Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Our New Master Bedroom

Our master bedroom is done!

It's such a good feeling to have a finished space, a little sanctuary, a place where we just love to be! It's simple, rustic and cozy and full of fun details and meaning.

We love a fan running while we sleep in the summer. It helps us stay cool while not worrying about the power bill! My husband's mom made the block quilt. It's heavy and warm, made from corduroy pants. We love how cozy it is in the winter, and the colors work well in this room. My grandma made the afgan on the foot of the bed. She passed away in 1999, so it's a treasure of mine. The large, square pillows are couch pillows that our couch is more comfortable without. The bedskirt (and matching shams) are a microsuede set I bought with a gift card from our wedding. The rug is a bath mat, but it's so soft!

My husband made the barn door headboard from an old fence he tore down on our property. The iron bed frame is one I bought when I bought my first home. I love how they look together! I made the wreath from drop cloth canvas scraps.

On her side of the bed is a narrow table. It was just waiting around downstairs for some purpose in life (our living room is too small right now), and I thought it might be a good idea to carve out a desk area for myself. So I did! And I love it! As you can see, my computer likes it here too, so I've been blogging from this little desk.

Here is the view out this window, just for fun!

This little table works well as a bedside table as well. The small basket on the desk is full of lotions while the one below the desk holds magazines, an extra throw blanket and my camera after I've downloaded pictures.

On his side of the bed there is just room for a night stand. I'm under the impression that my dad made these. Even if they're just something he bought, it's fun to have something of his. I may paint them (there's a set) one day, but for now I like it as is.

Here is the wall on the far side of the bed. I used my Cricut to cut out the quote and put the vinyl letters around canvases of my husband and me during our wedding. "I have found the one whom my soul loves."  Aww...

Here is the view out this window to the west:

On the wall opposite the bed is our line-up of dressers. The closet is tiny, so we rely heavily on these dressers! You'll notice that they match the narrow table; they were part of a set I bought at Pier 1 about 10 years ago. Styles and tastes have changed, but we like these distressed pine pieces of furniture just fine. 

His dresser is in the corner with the dreaded alarm clock, a box with mementos from his grandpa and a tray with a plant, a tiny Bible and a bowl for little things--tie pins and a watch, mostly. There is quite a bit of 'kid' left in my husband, and he has a line-up of matchbox cars on display! The mirror is another Pier 1 find. 

Her dresser has some decorative votive candle holders and a tray of out dated pictures. The canvas art is a picture of the Arch in St. Louis, the place my husband took me on our first date.

Beside my dresser is the door to the room, or, since we're in the room, the door to the hall. You can see my next project in progress! I painted the hall side of the ugly door in slate black.

Above the door I hung a piece of barn wood with our anniversary date stenciled on it. Here you can see a close-up of our duct tap trim as well!

Just for fun, I covered the back of the ugly door with newspaper.

This little space of wall between the door and the closet I had thought was big enough to put a hanging shelf with hooks for our robes. I'm so glad it wasn't big enough! I stole this small wrought iron shelf from another place in the house. It goes so well in here!

I put some books on the bottom shelf, a plant, some candles and a picture frame on the other shelves and was excited to finally have a home for this vintage suitcase! This is something a friend of mine gave me several years ago and I never had the perfect home for it. This might not be the right post for it, but I keep my hair dryer, brush and curling iron in this suitcase. If you look closely you can see the cord--it's always plugged in for easy use. Our bedroom is steps away from the bathroom, but there always seems to be other people using it, so the only girl in this house needed to find a place for doing hair! 

And if you're doing hair or just getting dressed for the day, you need a mirror!

This is the tiny closet that the two of us share. I decided it would be easier for both of us to access our clothes and shoes if the sliding doors--where only one side can be open at a time--were removed and curtains hung instead. I sewed these striped curtains from drop cloth canvas and corduroy. There's a ruffle on the bottom that was my first ruffle ever and I love it!

Sharing a closet this small takes organization and neat folding, but it works! I painted the closet the same blue as the ceiling.

That concludes the tour of our master bedroom! I hope you've enjoyed it and been inspired by a thing or two!

The blue ceiling is 'calm misty sea', the walls are similar to 'rural fairfax gray', and all trim (with exception to the stripe around the ceiling which is duct tape) is off-the-shelf white trim paint, all by ColorPlace which is Walmart's paint brand. 

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  1. Wow, I don't know what I like the best. First of all your views are to-die-for!! Love the barn door headboard. You have so many wonderful touches to personalize your bedroom. Very nicely done!
    I'm your newest follower and would love to have you visit.
    Mary Alice

  2. What a lovely and relaxing and romantic and special room you've created for you and your husband!

    I too love the iron headboard against the barn wood. And those votives over "her" dresser are darling ...

    And that desk space with such a peaceful view ...



  3. Ellie- You did a wonderful job on this room. It looks really pulled together and beautiful. Love your closet "door"..and the newspaper covered door, too. Happy Tuesday- xo Diana

  4. Some great decor, but I love love love the barn door! And that quilt will be treasured for ages, so cool that she made it!!! =)

  5. I saw that you're following my blog on Linky Followers, (thank you very much) but when I clicked to follow your blog, too, it doesn't bring it up and I'm not finding the Linky Followers on your blog... not sure what's wrong... so sorry.

  6. BEAUTIFUL!! I love all the little details. What a wonderful sanctuary.
    Thanks for visiting Saving4Six and commenting on my burlap boxes.
    Blessings to you and yours.

  7. So...what'll it cost to consult you for my room? I love the contrast of gently used, old, really old, new, homemade, gift, repurposing, and salvaging that's going on in the whole room. You inspire me!

  8. Another wonderful room...and a great view to go with!

    Love your hubbies Match Box cars. They're very endearing. I think my favorite is the anniversary date. The perfect final detail for the room.

  9. Ellie! Such a comfy,pretty,country bedroom. You just gave me the bestest idea and I am going to do it :) When we bought our cottage style bedroom furniture for the home we were living in we didn't have room for a second night stand, not room for anything. Nada. Now we have a loft bedroom in our country house we bought 7 years ago and I have plenty of room to put a desk where the nightstand would go. I could put my makeup in a drawer and do my makeup sitting there, write notes the possibilities are endless. Thank you so much for the inspiration, I would never have thought to do that!

  10. Loving that headboard, Ellie -- our bed is against a wall with two long windows, so it wouldn't work for us, but I love it! You have such a flair for decorating -- and I know how difficult it is to work with an old house. :)

  11. Beautiful! Love the headboard! Your husband did a fantastic job on it! There's a lot of kid left in my hubby, too. Thanks for sharing.

  12. What a comfortable and relaxing bedrooom! I love the headboard and wreath.

    Found you thru Its Overflowing.

  13. Hi Ellie!

    I think it is just wonderful that you have so many family momentoes of your family around the room. It is also a very pretty and comfortable looking room.

    Thanks again for sharing at my Bunny Hop Party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  14. I love, love, LOVE the headboard and what a beautiful view!

  15. you must just love living there! it is perfect!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  16. I love the bed setting.. the wreath/barn door.. and the colors you chose.. beautiful!!

  17. wow its lovely! I am amazed at how much thought and detail you've put into it!

  18. Love the window curtains, anniversary date board, and the closet curtains!! Glad you have your finished space!

  19. {Love} the headboard! Found you through It's Overflowing. New follower :)


  20. Love your room...especially the headboard and blue ceiling. Our master has low ceilings and I was contemplating something similar with stopping the wall color and bringing the ceiling color down. Do you find it makes your ceiling feel higher? Thanks *** Patricia.... Ps found you via myperfectcolor blog <3

  21. Patricia--so glad you like the room! I love having the ceiling painted a pretty color. I think it does make it seem taller too. At least it's nicer to look at! Good luck with your room.

  22. Thanks for replying Ellie! I know what you mean....We painted our ceiling a pale gold at our last house ...walls were a stone gray color...and it was so much nicer than boring old white. :). I am not usually a blue person but I am so loving it these pretty. Great job.

  23. I can't believe that white stripe between the gray and blue is duct tape! I've never heard of such a thing but it looks SO good! Any hints or tips for how you did that. I LOVE the colors and love the white stripe to separate them. Thanks!



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