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December 1, 2010

Master Bedroom: "Before & In Progress"

Come on in!  See how this nursery became our bedroom . . .  

After removing the wallpaper border (thanks mom & dad!), painting everything a crisp white and installing hardwood floors (see the process here) we have a clean & bright canvas to work with. 
In progress . . .

My mom, hard at work!

Hello floors!
This room needs some shaking up.  I love our headboard and side tables which were designed by my mom and I, but built by my grandfather.  The wall to wall curtains my grandmother sewed for us are gorgeous.  The lamps are new—we love how crisp they look and the tiny bulb in the base is great for when we want just a bit of light.  But its a bit . . . blah.  Scroll down for my plans so far.  The rusty cogs in my brain are turning as I plan how to liven up this room . . .
My mom & I designed the headboard & side tables
which were handmade by my grandpa



This room has the biggest window in the house,
emphasized by the wall-to-wall curtains my grandmother sewed for us

My plans:
Artwork and new bedding should do the trick.  I am ogling a few duvet sets right now, but the Dwell Studio duvet cover below has really caught my eye.  That set would look gorgeous with a jumble of differently coloured silk pillows (I have some burnt organge silk that never made itself into the scarf I planned).  I plan on painting a large triptych for the empty wall across from the headboard, but this plan is hinged on my feeling creative enough . . .

This great bedding by Dwell Studio (Draper Stripe Ash) has won my heart

If you also love this Dwell Studio bedding, you can find it here.  My mom has the Chinoiserie set and I am sooooo jealous.   Although . . . I am tempted to go for the white bedding look I have in the guest room (see here).  Decisions, decisions, decisions.  Anyone else like so many different styles and looks that it can be hard to commit to something???

I painted this, but my mom made a sad face until I gave the painting to her. 
But I bought three GIANT canvases, so hopefully inspiration will strike again
and I can paint a tryptich for the room-maybe with brighter colours


  1. Do keep the bedding! It's just perfect. Add color via flowers, a vase, a throw, maybe a rug, cushions, art, but DO KEEP THE BEDDING.

  2. That headboard is INCREDIBLE! Wow... am so in love with it.

  3. have you been a skilled painter for years and years? or is this a relatively new hobby for you?

  4. Hi Ashlee (house no. 2). You are too kind. I have always enjoyed art projects, even as a child, but I wouldn't call myself skilled. It comes and goes - some paintings I love, some are so ugly they never see the light of day. I picked up painting again about 10 years ago, but paint off and on. Probably only an average of a few times/year.


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