Friday, August 20, 2010

Two favorite books and a few details about my bedroom

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all having a great week.

I wanted to post a few details about my bedroom with you.
I first wanted to share two books with you that really inspired my bedroom makeover.
The first book French Home, is one of my favorite books.
I never tire of looking at the photos in this book.
This book has really inspired me to add a bit of a rustic french style to my home.

The second book is Recycled Home.
This book inspired me to use some architectural salvage for my headboard.
Recycled Home really is a great book because it gives you so many ideas on ways to repurpose so many different things.
Both of these books left me inspired to try and create a space that had an authentic french farmhouse feel.
I wanted it to feel rustic, but yet romantic.

A few details about my bedroom.

My mom made the lamp shade.  
She made it from an antique monogrammed towel.
I love how it looks on the alabaster lamp.

The grain sack pillows and the runner were also made by my mother.  My mom really does a great job sewing.
You will see similar items in my shop, that will be opening in the near future....

The bedskirt is from Anthropologie.
The french linen sheet that is covering my comforter was a birthday gift from my mother.
I actually used to use it to cover a chair that I recently got reupholstered.

My husband plans to build a frame around the base of our bed out of salvaged wood.
We just haven't found the right wood yet.

The door on the left unfortunately doesn't even look like the same door that I found.
I kind of did a number on it, and I do not mean in a good way.
It had a lot nicer patina, until I decided to scrape a lot of the white paint off.
I was trying to go for a raw wood look and decided I didn't want thick peeling paint over my head. I can't tell you how mad I was at myself for scraping all of that paint off.
I do wish I would have left it alone.

I am so glad I left the green door alone.

I am lucky that I have a husband who will play musical chandeliers for me!
I know that sounds terrible, but you would be surprised how many times the chandeliers in the house get moved from one room to the next.
I will someday show you what I did with the mantle that was in here as well as the chandelier.

We finally finished that tin ceiling.
The 100 year old tin was smoke damaged and needed to be painted.
I painted the tin in a Kelly Moore Paint called Country Cotton, in an eggshell finish. 

My sheered curtains are hanging from birch limbs.
My Aunt Mickey inspired me to use limbs as curtain rods back in the 90s.
She is from Portland, Oregon and has a new blog, called Vintage Station.
I am hoping I can make it up her way to photograph her store and home to share with all of you. She is a very talented...

I have had this armoire for a number of years...
It is one of my favorite pieces.
I like how simple it is..
I also like how it looks mixed with the rustic doors.

I do not have anything hung on the walls in my bedroom.
I wanted the room to have a light and airy feel to it.

I love the way the light filters through the lavender bottles.

This stool used to be out in my living room.
When I redid the bedroom I needed something a little more formal to mix with the rustic doors so this stool helped do the trick.

I originally bought this old window with the intentions of putting mirrors in the place of the windows. It ended up being too costly.
I think I like it better left just how it is.

I love using our everyday boots as props around the house.
Sorry I had you have to see the same pictures again!

Now to answer a few of your questions.
Do you live in a new house or an old farmhouse?
I live in a newer modular home.  We do not own the home we live in, our boss so generously let us pick out this home to live in.... I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

What color are your walls?
My walls are a Ralph Lauren color called Country Dairy, and I used an eggshell finish.
Even though Home Depot doesn't sell Ralph Lauren paints anymore they will look up the formula for you and they will make it in the Glidden paint. You can also find dealers for Ralph Lauren Paints by going to The Ralph Lauren Website.

What color of paint did I use on the trim and doors?

I used a Benjamin Moore paint, called Decorator's White.
I used a semi-gloss finish.

Did I distress the doors?

I didn't distress the green door, but I did mistakenly scrape a lot of paint off of the door on the left.

Are the doors attached to the wall?

No, the doors are not attached to the wall, they are just leaning against the wall.

Where can we find your post about your bedroom with the before pictures?

Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped in and left me a comment about my bedroom.
I can't tell you how much I appreciated it.
I was so nervous to share my bedroom pictures with all of you,
I wasn't sure if any of you would like it.
Thank you for taking the time to stop in and say hi!

A guest post!

I hope you all have a great weekend!!

Take Care,


AnthonyRose'sShabHome said...

OMG how could anyone not love your bedroom! It is just beautiful!! It is so me love everything. i think your doors came out really perfect its a nice touch where the rest is all white. I'm sure down the line you can always add more white to it and change it up a bit. So glad to see you added a post today it's one of the first ones I look for when I get on blog world. just love it! your very talented!!

Ness Lockyer said...

It is beautiful Maria...I really like the doors and your grain sacks!
Ness xx

paige said...

i was so tickled to open up reader and see YOU had finally posted some shots of your space...gorgeous

i could just sit in your home and be filled with peace...and smile all day long

Samantha2818 said...

Your bedroom is absolutely beautiful - worthy of being in any interior's book. You have such a great sense of style.
I'm wanting to eliminate all the cream from my home and replace it with white (largely thanks to you!) - not sure how it would look though as in Wales we have a lot of rain (we've just had a two hour thunder storm with torrential rain) so I worry it would look too cold here. I can always repaint though - my husband will be delighted when I tell him I want to repaint the entire house!

Melanie said...

I know I have said this a million times, but a million times it has been true... you have such a gift!!! I love the doors, the ceiling, the chandelier... all of it!!!

Hugs my friend!


Wohnwohltaten said...

Hi Maria,
your bedroom is soooo wunderful. I love it, it's fantastic!!!
Greetings from germany,

savvycityfarmer said...

I think I mentioned before ... the boots by the bed rock my world ...
of c.o.u.r.s.e. everything else is stunning!!!

Letitia Linke - The White Shed said...

I love everything about your bedroom it is simply stunning! Well done. Letitia x

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Good Morning Maria ~ your bedroom looks so wonderful, perfect place to kick off your boots at the end of the day! I just love the way the chandelier looks against the old door headboard. Thank you for the heads up on those 2 books, my list is getting loooonger! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Between You and Me said...

love every single detail.

I think it's safe to say that there is no room in your house that we all won't love!

Happy Weekend!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Your bedroom is just beautiful! I LOVE your tin ceiling! It was the perfect added accent to your "dreamy white" bedroom!~Hugs, Patti

maría cecilia said...

Hola Maria, I love everything, each and every detail at your bedroom, and your mom´s lamp shade is the cutest!!!!!

Jacqui said...

In one word, Awesome!!!!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

It's all so pretty and relaxing. You did a wonderful job decorating it. I'll have to check into those books. Always looking for good decorating books!

Diana (Apple Pie) said...

Hi Maria!
I love your blog since I sow it the first time some months ago...
But now I have to find all my english word to say that your bedroom (and not only it!) it's wonderfull!!!
I sow also your guest post on Federica's blog... WOW!
My best wishes..

Daydream Living said...

Hi Maria,

You have a beautiful bedroom! I showed it so many times to different people! Love the doors behind your bed alot! Have a good weekend,


{oc cottage} said...

For lack of a better word...I'm just going to have to's simply DREAMY! What an eye you have!

m ^..^

Tricia said...

Love it all my friend! Such a dreamy space.
Happy Friday to you.

Anne Marie said...

Good morning Maria! i like your bedroom before...but after your changes I can see many differences - now it seems your room has more substance with all those architectural elements...very much like those two books!

your Mom is sooo talented!!! your bed looks great - everything looks great -

have a great weekend!!
Anne Marie

Anonymous said...

hi Maria, your bedroom is beyond beautiful! You sure have perfected the look ~ every corner of the room is stunning! Your armoire is absolutely gorgeous. I only wish that I had as much open space and sunlight...
I would love to see how you incorporate the look in your kitchen.
I'm off to check out the books - thanks for the info on them.
Have a great weekend!

NanaDiana said...

Love your bedroom. It is soft, airy and feminine but has enough rusty touches to show that a male is part of the

Thanks for the inspiring post. I will go check out your Aunt's blog when I get a few minutes. Diana

Eri said...

Hi Maria, I saw your guest post on Federica's Sweet as a Candy: wonderful! I read your blog since some month and I love your pictures! lovely white, lovely home! In my blog some times I write about new blogs that I discover, and I posted about yours on august 17.
Have a nice day, see you soon!

Vintage Home said...

Wow Maria...Love the grain sacks!....You have done a great job!....

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Hi Maria-
It's so pretty! I love how your whole family helped with the room, makes it so special :) I'm sending you an e-mail, sorry it's been awhile!

Maison Douce said...

Love it, Maria (by the way, that is my middle name...)!! It is so dreamy and serene... If you ever do make it here to Portland, I would love to meet you!!! There's lots to see and do around here... Have a great weekend!

AT HOME BLOG said...

Wow Maria, your bedroom is beautiful, very classy and at the same time so simple, You did a grate job!

Jules said...

love it! xx

Shannon said...

Your room is beautiful! I am so thankful for your blog...I have always loved white and pastels but have always been told, there is no way it would get so dirty! I finally have decided to just do it and am now going to get those white slipcoverd couches I have always dreamed of. Thank You so much for giving me such wonderful ideas and for showing me that living with white is possible! I am looking forward to the opening of your shop so I can add some of your beautiful touches throughout my home :)

Debbie said...

Beautiful Maria.

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

~*~ Pure Beauty ~*~* Thanks for the are so talented. Rachel

AntiqueChase said...

That bedroom really is sooo *dreamy*.. I wanted to say lots but will probably forget...

Love the headboard being doors! I think the distressed paint looks perfect.. but I know (all too well) how it feels to wish I just didn't mess with the finish. I try to live with things for 2 weeks to see if I really want to change something.. It's hard but I try..sortof.

I have chandeliers that have moved from room to room tooo... that's normal, right?

Oh and for me it's revolving bird cages that need the big giant ladder to move...

Love an understanding husband!

I love your blog. I hope if you have time, you will come over to mine for a visit!

Unknown said...

hi Maria! just wanted to say hello, your bedroom is so beautiful!! i hope you are well and enjoying the summer!! hugs, susan

MJ said...

Hi Maria, just doing my daily check in with you and so loving the photos of your bedroom. I also went over to your Aunt Mickeys blog....AWESOME! She has some great stuff I already have my eye on. Your home has inspired me to lighten up my decor a bit. Im naturally drawn to Italian/Spanish interiors but I have made some changes in my bedroom recently and Im liking the lighter look.

I also placed you on my sidebar...I know you dont have a button so I hope you dont mind I used the photo of your cowboys hats on the alabaster base. Thats just a photo that says it all.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your room is just stunning. I love the doors and I love to shop Maison Reve online...I'm way too far away!

Nicely done. I'm off to Federica's!


Tracy ~Seeking Refinement~ said...

Maria - of course it is FABULOUS with your stamp all over it. So beautiful, and I just love the details you added to it.

LOVE the idea of nothing on the walls, no distractions - just a sweet retreat at the end of the day. PERFECT!

Hugs ~ Tracy.

DustyLu said...

I love your bedroom! SO beautiful! Yes, we are always on the same wave length! Beautiful photos ! Such and inspiration you are to me. Have a wonderful weekend! ~lulu

Yvonne - Frl. Klein said...

Hello Maria,
your bedroom is so beautiful!
I love the doors!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Hugs Yvonne

Lindsay said...

Your bedroom is perfection :)

Anonymous said...

I love visiting your blog, Maria, because it is like turning the pages of a beloved book. Stunning is the word that comes to mind. :)
Your photos and design style are perfection.

carolina @ patagonia gifts said...

your bedroom is absolutely dreamy Maria! who could not love it? happy friday. hope you have a beautiful weekend! xo

Allison said...

Your bedroom is gorgeous. So charming, romantic and tranquil. I just love the simplicity and elegance of it. Beautiful touches throughout.....the alabaster lamp, grain sack pillows,, the chandelier...just beautiful, Maria. Stunning is my word for your bedroom!

Passionate for White said...

I just now ordered both of your favorite books...thanks for helping me to spend my money! Amazon should give you a kickback :)

Christina said...

every time i drop by for a visit, my jaw drops open and i feel like i'm drooling on my keyboard. it's all so beautiful. your dressing table/vanity is so, so fantastic!

Anne Lorys said...

You've really outdone yourself here, Maria!

One thing no one else has commented on is what a fabulous job you've done of giving a modular, or manufactured home character. We lived in one awhile back, and to see how you have given yours such unique architectural details is really impressive.

Have a beautiful weekend!

BellaCasa said...

Love your ceiling and chandlier!

Jan @ BellaCasa

Julia said...

HI Maria,

Oh, your home is just could you ever be nervous about showing us your bedroom! I really love it and visit your blog often. You are so blessed with talent:).


Rozmeen said...

Wow Maria the details in your bedroom are so beautiful...just love them and the chandelier to fall in love for...!

Hugs and have a nice weekend,


re:Inspire said...

Thanks for sharing all of your secrets!! LOVE the after much better! Beautiful job!

Room Seventeen said...

Great blog, and your bedroom is beautiful!!

Unknown said...

Hi Maria,
Your bedroom is just beautiful...thanks for sharing the details with us! So much inspiration here...



La Belle Vie said...

I have to order those books! If they helped inspire this GORGEOUS bedroom in some way, I simply must read them for myself.

Stunning Maria! You are so gifted!!

Jessa xx


Holy vintage white! You rocked that bedroom! LOVE IT!

Soulful Mama said...

The perfect bedroom! Wish it was mine...sigh...

~ Clare x

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Maria, Your bedroom is drop dead gorgeous! This room is absolutely magazine worthy. Hugs, Sherry

Sarah said...

Definitely a room to inspire sweet dreams! This is oh so beautiful. ~ Sarah

Madam Butterfly said...

Oh, how inspiring! What a great white world you're creating!

All That Jazz said...

The whole room is soooooo great, all the little details, colors, etc.! I don't blame you for chipping paint off the door, I have an old window that I need to hang in my living room and every time I walk by it and look at it I swear more paint falls off! ;) Can't wait to see your little "shop!"

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Girl, we ALL want to go to bed in that room!

Where does your mom find the grain sacks for the bed pillows. I wanna make a purse out of one ;)

Anonymous said...

good morning maria! you have such a way with decorating! everything is so beautiful and reminds me so much of maison reve's style. still dying to get to that store one day. Love the headboard! Love the bedding. have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
It was nice to hear some of the details about your bedroom. I wish my mom (or me, for that matter :)) knew how to sew like yours. I LOVE your lamp and the lamp shade she made for it and the pillows (drool). And you wouldn't know that you damaged your vintage door at all... it's gorgeous! Your WHOLE bedroom is beautiful!!
I was very surprised and pleased to hear that your home is a modular home. It just goes to show that you don't need an old farmhouse to have that look. You've done a wonderful job!!
I'm so glad you visited. It was nice to hear from you again. I can only imagine how hard it must be to visit all of your visitors... you have SO MANY! ;o)
Can't wait until your shop opens. I know I'll find something I want.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Hugs ~ Jo

Elyse said...

hi maria,

your blog has become a 'favorite book' for me. i love looking at your lushly photographed home for inspiring ideas as well as your down-to-earth words which are always reassuring and real.

gush gush gush but all sincere!

your shop's opening day will have quite online "stampede" i'm sure! :)

happy rest-o-summer


My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Inspiring - I want everything there!

June said...

Maria, it is all so beautiful. Your entire home is just lovely in every way. I really adore the tin ceiling...really gorgeous.
hugs to you

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

~*~ Hi Maria, Your blog and style is gorgeous..still cant believe it is a modular home!You made it spectacular and so cozy and french! * Where did you find your amazing chandelier??? I love it..Rachel ;)~*~*

giveto said...

bonjour, je decouvre ton blog, ta chambre est trés belle, les portes anciennes lovely.
bonne journée

Unknown said...

Maria, I just came across your blog and I'm so glad I did!! Your home and images are lovely.
I really like this post and the blog, that I had to become your follower!!Everything so stunning.

Sirpa said...

Hi Maria!
Your bedroom is so beatiful!
Have a nice day!
Love Sirpa

LuLu said...

I can only dream of having a room as beautiful as yours. It is outstanding! Love love love every detail!
Sweet dreams,

Trish {Pink Preppy Lilly Lover} said...

Maria, I just literally clicked through your blog for the last 30 minutes and I swear I could stay here all day long! You have positively exquisite taste, and I only wish I had come across your blog sooner! So happy to be following along now! I adore Federica as well and have been following her for at least a year now - it does not surprise me that you two are friends, you both are so lovely! Have a happy week new friend!! :) xoxo - Trish

Jaki @ Timeless Country said...

Oh, you should never be nervous to share your photos with us! We all just eat them up. i don't know if I could pick just one favorite part of your bedroom, but that ceiling is exquisite.

ChiPPy-SHaBBy said...

Maria... Just FaB Display using the PeRfeCtLy Chippy Old Doors as Head Boards!!! and Loving All That Bling!!! YOU have some of The BeSt IdeaS... Jeanine,ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Fiona's Mosaic said...

OK my favorite part is the chandelier and the gorgeous bedding! Oh and the ceiling too. MAGNIFICENT!! What kind of a house is it? Architecturally? Just curious.

God bless!

Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} said...

i love your bedroom, looks so comfy and i am especially loving the tree limbs as curtain rods - i have seen that before but i am getting ready to hang my little girls curtains and you reminded me of that idea - so thank you!!

And, how sweet of your husband to move around your lights - thats a good husband :)

nat said...

your bedroom is so beautiful and inviting! i love everything about it!! you are one talented lady!


amber said...

your bedroom is amazing, Maria!

i'm in love w/ those old doors - so ingenious to use as headboards.

man. you make me think outside the box. =) thanks for sharing all the details and answering questions.. it's easy to look at alot of these decorating sites and get discouraged cause they don't exactly explain the "how to." and it can seem overwhelming and intimidating~

but LOVE when someone isn't a snob or afraid to reveal their secrets. ;) it makes ya kinda go, "oh.. maybe i could do that too!" and all the inspiration just keeps flowing round and round - as it should!

love, amber.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Gorgeous. I would kill (sorta) to find doors like that for a headboard. Just charming!!!

Wendy said...

Love the room!!!

The old window is great. Did you see this blog where they made their own mirrors at a fraction of the cost? The end results looked great.

Amber Joy said...

I love the doors. Are they sealed, then, since you are using them as a head board? I have an old door I wanted to do the same thing with but I'm so nervous about the paint chipping... What could I use to seal it?

Mika said...

That is so beautiful!! I especially love the doors as a headboard. Where did you get them?