If you have been following along for the last few weeks, you know I have been working on my master bedroom redo. I wanted a softer, more elegant feel with a little Parisian touch. And it’s finally finished…for now!
I have been adding lots of little details, including old Victorian silver plate finds, shabby Parisian-style candlesticks and two fabulously frenchy flea market chairs that got a revamp!
This week I have been concentrating on bedding. My goal was to add pillows to match the toile drapes…and…to finish them with piping! I spent very little money on this part of my project. The down inserts came from Goodwill at about $3.00 each and the pillows are made from remnants of the drapes.
Adding piping is not as difficult as I thought and I have to say that I am really surprised! All these years, I have been avoiding making it because I thought it was hard…but it’s not! The secret is to use the zipper foot the whole time. Of course, a good fabric to use with toile is ticking…and I have worlds of that on hand, as you will see.
Here is Kitty posing as a throw pillow! She's doing a fabulous job, isn't she? lol But while we are here, let me show you my Battenberg lace shams. I found them at a thrift shop for only $6.00 for the pair! I had almost decided to purchase some online at $40 on sale when I found these! Whew! Also, notice the delicate pink toile design on the quilt.
I love it, especially since I didn’t have to buy a new one! This is the reverse side of my old quilt! Isn’t it so much more frenchy?
And do you see what I have hanging over my bed…plates, of course! I also have them over my antique plantation desk in red transferware, but I wanted something more subtle here, so I chose creamy white. Most of them are vintage Wedgwood, but take a look at the one in the center.
It came from Goodwill and, since it was senior day, I only paid just over $2.00! There was only one problem…it was white, not cream. Sooo…I sprayed it with Krylon satin in ivory and a final coat with Krylon clear glaze. Now it matches the rest of the plates!
The little architectural feature over the windows also got a coat of white. Now it looks so fresh and clean! I shabbied it just a very little bit to age it. I am not much of a cherub person, but I like the interest it adds to the window.
Did you notice the matelasse coverlet at the end of the bed? It also came from Goodwill for just $7.00! But I still think my favorite find is my frenchy lamp on the bedside table.
Across the room on the tall chest, a vignette is in the works. This is where I have decided to embrace the gold of my frenchy lamp’s baby brother. I am adding heavy gold frames, books wrapped in toile paper and tied with jute twine, a red transferware platter, my frenchy candlesticks and a clock.
Isabella says…Don’t forget! You promised to show before and after photos! Oh, yes…she’s right! I did! Sooo…here they are…
Here it is before. I built the room around the antique quilt you see at the foot of the bed. It was made by my great-grandmother when she was 16 years old. I love it! Only one problem…you can’t leave a 150 year old quilt out with my staff around! And, although I love my Louis Philippe sleigh bed, it is very dark and can be almost masculine.
Here’s the after! I have raised the drapery panels to 12 inches above the window and added lots of lighter fabrics and touches of white. I may change the mirror over the desk to a frenchier one also in white. What do you think?
Here’s the before from another angle. There is simply nothing frenchy about this room! It never felt like me! The old framed botanicals were my grandmother's and I love them, but they are just too dark. Take a good look at those drapes. Have you seen them before?
They are the piping on my ticking and toile pillows! I have lots of it left, so don’t stand here too long! I may add piping to whatever you are wearing! It’s my new thing! lol
And here’s one final look at the after. I just think the whole room has a much more feminine look. I call it Parisian because it feels like I am in a little apartment on Ile Saint Louis, smack dab in the middle of Paris! However, I will be shocked if I decide to walk to the boulangerie to buy a baguette! lol Oh well…I can pretend, can’t I?
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my finds! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Artie at Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Fridays
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
See you next time! A la prochaine!