)

    I use Bher paint almost exclusively too...except for our trim work I use Benjamin Moore's Dove White. It is my favorite white trim paint ever and I have used in in the last 4 houses.

    Hope you have a wonderful Holdiay weekend! Hugs-Diana

  3. Look at that gorgeous bed! I know how expensive Ethan Allen is, but high quality. I have been shopping with my mom at Ethan Allen. We are redoing her family room. She finally made decisions and should have her new stuff after Labor day. That is funny about the trash cans. I am glad you said those were temporary. I was thinking you need larger pieces there. Have fun looking for them.

  4. B.e.e -- Love the color of paint you chose and I especially like the way you kind of hid your desk area and computer. Cozy place to work. I didn't realize the nook was that deep -- and of course your room in layout is a lot like yours -- I think you did a beautiful job and I feel serenity and tranquil from your transformation, may you as well. Terri www.

  5. This is fabulous - love the color for the bedroom - it looks fantastic - the bed, bedding and accessories create a serene setting,

  6. you have a beautiful room, so lovely and softly restful. I never really thought about bed height versus side table height - what an odd problem to overcome, but I love your solution! So clever!

  7. Gorgeous room...thanks for all the sources. I saw that bed and thought, ooohhh...that's just what I am looking for! I also love that blue--I will tuck that away for my new house. Its very pretty, as well as peaceful.

  8. You did such a great job! I love it! We have similar styles I think...I loved this post!

  9. Such a beautiful room and similar in so many ways to the other room! Love your bed, and your collected furniture! Ross is a fave of mine too- they have some great stuff and great prices! I think you could find some lovely petite dressers that would give you the height you are looking for to use as nightstands. I have a tall bed too- and find traditional nightstands are way too short and small. Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! Have a great weekend! :)

  10. Simply beautiful, what a serene and inspiring room, love everything about it. We painted our master a similar color but I am a bit stuck on what to do next, thanks for sharing!

  11. I love the style and the fabric - especially the bedskirt, which is how I stumbled onto your website. I was wondering - how did you make the skirt - we have the same bed, and I think it needs to hang from the velcro because the platform blocks it from draping inside the frame. Do you have a pattern, or did you do your own, and how did you get it to hang?

    1. Thank you! I loved that fabric the minute I saw it, and I'm so glad it lead you to my blog:) Ready for a laugh? It was seriously just tucked under the mattress in those photos and stayed that way for ages!

      You're right about the frame getting in the way. I debated forever on how to do it, but finally decided to simply make three hemmed panels by splitting the fabric down the middle. They were then sewn to a flat sheet cut to fit the top of the boxspring minus about 3 inches on each side so the fabric tucks up under the mattress. The flat sheet was then laid over the boxspring and that allowed each side to have a panel that fell down over the frame. Other than dealing with the large sheet when sewing the panels on, it's super easy to do and requires no skill. Hope that helps!

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