April 24, 2016

My Traditional Style Bedroom

This post was featured at Dwellings, The Heart of Your Home and at Our Home Away from Home.

Welcome back to some bedroom tweaks.

Relaxing Soft Blues and Greens for Spring 

My spring update plan was to bring blue into the master suite. I had not used blues in my decorating for years and years, so this was something new and fresh...just perfect for spring.

I remember using some blues and greens together back in the seventies...when it was very popular. You know...colors and styles eventually come back around. :-)

Solid Cherry Rice Carved Bed

Mixing Styles...Traditional and Rustic French
When we bought this house the master bedroom had brown and red paint with a heavy barnlook rustic ceiling fan. (I know what you are thinking. :-)  I was not deterred!  I knew I could whip this house into shape my style. Let's just say, I had my work cut out for me. Many would have walked away. 

Using Rose as a Complimentary Color
The camel back sofa has been in the bedroom since we moved into the house. It was originally in the formal living room at our old Georgian style house. 

I love this old sofa. It was one of the first pieces of nice furniture we bought after we married. It was pre-children and I saved some of my teaching pay to make this furniture investment. 

And look...I still love it. One day it will have a new fabric because there is some fading...but that is not a pressing issue for me.

Williamsburg Style Matlessé Bedspread
I love to use matlessé coverlets and bedspreads because I can wash them at home. I prefer the bedspread version so that I can cover the pillows.

Traditional Drapes and Top with Custom Trim
While so many are going with undressed windows these days I am still using drapes and top treatments. I brought them from the other house, so why not use them. They were an investment, plus I still love the old look of the toile fabric. The tassel trim gives me a touch of federal or old south style that I love. 

Dressmaker Touches Customize the Toile Top Treatment

You can see some of the fabric details better in this photo. It is hard to shoot directly into the light.
Cherrywood Posts
By now you all know that I love solid wood...with cherry and mahogany being my favorites. 

Do you know the story of rice carved bed posts?
These sturdy four-poster beds—named for the decorative motif of intricately carved rice sheaves on the bedposts—date to the 18th century, when the Carolina Gold rice grown on lowland plantations brought incredible wealth to the Charleston area. source

Re-mixing older accessories for a new look
I had a light bulb moment when it occurred to me to bring in the blue and white flower pot and remake an arrangement of pink peonies. I want a new lampshade for the bedside lamp when I find what I want.

A  redesigned flower arrangement

Another redesigned flower arrangement
I had this arrangement in my stash, so it joined the bedroom with the addition of blue this spring. You know how one thing leads to another. 

Loving blue and green together this spring

My old camel back sofa from, yes, the seventies. 

I tried to take a picture so that you could see the oriental design in the fabric. The original fabric on the sofa was a heavy lemon yellow damask. It was beautiful...but fading made me have to cover it. Remember, this is an old, old sofa. It never did have heavy wear since it was in our formal living room. 

Stepping back for another look
I actually like this bedroom better than the one in the house we built. I love the tray ceiling, the square shape, and that it is on the same level as the rest of the house. Good for empty nesters like us!

We have had the bed for years and I still love the style. It is solid cherry and it will never be painted. :-)

I added one other blue touch to the bedroom this spring, but I made the bed before I took pictures. I picked up some Biltmore Wedgewood blue sheets from Belk. The spring bedroom refresh has been concluded...I think. Is any room ever really "finished?" 

Here is a rustic painting on a slate slab of the our old Georgian on the farm. 

This house had four levels from the basement up to the full old fashioned attic. It was a Southern Living idea house back in the eighties, with the original built in the Atlanta area. We contacted the architect to to make some modifications...then we were off and running. 

 The sunroom was off to the right side, which really became the family room. The garage was off to the left of the pic. It was a beautiful house with hand made solid wood mould brick from good old Georgia clay. I loved that brick!  We also chose wide plank flooring to make the house seem older. I told the builder that I wanted a new, old house. 

When you build a family home and pick out every little detail you somehow take a little bit of the house with you when you leave. I know that some of you are in the downsizing process, or thinking about it. It is an emotional process whenever you move. I am working to embrace a new style of living...empty nesting. 

Thank you so much for visiting me today!

My Blog links  May 1, 2016

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Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday

Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
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Julie’s Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
Our Home Away From Home
Cozy Little House, Tweak it Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday

DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
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Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
Peonies and Orange Blossoms, Favorite Things Thursday Blog Hop
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In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday
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Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, 
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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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