Archive for the 'Bedrooms' Category

10
Jul
07

Bedroom Befores and Afters

So here’s the room (sans bookcase, not here yet). Before pics follow.

Master Bedroom

Bedroom Befores

Sitting Area

Bedroom Befores

Sitting area 3

Last Friday I picked up the 8’ x 10’ jute rug from Lowe’s ($168.00 – I’m almost afraid of how cheap it was, makes me wonder if the jute is hiding some exotic parasite or something) and a palm from Costco ($20.00-John’s mom gave me that tip).

Nightstand

Dave and I foraged through T. J. Maxx, William Sonoma Home and Pottery Barn for accessories on Saturday. Found some decent deals (especially at WS Home—candles and a great nautilus shell, which they sold to me even though I think it may have been for display only) and a very cool carved tree root basket from T. J. Max, which we thought John would like (he did). Had to go back on Sunday to return a few items, but not many.

Oh, and I found really good plant deals at Smith and Hawkin. I usually don’t even bother going in there (a little out of my league), but I was sort of desperate for something already potted (even I get tired of shopping eventually). P.S. Did you know S & H offers complimentary potting services for any plant you buy there?

Sleeping area

I wish I were a better photographer. You can’t see the rug under the bed very well. The bedding is from Target, except for the square pillow (Pottery Barn) and the bed skirt which we already had. It’s wrong how much I love Target.

Sleeping area

I think my favorite new things are the chandeliers. They’re drippy and sparkly (you all know I like some razzle with my dazzle). Oh, and I went with the poly sheers. They look pretty good. I probably would have loved the silk organza, but I decided the sunlight would decimate them in a couple of years, and for the money, well, it was $80.00 vs. $240.00 and this was a budget job.

John and I both read a lot in our room, so I still have to bring the books back in (maybe just not all of them) and get the leather piece made for the small chest. We want the room to have a little bit of a library as well as a “Bahamanian” (as Dave says) feel to it, to it. It doesn’t without the bookcase and our usual stacks of books everywhere.

I’m having to enjoy the beachy serenity alone this week. John is gone to Puerto Rico for work again (ugh!). At least he has a nice retreat to come home to. He says he really likes it, though I know it’s hard to compete with an actual beach.

Thanks to all of you who gave us moral support and expertise. And to those of you who contributed time, talent, product and trouble (Linda, Dave, and Mindy), we owe you.   Our psyches are eternally grateful.

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06
Jul
07

Tucked In

I love WordPress’s Tag Surfer. It pulls a bunch of stuff together for me and suddenly some ideas start to click. For instance on the issue of storage:

John and I do not spend time taking care of our shoes. I’ll come out and say it: it’s a fault. Shoes are expensive, so we should do a better job of protecting our investment.

The shoe problem is a storage issue. John and I have always struggled with the best way to store shoes. We have a rack that is only used when one of us finally gets tired of tripping over our shoes as they lay like lazy pets on the closet floor. The rack takes up too much room in our closet and the shoes slide off of it.

I love this solution. Letting gravity do the work makes a lot of sense. And it would help keep shoes’ shapes.

shoe-rack_situ

One person didn’t have room for this product so she made her own. (Thanks to Lucy at Lu Terceiro for the tip.)

shoe

Speaking of gravity, check out this set-up for keeping newborns near mom at night without the fear of the kid getting squashed by a snoring parent. A lever tucks under the mattress and supports the cute little bundle. I didn’t post a picture, but click the link. It’s worth it.

And while we’re on the subject of leverage at home, check out this collapsible book case.

book

05
Jul
07

Master Bedroom – More Upholstery Lessons

I’ve been under the weather lately, so I hope you’ll forgive me if these aren’t the best pictures. They at least give a clue of the direction we’re headed.

Chair and Chest

As I’ve said before, this particular room makeover is about using what we already have when possible and inexpensive items when I have to purchase something. (Yes, I realize how cheap that sounds. The shoe fits.)

Rocking Chair

The rocker was a gift from John’s mom, one of her auction finds.

Arm Chair
The armchair is one of my auction finds ($50.00 at Greenfield, Indiana auction). It is more comfortable than it may look. The red (more of a paprika?) chenille fabric was leftover from another chair project, and the upholsterer (not the same one who did the gold striped chair) used every bit of what I had left.

This brings me to some further thoughts on upholsterers—T & H required me to buy new fabric because Tom wanted 9 yards to do the chair. Upholsterers ask for that much not because they will need it, but because they MIGHT need it if they make a mistake and have to redo a section, which I don’t have a problem with since I make mistakes, too. T & H also noted that a new cushion was needed and just built it into the project price.

The upholsterer for the red chairs, a Mr. Brown, who I tried at the recommendation of a fabric store here in town didn’t do quite as fine a job as T & H (the rocker cushion needed to be a refurbished and wasn’t, but in his defense I assumed he would do that and didn’t ask him to). At the same time, I know when he looked at the amount of fabric I had he knew he there was no margin for error. He could have easily said, “you’ll need 2 more yards for this project” but he didn’t, which saved me a lot of time and money. He charged me $200.00 to do both. So all in all, I’m okay with how these two turned out. They are both comfortable, and I like they way they look. Mr. Brown was the right person for that job, and T & H for the other.

I got the lamp on the table above at Midland Antiques Market, which is just down the street from our house. Here is their website with a few directions that come in handy. Midland usually has what I need when what I need is a particular and interesting second-hand something. Some of the staff can be a little frosty, but the selection is awesome (two floors of an old factory building). Don’t expect to find outrageous bargains (they know their stuff). But many times the price is right. This brass accented glass pillar lamp with foil barrel shade was $49.95. (Lamp needs to be raised, will probably put it on a stack of books later.)

The chest, an East Side Auction find ($60.00) used to be John’s bedside table. Dave suggested moving it here and I think it works. John’s mom is going to help me size a piece of leather for the top, which it was always meant to have.

Here is what we have left to do:

-Make a leather inset for the top of the chest
-Pick up 8×10 jute rug I bought from Lowes
-Put together book case
-Purchase a good sized palm
-One accent pillow for the bed
-Accessorize (the last few details that can typically bog me down)

None of this is insurmountable. It just takes time and energy to pull together and I need to feel a little better before I can tackle them. Hopefully soon.

02
Jul
07

A Good, Small Book Case is Hard to Find

I know I haven’t posted in a coon’s age, but I’ll have a photo update soon, and the room is almost finished. In the meantime, here is what’s been going on:

  • Victorian rocker and arm chairs are back from upholsterer (more on those two tomorrow).
  • Purchased a lamp.
  • Just bought this book case from Overstock.com. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for colorwise, but it is solid wood, the size is perfect, and with shipping and taxes it only cost $109.00, which is pretty decent deal.

bookcase

Have you ever used Overstock.com?  I’ve eyed their stuff for awhile, but never ordered anything.  They have interesting things (not just funiture) and a similar book case to this one at International Furniture Imports here in town was $240.00.  I’m anxious to see if I like what I get. 

In any case, I had NO luck at any of my second-hand furniture sources and I don’t have time right now to get to auctions. I’m surprised by how hard it was to find decent and small book cases. Hope this one works. Worst case scenario, I may have to paint it, but again, the price was right.

Dave the installer just called and said he will come and install the last two brackets on the shades and hang my sheers tomorrow a.m. Will take pictures. I promise.

15
Jun
07

Matchstick Shades Install Coming Soon

Dave, the installer from Lowes called to tell me that they would  install our shades next Thursday. 

Have I mentioned that for a small fee you can have someone from Lowes come out and measure your window and then let you know what kind of treatments it will structurally support?   It costs about $35.00. 
Bedroom Befores

If your project requires an inside mount, like mine did because of our roofline (see skanky before picture above), accuracy and structural information are both really important.   A half-inch off and you just paid for a pile of wood (or bamboo in our case) that won’t be going in your window without some major alteration.  And if your window frames aren’t hefty enough, heavy blinds can pull out. 

I decided to go ahead and have Dave install them, too, and that’s a decision I’m second-guessing.  Two windows ended up costing 100.00 for installation.  The shades were only a little over 100.00 for both sets*.   Still, I’m glad we don’t have to install them, and by “we” I mean John, because I’m really more “eyesy” than “handy.”  And I suspect he probably would tell you that the $100.00 bucks is a bargain.  Besides I intended for this bedroom redo to be as hassle-free as possible.  Professional measurements and installation save a lot of prep and clean-up time. 

    *This might be an argument for using a moderately priced designer rather than the semi-do-it-yourself route with help from Lowes.  Had I gone through my beloved former boss, Susan Ertel, who is a designer here in Indy (1114 Walnut St. Franklin, IN 46131, 317.736.9823), she would:

    A. Measure for free.
    B. Bring catalogs and sample books to my house and provide design advice.
    C. Get a dealer discount. (A designer charges the client a percentage above wholesale, which is typically still below retail if they are reasonable, and she is.)
    D. Handle shipping, delivery and installation, and if I’m not mistaken, for less than what I’m paying.The reason I didn’t use Susan in this case is that I’m on a short timeline, and designers usually juggle many clients, which draws out the time required to get things finished. Probably the only thing I’m saving in this project is time.

07
Jun
07

Sheer Off – 2007

As the bedroom evolves it is taking on a coastal feel—probably due to the gold accents, the blue paint and the dark wood furniture. John noticed it first. Then Dave mentioned that the space was making him think “British colonial” (more the Caribbean island colonies, than the original U.S. 13).

All of which is fine, but if that’s the direction the room is going, the window treatments need to follow. I’ve already ordered Ambria matchstick shades (color: Fruitwood) from Lowes, unlined so light can filter through. This leads me to my next seemingly ridiculous design quandary: What fabric to use to soften them up. Dave suggested something light, which I think is a good call. Sheers are perfect (typically cheaper than other kinds of coverings), but which sheers are right? There are hundreds.

Well, after shopping this weekend I narrowed it down to two. So I’m presenting anyone who is interested the opportunity to weigh in on Sheer-Off 2007.

Here are the candidates side by side in two photos. Lefty is a polyester. Righty is a silk organza. FYI- the window is east facing and we keep it open a lot of the time. Let me know which you prefer and why. I wish you could touch them.

Sheers  (14) copy

Sheers 2 (21) copy

Since it will be two weeks before the blinds are installed I don’t have to make a decision right this second, but it’s hard for me not to have an opinion now. John has one, too.

07
Jun
07

Crewel Rules!

D and K Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom redos must be in the air. During a recent visit to Dave and Ken’s to watch So You Think you Can Dance I also got to see the big reveal of new bedding and Chinese Hu lamps, all from William Sonoma Home. Dave or Ken, what is the bedding pattern called? Is it still available?

Lovely, no? Still earthy, warm, and balanced (signature Dave and Ken) but with an atypical (for them) punch of color contrast in the fabric design.  And of course, I love me a big, fat pattern.

I’m crazy for crewel–so American (though much older than the U.S.), so crafty, so graphic, and so easy to place in pithy phrases.  The light color is actually a soft blue, not gray as it reads in this photo. 
Crewel Detail

Good job boys!

Quick! Pop quiz!
Mystery Guest
Dave and I weren’t the only bloggers on the Canal last night. Can you guess the name of the mystery blogger with her back to me in this picture?