Friday, August 12, 2011

The Bedroom Project

Mario and the Kids left on monday for a week to visit his family in Quebec - so I decided to take the time to do our bedroom - it has been the last space in the house that we needed to work on and has been a little bit of a struggle to figure it out.
We are on the top floor - what would be the attic - so there is a peaked roof and lots of light - hardwood floors and beams to work with.

I had inspiration from Christine of Love the design next door to my store - she had papered her main wall in the store as an art wall with pages of old I went on the hunt for old books that might have some meaning...Mario likes history and travel - so thats the books I found.

Now the hard part - figuring out placement of the pages - this process took me 9 hours....9 hours of placing, gluing and staring at the wall until I decided I was in the city 2 played in the background, whiskey sour in hand I was happy but not satisfied..
I remembered we had bought some old colour engravings of birds from Ebay - went downstairs and dug them out and placed them on the wall in somewhat of a format - Now I got it....Birds are of meaning to us both and though we have Horses throughout the house - Birds would be good in our space.
Then it was on to the headboard - we had some suiting fabric that I was going to send to the upholsterer to do our headboard - but I decided I would do it myself - went to Home depot got some plywood cut for the headboard - fabricland and got foam and trusty staple gun and 15 minutes later I got a headboard......I wanted a little bit of depth and found some vintage buttons - lined them up - stapled the spot and then velcro'd the buttons on...and headboard complete - hung the stag which is carved wood and bed in place...

Bedding was easy I went for simple bedding and neutral with a hint of orange - there were some great textured pillows with orange edging and then found the cream wool one with the flowers on it...( the reverse side is just an orange bee) - added some finishing touches on the dressers / sidetables ie: Hermes Boxes, my Hermes messenger bag and the neutral lamps and then accessorized the rest of the room......

there is an 1890's judy with hoop skirt attached on marios side, the pale grey cowhide, metal cabinet with our books and the beautiful wool blanket folded on the bench that my friend Susan gave me for my birthday last year.

We have a french style chaise lounge on the right hand side with a small sarrinen side table and a custom Louis Vuitton pillow from my store on it....I LOVE how this room turned out...and best of all when Mario flew home today - he loved it too....

We have a little allcove by the chaise that was painted in the Benjamin Moore Electric Orange ( Hermes orange) with a crystal chandelier to lead in towards the window - the remaining things is to repaint - I think the white was too harsh so we are going to go towards a light grey or cream and to finish the roman blinds .....otherwise it looks awesome - I am pleased with it....and it helped me get through missing my kids and husband....

1 comment:

  1. It's fabulous. With a color like that Hermes orange you need to know where to use it and where to stop. Which you clearly do. Love the peek of orange from the alcove..nice touch. Now that's a good husband having all the decorating done when the spouse arrives home.!