Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Purple Master Bedroom Suite for the Girl in Pink


Guess who got new bedding for Christmas?  ME!  And it has inspired me to write this big long post about the transformation our room has undergone, the history behind the special pieces that reside there, and what plans I have for it's continued metamorphosis.  Is it just me or is the Master bedroom always the last room in the house to get decorated and settled in?  I'm not sure just how long our room sat neglected with odd bits of furniture, outdated mismatched bed linens and bare walls.  It makes sense to focus on the parts of the house that guests actually see first, right?  Well, a couple of years ago I decided that it was time to start focusing on the romantic bedroom I had been dreaming of.  It started with a Christmas gift of a few gallons of pretty purple paint and several hours of manual labor!  You see, at that time I was prego with son #2 and was in no condition to be painting a room...lucky me!  Soooo, my gift from hubby and my dad that year was the painted bedroom!  And it just so happens that my dad and husband make an excellent painting team!  They did a fabulous job and I love love love the result!  Not because I am proud of this picture, but because I know everyone loves a good before and after photo...here is the sad, lifeless master bedroom of years past..

Good bones I suppose...but overall pretty boring, don't you think?
 


The paint itself transformed the room, everything else kind of fell into place.  My new Simply Shabby Chic quilts and shams are the icing on the cake!
 
After a whole lot of searching for just the right bedding, my mom and I came across this set at Target last month!  I immediately knew it was what I wanted!  I wish I could tell you what the name of this bed set is.  If you're familiar with Rachel Ashwell's lines..you know that she usually names them.  This one just says "Rachel Ashwell Simply Shabby Chic for Target" and I can't find it anywhere online, not even at Target.com!  My mom secretly went back to buy it for me for Christmas (yes, I am spoiled blessed!) and was disappointed when she couldn't find any coordinating throw pillows.  She said that she proceeded to look at 3 different Targets only to find that the others didn't even carry the quilts!  We've decided that they are either very new or have quickly sold out? 
This one I purchased from Rachel Ashwell's line at Mervyns years and years ago.  If I remember right it's called Fiona.  I just love it and would have had it on our bed but it's too small...it does however make a wonderful slipcover for the little settee in the sitting area.
I hope to one day have the settee reupholstered (it's a hideous orange brocade, but has a cute shape to it). I paid just $30 for it at an estate sale and I think the Fiona quilt suits it well for now! 

This sweet hand decorated pillow came from the same estate sale as the settee!  I am always on the lookout for violets for my room and I couldn't pass up this cute pillow!


This cozy and charming chair has a sweet story behind it!  I picked it up at a yard sale about 9 years ago, just after my husband and I were married and bought our first home.  I had it recovered in this cream textured fabric and we used it in the living room.  When we moved into our current home, it spent a short time in our bedroom but soon took up residence in what would eventually become the nursery.  I don't know if I actually verbalized the idea or not but when I first purchased the chair and picked out the fabric for it, I envisioned it in a nursery someday!  I sat in it every night to nurse my first son, and then my second.  And now that my youngest is 2 yrs. old, we have converted the nursery into his "big boy room" and the chair has been added to the cozy little sitting nook of our bedroom where we often read books with the boys.  This is one piece of furniture I don't think I'll ever part with.


Here is the little living room of our
first home, a cozy 1930's bungalow.

My sweet baby and his buddy resting in the same chair when it sat in the nursery...circa 2006.
As sad as it was to admit that my baby wasn't a baby anymore as we disassembled the adorable nursery for project big boy room...I love the chair in our bedroom and as soon as we find a new fixture for the big 2 yr. old's room, something else will be making it's way to the master bedroom...
This pretty chandelier!  Can you believe I put a chandelier in my little boy's room before I had one for my own?  Well, when I brought this chandy home I wasn't sure if I was having a boy or a girl...but I felt pretty confident that God would give me a girl...Wrong!  Regardless, I thought a chandelier was a nice addition to a baby's room, even for a boy baby.  But, much to my excitement dismay, hubby says that chandys don't belong in big boy rooms...except for maybe his own ;)  Okay, he didn't say that last part but he pretty much agreed to it!  Ideally the chandelier would go over our bed where the ugly fan is now...but hubby insists on a bedroom fan overhead for the summer months and seeing that he doesn't have much input in the rest of the decor decisions, I am not arguing.  Plus, I like sleeping under a fan as well...  So, the chandelier will be retro-fitted to plug into an outlet and will hang somewhere in the sitting area...over or to the side of my special chair!  And someday I hope to replace the ugly fan with this beauty from Lamps Plus...


Finally someone is manufacturing chandelier fans!  Have you seen these?  Pretty cool, huh?  I am just waiting for this one to go on sale.  Never pay full price for a fixture at Lamps Plus, unless you're in hurry...they all go on sale eventually. 



The cornice above our bed was a $3 Goodwill find, painted and shabbied then  paired with a vintage lace tablecloth, a cute scarf I just received for Christmas and all of the luscious pink satin ribbon that was included in the packaging for my new quilts and shams!


Another item on our "wish list" for this room is a king sized bed.  In fact, the quilts are kings in anticipation of the new mattress we've been saving up for!  So, when the time comes, this metal headboard/foot board will go and I think we'll do something like a tufted fabric headboard...don't you think?  Something like the one that Melanie at Southern Life has in her lovely guest room!  And someday, when the cutest little antique dry sink or petite vintage cabinet makes it's way into my hands for a killer deal, it will receive a fresh coat of cream paint and replace the tired little bedside table.





The vanity beneath the floral fabric was part of my mom's bedroom set when she was a little girl, and has been in my bedroom ever since I was little!  I have big plans for a full, layered, ruffled skirt when I come across the perfect fabric for it!  The little stool has always accompanied it and was actually created by my Grandma!  I believe it was originally a floor lamp base that she cut, painted and added a swiveling chair seat to.  How cool is my Grandma???  The cupboard top was an estate sale find that I restyled and re purposed and the yard long violets print was an EBay purchase...I was told that it is over 100 yrs old and in the original frame.  I wish I had a better picture of it to share.
I've been collecting old violets cards with the idea of a pretty garland to drape across my dresser mirror.  This is what I have so far.  I am still playing around with it...


I am so glad that I opted for vintage dressers when I shopped for bedroom furniture for our first home.  I am sure that nothing I could have picked up at a furniture store 9 years ago would be as timeless today.  And with a fresh coat of cream paint (hopefully this summer!) these sweeties will look even lovelier!




This wicker bed tray is fun...in more ways than one!  I like the "idea" of using it for breakfast in bed (maybe someday!)  It's perfect for when I want to sit in bed and use my netbook.  The boys think it's a great tunnel for their cars when racing on the bed.  And someone else thinks it's a pretty nice little fort to crawl into for a snooze fest...


This is Boots, a Christmas kitty.  Santa discovered him wandering the North Pole, remembered my son's request for a real kitten for Christmas and promptly stuck him in his bag and delivered him to our home on Christmas Eve.  This is not the first time I've found him sleeping away in this very spot.


Okay!  I think I'll stop here...I am sure I could go on and on and on about the ideas I have to further transform our romantic master bedroom suite but I think this post is quite long enough!  If you're still reading, bless you!  If not, that's okay too...thank you for your visit!  Please stay tuned as I work on more projects in this room and others around my home!  It is always a work in progress...and the dreaming and scheming is half the fun, am I right?

I will be linking this post up with Faded Charm's White Wednesday, Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday, Southern Hospitalities' Top Projects Party this weeks blog party at Savvy Southern Style, The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday , Elements Interiors and Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday!  Please visit these blogs for lots of pretty posts with plenty of decorating inspiration!

Best Wishes and Happy Decorating!  - Amanda


39 comments:

  1. Amanda,
    WOW!! Gorgeous gorgeous room!

    You've done a beautiful job adorning it.

    I'm so glad you came to visit me, now I will be able to see all the goodies you share on here.
    I'm off to see more. =)

    Enjoy your trip to Monticello. Our next trip will be to Sellwood area.

    Where do you live??

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  2. Thanks for sharing. It is so fun to see transformations. Some day when I get rid of some stuff, I can begin to change my room, to a romantic sanctuary. Hugs Florence

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  3. Your bedroom looks absolutely amazing! I love your new quilt. Our Target doesn't have hardly any Simply Shabby Chic items anymore. Such a shame too! I miss Mervyn's... I loved Rachel's Treasure line she had there. The picture of your precious baby and your Cavalier is adorable! He looks just like my son's dog Max. Thanks for sharing your beautiful bedroom with us.
    Happy New Year!
    Denise

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  4. that purple is to die for what is the color I just love it, my bedroom needs a paint job what a gorgeous choice i just love it sooo romantic
    www.lizzidroege.typepad.com

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I bought the headboard at Target online and it is worth the money. It looks really nice and it is beautiful.

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  6. That wall color is amazing. What a transformation. Love the bedding and every little detail you thought of to made a romantic room. Thanks so much for linking up!

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  7. Oh my goodness I love the paint!! How brave of you to try that color! I am so scared with dark paint colors but this is great!!

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  8. your room is so pretty and romantic! and your KC spaniel is so cute too

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  9. Your bedroom is so pretty! I love the wall color. I have been thinking about painting my powder room a similar color.

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  10. I love it! You are so lucky! I would sleep on the floor so I didn't have to mess up the bed!

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  11. That wall color makes a huge difference! Looks like a spa!
    Theresa
    aka:tot

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  12. Amanda - you did an awesome job in your bedroom! It's just beautiful!!! Very romantic, warm, welcoming, and it just feels embracing - like a cozy hug. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  13. Hello sweetheart! Ohhh your bedroom is dreamy! If I had a magazine this room would be in it! I love the pretty bedspread and the ribbons hanging from the bed thingey are divine! Oooohhhh la la! Now, purple I would not have thought of, but it really is fabulous in this room! I love the old dressers and lamp! I am trying my bestest not to completely shab out my bedroom....but it is on its way trust me! I will share some pics soon, I can't ever get it really clean and perfect like I want it. Thanks for the inspiration sweets!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  14. Your room is gorgeous. Love the bedding and that pillow from the estate sale. I'm sure sooner or later, you will find the perfect shams for the quilt if you keep looking.

    Thanks for sharing the info about the fan. I have to check that site out. I have this horrid gold boob light from the 90s and am desperate for something that gives more light in the room. I wanted a chandier, but my dad has been pushing for a fan. We might find our compromise with the one you shared.

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  15. What a great job with your bedroom. I am so in love with your chair and ottoman. I want one just like it but can't find one. Thanks for sharing this with all of us..vera

    www.vlauterbach1@hotmail.com

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  16. Amanda,
    What a beautiful master! The wall color is sumptuous. Beautiful linens and details. I love the chair, too.

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  17. Hi Amanda, your bedroom turned out beautiful! Love the color of your walls, too. And oh those cute kitties! Thanks for linking up with the party,
    hugs,
    Debra

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  18. Wow! what a great make over! job well done! love the room now.. so pretty.. love the new bedding! Happy New Year!

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  19. You have a very beautiful home.

    Happy New Year,
    Sylvia

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  20. This is an amazingly beautiful room...very well done!!! I adore that photo of your baby and the dog...it is a beautiful photo!!!
    Have a wonderful New Year!!!

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  21. WOW!! GORGEOUS!! WOW!! It's beautiful!!!

    Happy New Year! :)

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  22. What a lovely room. It looks so cozy and warm in there. I really love the shelf in the corner with the shelf liner. What a grat idea. Looking foward to visiting again. Happy New Year!
    CareyAnn

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  23. Your bedroom is beautiful! I love that corona! And I'm not a "dark wall" person but that color makes the room. It sure has me wondering about some of my color choices now *winks* Vanna

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  24. it's beautiful! So feminine! I love it.

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  25. Amanda! Love the room. You are so good with details. I am jealous!! It's fun how the things you've had for years blend with the things you buy now and make this perfect place for the two of you. and the cats. Very nice.

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  26. Hi
    I found your site, by visiting the very wonderful Cindy, from my romantic home, you girls really have it down pat, with the decorating, thing... love your bed lineans they are gorgeous have you tried amazone dot.com my son finds everything on that site, maybe even free shipping if your lucky... just a fyi.... cindy ~ from FL.

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  27. Amanda, Your bedroom is beautiful! I love the color on the walls! This is such a transformation from the photo of your room previously.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  28. Amanda,I almost forgot... I am now your newest follower. Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  29. So pretty! You are one step ahead of me, Im waiting to transform our bedroom to much more girly :) I have a pink duvet picked out from Land of Nod, but Im waiting for it to go on sale :) I did just see your bedding at Target and was thinking I could use this too if I don't get the other! I love the chandelier. I wanted to put on in the babies room but Jeremy didn't think it belonged in a boys room - even a baby :( so I hope to have one in our room someday. I would love to have one over the tub! I have the same Shabby Chic book, love it! Thanks for sharing :)

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  30. Your bedroom is gorgeous!! I love the Rachel Ashwell line!!

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  31. Thank you ALL for your positive feedback on my bedroom redecor! I just love reading what you have to say! For those of you who wanted to know about the paint color, it's called "Enigma" by Evermore...purchased at Home Depot. I had to laugh at how some of you said I was so brave choosing a dark color. The rest of our home (aside from the little boys' rooms) is very neutral and pastel. If the paint color had been solely my choice, it would have been a very pale lavender. My husband said if he was going to sleep in a purple room, it should be a dark purple. My mom's laundry room had previously been painted Enigma...so I had had the opportunity to see it in a room and knew that I liked it. Thanks again for your comments! Happy New Year Friends! -Amanda

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  32. Your room looks lovely. The perfect place to dream sweet dreams for this New Year!

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  33. Hi there, Amanda! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. It's so nice to meet you. :)

    Your photos are just beautiful. Your bedroom has been transformed to an oasis of loveliness. Fantastic job!

    Many blessings to you in 2011. :)

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  34. Wow! Amanda, your blog is really turning into such an awesome and inspiring place for your many friends! So happy for you and all you've been able to do with it! It is just wonderful! Love your bedroom, especially the dressers and cute shelf on the vanity. I also LOVE the photo of son #1 on the lovely chair!

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  35. The bedroom looks beautiful. I love the purple and the wicker tray. I have one in our guest room and the cat always sleeps right under it like a little tent. Happy New Year!

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  36. Your bedroom looks beautiful! Love the color paint. I have that Shabby Chic Ceiling Fan you saw in Lamps Plus. and love it. I added extra crystals and get compliments on it all of the time. If you search you can find coupon codes for Lamps plus.

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  37. I love the room ;o) So many lovely colours. Where did you get the breakfast tray ?

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  38. Beautiful & romantic bedroom transformation!! Loved reading the stories on all the items! Boots is adorable & so blessed that Santa delivered him to such a wonderful home!! :)
    Blessings, Kathy

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