Master Bedroom Reveal

Master Bedroom is finished! This has been months in the making, but today is the day. This winter, I parted with my IKEA canopy bed and began the process of re-tooling my master bedroom. (Don't worry, the bed went to a really good home. My mother took it to her farmhouse in Oregon, where she painted it black and reassembled in in her upstairs bedroom!) Our master suite didn't need a huge overhaul, but for crazy design enthusiasts like me a new bed means a new bedroom. So here it is....... Ta Da!





Here was my original design collage for the bedroom:




And here is the "before" photo of the space. The wall color, Ashwood by Behr, remained in place. However, the bedside lamps were relocated to our guest room and the long curtains relocated to our dining room.




One of my favorite new additions to the room is a gorgeous piece of art I bought from Atlanta-based artist Jenny Andrews Anderson a few months back. It received a frame this week and is now finally on my wall. It is the happiest, prettiest, most cheerful thing in the room. I love love love this piece of art!






There are two new pieces of furniture in the bedroom: the platform bed, which was purchased at Simply Austin, and the dresser, a vintage Haywood Wakefield piece that I found at VIEUX, a fantastic DFW resale shop. I wanted something in a natural wood with a masculine feel and this midcentury dresser was in outstanding condition.






And of course, I still have my August Macke print on the walls. 




I also picked up two swing arm sconces from Amazon.com. I have to say, they look good, but they're pretty flimsy. If I were to do it again, I wouldn't be such a cheap-o. I'd buy THESE instead. They're still very reasonably priced and would look even better!






I kept my old IKEA Hemnes side tables. They look great and have a nice small footprint. However, I did alter them by sawing off the legs and adding a few gold paint details. You can see my full DIY post HERE.





The art above the yellow chairs is one of my own. It was created as a part of my Neuroplasticity exhibit last fall. It's called "The Healing Fields" and is seems to fit in the room beautifully.




The yellow club chairs were purchased last year from the DFW Craig's List. The side table is a family heirloom given to me last spring after my great aunt passed away. It is from India and the table top is a huge copper tray. The teakwood legs also have inlaid abalone shell. 





I was a little nervous that all of the new modern mid-century touches would clash with my brass chandelier, but I think everything plays very well together. And frankly, I think a small vintage chandelier goes with anything. 




There is a small patch of wall space above my bedroom light switch. I've hung my great-grandmother's coin purse just below a small sketch of a blackbird that I found at a thrift store in Austin, TX. 




At the foot of the bed, my husband and I have hung a flat screen TV above our old IKEA billy cabinet. I've had that thing since college. It holds all of our children's book. We read in bed every night to our sons, so we thought a mini kid library was a good use of space. See my little sweet pea poking his head around the corner?





So that's it! I hope you like my re-tooled master suite. My husband and I love it. The style is way more in line with our mutual aesthetic than the previous incarnation. This room makes me feel absolutely at home.


Rest

Today, I'm feeling run down and in need of a place to hide. I've got a million and one tasks to complete before I depart for the Utah Shakespeare Festival next Sunday. But today, I would like to stay in bed with a cup of tea and my journal. I would like to rest. And since I'm dreaming, I would like to rest in the bedroom pictured below.

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Bedroom with a Pitched Roof

I've had a little dream project on the back burner for well over a year that may be coming to fruition sometime in the near future. I'm not going to spill the beans until I know its a for sure, but it may involve revamping a pitched roof bedroom. Aren't these cozy little upstairs bedroom spaces lovely?


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Red White & Blue From India

Happy fourth of July everyone! Last month, I hosted a giveaway for Novica.com, a beautiful website associated with National Geographic filled with handmade goods from across the globe. One of the items that I showcased was THIS bright red cotton throw, made by the UMBVS (Urmul Marusthali Bunkar Vikas Samiti) Desert Weavers of India. As a thank you, they sent me one!  Its so beautiful and well made and even came with a gorgeous hand written card written in Hindi. When I opened the box, it smelled lightly of incense. I love the white accent stripes and cobalt blue embroidery. I could easily use it as a tablecloth, a blanket for my bed or even a rug. Here it is in my home:




Bedding:
sheets from Target
throw pillow from IKEA
pick-stich quilt second hand purchase from neighbor





And just for fun here are my boys in bed after shooting the new bedding:





Read more about the UMBVS Desert Weavers of India HERE 
and buy their products via Novica  HERE.

Bed Frames and Head Boards

I stopped by a few estate sales last month, not looking for anything in particular - just browsing. I kept seeing wonderful old bed frames and head boards for sale. They came in all shapes and sizes and the asking prices were very reasonable.  There was one in particular I wish I had purchased on the spot. I certainly don't need a new bed, but I would change it out in a heartbeat if the price was right.  Here are some styles I really love:


The iron ring canopy...

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Traditional brass bed...

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Upholstered velvet...

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Upholstered tufted...

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And I wouldn't say no to this Art Nouveau museum piece...

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Below is my bedroom. I love the look and feel of it, but I'm starting to get tired of our Ikea bedframe.  Maybe I'll just paint it like I do everything else and give it another five years.  Gold leaf might be fun. So would a high gloss black lacquer. 


Dream a Little Dream

I'll get to the pretty pictures in just a second, but first this news:  For those of you following along at Smaller Sarah (my "get healthy and drop 75 pounds" blog) - I have an exciting announcement!  My Smaller Sarah year is up and I reached my goal!  I did it!  I dropped 75 pounds!  If you want to read more about it and see my "before and after" photos, click HERE.  For those of you who are just here for pretty, inspiring, bohemian dreamscapes, I love you and read on.

My big plan for the weekend is to get some sleep. I've been burning the candle at both ends for about 24 months and its time to sleep in. In honor of all wonderful sleep I'm going to clock this weekend, please enjoy these photos:

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Oh, and please don't forget to enter our current giveaway
you could win a hand woven, silk, Ikat pillow cover from IKATSUZANI!


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Vintage Floral Sheets

A girlfriend of mine gifted me with a lovely stash of vintage floral sheets and pillow cases.  They're very worn and soft, but still in great shape.  None of them have a match and I can't wait to try mixing them up like in the photos below.  I also love the idea of cutting them up into a quilt someday.

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Dream Bedroom

Every once in a while, I see a photo of a space that makes me want to strip my bedroom to the bones and start over.  I would LOVE to re-create this look in our master bedroom.  That headboard is absolutely fabulous as is the distressed wardrobe on the right.  Spectacular.

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Bold Pattern in the Bedroom

Instead of toning my bedroom down for autumn, as I usually do, I think I'll do the opposite.  I'm going to pull out some big bold jewel tone patterns for the new season.  Now that my pantry is partially in order, I need a new weekend project.  A little cosmetic makeover in my bedroom is just what the doctor ordered. I'll post before and after photos on Monday!

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Two Tall Blondes

Today, I also want to say Happy Birthday to my beautiful mother-in-law, Betsy!  Dear readers, you have no idea how incredible this woman is.  She has bent over backwards to make our lives awesome and filled with joy.  Betsy, I would not be the woman I am today without your unyielding support and unconditional love.  Thank you for delivering a baby boy 46 years ago who I could marry and love, thereby bringing YOU into my world.  Happy birthday!  I made this little video for you...


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Furry Beds

From the sound of this title, you might have thought I was going to post about dog beds.  Its a bit misleading, I guess.  I'm not a fan of fur, but I have a secret love of the fake stuff.   Look at these yummy fur-topped beds!  But P.S... don't do anything permanent with fur, its a fad that will pass.  Also, I know that there is Christmas stuff in the photo below, so just ignore it.

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Little Bohemia


Everyone deserves their own little Bohemia - a place where they can make grand statements, live passionately, prosper well, make art, eat heartily, love with abandon and be surrounded by beautiful interiors and meaningful objects. 

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P.S. A very special "thank you" to Shari of Little Blue Deer for redesigning my beloved blog.  I am immensely pleased with the results.  I feel like my blog finally pulled out that beautiful, sexy vintage dress she's had in her closet for years and hasn't worn.  Its time to dress up and step out.  Thank you Shari for making this possible!  And, dear readers, thank you for being here and sharing your thoughts with me.  I am inspired by you all and look forward to the year ahead. 

Mr. Bed

I'm always trying to find the right balance when decorating my home.  If left to my own devises, I'd go all Frenchy, silly, pretty, bohemian.  But I share my space with dudes.  So this means French influence rather than Louis XIV.  This means muted  color rather than balls to the walls purple.  This means compromise.  And the place where I have to compromise most is in decorating our bedroom.  Here are some beautiful bedrooms that have "dude" written all over.  Maybe you have to share space with opposite sex as well?

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