These first few pics are scans, but the only before shots I've got! The room is about 15X15.
This is looking through the door, seeing the north and east windows. The window placement in this room makes it hard to arrange furniture. Especially when you have A LOT of furniture.
Looking at the large east window, and south window. You can also see the built in closet. That went bye-bye.
A shot of the Cookie Monster blue carpet at the foot of the built in closet. I was sorting my doll clothes, Rose's on the left and Scarlett's on the right; Rhett's in the middle along with an extra case for whoever needs the room!
I'm a bedding hoarder. I love bedding. Funny thing is, I don't like bedding *sets*. I want things to match, but not TOO much. Then I run into trouble, driving myself mad trying to find things that *go*. Choosing a paint color for this room was maddening. I wanted something that would go with all of these! But not boring beige, etc. No green, too much green in the house already.
This was my first inspiration picture. I loved how they painted the ceiling, and had gold crown molding.
This is "Romance" bedding from Penney's 6 years ago. I just *had* to have it. It was my first Christmas present from Kevin in this house! I didn't want the whole set mind you... just got the comforter and two shams. A burgundy velvet dust ruffle would look much better! I thought the inspiration photo above would look great with this. But alas, it's not my only bedding. It's just my *winter* bedding, lol! So next I found this inspiration photo. I just LOVED this one! So much that I bought a gallon of Colony Rose paint and tried it. UGH. I couldn't handle it. It looked way to COUNTRY. Plus, I must admit I felt sorry for Kevin if he had to sleep in a mauve room~ even tho he told me to go for it!
So one day I was looking at some of my pretties and this blue/grey/greenish hatbox REALLY stood out to me. Hmm.... that would be a nice wall color!
First I took the hatbox to be color matched. It turned out this HORRIBLE battleship grey. Nothing like the box. I guess it was too hard to get a clean match on a 60+ year old dirty box. So then I rounded up a bazillion swatches. It seemed that NONE of them matched. I have an entire HUGE manila envelope full of stupid swatches. At this point I was leaning towards Behr's Pewter Tray, shown here above the "F" on the box. Now believe me, these colors matched much better in real life.
By the way, Fredericks was the designer for the hats in Gone With the Wind, I was excited to find this box!
It was pretty actually, but not the *feeling* I was going for in this room. Ok, scratch the grey/blue/green color.
During this time I totally fell in love with http://www.michalnegrin.com/. Her web design, jewelry, and home decor. Ok, this was it!! I printed out a picture for my "worksheet" and went from there.
I finally settled on a parchment/golden beige color. Yah. I know, exactly what I didn't want in the first place, right? Well, now I love it. I did a light blue on the ceiling with a hint of green. And guess what, that hat box looks awesome with it! Painted the floors and trim cream. YES. You read that right, painted the wood floors.
We couldn't afford carpet, and after ripping up the Cookie Monster stuff, we saw charred areas, tire tracks from a motor bike, and a gazillion screws all over!
Here's the burned areas. I know there's been at least two fires in this house. You could pick this away just like a log on a campfire.
Hmmm.... guess they thought screws would fix the squeeky floors! NOT! They're over the entire floor. We would've cursed our heads off and probably ruined a sander had we tried to refinish the wood.
Uh-huh. Tire tracks.
See that curve mark on the floor? That's where the tire marks are... went from Kevin's closet all the way to the other wall there. Geesh. (Nova's sporting Mickey ears here)
Here's another before shot that shows Kevin's little closet under the attic stairs~
There had been "trim" on that corner like the chimney as well, and by this point I had already taken it off and started to mud. So much better! Look how grey that stupid hat box looks in this pic!
A last look at the closet... ew, more corner trim!!
Rip it out! Tear it out! WAAAAAAY out!!! (Yes, I was a cheerleader in highschool)
Um-hmm... dat's right!
Actually, I was going for the Marie Antoinette look~
Wow. The room looks SO much better and larger now! Besides, we had to make room for this! Kevin replaced the mirror in the door for me last Christmas! I didn't even notice. I came in the room, LOOKED RIGHT IN THE MIRROR... I took off my heels and started complaining about how fat I looked without them on. He's like, "notice anything?!" DUH. He even had a big red bow on it!
This is also a good shot of the painted floor, wall color, and ceiling!
I put Granite Crystals from Lowe's in both the wall and ceiling color. We did this in our living room too, and I just LOVE it. You don't see the glitter unless it's dark and a lamp or candle is lit. Very soft and fine... romantic!
I have been stalling on showing you the bedroom because I wanted it to be totally done. I wanted that whole WOW factor, ya know? Well, it's taking forever and that's just not gonna happen soon. So I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen so far.
If I could change one more thing in this room it would be to put in a chandelier instead of the ceiling fan. But in this old two story home, this fan is an absolute MUST. It runs at least 70% of the time. At least it is a pretty fan, rather elaborate/victorian looking. We flipped the blades over from oak to cherry and it's much better.
I'd best start another post for more of the decor stuff, this is already much too long! But before I go, I'll share the headboard that I got at a yard sale for $20. It was an ugly walnut shade, made of resin. Gold paint was in order! Unfortunately, we had to cut off those outer-most scrolls as it was a king size and we have a queen.
I still want to add molding and a border, etc.... so stay tunned as la boudoir evolves!