Monday, March 3, 2008

a bedroom finally comes together

Thank you all for your good wishes on my blogiversary. And also for your good thoughts about the loss of my friend Babe. I can't believe that I will never sit and chat with her again - but I feel so fortunate to have known her for so many years. She was a sweetheart.

I wanted to show you another project I've been working on this winter. Last summer I found this picture at a garage sale (the weird lines in it are from the reflection from the blinds). The orange-tone colors weren't exactly what I have my house filled with - but the background and over-all feel of the picture was something I thought would fit in our bedroom very well. We put up new wallpaper a couple years ago and I have been trying since then to find bedding I was happy with. I can't begin to tell you all of the trips I've made - buying complete sets, returning them because the color was just wrong, repeat, do over. I had almost given up on ever finding what I thought I wanted!

These photos are of the wallpaper - hard to get a picture that shows the exact color - plus it changes with the light - but you get the idea. The paper is smooth - but it gives the impression of great texture and subtle variations in color. After I had chosen the paper, I looked in the back of the wallpaper book and found that this particular faux finish was called "concrete" - of course I would choose wallpaper that looks like concrete!! I love it anyway. :)


This winter I found this brick red duvet and matching sheets etc (below) - and it worked really well with the burnt orange in the picture and with the walls. There is a very subtle print on one side of the duvet. I love it. The dark color shows all of the little bits and pieces that float around from the down pillows and comforter, but other than that I think it's perfect. I also bought a bedding set in a greyed or blued green - hard to describe - for summer sheets. It's very pretty and after I make the duvet, I'll show it to you. I couldn't find a duvet I liked with those sheets so bought extra sheets to make one.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. We're not big on lots of frills and pillows - I like getting up and shaking out the duvet and not thinking about it again - Mark likes just jumping into bed at night without clearing it first. Still have more wall space to figure out, but it's finally coming together. The stained glass in the small window is one of a set that our son and daughter-in-law made for us one year for Christmas. They are absolutely beautiful - I'll have to show them in a post sometime too. The light patterns on the duvet are from the windows - that entire wall is windows facing the lake - it's a gorgeous room to wake up in every morning!

12 comments:

Cheryl said...

Lovely room, beautiful wallpaper. My favourite colours are reds and burnt oranges etc. so for me it looks just perfect. Really lovely to see your home and the view must be amazing.

Me said...

I love the painting and I like how it fits with the wallpaper...

I read all your posts and it was fun to get caught up. Take care. M

Tara said...

I love the painting and the wallpaper. Those are my favorite decorating colors!

Trailhead said...

I love the red!

Anna said...

I was just looking at putting these colors together in my new gardens. That picture is really pretty. I loved old fashioned stuff with a bit everything else thrown in!

Zoey said...

What fun to plan the bedroom decor around a picture you found. I love the red, too.

You find the greatest treasures at your sales! Love the garden fountain below.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Yeah it looks really nice. The red flower in the picture matches your bed sheet!

Catherine said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary!
And I am very sorry about the loss of your friend!
Beautiful painting, and wallpaper~I love! A lovely room indeed!~Don't you just love finding a treasure and building a room around it..:)
Cat

Tristi Pinkston said...

This is lovely! You've pulled it all together beautifully, showing that you have talent inside as well as outside.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

Lynne said...

I think it looks great! The little stained window is so pretty.

Nan - said...

You read my mind, Kris! Honestly, just this morning as I was making the bed, my eye happened onto a catalogue with a bed on the cover. It must have had six pillows, and I thought, my gosh, I would hate that. What would I do with them during the night? Oh, right, I'd put them on the big, overstuffed chair that would never fit in my bedroom.:<) I'm just like you. I straighten the sheets and comforter and fluff the pillows and I'm done. Simple, simple. My colors are quite opposite. The walls are a green/blue/gray with linen white trim. The only other things that fit in the small room are my desk and a bookcase. I loved your picture. I'd love to see the view out the windows, but maybe you have it somewhere on your blog?

Connie said...

It's a good thing we don't live in the same neighborhood and go to the same garage sales, because I would have totally snatched up that picture! :-) Your bedroom looks lovely, nice job.