Hey y’all! Happy Saturday!!! It’s still a bit cloudy here in Tejas, & a new storm is scheduled to blow through this afternoon. So you know with rain, comes aches for joints & broken bones … & I’ve tried to rest this week, but it’s been a challenge with the job demands & balancing home-life. But I’m grateful for strength in Edward & his unending compassion for me.
When we first moved into this house, I truly felt in LOVE. The entire feel was cottage-y & most of my family & friends KNOW that is EXACTLY my style. Light, pretty, flowery cottages are my dream home & this house has the perfect bones for that vision.
Our master, however, has been anything BUT a cottage. It’s low ceiling & dark walls made it nice on days when we wanted to sleep in, but in every other moment of our lives … it was dark & sad … & we both hated it.
So I had this bright idea to do faux shiplap in our bedroom, then paint it white. Edward wasn’t on-board at first, but I wore him down & away he went. As he hung up the pine slats of wood, we both kept looking at the grain against the white wall, & it was just BEAUTIFUL. So, instead of doing the faux shiplap, we left it as the pretty pine wall & painted everything else WHITE (of course).
I think the end product is pretty spectacular … & so does Eddy, thank God!
This was our old comforter, that we’ve had for about a year. I have found that I am drawn to neutral colors, & this has been he case for a long time, even before Fixer Upper ever existed! I love white, beige, taupe, mocha, egg shell … ok, you get the idea. I just love neutrals. I also love adding a splash of color here & there in my neutral palette, but this comforter just wasn’t working anymore with our beautiful new walls … so I shopped. And shopped. And shopped. When designing your home, there are a few things that are quite difficult to decide on. Furniture is a BIG deal & you don’t want to make a mistake, because then you’re basically stuck with it … especially if you thrift or antique, like we do.
For some reason a comforter is a REALLY big deal for me. Not sure how you feel, but I am constantly second guessing my comforter decisions. I don’t want something boring, but at the same time I really don’t want anything too noisy … because I your bedroom is a place of solitude & should invite you in to snooze, rest & love. So a noisy flower comforter doesn’t really do that for me. Probably not my husband either.
So after years (ok, weeks) of shopping, I went back to what I KNOW is a true staple in the design world … Anthropologie’s Rivulets Quilt.
I’ve had the sunset orangey one for a really long time, & it is still beautiful. We have it in our guest bedroom at the moment, & I refuse to ever let it go. It has been the single comforter I have actually loved since I was a little girl. It’s cotton, which is really nice when you’re warm-blooded like myself, & need to stay cool during the snoozing hours. It’s textured, romantic & just really beautiful.
So this time, I went with gray. There was enough white & cream already on our walls & gray seemed to be the perfect contrast to the neutral palette. I think it turned out stunning, if I do say so myself. 😉
The final little project I’m going to tell you guys about is the journey of designing the nightstands. Again, we’ve been thrifting & antiquing for weeks, & have yet to find anything we like … still to this day. Sometimes it takes another item to inspire me for the overall picture … & one day a few weeks ago, we were looking for windows to finish off the green house. In this cute little both at Montgomery Antique Mall, I found the PERFECT windows at the PERFECT price (story to come on that later), but I also spotted two very long vintage shutter doors.
Suddenly, I saw them as the perfect way to frame in our beautiful iron bed. They were long, white, with the prettiest hardware & a great price!!! We got both doors for $25!!! That’s unheard of for this particular antique mall, & I told Eddy … “Look, I know you’re gonna question me on this … but I need those doors for our bedroom. Please, no questions. Just trust me.” And like a good husband, he just handed over his credit card. 😉
Once we got the doors home, I showed Edward what I wanted. He went crazy … “BABY!!! THAT IS GORGEOUS!!!” I said, “yes sir, this is why you keep me around … to make sure you have a cute house.” Like he really cares, right? 😉
So anyway, the doors are tall & we needed our electrical outlets to plug in the nightstand lamps. We bounced around a few ideas, cutting the doors shorter, so they didn’t cover the outlet … leaning them against the wall, so we could plug the lamp behind them … but I hated every idea, of course. Then I saw my husband’s wheels turning.
Next thing I knew he said, “What if we get an L bracket, & hang the door FROM the wall?” I didn’t get it at first, but he did a visual aid & it was my turn to go crazy … “EDDY, YOU’RE A FREAKING GENIUS!!!” So away he went.
Anchoring the doors from the wall was relatively easy, well … for Edward anyway. All that was needed was a drill motor, 1.5 inch screws, & 6 L-brackets. Seriously. That’s it!
We started as by framing the doors around the bed, & determining placement. Edward took proper measurements of both the doors & the placement on the wall. He anchored 2 L-brackets level on the bottom of the wall, 6.5 inches off the ground. With the door mounted on the bottom of the 2 L-brackets, he placed an L-bracket at the center of the top of the door & marked it. We took the door off & then screwed in the last L-bracket. Replaced the door with the level, & ensured it was plum (that means even, apparently).
And VOILA! We have a gorgeous design … & I decided to use my old nightstands, because they are slender, antique cherry wood & just super duper cute. Plus they don’t cover these gorgeous doors!!! The lamps were also a headache to figure out, but just when I gave up looking… I saw these cuties on the tip-top shelf of Hobby Lobby. And they were only $13 to boot!
I am so proud of how far this room has come. We have been searching high & low for old pictures to show y’all just how different the outcome really is, but I guess I failed taking pictures of this room … because I’ve hated it for too long. But you can get the idea in the first picture – it shows how dark this room was …
& now, it’s light, bright, pretty & romantic!!! Just the way uh-huh, uh-huh … We like it. 😉