Monday, September 20, 2010

Master "Sweet"

Technically speaking, I should be showing you Part 2 of
"Where we Live" and there would be pictures of our Family Room. But, you know what? I don't want to!
I took the pictures and they didn't look so great and I need to figure out the right lighting for that space. And, since this blog is truely the ONLY thing that is all mine (not even the bathroom is sacred anymore!), I am going to take full advantage of it and exercise my right to change my mind.

So, how about we head upstairs? Errr...ummm...want to see my Bedroom? know, there really is no way to introduce this space without it sounding slightly creepy!
That being said, do you still want to see our Master Suite?
This is how the room looked when we first laid eyes on it.
At first I was disappointed to find that I only had one picture of this room "Before", but really I think I am sparing you all!
No that isn't dirt on the walls, it is a hideous lovely Faux Paint Treament in multiple shades of brown!

Now, after A LOT of paint and a little bit of love, this is what you will see when you reach the landing at the top of the stairs.
Come on in a little further. Oops.
There is the creepy factor again!

The color palette is essentially the same as in the rest of the house but the hues are slightly different...softer...more calming.
The red changes to more of an auburn tone, rusty and warm.

The Sleigh bed was hand-crafted by our very own Renaissance Man (my father-in-law) and was a Wedding Gift to us!
Here are some of the details you won't want to miss...
 Intricate scroll-work accents
And our Monogram placed on the foot-board. And yes, our initials are actually on the same side of the bed we sleep on. That's not creepy, that's just Cute!

This beautiful Setee was a Craiglist find and fits perfectly at the foot of the bed. It is actually from Ballard Designs and we couldn't believe our luck in finding it!
Even loved the stripes!
Across from the setee sits this...
This was the first piece of furniture we bought after we purchased our first little townhome in California. It has had many uses but I think I like it here the best!

We had to buy A LOT of beer and pizza to thank our friends who had to move this sucker up the stairs!
They still won't let us forget it.
I found the fabric for the pillows and the curtain panels in the Remnant section at a Fabric Store. Someone had custom ordered it and then changed their mind. The original price was $30/yd and with all of the discounts, I got it for...drumroll...$8/yd! I ended up only spending around $40 total and got 2 panels and 2 pillows out of it! This is a closer look at the fabric...
I love that it has a toile effect but not in a typical way.
This is a look at the other fabrics in the room. There are actually 5 different patterns in this space and yet I think they all blend together so nicely. I made the front pillow and the 2 European Shams in the back when we lived in our previous home.
This bed-side table is one of my latest Scores!

I had been trying to find something that was taller and wider to fit the space better since we only have a Queen sized bed. I spotted this at Tuesday Morning and it was a bit out of my budget. I did, however, notice that there were some scratches on it and asked if they would mark it down. They said "Sure", they would give me a 30% discount. Yipee! Then, when we took it to the register they said it was supposed to have been marked down already by another 30% so they gave me that discount too!

Well, then I needed to find something to match the height on the other side and I finally found a round table that would do the trick. I knew I wanted it to be skirted and I remembered this tablecloth I had made years ago. I dug it out of my fabric bin and hemmed it right up! Gotta love FREE!
Another Freebie was this great writing desk. Our realtor was moving some of her mother's things out of storage and asked if we wanted it! DID WE?!! I love the lines of it and that it adds another wood tone to the room.
Here is a closer look with better lighting.

It holds some of my favorite photos, a poem my grandmother wrote for me and my sister when we were little, and a framed painting my hubby brought back for me from Europe when we were still dating!
Here is a close-up of the plates that hang on the wall.
I found the set of 4 at Ross for $5! And yes, I do realize now that I see them in this photo that they are each just slightly crooked!

Why don't we just call it adding character.

And finally, this room had yet another one of these lovelies hanging from the ceiling.
And, this is the new REAL lovely!

We received it as a hand-me-down and added the ceiling medallion to give it some more interest.

Here it is all lit up in its blazing glory!

Thanks so much for letting me take you inside my bedroom
on a tour of our Master Suite!
Next week, I hope to finally show you our Family Room if I can actually wade through all of the toys, books, herds of animals, ride-on toys, doll strollers, etc. Maybe THAT is why the pictures turned out so badly!
I'm linking up to these parties!
Have a great Monday from this
Southern Girl at Heart,


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Your bedroom is beautiful! How lucky you are to have a room large enought for that beautifull settee at the foot of the bed!

Anonymous said...

Vanessa, your room is beautiful and so comfortable at the same time. I love that bed - it's incredible!! I also love the way you've pulled different eye candy all around the room with all the furniture, yet made it all come together beautifully.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I think your master bedroom is just beautiful. That bed is just gorgeous and with your monograms and everything!! Just awesome. Thanks so much for sharing!

Ashley said...

You have a beautiful master suite! I love that bed, I cannot believe your FIL made that! And that settee is gorgeous!

michelle said...

What a beautiful room! That bed is gorgeous, I can't believe that your FIL made it, that is amazing!!! What a perfect and sentimental gift. I love the cabinet is gorgeous as well! I am amazed at what beer and pizza gets you these days! :)
Thank for sharing!

Mom said...

What a gorgeous room! Your furniture is beautiful! Your father-in-law is an incercible woodworker!!

Mom said...

Oops! *Incredible!!

Anita Diaz said...

Vanessa, I LOVE this room!! I love the wall color, and that bed is amazing!! What a piece to pass down to children. Love everything about it. The colors are just fabulous. LOVE the armoire!!

Debbiedoos said...

Your bedroom is soooooo pretty and romantic looking. WOW what a change too...was that sponge paint originally? Gosh I remember those days, hated it then too! Your room is so very spacious too, that couch looks great to watch TV and veg away from it all.

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

that was a beautiful bedroom. I loved the colors in there. I could never get tired of looking at it, it's just beautiful. Love the new lighting fixture and the bed is absolutely beautiful. That was an awesome find on Craig's list and the desk is very pretty too.

That's the great thing about blogs, you can change your mind any time and no one will complain. Can't wait to see part two, though.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your bedroom is gorgeous. I love the colors and the little sofa is stunning at the foot of the bed. Your bed is amazing and such a special present. Very pretty. Hugs, Marty

Betty said...

Your room is so beautiful and romantic. You did a great job.


Cathy~Mille Fleur said... beautiful! I love it! I love all of the color and pattern...they work beautifully together! The toile fabric is just scrumptious;)!

Your armoire is stunning...I think it has found it's perfect home in your room!

The settee at the foot of your bed is my favorite...I have been on the hunt for on for awhile...I adore how it looks...and it is so prectical!

Your whole space is just wonderful...I would have expected nothing less;)!


Christie said...

Vanessa, this bedroom is just gorgeous! I love everything about it!! But, my favorite is that bed!! Made by loving hands and I adore that he put your initials on it!! Ok, the Hitchcock chair...I went back and read your post and then edited my post to link back to yours! Thank you so much for the info! I had no idea! Here's the funny thing, too...we have similar colors through out our and rust tones AND, we have a sleigh bed in our room, a queen, too but not near as gorgeous as that beautiful one!! How cool is that! We can share decorating tips! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

It's just magnificent! A wonderful place to land.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Vanessa, I love your bedroom. Great colors and patterns and furniture. I can't believe your fil made that awesome gorgeous bed. Wow, what a talent. You sure know how to score some great deals! Love the settee at the end of the bed. That is absolutely perfect.

All That Glitters said...

Very pretty Vanessa!!! I love your light fixture!!

Unknown said...

I do love your bedroom. Mine used to be green and red as well, but I just changed it to shades of blue and chocolate. It's surprised me to pick that...but I like how it turned out. Love your blog.

Traci said...

You people that can sew just make me really jealous!! The room is really pretty. I think that's the same green I had in my master bath or really close to it. It's such a pretty color. I had it in our MBR & bath at our old house so I'd just grown tired of it.

Karen said...

I enjoyed looking. Your bedroom is beautiful and love the bed.

Debbie said...

Well, I'm glad the family room photos didn't turn out because we got to peep into the bedroom.

Wait. That makes me sound creepy too.

I LOVE it! You are using some of my favorite colors, and it's put together beautifully. My favorite part is that wonderful bed, but the rest is lovely too. That ceiling fixture is gorgeous. Adding the medallion? Spot on!

Lori said...

Thanks for letting me lurk, I mean take a peek. You have wonderful decorating sense!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Vanessa...

My friend, I just read the sweet note that you left for me and headed right over! Ohhh...and I'm sooo glad that I did! Girl, this master suite is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about fact, if I were to move in...I wouldn't change a thing about it! I love the style and colors! You really have some fabulous pieces of furniture, my friend...starting with your beautiful handcrafted sleigh bed! Wow...your FIL must be a very talented furniture maker! I love all the details...and ohhh, your monograms! Well, it just doesn't get any better than that! I love the really does look fabulous! You scored BIG on that pretty piece! And...your new table as well! Love it! Vanessa, you did a magnificent job with the draperies! The chinoiserie fabric is gorgeous! I love the colors! Your entire bedroom just "flows"! It's gorgeous, warm, and wonderfully serene...just as a master suite should be! Thank you so much for sharing it with us...this has truly been a treat!

I also wanted to thank you for adding Happy To Design to your list of blog follows! I feel very humbled and honored! Just wanted to let you know that I am adding your delightful blog to my list as well! I'm really looking forward to your upcoming well as going back through some of your past posts! It's so very nice to meet you, Vanessa!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Melissa Miller said...

Oh it's really elegant Vanessa! I adore all of your warm colors and the sleigh bed is gorgeous. He is really talented. Your new table was a beautiful find from Tuesday
Morning. The entire room is classy and tastefully done. Great job!

Happy Fall! ~Melissa :)

PS You asked about my kitchen rug. I found it at Ross about 4 years ago and it's still a favorite of mine. It has faced numerous spills and has held up well. It's super thick and durable. I think I paid about 10 bucks for it. Isn't it funny how that works out sometimes?

NanaDiana said...

Vanessa- It is gorgeous...just gorgeous. I love looking at the all whites a lot of people have, but I love color too. Your room is just warm and inviting (NOT getting creepy here) and I think you did a wonderful job.

I love that little accent table you got at Tuesdays. Ours closed here-I don't think anybody understood what the store was about...weird. Anyway, I could always find something a bit different there.

I like the fabric you used for your drapes and pillows...and that love seat? OMGosh! I can't believe you got that and didn't have to slipcover it or anything.

The bedroom is beautiful...thanks for inviting me in...(no creep factor at all) Hugs- Diana

Doro said...

Your father-in-law is amazingly talented - the bed is beautiful. I also really like the lighting. You have done a great job bringing everything together and being on the watch-out for great pieces at the right price.

dtbrents said...

Everything is so beautiful. It makes me want to work on my home. Doylene

Pamela said...

Loving your bedroom girl! We must be long lost relatives of sme sort cause we have very similar taste! One day I will share our master too but for now it is still stuck in ghetto land with sheets on the windows. Yes, I said sheets still up even after we have been here a year! Yikes! I can not believe i just admitted that but it is soo true! I have not decided on treatments yet and we are saving our pennies for blinds since they have to be custom made.
Loving your space!! I love the love seat at the foot of the bed!

Anonymous said...

Vanessa your master suite is absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful colors and beautiful furniture with great stories!

Anonymous said...

Vanessa your master suite is absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful colors and beautiful furniture with great stories!

Becca said...

Vanessa, your master bedroom is GORGEOUS !! The armoire ... the colors ... the accent pieces ... ever.y.thing. is perfect! I'm so glad I found you! I also love the wall color ... fresh and inviting. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful space. (And, thanks for your *too* sweet note about my kitchen Fall redo)!. I look forward to seeing your next post, Becca

How Sweet It Is-A lifestyle blog said...

This looks wonderful! Especially love that your father in law made your bed. I'm a brand new follower :)


Pondside said...

What a lovely room. This morning I write from a hotel room (and beautiful doesn't feature anywhere in this room!) and your post has injected some needed beauty in my morning.

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

How fun that you lived in Escondido. I actually lived in San Marcos.

Hi Cindy,
Thanks for playing along in my "liar" post. I was really happy when I got the award because I knew it would be a fun post. Would you like to try it yourself? I can pass the award to you on my next post. Please let me know by tonight.

Melanie said...

I love it all! The bed, the colors, the light! Oh my, I am a light freak and I adore yours. Great job!

. said...

What a gorgeous master suite!! I love that it feels so warm and 'full', but it doesn't feel cluttered at all!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous room Vanessa! Love the colors and how incredibly fabulous to have that fantastic heirloom bed!! Wow!! I love it! You did a great job on the room- it is beautiful!! :)

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Wow!! Lovely room. I really like the love-seat at the end of the bed, I may borrow that idea.
Great transformation!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Gorgeous Bedroom! I love the color of your walls. Your bed is so fantastic! Your FIL is so talented, I just love the initials in the bed. Amazing! What a treasure. Thank you for sharing your suite!

Sue said...

Vanessa, Your room is so lovely!! From the color on the walls to the ceiling light fixture, to the fabrics, to the furniture..... I love it all. How wonderful to have your own heirloom bed made by loving hands. It is truly something to appreciate.
One of these days, our master will be complete. This house has taken me forever to do. The bathroom needs to be re-done before I can re-carpet and re-decorate. And at the rate I'm going with contractors, it could be another year... LOL
Take care, my friend.
~ Sue

Jenny said...

That settee at the foot of your bed makes me green!

What a lovely redo. Those rich colors and luxe fabrics. How do you ever actually leave that room?

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Your master suite is beautiful!! Love it! Visiting from It's so Very Cheri

Jocelyn said...

Everything looks so beautiful! A lovely haven.


Jamie Kubeczka said...

Love it! What a nice job!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Back again to look at your beautiful bedroom! It is so pretty and inviting~ I just noticed the cod wrapped behind the table- LOVE that idea! Really, everything is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Dining Delight said...

I want to sleep in your bedroom! Does that sound creepy or what!!?? Your reno's/decor are fabulous! Love the colours/furniture you've chosen. I have such a hard time mixing patterns and you've done it seamlessly! How special to have your FiL make you that gorgeous bed frame. So personalized with the monograms too! Your new light fixture is just what we are looking for, for our Mst Bdrm! I'm going back to look at your pics much inspiration and beauty!


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...


You have a really love house. And a lovely blog too!

I've been having a nosy peek! I love your style of writing and I'm really inspired by the length of your posts. I always feel embarrassed to make mine too long but I've loved reading your longer ones. It give me a chance to really get into them.

I'm so glad I found it(and you)!!


Kim said...

Girl you've got SKILLZ!! Decorating skills - I mean each and every room I visit just gets better and better!

Wendy said...

Hope you find this comment. I am blog hopping today for inspiration for our bedroom and I am loving your setee at the bottom of your bed! I'll add that to my "to do" list, too! What an awesome Craig's list find!

Karen Clark said...

Your home is beautiful. You are a very talented and Frugal decorator. thanks for the inspiration. Oh, and you are pretty funny too :)